Cold weather and snow have officially arrived. And with it dry, chapped, dehydrated winter skin.
But did you know that mature skin is more susceptible to the effects of harsh weather?
This is because as we lose elastin and collagen, our skin’s ability to retain moisture diminishes. Add to that a decline in our skin's own oil production, and you've got a receipt for a reddened and cracking dermis.
Winter environments, both indoor and out, can contribute to the problem. Indoor heaters and outdoor winds wick away skin moisture and those extra hot showers we take to combat the cold can further dry skin.
You can minimize the negative impact of cold weather on skin by implementing the following tips.
Avoid extra hot baths & showers
We know how appealing a steamy shower or hot bath can be at the end of a cold winter day, but hot water can strip away natural oils and moisture from your skin.
Hot water can also irritate skin, so be sure to limit your showers or baths to 5-10 minutes.
Get the most from your moisturizer
After showering, gently pat your skin dry (avoid rubbing), then immediately apply a high-grade hyaluronic acid. Our Illuminating Aspen Dew Essence contains a micro-molecular hyaluronic acid that delivers progressive hydration over time.
Hyaluronic acid works to pull surface moisture deep into your skin and increase the hydrating effects of subsequent products.You can use the same trick for getting the most out of your body balms and moisturizers.
Switch to an oil-based cleanser
Mature skin benefits greatly from oil-based cleansers all year round, but this applies especially to winter months. Oil cleansers help restore natural oils in the skin while removing impurities.
Plant and nut seed oils used for cleansing, such as jojoba oil and almond oil help fortify the skin barrier, firm your skin, and reduce the signs of aging.
Double down on moisture boosting ingredients
During winter, mature skin requires special care, so double down on hydration, both in an out. Look for products that contain nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, and ceramides.
Our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence pulls double duty as a skin conditioner and a serum - it’s formulated with niacinamide, phytoceramides, and hyaluronic acid to ensure powerful hydration and anti-aging effects.
Up your hydration game
Staying hydrated in winter is equally important as we tend to drink less fluids in colder months.
Adding a nourishing collagen rich broth, like bone broth, to you daily hydration regime is an easy hack.
If you are vegetarian, there are plant-based collagen powders you can add to a vegetable broth to increase overall hydration levels.
Avoid over exfoliating
Exfoliating more than once or twice a week in cold months can cause redness and inflammation. Use gentle exfoliator, like our Snow Rose Recovery Mask to reveal fresh skin.
Be sure to apply a skin serum afterward like our Purist Delicate Skin Serum to restore balance to sensitive skin.
Say yes to sunscreen
Just because it’s chilly or overcast outside doesn’t mean sun exposure won’t have an impact on your skin. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate the skin, so it’s essential to wear sunscreen SPF 50+ to prevent sunburn and skin damage.