Do you notice a change in your skin during the winter months? Drier, more sensitive, flaky skin? Read on for some top tips on how to protect your skin during the colder season.
Cool winter temperatures and low humidity levels, combined with hot showers and central heating can pull moisture from the skin. On the surface, skin looks dull, feels tight, dry and itchy. At a microscopic level a lack of moisture and oil weakens your skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving it susceptible to invading chemicals causing redness, irritation, and sensitivity.
Layering on extra hydration during colder periods will restore lost moisture and relieve dry, thirsty skin. To look after your skin effectively, follow the Dermalogica principle of Prep, Treat and Glow.
Prep your skin with creamy cleansing options over foamy cleansers to restore surface moisture. Our Intensive moisture Cleanser, has a creamy texture enhanced with BioReplenish Complex which helps to remove impurities while actively nourishing dry, depleted skin. Lather a pea-size amount into wet hands. Massage onto dampened face and neck and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use twice daily, morning and night.
Exfoliation is also key to renewing skin cells to remove dull, flaky skin. Try our new Daily Glycolic Cleanser for an extra exfoliating boost. This brightening and conditioning cleanser renews dull, uneven skin tone and helps remove buildup caused by environmental factors. Massage onto dampened face and neck. Rinse with warm water or warm wet cloth. Use once a day, either morning or night.
Treat your dehydrated skin with a spritz of Multi-Active Toner, a refreshing mist that rehydrates with Aloe Vera and Cucumber. Spritz over skin after cleansing to reduce tightness and lock in moisture and throughout the day when skin feels parched.
Top tip for winter, add in serums and oils to the Treat step of your regimen. This will help to repair the skin barrier – replacing lost hydration or moisture. Apply a thin layer of Phyto Replenish Oil, a feather-light treatment oil. This rapidly absorbs to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, perfect for dryer skins. After cleansing, press 4-6 drops into skin and follow with your Dermalogica Moisturiser. Alternatively, mix in with your Dermalogica Moisturiser to apply.
For an added boost and Glow, layer moisturisers and select waterless, richer oil-based formulars for a final layer of protection. Try Melting Moisture Masque, a deeply moisturising masque that elegantly transforms from balm to oil to help restore dry skin. Activated by skin’s natural heat, our Melting Point Complex delivers a satisfying melting sensation as it penetrates skin’s surface layers to deeply nourish and rehydrate. Apply a pea-sized amount on face and massage into skin. Avoid eyes. Leave on or tissue off excess, if necessary. Use once or twice a week, or as needed.
To moisturise dry winter skin, opt for lipid rich formulas such as Intensive Moisture Balance. This ultra-nourishing moisturiser restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. Use twice daily, morning and night.
Extra tips for winter
Suffering with areas of cracked dry skin? Sore nose from a cold, or chapped cheeks from wind burn? Try Barrier Repair, a unique anhydrous (waterless) velvety texture to help shield against skin stress triggers, works like an overcoat for your skin.
Suffering with sore cracked lips? Our Renewal Lip Complex is the remedy, a moisturising daily lip treatment to smooth and nourish. Apply as needed to infuse lips with a moisturising blend of Avocado Oil and Shea and Cocoa Seed butters to protect your lips all winter long.
Remember, think extra layers of moisture as you would extra layers of clothing to keep skin protected and healthy all winter.