Winter brings about changes in the environment that can affect your skin. The cold weather, winds, lower humidity and indoor heating can strip moisture from your skin causing dryness, irritation, and potential exacerbations of skin conditions. Here are some adjustments you can make to your skincare routine this season:
Topical Hydration - Switching up your serums and moisturizers to products with richer ingredients can help lock in moisture. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and shea butter. Hydraextreme by Consonant is a great serum to use to get moisture delivered deep into your skin.
Gentle Cleansing - If you are noticing that your skin feels tight after cleansing, it might be worth swapping to a gentle, non-drying cleanser. We want to make sure that your cleanser is working to cleanse - not strip - your skin. It is also important to avoid cleansing with hot water as this can worsen dryness.
Sun Protection - Even though it may feel like the days are “greyer” it is important not to skip this step! UV rays are still present in the winter and can be reflected by the snow. I typically recommend a broad spectrum, mineral based sunscreen.
Humidifier - Investing in a humidifier will let you have more control over the environment and allow for your skin to stay hydrated and nourished while you sleep.
Healthy Diet and Hydration - Eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids can help support your skin barrier. Also ensuring that you are drinking enough water and incorporating electrolytes when necessary can support hydration from a cellular level.
Supplementation - Finding the right supplement to support your skin throughout the season can depend on different factors including your diet, lifestyle, and root causes of your skin concern. Collagen, Zinc, Vitamin C, and Omega 3s are all important in supporting the skin from within. If you are looking for extra support to keep your skin happy this season book in a Discovery call with Dr. Emily to see what options are available for you - dietary counselling, supplements, and cosmetic acupuncture are all tools that can be used to support a healthy holiday glow!
Dr. Emily Gale, ND