Winter can be a definite challenge to our skin.
We lose the humidity of Summer and turning the heat on in our homes can take a toll on the skin.
There is hope….the skin is so resilient when it is given the right tools throughout the winter months.
Preparing for winter with a few subtle changes in your regimen will allow you to GLOW all winter.
What are the best solutions for dry skin during the winter?
Moisturizing is important. Many times, people reach for an even heavier cream to hydrate the skin, yet that is not always the best method. Many contain petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry skin in the winter, as they don’t allow true moisture to get down into the dermis. They sit on the surface like a wet blanket keeping moisture from getting deep into the skin.
Finding a good HA (Hyaluronic Acid) serum is key, especially in the winter. There are many great ones on the market. I will often add a couple drops of KH Peptide gel in with my daily moisturizer, making a little cocktail. Within seconds I can feel my skin soaking up all the nutrition and hydration. Then if you need to you can seal with something heavier (DEJ Face, KH Crème Riche or CeraVe).
Remember to use your serums first, as you layer moisture into the skin. (Think thin to thick with your regimen) I use the KH Sheer Peptide Gel which is extremely water loving, and when applied to damp skin holds 1000x its weight in water molecules. You can literally feel the skin drinking it up, and you can immediately see the cells look less crepey when they are absorbing the hyaluronic serum.
How should skincare routines change during the winter?
I am often asked “can I still use my retinoids in the winter months?” Yes, you just may want to use lower strength or use less often (2x -3x a week) than full dosage you were able to tolerate in the warmer months. DEJ Night is a wonderful alternative for the winter months, as it drives in a .25% retinoid with the hydration and antioxidants to keep your skin nourished.
Chemical peels are you best friend in the winter especially Mandelic, Lactic, Glycolic and TCA peels. They adhere to the dry surface layers and unglue them with their active ingredients. Also, using an exfoliating cream with these active ingredients will help on a daily basis to keep cells from thickening. When those dead skin cells build up is when we begin to feel the driest.
What products do you recommend to your clients?
Let’s not forget the importance of SPF in the winter months. Just because the sun is not as hot does not mean that you are safe from those harmful rays… including the rays reaching you through your car and office windows. Intellishade TruPhysical is my go to, as it adds an additional layer of moisture and anti-oxidant protection, along with full physical sun protection.
What’s the secret to glowing skin during this time of year?
In the winter it is important that we exfoliate the skin gently, I like to add little baking soda to my creamy cleanser (KH Hydra Cleanse) or use an exfoliating cleanser (KH Advanced Brightening Scrub) a couple times a week to polish off the dead skin cells.
I also dermaplane 2-3x a week with a creamy cleanser to assist in cellular turnover. Rarely do you see a man with fine vertical lines around his mouth. Men shave daily, so where they begin to notice signs of aging are crow’s feet and forehead - where they don’t shave. Check my website for video of me shaving my face. It’s so easy… no special blade, just a disposable razor from your local drugstore. Shaving is shaving. I prefer it wet vs. dry with a blade scratching the skin.
Avoid long hot showers and baths. Use lukewarm water when cleansing and bathing.
Apply moisture to skin directly after a shower on super damp skin.
Plug in your humidifiers!
These are my secret weapons… ALL WINTER!