It’s not a secret that harsh winter weather plays havoc with skin, leaving it dry, inflamed and irritated.
Very cold air outside and warm, dry air inside causes extreme temperature variations. The lack of moisture created by central heating dries out the skin, which can compromise the barrier layer of dry skins – requiring intense hydration to repair the damage.
Chill winds later in winter and through early spring can also create a physical stress. For sensitive skin this causes an immune response that can create rashes, hives, dryness and soreness.
Which winter skin ingredients are best?
The first thing to check out when it comes to winter skincare are the properties of the ingredients you choose.
The effectiveness of natural and organic skincare is all based in its ingredients fundamental qualities. We choose several targeted ingredients, specifically based on their abilities to help skin become more resilient against winter weather and improve winter skin care:
Arctic Rhodiola, a Siberian adaptogen, proven to help the skin stabilise itself in adverse conditions, helps skin adapt to extremes of hot and cold temperatures. Find it in the Neutralise Cleanser, Restore Cream and the Balance Fluid
Antarctic Glycoproteins, extremolytic proteins, which work by providing protection and resistance against extreme variations in temperature and air quality, produced by an Antarctic organism to enable it to survive the extreme cold.
Thus, it has cryoprotective properties, making it resistant to freezing as well as being extremely anti-ageing.
Find it in the Renew Serum
What winter skin care should you choose?
As explained, winter skin is often dry, inflamed and stressed from constantly changing temperatures and humidity.
To treat this, we advise replenishing the skins protective barrier layer, preferably using natural biocompatible (non-toxic) oils such as those in our full-spectrum-omega Replenish Serum, which contains Arctic Sea Buckthorn, Chilean Rosehip, Desert Argan and Desert Pomegranate oils to nourish.
PRO-TIP: For instant hydration and a reduction in inflammation, blend it into your moisturiser to make it richer.
You can also use it on its own as a separate night treatment together with one of our other serums if required.
We offer two consistencies of moisturiser, so you can switch between them for summer and wintertime, day or night, or dependent on the conditions you are facing.
The Restore Cream is designed to be very nourishing and is a rich thick texture. It contains Desert Glycoproteins, which come from an organism uniquely adapted to very dry conditions and are very good at improving skin hydration – critical when air conditioning and heating strips natural moisture levels.
It is also very important to make sure you have included plenty of essential fatty acids in your diet. Ingredients to choose include:
- Dark Green Leafy Veg
- Dark Chocolate (hurray!)
These can boost winter skin care from the inside by making sure cells retain enough moisture when it is very dry and cold outside.
To ensure adequate hydration (which you need even in the cold) drink plenty of plain filtered or to maintain hydration.