Changing weather means changing skin. By this time of the year, many people we meet are complaining about chapped lips and cracked hands or feet. Facial skin isn’t just pale thanks to the absence of warming sunshine, but it is also dry and irritated. Here, we want to discuss a few of the skincare products that can help you ride out the rest of the cold-weather season with ease.
The same hyaluronic acid that’s integrated into dermal fillers, the same hyaluronic acid that is made by your body to lubricate your eyes, joints, and skin, can provide benefits when applied directly to your skin. Specifically, what experts recommend is that we layer serums onto the skin before the application of moisturizing creams and lotions. It goes like this, on cleansed skin, apply a hyaluronic acid serum. If other serums are also used, such as an antioxidant serum, the rule of thumb is that the thinnest solution goes on first, thickest last, then moisturizer.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant. Its entire purpose is to draw in water and hold on for dear life. Therefore, a good hyaluronic acid serum goes a long way to combat the natural dehydration that occurs due to cold climates.
Some people notice that the same products they used in previous months cause irritation during the wintertime. This is because the skin loses its naturally protective oils when the weather turns cold and dry, and active ingredients have a bit more of an effect on cells. Irritation can be mitigated by buffering irritating ingredients with moisturizer or serums, or both. Also, consider switching to gentler exfoliants that are less irritating than, say, Retin-A.
The name of the game all winter long is hydration. This is why we suggest layers of hydrating products, starting with serums. For some people, the basic layers are sufficient. However, if you’re prone to dryness, you may need the magic of an emollient. An emollient is a thicker formulation of moisturizer that locks in water molecules and nourishing ingredients contained in serums. Experts also recommend a twice-a-week hydrating mask. Sheet masks are gentle and can even wear it overnight.