Cold Weather Impacts The Condition of Your Skin

 Welcome to The Skin Herbalists Seasonal Skin Care Menu - designed to help you live in the skin you deserve, whatever the weather

 

How colder weather impacts the condition of your skin:

Those winter months are well and truly upon us, making now the perfect time for a seasonal skin analysis. With any change of season, it is important to consider the changes the weather will have upon your skin.

Alongside the end of summer sunshine comes the end of heat and humidity and the onset of a cool and dry climate. The cooler, dryer months make a significant difference to how the skin looks and feels, and it takes a little extra effort to keep it in good condition.

Colder temperatures and lower humidity levels work together to pull moisture from the skin, making it feel itchy, tight and generally less comfortable. This is why you may notice that your skin loses its natural sparkle when the clouds set in – the lack of moisture leaves your skin dull and dry. At a microscopic level, lack of moisture can weaken your natural protective barrier, leaving your skin more susceptible to redness, irritation and sensitivity.

Adding insult to injury, once you escape the harsh outdoor conditions, the indoor heaters running in your home, office and car can really dehydrate your skin, making it dry and flaky. 

So, whether you are outside in the cold or inside in the artificial warm, your skin is combating significant environmental stresses all winter long. No wonder they call it the winter blues!

The good news is that here at the Skin Herbalists, we have the right knowledge and products to help you meet these seasonal demands and restore your skin to its very best condition.

 

Top 5 Winter Skin Tips

With so much information and advice out there on ways to keep the skin hydrated and nourished during the colder months of the year, finding advice on an effective winter skin routine can feel like a battlefield.

To help you on your way through winter, allow us to share our Top 5 Winter Skin Tips that every person should know: 

 

Skin Tip No 5 – Avoiding extra hot showers 

We know this can be hard after a busy long day! While a comforting, hot shower may feel ultra-relaxing, it may not be relaxing for your skin. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and leave the barrier damaged, leaving your skin dry and dull.

Try taking the temperature down for a warm shower and always moisturising after you dry off - your skin will thank you.

 

Skin Tip 4 – Incorporate a protective shield for your skin

The combination of regular exposer to both dry heated environments and crisp, cool temperatures can increase stress on the skin and cause your natural barrier to weaken. The best way to combat damage is by strengthening your skin barrier with added protection.

Roccoco Botanicals Peptide Serum is specially designed to protect the skin from these harsh elements, as well as protect from free radical damage caused by every day pollution.

 

Skin Tip 3 – Avoid using undiluted oils on your skin (even the fancy ones!)

Oils (including Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil) are certainly having their moment, but don’t mistake them for being a lone hero for every skin situation. Using Oils on their own in colder climates can significantly weaken your skin barrier, allowing irritants and pollution to enter your skin causing free radical damage and further dehydration. This will likely leave your skin feeling tight, dry and flakey and looking red, angry, and very ‘oily’ – not a look you want!

Opt for a nourishing moisturiser instead like Reactive Skin Cream Intense or Lupine 3D Architecture Cream

 

Skin Tip 2 – Invest in a gentle, effective enzyme.

Botanical Enzymes are extremely effective at removing dull, dead skin cells and providing additional protection for your skin’s barrier by leaving only thriving cells in place – perfect for any winter skin care routine.

Regular use of an enzyme also ensures that your skin is able to fully absorb the nutrients and moisture that your other skin care products provide.

Papaya Radiance Peel is the perfect solution

 

Skin Tip 1 – Add an ultra-hydrating Serum into your daily Skin Care Routine. 

You have likely heard the buzz around hydration at the moment is Hyaluronic Acid – everyone is doing it. Certainly an amazing ingredient for hydration, it is important to understand that not all Hyaluronic Acids are created equal. Many products available on the market today are formulated with an acidic molecule that is too large to be effectively absorbed into the skin. 

Roccoco Botanicals hero ingredient found in Ceramide Booster Serum is Trehalose, a skin penetrable sugar molecule that increases water reservoirs, provide protection, antioxidants and long-lasting hydration. Trehalose is especially effective as it works to mirror the natural moisturising composing factors within the skin’s epidermis, providing immediate relief from dehydration whilst soothing irritated skins.

 

Winter weather products:

A change of season and change of wardrobe signals the time for a change in your skin care products to match the new environmental conditions:

Cleanser:

While a foaming cleanser is effective and refreshing in the summer time, your skin requires a little more love in winter. 

At The Skin Herbalists, we love our Rhubarb Cleansing Jelly.  This 100% natural cleanser contains the hero ingredients of Rhubarb and Kakadu Plum extract alongside Passionfruit Seed oil to gently remove and melt away impurities and makeup whilst deeply cleansing, nourishing and hydrating the skin.  As an added bonus, the beautiful gold jelly and amazing fruity scent will awaken your senses and blast away any winter blues.

Moisturiser:

When the weather calls on you to layer your clothes, take this as your reminder to add extra layers your skin. Adding extra hydration during the colder months will restore lost moisture and relieve dry, thirsty skin.

Roccoco’s Calm Protect Repair (CPR) Body Cream

When the weather cools the dry air draws moisture away from the skin, leaving it dry, irritated, and flakey – not something at anybody wants to see or feel on their body.

CPR is specially designed to fight common winter skin concerns – this hydration super cream contains skin identical ceramides to help replenish vital moisture levels, along with sugar molecules that provide deep and sustained hydration while strengthening your skin barrier and preventing moisture loss.  This cream is suitable for all skin types and safe for the whole family, including babies.  CPR is a cream that has been designed to provide results for those suffering with fragile, dehydrated and/or sensitive skin. Also, we must not forget to mention that it also is anti-aging – a must for women who want to look and feel their very best! 

CPR contains two powerhouse ingredients to provide amazing results:

Nettle Extract – This ingredient is quite the multi-tasker.  It has the natural ability to soothe, calm and suppress inflammation, while providing powerful antioxidants. Reducing inflammation allows the skin to rejuvenate, improves visible signs of ageing and irritation and reduces free radical damage.  These effects, combined with stimulating collagen production, leave the skin looking and feeling more youthful and vibrant.

 

Pomegranate Sterols – Pomegranate is known to assist with collagen production, which is absolutely essential in keeping the skin plump, soft and supple. 

Collagen acts as framework to provide strength and ‘hold things together’. Though your body produces collagen naturally, as you get older your levels deplete. This is when you start to see the visible signs of ageing – your skin loses its firmness, and you start to notice fine lines, wrinkles and dullness. This evidence-based active provides additional protection for the outer protective layer of your skin from free radical damage.  It also helps to boost cell regeneration by increasing circulation, in turn ensuring oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the skin.

If you’re frustrated with dry, itchy and inflamed skin, come in and chat with one of our friendly team members in Salon or send us an email.  We have just the solution you have been looking for!

 

How do I know what is right for me?

You may think that hunting down specific ingredients is the best way to find a suitable winter moisturiser, but this isn’t necessarily the case. 

While ingredients are important, the formulation of a moisturiser is a vital component of it’s ability to deliver said ingredients into your skin. 

So, how do you identify if a moisturiser is right for the needs of your skin?  The first thing that you need to consider is ‘how does my skin feel?’ 

Is your skin generally oily skin and prone to blackheads?  Is your T-Zone your only oily area, and you find you have more of a combination skin?  Or, do you find your skin is usually drier and more demanding, often leaving you feeling like you need more hydration?  Identifying the needs of your skin is the first step in ensuring that your moisturiser is the right one for you. 

Here at The Skin Herbalists, we have a range of moisturisers to meet the needs of your skin.  Those with specific skin concerns, such as problematic skin, need to balance hydration with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Combination skins require a moisturiser that will cater for skins that have multiple needs - an ultra-hydrating medium weight moisturiser is usually the right fit.  Those with dry, demanding skin respond well to rich, emollient and deeply nourishing moisturising creams that provide the skin with long lasting hydration.  Heavier moisturisers are generally rich in ceramides and essential fatty acids to provide relief from rough, itchy and flushed skin.

Visit us in Salon for your personalised recommendation, or book in for a comprehensive Skin Consultation where our experienced Therapist can discuss both your routine as well as a plan to help you reach your skin goals.