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 barrier components like ceramides 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 Daily Milkfoliant for a calming and nourishing way to smooth skin and remove dulling dead skin. This vegan milky powder exfoliant polishes skin while supporting the skin’s moisture barrier. Foam into a creamy paste and massage onto dampened face and neck. Rinse with warm water or warm wet cloth. Use once a day, either morning or night.
Treat your winter dry skin with a spritz of Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist, a refreshing mist that saturates skin with hydration and locks in moisture to help skin bounce back. Contains four types of Hyaluronic Acid plus ceramides to helping skin hold on to water for long-lasting hydration. The calming, aromatic Rose Water with antioxidant-rich polyphenols and flavonoids helps to revive and refresh. Spritz over skin after cleansing to reduce tightness and lock in moisture and mist throughout the day when skin feels parched.
Top tip for winter, add in serums or oils to the Treat step of your regimen. This will help to repair the skin barrier – replacing lost hydration or moisture. Apply a few drops of Circular Hydration Serum, to immediately flood skin with hydration, replenish from within, and help prevent future hydration evaporation. Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Polyglutamic Acid plus plant-derived sugars to lock in moisture. Apply after cleansing and misting and follow with your Dermalogica Moisturiser.
For an added boost and Glow, layer moisturisers and select waterless, richer oil-based formulars for a final layer of protection. Try Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, an ultra-replenishing masque that's the ultimate remedy for dulling, dry, dehydrated, lackluster, photodamaged skin and skin ageing. Apply after cleansing, once per week or whenever your skin requires a soothing remedy.
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. For sensitised and irritated winter skin, opt for Stabilizing Repair Cream.
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.
Remember, think extra layers of moisture as you would extra layers of clothing to keep skin protected and healthy all winter and don't forget SPF as damaging rays are present even when it's not sunny.