Prepping Your Skin for Winter

With the countdown to Christmas, also comes the change of seasons. We are now starting to really feel the difference in the weather. The sunny and warm autumn days are slowly being replaced with shorter, darker and much colder ones.

This change of environmental conditions is always quite harsh on the skin. Winter weather with its low temperatures, brisk winds and low humidity along with indoor dry heating and air conditioning can cause a dry or dehydrated complexion. Skin conditions such as Rosacea, Dermatitis and Eczemas can also worsen over the colder months.

winter skincare

Dry Skin

Heating and air conditioning tend to remove moisture in indoor environments indiscriminately. This implies they also pull moisture from your skin. That makes your skin’s outer layers very dry. Eventually, the inner layers are affected, making your skin feel stretchy, flaky, and itchy.

Reduced Oil Production

Your skin naturally produces oils that are beneficial to its health and texture.  The lower temperature of your surroundings result in reduction of sweat production, causing toxins to remain within your skin. Oil production also reduces, leading to dull, dehydrated, and unhealthy skin.

Skin Disorders

Continual drying of your skin can cause dermatitis. If you already have a skin condition like rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, the cold weather and constant changes in temperature (outdoors and indoors) can aggravate it significantly.

Prematurely Ageing Skin

Dryness and irritation can also make your skin age prematurely. The skin begins shriveling as it loses its moisture. Consequently, its elastic properties reduce. Failure to replace the water that’s constantly being drawn out of your skin tissues results in dry skin that’s prone to wrinkle formation and creasing.

Right now is the best time to prepare for the colder, drier months by switching out your skincare fundamentals.

Just as you rotate your wardrobe essentials each season, your skincare routine should be treated with no difference. Your home beauty basics should include a variety of products that are suited for winter and all the challenges it brings to the skin. There are also numerous treatments available at Aestha Clinic that can help with the process and combat dry, sensitive and irritated skin.

Our top 5 Tips to help you prepare your skin for winter at home:

Switch cleansers

Use a cleanser that won’t strip your skin from its natural hydration. We recommend Zo Skin’s Hydrating Cleanser. It has soothing and hydrating properties that won’t dry out the skin. It has been formulated to cleanse while hydrating, minimising dryness, and soothing irritation. This cleanser is perfect for dry and sensitive skin over the winter months.

hydrating cleanser

Include a gentle exfoliation

Exfoliation is not going to strip away moisture. It is as important in winter as it is in summer. Dead skin cell build-up causes dull and uneven complexion. Removing dead skin cells and buffing the skin also help improve the effectiveness of other topical products. We recommend Zo Skin’s Exfoliating Polish, which instantly restores a smoother skin texture and gives a healthy glow. Use 2-3 times a week.

zo skin exfoliation polish

Include daily antioxidants to protect your skin’s barrier

A damaged skin barrier makes your skin unable to retain moisture, resulting in dehydration and allowing pollution and irritants to penetrate it. Apart from a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and daily supplements we also recommend Zo Skin’s Daily Power Defence. This brilliant formula contains enzymatic and antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from free radicals and improve its natural repair process.

zo skin daily power defence serum

Boost up your skin hydration with a rich, heavy night cream

The constant changes in temperature from cold winds to indoor heating are causing substantial irritation to the skin. It is important to include a heavier functional hydrator to help the skin heal overnight and seal in the hydration. A product that will also reduce the severity of skin reactions, such as dryness, redness, itching, and flaking. We recommend 3 options from Zo Skin: For very sensitive skin types with increased skin reactions during the winter months, Hydrating Crème will provide immediate relief with its lightweight, non-retinol formulation. For those more concerned with ageing – Recovery Crème has a retinol-based formulation, that promotes cellular renewal while deeply hydrating the skin. For oily skin types (even in winter) Renewal Crème is your best bet as it restores hydration and soothes the skin to minimise redness.

zo skin recovery creme
zo skin renewal creme

Don’t forget your SPF!

Even though summer is long gone, that does not mean skipping sunscreen is a good idea. While UVB rays are less prominent during the colder months, UVA ones are still experienced at a very prominent level, leaving your skin vulnerable. The autumn and winter months are also the ones to undergo ablative procedures such as chemical peels, laser, and any other skin resurfacing treatments, leaving your skin compromised to harmful UV rays. Never forget your sunscreen! We recommend Zo Skin’s range of
SPF 30 and above. There is a wide variety of options available to choose from.
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We are firm believers that your skin’s optimal health is 80% skincare routine and 20% in clinic treatments in the long run. While we can help boost your skin’s health and anti-ageing properties with professional treatments, your on-going home beauty routine is what really helps sustain a healthy and youthful complexion.

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