Who doesn’t love a first snowfall, bundled up in your favorite chunky sweater with a warm mug of hot cocoa in your hands? Wintertime can be a magical time for many, but it’s no secret that the cold, blustery outside temps and the hot, dry inside heat can wreak havoc on your skin. Dry, irritated, itchy skin can turn even the happiest winter bunny into a Grinch! Finding the right skincare routine can bring balance back into your life and your thirsty skin, so you can go back to enjoying all the season has to offer.
What’s Really Going On?
In the winter, things get dry, humidity is low, and our skin suffers. The cold, outside temps suck up any tiny bit of moisture in the air and the dry inside heat that keeps you toasty pulls moisture from the room and ultimately your skin. This results in dry, itchy, irritated skin. The key to countering this is, of course, trying to retain as much moisture in your skin as possible. Proper hydration will help, but finding products that support your skin's natural microbiome, while addressing the lack of moisture this time of year brings, is a smart, natural, and sustained way of beating the ‘winter skin blues’.
The skincare field is getting smarter. Rather than treating only the symptoms of skin issues, many companies are trying to meet your skin where it lives. Companies like Mother Dirt focus on protecting and preserving the ‘good’ bacteria that are naturally occurring on the surface of healthy skin. This ‘good’ bacteria actually help to balance the skin, so in winter, when the skin is particularly dry, the skin's natural biome has an opportunity to adjust. Think of it as ‘probiotics’ for your skin.
What is a Good Skincare Routine For Winter Skin?
Your skin does require different things during different seasons. During the winter, a natural skincare routine that prioritizes the protection of your skin's microbiome sufficiently addresses the redness, irritation, and dryness that comes with winter skin, and is designed to deliver the added moisture your skin needs this time of year is the goal. A skincare kit might be a good place to start. Look for a kit that has no more than 2 - 4 steps. A good, effective 3 - 4 step kit is ideal, as it is easy and quick to use and consistency is the key to keeping your skin hydrated. It should include a gentle cleanser (for face and body), one that won’t dry out the skin, a moisturizer or body oil (for face and body), and ideally, a probiotic mist that will revive the ‘good’ bacteria that has been lost to the punishing, dry, inside heat and harsh outside temperatures.
Look for natural products that avoid harsh chemicals and preservatives, as chemicals and preservatives may give the illusion of moisture while actually drying out the skin. Look for products that have been dermatologist reviewed, peer tested and specifically designed to protect your skin’s natural microbiome. It can’t be overstated how important the natural ecosystem of your body is in maintaining a healthy and natural balance to your skin. So keep it natural, keep it simple, and enjoy that hot cocoa!