Whether it’s the harsh blizzards of New England, the chilly rains of the Pacific North West or the comparatively mild, cool days of LA, winter weather conditions can do a serious number on your skin. You might find that your rest-of-the-year skin care regimen isn’t cutting it, but not to worry—we have everything you need to keep your skin looking its best, even in some of the most inhospitable conditions.
Extra Hydration is Key
Cold temperatures cause our pores to close tight as surface moisture is bled away, leading to dryness, itching, chapping and even cracking. Your regular moisturizer might not cut it so we recommend something a little more emollient like the Super Shape Skin Recharge Cream with its rich, hydrating complex of botanical oils, glycerin and natural humectants. These ingredients strengthen the lipid barrier—your skin’s natural defense against dryness—while promoting firmness, elasticity and a healthy-looking tone.
Don’t ignore the rest of you though—hands and lips can become dry, chapped and cracked so they’re definitely going to need an extra layer of protection. The Hydro Salve Hand Cream and Lip Balm hydrate and nourish with plant-based oils, rich in Omega fatty acids which help create a layer of insulation from the cold.
Take Your Time When Shaving
For shaving, we’d recommend putting in in a little more prep and post work to keep your skin on an even keep. This means starting your shave right after exiting the shower while your pores are still open. Start with our Shave Tonic to wake up your skin before shaving. Follow with the Super Close Shave Formula with its soothing blend of peppermint oil, tea tree and menthol crack down on any potential inflammation before it has a chance to begin. Finish with our alcohol-free After Shave Balm to get that extra layer of hydration between you and the elements before you step out of your door.
Other Tips and Tricks
Just like in the summer months, it’s important to stay hydrated so that your skin has an emergency reserve of moisture it can draw from. The aloe vera in many of our products draws moisture up to the surface of the skin while our botanical humectants keep it locked into the lipid barrier to keep skin looking soft and healthy.
If your skin is more on the oily side, you may still find yourself in need of an extra layer of moisture when the temperatures dip and your pores go into survival mode. Odds are your skin isn’t going to be producing too much sebum if it’s really cold, but that doesn’t mean the moisture can’t be sapped from it by the environment. But if you’re worried about breakouts, we’d recommend exfoliating with our Facial Scrub first to help keep your complexion clear.
In the Beatles song, “I Am The Walrus,” John Lennon writes about “getting a tan standing in the English rain.” That wasn’t just a cool bit of lyrical poetry. UVA rays pierce even heavy cloud cover as if they weren’t even there, causing redness and premature aging. So it’s always a very good idea to wear a sunscreen even on a cold and gloomy winter’s day.
Apply these changes to your skin care regimen for a noticeable improvement in your skin’s behavior during the colder months.
Ice, ice, baby.