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  • Writer's pictureDarlene Walchuk

Winter Skincare Tips

The way you use our skincare products should change with the seasons. There is less moisture in the air in the winter due to weather conditions.

The cold temperatures can often turn our plump and hydrated skin to dry and flaky in just a matter of days. Indoor central heating and wearing more layers of clothing can also have an effect on our skin.

The following tips should help you have nearly flawless skin during winter.

The harsher winter elements make it more difficult for our skin to preserve its natural protective oils. Dry and cold air can irritate our skin and cause moisture to evaporate, leaving a dry and cracked surface. It’s easy for conditions like eczema or rosacea to flare up.

To maintain skin health during winter, stay on top of your skin moisture. Focus more on hydrating products and reduce the use of products likely to cause irritation.

Make the most of the extra time spent inside to pamper yourself, your skin will thrive in winter, and it will also be easier to get it in peak condition for the spring and summer months.

Using humidifiers will help protect your skin when you’re indoors. Most places, including your office, are warmed with dry heat, which unfortunately dries out your skin. Therefore, using a cool, mist-style humidifier can balance ambient humidity levels, which in turn helps to keep your skin hydrated.

Avoid hot showers because hot water strips oils from your skin and thus renders it more open to drying out, flaking, and cracking. Try to balance the warmth in the shower to preserve any bit of skin moisture you can. If you have had a warm shower, slather on a body oil or lotion to help lock in additional moisture.

Stick to a gentle hydrating cleanser for daily use to cleanse and remove makeup. After cleansing your face, apply a hydrating lotion, serum and then moisturizer. Using a thicker moisturizer for the face and body at night will help retain and seal moisture within the skin.
It is also worth using products with Vitamin A, as this accelerates skin renewal and exfoliates to encourage collagen and elastin production. Similarly, Vitamin C is seen as the ultimate hydrating serum. Vitamin C with EverActive C&E™ + Peptide is a power-house serum that is bursting with antioxidants to boost collagen and elastin.

Lips can get incredibly dry during the winter. The layers of skin around them are much thinner than the rest of your body. It also has no oil glands to help it stay moisturized naturally. So, you will need to be extra mindful to take good care of them during the colder months.
Lipsmart’s Superior Hydrating Technology naturally draws in water molecules to increase hydration and is clinically proven to recover and restore lip moisture content for up to 4 hours.

You may have a favourite moisturizer that you stick to all year round. But in winter, it’s a good time to revisit your product’s ingredient lists to ensure that they are ultra-nourishing for your skin during these months.

A star ingredient to look out for is hyaluronic acid. Peptides and Ceramides are also good as they restore and strengthen your skin barrier and help to retain your overall moisture levels.

Unless you exfoliate, dry skin will remain that way. So, try a scrub with lactic acid to act as an exfoliant and humectant, remove dead skin cells and draw moisture into the skin.

Even in winter, the sun’s UVB rays are still present. Therefore, the potential for sunburn remains as the sun’s rays reflect through clouds, windows and off the water. Sunburn ages your skin. So, remember to maintain your application of SPF 40+ each morning and reapply if you’re doing any outdoor activities.
AlumierMD has a great Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40.

Secret Faces gives you two skincare line options
· Alumier MD Skincare is a comprehensive medical skincare line that includes state-of-the-art, science-based, luxurious formulations with innovative delivery systems.
· Alastin Skincare offers cruelty, paraben and gluten-free solutions that promote fortified, healthy skin.

Darlene, nurse and owner of Secret Faces, will be happy to consult with you and recommend the best skincare routine for your individual profile.

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