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How to Prep Your Skin for Cooler Weather

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Why Your Skincare Needs to Change With the Seasons

Every season brings its own temperature and weather patterns, and in response- skin concerns. Our body is extremely complex and undergoes several adaptive and protective changes with each season and environmental stressor. In the heat of the summer (or hot and humid weather), our sweat glands perspire in response to the heat, producing sweat and oil that cools down our bodies. The blood vessels closest to our skin’s surface releases heat by enlarging. In contrast, in cold weather the blood vessels undergo vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow to the peripheral structures, including the skin. Vasoconstriction is a protective response to maintain body heat and reduce heat loss to the natural environment. Our skin serves as insulation to our organs, and as we attempt to maintain body heat, we lose the ability to maintain moisture in the outermost layer of our skin. In addition to this, as we try to maintain warmth, the mechanical stress and constant expansion/contraction of blood vessels as we venture from the warmth of our homes and cars to outside causes broken capillaries.

Colder weather also has lower humidity, the concentration of water present in the air. The dry air outside, and the central heating inside dehydrate our skin, making our skin flaky and dry. The colder climates make it difficult for our skin to retain moisture and make us highly susceptible to:

  • Inflammatory flares - Colder temperatures have been known to trigger inflammatory and autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and rosacea. Our skin is more reactive to allergens and skin irritants in cold and dry weather.
  • Acne - Our skin typically looks its best during the summer. This is due to the increase in sebum production in the winter, causing an increase in clogged pores and breakouts. Acne is also triggered by inflammation, which we already know is caused by cold temperatures.
  • Dandruff, Dry Skin and/or Winter Rash - During the colder months our skin loses moisture and therefore becomes dry, dehydrated, and flaky. This occurs as a result of the loss of natural protective oils in our skin that prevents transdermal water loss.

As we experience seasonal temperature changes, so will our skin. For this reason, it is necessary to supply our skin with the nourishment it needs depending on the weather. Ideally, we should be changing our skincare routine seasonally or at least twice a year (think fall/winter vs. spring/summer). Now that we are aware of the issues we face in the colder months and why our skincare needs to change with it, let’s learn how to keep our skin healthy for the winter.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy in Cooler Temperatures

Switch Your Cleanser

The drier skin conditions in the colder months call for gentler cleansing options not only for our face but for our whole body. For this reason, consider switching your gel/foam cleansers for gentler options. The ideal product will be oil-based or low lather so as not to strip the skin. A great option is our Detergente Restitutivo. This creamy low-foam cleanser can be used year-round and is formulated with malva sylvestris (mallow) extract to soothe irritated skin.

Exfoliate

We know what you did this summer! The winter is the perfect time to remove the summer’s hyperpigmentation and exfoliate the winter’s dry skin. Collagenil has great options like exfoliating cleansers and exfoliating creams that will complement most skincare regimens.

Boost Hydration and Protect Your Skin

It’s important to introduce moisture and hydration into your skin by layering a few nourishing products. Get rid of any products that are prone to dryness, like alcohol-based toners and clay masks. Swap these products for hydrating toners with aloe vera, water-based masks, and hydrating serums. Rivitalhydra is perfect for dry, dehydrated skin. It is formulated with skin-loving peptides and lipids that will help restore moisture in your skin.

Follow the moisturizing serum by layering with a heavy moisturizer on top for added moisture. Collagenil’s Night Defence is the perfect heavy moisturizer. The product is infused with Propolis Oléoactif®, a patented oil-based ingredient rich in linoleic acid and tocopherols. Propolis Oléoactif®, has been proven to form a protective barrier on the skin and smooth wrinkles. Then, seal in the moisture with Gocce Vitali, an occlusive lipid-based product that will help reduce transdermal water loss.

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen This Winter

Sunscreen is important year-round, even when the sun is not present. Follow up your skincare regimen with a broad-spectrum SPF to reduce the signs of photo-related skin aging.

Improve Your Shower Experience

We’ve already touched base on cleansers and how environmental temperature affects our skin- little did you know this also includes our showers! First- In addition to gentle cleansers, you will want to avoid using products that can potentially irritate or damage the skin. These products include luffas, bath sponges, and washcloths. Second, it’s essential to avoid excessive heat even in your shower. Hot water not only exacerbates common skin conditions like acne and dermatitis but also causes damage to the keratin in our skin. Lukewarm is best, and no more than once per day.

Get a Humidifier

A humidifier will allow you to adjust the water level in your environment. Try to maintain a 50% humidity level while indoors. Humidity decreases are typically associated with drier skin, an increase in wrinkles, and a decrease in elasticity.

 

Fight Winter Skin With Food

In addition to skincare, several dietary changes can be made to improve skin health during the colder months of the year. Research has proven the addition of omega-3s, whether thru the consumption of fish or supplements, can help maintain skin health. Regularly consuming foods high in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins such as bone broth or soup have also been proven to be beneficial. Not only will this keep you warm, but it will also supply your body with many nutrients that can keep the skin vibrant. Like skincare, the nutrients depend on the ingredients you use, as each brings something different to the table.

 

Diets high in diuretics (like coffee or alcohol) and sugary foods are also known to cause inflammatory responses in the skin. Reducing or avoiding these foods not only in the winter but throughout the year may reduce the appearance of acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other dermatological conditions.

Regardless of the Season or Weather, Listen to Your Skin

You know your skin better than anybody else. While changing your products seasonally is important- understanding when your skin is distressed is vital to skin health. Common signs of distress are tightness, dryness, and an increase in acne. If your skin is experiencing any of these signs, it may be time to change your skincare routine or see a dermatologist.

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