It is important to help our skin perform at its best. Skin that is not hydrated enough will become dry, tight and flaky. The dry flaky cells on the surface also don’t reflect light as well, making the skin look dull, rough and unhealthy.
Hydrated skin looks healthier, smoother and softer.
Winter Skin Care Tips
These tips will help keep your skin healthy and happy through the Winter months.
Stop using cleansers that strip the skin of its natural hydration
Many cleansers can be too stripping for the skin during the colder seasons. Ingredients that are present in many cleansers, such as salicylic acid, can be great for the skin during the hot summer months, but this is the opposite for the winter season. Believe it or not, ridding your skin of all it’s natural oils can be counterintuitive as your skin tends to overproduce more oil in order to compensate. Instead, choose a cleanser with soothing and hydrating properties that won’t dry out your skin and cause further irritation like ZO’s Hydrating Cleanser, which provides a dual-action formulation that cleanses the skin while hydrating it to minimize dryness and soothe irritation in sensitized skin.
Don’t skip out on gentle exfoliators
Exfoliation is a skincare essential for both summer and winter. Dead skin cells can still build up during the winter as cool winds cause our skin to dry out. This can lead to skin looking dull and uneven during the wintertime. To reveal a softer, more even tone, choose a gentle exfoliator to buff away dead skin cells 2-3 times a week. Removing dead skin cells can also improve the effectiveness of other topicals, including your hydrators. A ZO best-seller, Exfoliating Polish contains ultra-fine magnesium oxide crystals that gently polish the skin to instantly restore a smoother skin texture and healthy glow.
Protect your skin with a daily dose of antioxidants
Did you know that a weak and damaged skin barrier is unable to lock in moisture, leaving skin dehydrated and allowing irritants and bacteria to penetrate the skin? Maintain hydration in your skin by protecting your skin’s barrier against environmental factors, like free radicals, that can weaken it.
Get your daily dose of antioxidants by replenishing your diet with fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants. Additionally, incorporate a daily antioxidant serum into your daily, winter skincare regimen. ZO’s Daily Power Defense contains enzymatic and antioxidant properties (vitamin E and A) that help protect the skin from free radical damage and improve the skin’s natural repair process.
Plump up your skin with soothing, nighttime hydration
Conventional moisturizers can usually do more harm than good as they usually do not provide long-term hydration or any other long-term benefits. This Winter choose a functional hydrator that can reduce the severity of skin reactions such as dryness, redness and itching, while accelerating hydration from within. Skinbetter Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment is a high-performance, triple-action formula that helps to hydrate a compromised barrier and bring moisture back to the skin. Visible improvement is seen in the look of fine lines, wrinkles and skin dryness. An anti-aging product that delivers heavy hydration without the weight!
Don’t forget sunscreen!
With beach days behind us, and cloudier days ahead—that does not mean you should skip out on sunscreen. While UVB rays are less prominent during the winter season, UVA rays can still be experienced at a significant level.
The sun reflecting off snow means UV rays are hitting you from additional angles. Make sure to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. Our favourites at Distinct are EltaMD UV Clear and UV Daily. UV Clear SPF 46 is formulated for skin types prone to acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. UV Daily SPF 40 is a moisturizing sunscreen for normal or combination skin types. Both available in tinted and untinted.
Looking for an instant glow? Try a Hydrafacial!
Hydrafacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection that removes dead skin cells and impurities, while simultaneously delivering moisturizing serums into the skin. With a little extra TLC you can have soft smooth radiant skin all winter long!
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