As winter hangs on in the PNW, our skin craves a little extra TLC. Winter's harsh winds, low humidity, and indoor heating can wreak havoc, leaving skin dry, flaky, and irritated. With a few targeted adjustments to your routine, you can keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the coldest months.
To get the most out of any routine, we recommend you schedule a facial with one of our skincare professionals. Not only will your skin look and feel radiant after your treatment, but you’ll receive a customized roadmap for navigating winter skin woes. Try our Custom Peel Facial, Deluxe Hydrafacial, or the Ultimate Radiance Treatment Facial - you won’t regret it!
In the meantime, here’s a guide with expert advice by our pros, to help keep you on track.
Cleanse gently: Swap out harsh, stripping cleansers for creamy formulas. Look for products with natural fragrance like essential oils over synthetic fragrances. We recommend Glo Skin Beauty Gentle Cream Cleanser for its ability to thoroughly removes makeup, excess oil and debris while respecting the skin's natural moisture balance.
Hyaluronic Acid is Your Hero: This humectant magnet attracts and retains moisture, leaving skin plump and hydrated. Look for serums or moisturizers with hyaluronic acid. Try Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum, to give you a boost. It’s made with a unique Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Complex which combines cica, succulent strawberry, and rhubarb.
Layer Up: Don't underestimate the power of layering! Start with a hydrating toner or essence, followed by a serum, then seal it all in with a rich moisturizer. Consider a cream that goes above and beyond, such as Glo Skin Beauty Bio-Renew EGF Cream, a transformative, age-defying face cream powered by vegan EGF, bio-recovery peptides, and Phyto-retinol, for next-level firming, smoothing, and hydration. Currently, when you purchase this innovative moisturizer, you’ll receive a complimentary trial size of the Glow Skin Beauty Bio-Renew EGF Drops.
Exfoliate Wisely: Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover but be gentle! Opt for chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs over harsh scrubs, which can irritate dry winter skin. We recommend Glo Skin Beauty’s Hydrabrite Pro 5 Liquid Exfoliant for use 3-5 nights a week. Most importantly, listen to your skin and adjust frequency as needed.
Protect and Prevent: Sunscreen is essential year-round, even in winter! The sun's UV rays can damage skin even on cloudy days. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer and reapply every two hours when spending time outdoors. You can’t go wrong with Coola Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Mist SPF50 as a finishing touch to your skincare or makeup routine.
Combat Dry Air: Indoor heaters can zap moisture from the air. Invest in a humidifier to add moisture back into your environment, or (carefully) try a mini steam-facial at home next time you boil water for your market spice tea. Simply drape a towel over your head to catch the steam, letting the moisture build up on your face - just don’t get too close!
Bonus Tip: Treat yourself to a weekly hydrating mask! This is a great way to give your skin an extra boost of moisture and pampering. We love Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Calm Enzyme Mask for its support of the skin’s natural exfoliation process, sloughing away dull surface cells and delivering a deeper hydration boost.
Honorable Mention for Targeted Skin Types:
- Dry Skin: Look for oil-based products. Consider adding a face oil to your routine for extra nourishment, such as Eminence Facial Recovery Oil.
- Oily Skin: Choose lightweight, oil-free moisturizers. Don't skip the moisturizer, as dehydrated skin can become oily to overcompensate. Go with Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer.
- Sensitive Skin: Be extra gentle and choose calming and soothing products. Patch test any new product before applying it to your entire face. For activated skin, try Glo Skin Beauty Phyto Calm Aloe Hydrator for it soothes while it replenishes moisture.
Remember, Consistency is Key! By following these tips and tailoring your routine to your specific skin type, you can keep your skin healthy and radiant all winter long. Embrace the cozy season with confidence, knowing your skin is prepped and protected!