As we move into colder weather, it’s only right to transition one’s regimen to maintain healthy and hydrated skin all season long
The calendar has officially bid adieu to the summer season. With the cold days in full swing, there is no time quite like the present to start transitioning wardrobe pieces into one more fitting for the weather. But it isn’t the only change that’s due for a seasonal shift. As the temperature starts to drop, it is essential to reassess one’s skincare routine to help our skin compensate for and cope with these fluctuations.
As the relatively balmy forecast continues, the skin becomes susceptible to sensitivity and dryness. The cold weather can also strip the skin’s protective barrier. The result? It causes tiny cracks in the outer layer that allow water to escape and irritants to settle into the skin. However, adjusting one’s regimen to complement the season doesn’t have to be complicated.
Handling with care
Transitioning one’s skin-are routine from dry to rainy season is all about the delicate balance. Think more of subtle yet impactful changes. Retain core products like cleanser, toner, and sun protection, but work on updating moisturizers, serums, and treatments into one more suitable for the season. The key is to reach for formulas that help to support the skin barrier to work to prevent moisture loss.
Hero ingredients like ceramides make a worthy addition to one’s lineup because they are great for strengthening the skin barrier and help to lock in moisture. Other perennial staples in the category are humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which help boost overall hydration and improve the appearance of the skin.
Products to retire
Identifying the products and practices to retire is equally important. It’s recommended to cut back on robust ingredients with retinoids and glycolic acid as they can exacerbate dryness. Exfoliation is also recommended to be placed on temporary retirement. Keep in mind that just like the breezy weather, over-exfoliation can create tiny cracks in the skin barrier that lead to more loss of hydration and inflammation.
Products to keep
In navigating the right skincare routine for the cold weather, it’s most important to rely on the right formula and consistency. The season is a great time to reconcile with thick moisturizers and heavy creams like the Guerlain Abeille Royale Day Cream as they help replenish moisture lost. Face serums like La Mer’s The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum are vital to keeping the skin hydrated in cold weather. As for the best sunscreen? Slather on reliable options like the Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF50 with Sunflower Extract.
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