The winter (and therefore cold) is here! The colder outdoor and warmer (and sometimes artificial) indoor temperatures, and the difference between them, and hotter showers, make winter a time when our skin is particularly sensitive and dry. So yes, if your skin is feeling flakier and drier, you are not alone - they are common symptoms of harsher climates!
As we saw last weekend, the temperatures have dipped and it is time for us to adapt to the colder climate. Common side effects of winter on our skin is dryness, flakiness, and redness. Because of our skin’s proneness to dryness during these months, it is important to properly remove our dead skin cells and protect our skin’s protective barrier that constantly absorbs all of the exterior aggressors and not strip it of its natural oils during this sensitive time.
Did you know that Google searches for dry skin moisturizers are up 450%? Rightfully so - now is the time to up your moisturizing game and invest in more heavyweight and rich moisturizer to keep you hydrated and to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, the acid mantle. It is therefore important to use richer skincare products to create a protective seal around the acid mantle in order to preserve its health and functionality.
So while you’ve fully switched to your Winter cashmere closet, take a look at our easy skincare and lifestyle hacks on how to best winterproof your habits!
Below are our tips for the winter months to winterproof your habits!
1. Use a Toner packed with hyaluronic acid!
Hyaluronic acid is produced by our skin cells to maintain our moisture levels - think of it as a magnet that helps our skin retain moisture to remain hydrated! The toners can also be used for a midday hydration mist boost. Some of our favorite hyaluronic acid-packed and purse-friendly toners are:
Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence -a lightweight and multi-use toner that hydrates and serves as a great makeup mist/setter.
Susanne Kaufmann’s Moisturizing Spray harmonizing -This witch-hazel & hyaluronic acid-filled toner helps the skin repair itself from external damage such as harsh sunlight and pollution.
2. Switch to a richer moisturizer!
In the winter, it is key to choose the right moisturizer to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and properly moisturizer throughout the day! These richer creams act like a seal on your skin to keep the moisture locked in and protect it from negative external aggressors.
Tata Harper’s Creme Riche - Tata Harper’s ultimate rich cream that is perfect for the winter months. This thicker-consistency moisturizer locks in the skin’s moisture and powerful ingredients from the previous products in one’s routine.
Pai’s Avocado & Jojoba Day Cream -This silky smooth cream is very soothing, hydrating, and is particularly suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer-This moisturizer is ideal for those looking for a lighter, yet still hydrating cream for winter that provides an all day moisture.
3. Hydrating Mask!
Indulge in a deep hydration treatment 1-2 week with one of our favorite hydration masks!
Susanne Kaufmann’s Moisturizing Mask - This rich, nourishing yet quick-absorbing mask will give you the quick moisture kick that your skin needs in the Winter time.
Aurelia's Limited Edition Cell Revitalise Rose Mask - This rich mask will give your skin the deep hydration and glow needed this time of year!
4. Add an Oil to your routine!
Oils, contrary to popular belief, actually balance oil production and provide deep hydration to our skin. However, do make sure to have a well-established skincare routine before adding in a face oil!
Vanderohe’s no.1 Nourishing Face Serum - this is the ultimate calming, healing, hydrating and anti-redness face oil to keep handy during this period.
Tata Harper’s Retinoic Face Oil - this face oil is deeply hydrating and great for plumping fine lines
5.Take care of your body!
Susanne Kaufmann’s Body Scrub and Body Butter -a winning duo to combat winter redness and dryness!
6. Don’t forget about your hands & lips!
Susanne Kaufmann’s Hand Lotion- one of our fav hand creams with broccoli oil and walnut leaf extract combined with Vitamin E, which make the skin feel wonderfully soft and more resilient!
RMS’ Lip and Skin Balm - This multipurpose and easy-to-use product helps your lips, as well as your chapped areas, hydrated and conditioned.
If you feel like you’re looking for a more (still hydrating) pop of color, use Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioner!
Some of our winter-friendly lifestyle hacks:
In order to combat your skin’s dryness, it is important to add moisture into your home. If you do not have a humidifier, don’t fret! You can easily DIY this solution with a bowl of water on your heater/heat source in your bedroom and any other room that you spend a lot of time in.
2. Drink plenty of liquids! You’ve heard it before, but it is very important to drink plenty of water. Add in a green herbal tea into your routine, which is a very good antioxidant & protects body against free radicals or Fennel Tea, which is immunity boosting, for your body to build resistance to infections.
3. Switch! Switch to hydrating, cream-based makeup for easier application and a dewy winter look!
4. Increase your immunity boosting & antioxidant food intake!
Look out for seasonal and antioxidant foods with vitamin C, Zinc, Iron, Omega 3, like Citrus foods, spinach, pomegranate, oysters, sweet potatoes, legumes, lentils, leafy vegetables, turmeric, garlic, squash, Kale, and Salmon!
Check out one of our favorite soup recipes with squash and garlic to fight the cold and take advantage of some of the yummy seasonal foods:
For 4 people:
1 kg squash
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
1. Remove the seeds without peeling the skin, and cut the squash into little pieces.
2. Put the diced squash into a cooking pot and fill it with water (level not surpassing the level of squash) and cook on low heat for about 25-30 minutes.
3. Add the crushed garlic cloves and salt near the end of the cooking time. Mix all of the ingredients. Serve warm and add some lactose-free creme fraiche to taste if you like!