by Juliana Isaac
With winter now being fully underway, this usually means that our skin has been battling dry, flaky and/or irritated skin. When the temperature drops, humidity levels decrease, the air becomes drier and the moisture in our skin evaporates faster leaving our skin parched. So how do we tackle these winter skin issues?
Prevent moisture loss
Keeping moisture from evaporating from our skin as rapidly as it does in the cold weather is key. To do this, layering skincare products works wonders! Start with a hydrating serum, specifically one with hyaluronic acid. Serums contain concentrated ingredients and penetrate more deeply into the skin. Try Eminence’s Firm Skin Acai Booster Serum which contains hyaluronic acid and skin boosting antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times it’s weight in water so it’s perfect for that much needed hydration our skin needs. Top it off with an oil or moisturizer to seal everything in. For the body, apply an oil right after a shower while the skin is still damp for best absorption.
Hydrate from the inside
Increasing our water intake is always a great start but also eating lots of healthy fats like avocado, cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like flaxseed, walnuts, spinach, winter squash and chia seeds to name a few will hydrate you internally. Herbal teas are also a great substitute if constantly drinking water in the winter is not exactly your thing.
Exfoliating & Dry brushing
It goes without saying but this part is the most important as without it we would just be applying products on top of dead skin debris, so the skin won’t reap the benefits of your products. Exfoliate your face 1-2 times per week and dry brush your body daily. When dry brushing, start from your feet and work your way up in upward strokes towards the heart.
Cleanse only once per day
To prevent further stripping of your skin's natural oils, cleanse your face thoroughly at night and follow with layering your products. In the morning, simply rinse with water or apply a balancing or hydrating toner on a cotton pad.