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By Kim Sarros
Kim Sarros, a California-based esthetician and Skin Health Education Lead at NeoStrata Company, Inc, shared her 5 Skincare Favorites for Winter. Read on to find her recommendations.
Winter is on its way. For many of us that means a change in the weather – a drop in humidity plus an increase in cold and wind – that can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. Add to that the drying effects of indoor heating, and it might feel like there’s no place to hide during this skin-challenging season.
As an esthetician, I have treated a lot of clients over the years with dry, flaky and sensitive winter skin. My top recommendations always include a combination of exfoliation and hydration to help address these common winter skin challenges.
Let’s talk about how to protect your skin during the winter to keep it glowing and healthy-looking all season long. Plus, I’ll share my top five NEOSTRATA picks for the ultimate winter skincare regimen.
Every season brings its own skincare challenges and benefits, and winter is no different. One positive aspect of the winter months
is that shorter days equals less time for damaging UV exposure. On the other hand, less humidity and a harsher, drier climate can
leave skin feeling vulnerable to the ravages of winter weather.
Common skin concerns during winter include dry, flaky skin, more notable appearance of crepiness and fine lines, itchiness, tightness or discomfort and visible redness for those with sensitive skin.
Elements like low humidity, cold and wind can challenge skin’s moisture barrier and matrix – made up of components like cholesterol,
free fatty acids and ceramides – which are designed to help defend the skin from environmental stressors that can lead to dryness
Counteracting these environmental factors with moisturizers and hydrating ingredients can help support skin’s moisture barrier, helping alleviate dryness to restore a softer, plumper-looking, more supple feel to skin.
Absolutely! Exfoliation and hydration are powerful partners when it comes to your winter skincare regimen. When water content at the skin’s
surface drops below a certain level, normal skin turnover can be impacted, leading to an increased buildup of dead surface skin and debris.
This buildup contributes to the look of rough texture and flaky skin. It can also affect how well
your serums and moisturizers reach the skin’s surface.
Exfoliating with ingredients like Glycolic Acid or PHAs can support skin turnover and help clear a path for your topical skincare products to effectively penetrate into skin’s surface layers.
Here are my top 5 exfoliating and hydrating picks to build your winter skincare regimen:
Bonus Pick: Glycolic Microdermabrasion Face Polish: Looking to take winter exfoliation to the next level? Try Glycolic Microdermabrasion Face Polish, a dual-action exfoliator that combines the power of 10% Glycolic Acid with professional grade crystals for skin that feels smoother, softer and silky after just one use.
Use Glycolic Microdermabrasion Face Polish 1-3 times a week after cleansing. Apply to wet skin, massage in a circular motion for 30-seconds and rinse thoroughly with water before applying serum, eye cream and moisturizer.
Winter is on its way, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. As the days grow shorter, remember to exfoliate and hydrate to keep your skin glowing and healthy-looking all season long.