SKIN CONCERNS 101
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Winter is coming and that means cold commutes and central heating, which can disrupt your skin’s moisture balance. To keep your skin at its most happy and hydrated, we’ve enlisted dermatologist Dr. Alexis Stephens to share her winter skincare tips.
As the temperature drops and we reach for the thermostat, our skin tends to become drier and more sensitive. Dr. Alexis says: “Gentle cleansing is a must during winter months to keep the skin healthy and hydrated for optimal skin barrier function. I recommend Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser ; its gentle formulation including ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides helps lock in the skin’s moisture.”
The award-winning CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser not only deeply cleans the skin, thanks to MVE technology, which gradually releases the ceramide-enriched formula over an extended period of time, it supplies it with a steady stream of nourishment to refresh it without over-stripping or leaving skin feeling tight or dry.
When it comes to your winter skincare routine, it all comes down to hydration. To give thirsty skin some relief, it’s important to know the nourishing ingredients you should be layering on your skin.
Dr. Alexis says: “Moisturising ingredients fall into three broad categories: humectants which bind water, occlusives which create a barrier to prevent water loss, and emollients, which replace gaps between skin cells, keeping the barrier intact. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a key humectant to look for in skincare products during winter. Hyaluronic acid is an amazing molecule (also present in skin naturally) capable of holding over a thousand times its weight in water. When used in skincare, HA helps to bind vital hydration, locking in moisture within the skin. Occlusives include squalane, derived from olives, and richly nourishing shea butter. Ceramides are a potent emollient lipid. Ceramides help keep skin feel hydrated and supple; and are a great option for those suffering with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.”
Dr. Alexis also recommends layering on your skincare in winter, just as you would your clothes, to reap the benefits of a variety of moisturising ingredients.
Apply CeraVe’s Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your face and neck daily before your moisturiser to support the skin’s barrier and retain moisture. Follow with a nourishing face lotion like CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream to trap in all the hydrating ingredients.
Dry skin doesn’t just affect the face. Your body’s skin also needs a little TLC during the winter months to protect it from exposure to cold, dry air, heavier fabrics and continuous layering.
“I recommend moisturising daily, with the best time for application being immediately after bathing,” says Dr. Alexis. “Pat the skin dry, then apply your moisturiser while the skin is still damp, allowing the moisturiser to lock in optimal hydration. For the body, I love CeraVe Moisturising Cream, it’s packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturise and restore the skin barrier. CeraVe Moisturising Cream is fragrance free and non-comedogenic, making it suitable for the even the most sensitive skin types.”
As your hands are one of the most exposed areas, you’ll want to keep a reparative hand cream handy to soothe and prevent dry, cracked hands too.
As well as slathering on a body lotion for dry skin in winter, you can avoid unwanted dry skin patches on the body by also switching up your shower routine. While very tempting during winter months, hot, steamy showers and baths can actually be dehydrating, leading to small tears and cracks over the skin’s surface, and dry, flaky and irritated patches of skin forming. Lowering the temperature in the shower as well as limiting how long you spend in it can help prevent dry skin on the body.
Dr. Alexis adds: “Make sure to apply emollients daily as hydrating moisturisers and creams seal and lock moisture into the skin. The best time to apply is right after bathing when skin is still slightly damp. If your skin is extremely dry in certain areas, try reapplying throughout the day and switching to a heavier ointment-based formulation.”
It’s important to maintain daily SPF whatever the season. Dr. Alexis concludes: “Despite less daylight hours and deeper cloud cover [in winter], ultraviolet rays may still cause damage to the skin. Make sure you’re wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, 365 days a year.”