We all know winter has arrived when those icky cracked lips make an appearance. Many of us can feel winter coming through our skin as it becomes stretchy, dry and not to mention the redness and irritation.
To maintain your skin's health, it's time to look for more nourishing ingredients. We have curated some winter skincare tips that’ll help you keep your skin strong and healthy to survive this winter.
First things first... The skin contains proteins and lipids that lock in moisture and create a barrier against damage from external factors. In winter, however, the dry air, air conditioning, extremes of temperature and taking frequent hot baths and showers all strip the skin of this natural protection. The skin then becomes dry, flaky and dull, and fine lines become more visible. The skin also becomes more susceptible to infection and skin disorders. The key to preventing and correcting dry skin is to keep your skin well moisturised by using products that are designed to hydrate the skin, lock in moisture and restore suppleness.
Ingredients to look for :
- Hyaluronic acid : hyaluronic acid is a great humectant that is able to retain up to 1000x its weight in water. Not only that but humectants and therefore hyaluronic acid itself have the ability to attract water from the environment and pull it towards the skin.
- Vitamin E : Vitamin E will be a great source of long term skin nourishment that stays well on the skin while also helping strengthen the skin barrier, regenerate, and protect the skin.
- Panthenol : Panthenol is not only soothing and great to use even on sensitive skin types, but it is also a wonderful ingredient that promotes a healthy skin barrier, skin rejuvenation and a great moisturising agent, one that not only is able to penetrate deeply into the skin but also shares similar qualities to other humectants.
- Ceramides : Ceramides help create a barrier to prevent permeability. This locks moisture into your skin, which helps prevent dryness and irritation. It also helps to protect your epidermis from environmental damage
It is not uncommon to realised that your skin has somehow lost its glow and is more reluctant to absorb the skincare products. You’d think that since your skin has lost its moisture, it’d be excited for all the nutrition coming its way, ready to take it all in, but there is one problem, dead skin cells! Dead skin cells get worse in the winter and without proper exfoliation, you are likely to just waste the good product by applying it to the dead skin cells.
- Black Sugar : Black sugar is the perfect exfoliator for winter. An exfoliator with black sugar as its main component usually exfoliates the skin physically by scrubbing off the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Because dead skin cells pile up faster during the winter, you might want to try exfoliating with a physical exfoliant for a quicker result. Not only does black sugar offer you the immediate peel but it moisturises your skin as you exfoliate.
Ampoules & Serums
Ampoules and serums are powerful boosters for your skin packed with active ingredients. Due to higher concentrations, the texture is rather thick compared to regular moisturising lotion or toner. Ampoules are like emergency kits for your skin, it comes in small bottles and just one or two drops of it is enough to work its magic.
- Propolis : Bee propolis is commonly mistaken as honey but is actually the glue that bees use to build and hold their beehives. So, in other words, propolis is a natural resin, or simply put, “bee glue.” Propolis has been proven to increase one’s immunity and makes your body more resistant towards outside invaders, this also means that propolis can work to protect your skin towards bacterial and fungal acne. Also its healing properties make it an excellent post-acne treatment to heal the acne scars and wounds.
Calm your skin
Your skin needs time to heal especially at a time like this. Your skin gets minor scratches that may not be visible to the bare eye from the strong, cold wind and cannot heal properly due to the lack of moisture in your skin. The perfect remedy for this is a cica-cream.
- Cica or Centella asiatica : Centella asiatica is known to contain chemicals known as triterpenoids that appears to speed wound healing and increase blood supply to the wounded area. It is known to increase cellular proliferation and collagen synthesis at the wound site, as evidenced by increase in DNA, protein and collagen content of granulation tissues.
Some long winter days call for rest and relaxation, look for a rich mask to use once or twice a week to restore your skin back to its normal state. Here at Ohmygloe we like to indulge the skin in a mask twice a week - during a Sunday evening pamper and as a mid-week skincare treat.
- Honey : Honey is one of those ingredients that shall never be forgotten, multipurpose and great for various things, it never disappoints in terms of moisturisation either. Honey is a natural moisturising agent that will help rehydrate the skin but also keep the surface of your skin protected and fully moisturised. The I'm From Honey Mask contains 38.7% natural honey to hydrate the skin in seconds, increasing elasticity and hydrating the skin.