4 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin
From snow-covered neighborhoods to warm, beachside towns, the winter season looks different for everyone. But no matter what climate you call home, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Drier weather leads to drier skin and impaired barrier function. Flaking, scaly and irritated skin are common and an indication that it’s time to give your skin a little extra TLC. With the right skincare routine, these conditions are easy to avoid.
Exfoliate regularly, but not too much.
Gently scrubbing away dead skin cells is essential to healthy skin all winter long by removing the superficial layer of dead skin that clogs pores and creates a barrier for serums. Exfoliation allows hydrating, skin-healthy ingredients in serums and masks to better absorb and pack the most punch. Get Clean™ Crushed Bamboo Exfoliator uses fine bamboo to polish the surface of the skin. Cucumber, rosemary and calendula extracts help soothe skin and prevent irritation. Try incorporating it in your regimen a few times a week.
Choose a thicker moisturizer.
More than likely, your warm-weather moisturizer is designed to be light and breathable on the skin during periods of higher humidity. Winter conditions require something more deeply hydrating and restorative, particularly at night when the body—and the skin—experience water loss. Swap your summer moisturizer for a thicker winter moisturizer and you’ll see significantly more hydrated skin in the morning and throughout the day. We love Feel Better™ Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cream for its skin-balancing benefits. Hyaluronic acid helps bind moisture to the skin improving overall water retention. As an added bonus, this formulation helps stimulate new cell growth to reduce signs of aging.
Keep up with your SPF.
Damaging UV rays can penetrate glass and clothing. In other words, just because you’re not poolside doesn’t mean you can skip your SPF. Skin Defense™ Environmental Protection SPF 50 is a naturally moisturizing, FDA-approved broad spectrum sunscreen. Hyaluronic acid makes it the perfect winter SPF for long-lasting moisture.
Add in a weekly hydrating mask.
At-home masks are more than just a great way to relax. Hydrating mask formulations are rich in nourishing, soothing ingredients that make a significant difference in the overall health of the skin. Try incorporating a hydrating mask on a regular basis—once or twice a week—throughout the cold season to maintain proper moisture levels and barrier function. We love Cold Compress™ Soothing Cucumber Mask. It’s rich in plant-based extracts like cucumber, chamomile and aloe to deeply soothe and hydrate the skin. It’s great for relief from skin irritations from dry, cold and windy weather.
ClarityRX plant-based formulas are perfectly suited for dry, irritated and impaired skin. Shop all of ClarityRX’s hydrating products.