WHY DOES MY SKIN CHANGE IN WINTER?
Most people will experience skin changes as we transition into winter. Our skin - both face & body, can feel dry and irritated, but why? Here we highlight the common culprits causing these unwanted skin symptoms.
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
IT’S THE HUMIDITY (OR LACK OF IT) !
Hard to believe but winter air is drier - so as the temperatures drops, so does the humidity which means our skin suffers with a loss of moisture. When our skin loses its protective moisture barrier, it becomes weaker leading to cracks in the outer layer, loss of more hydration and potentially inflammation.
It’s important to protect and strengthen our skin barrier to prevent cracks from forming and letting through irritants. Our Mattifying Barrier Moisturiser contains Panthenol (Vitamin B5) which is an anti-inflammatory humectant that helps restore the skin's barrier function, along with Niacinamide that helps to repair damaged skin barrier.
BECAUSE YOU’RE HOT & YOU’RE COLD…
Sudden fluctuations can lead to sensitised skin. Note, sensitised skin, unlike sensitive skin, is caused by our environment rather than genetics, although the symptoms are the same. Moving from the cold frosty outside air into a warm heated house, can cause your skin to become irritated, with dry and red patches – all signs of sensitised skin.
To care for sensitised skin, you might want to cut down your skincare regimes and seek out products formulated specifically for sensitive skin to minimise the chances of irritation. Our BHA PHA Pore Refining olution is an all in one, hydrator, exfoliator & antioxidant. It combines Gluconolactone, Betaine Salicylate and Chamomile which together help to smooth, soften and refine skin, helping it to appear calmer, more even and super glowy!
steaming hot... showers!
What better way to warm into a cold winter day than taking a long hot shower?
But did you know that this habit could suck the moisture out of your skin if you don’t moisturise immediately after, potentially leading to parched skin. Hot water basically opens pores and can leave your skin more prone to irritation and bacteria - a cooler shower tightens pores and reduces the excessive products of sebum and any bacteria that could aggravate your breakouts.
Humectants are hydration heros, but they’re best applied onto damp skin. So try adding
products that contain humectants, such as Hyaluronic Acid, into your regime after you’ve washed your face or body to increase hydration. Then, apply products that contain occlusives, such as shea butter, on top to seal moisture.
too many layers
Winter itch is not the nicest sounding thing in the world and whilst it is important to shield our bodies from the harsh winter weather with the appropriate clothing and accessories, wearing too many layers or unsuitable fabrics, such as wool, can worsen the irritation to dry skin. Moisture is key - make sure you’re gently exfoliating, moisturising and wearing breathable layers.
Face and body cleansers with exfoliating acids can be a good way to gently remove rough and dry skin. Our Clarifying Cleanser is fragrance free and combines Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid & Aloe vera and can be used on face and body to help exfoliate, hydrate & soothe skin.
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