Dry, flaky and dehydrated skin and cold weather go hand in hand. This is because low temperatures mean low humidity, both outdoors and indoors. The water content of the epidermis tends to reflect the level of humidity around it, so even oily and combination skin types suffer from red, itchy skin during winter months.
Fortunately, few simple changes in your daily skincare routine can alleviate winter skin symptoms.
Switching abrasive physical exfoliators for a gentle cleanser can help the skin adjust to cooler, drier weather. ZO Gentle Cleanser For All Skin Types is great for dehydrated skin thanks to a potent blend of antioxidants and botanical extracts that removes dead cells, sebum and dirt, while maintaining healthy lipid balance and helps retain epidermis natural moisture level.
Switch to a Non-Retinol Serum
Retinol is a gold standard ingredient for treating all signs of skin ageing and inflammatory conditions such as acne and rosacea. However, skin becomes drier and more prone to irritation during winter months, so cutting down the frequency of application or switching to an antioxidant serum is beneficial for drier skin types.
ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum is a retinol-free formulation that delivers daily DNA repair and antioxidant protection to slow and correct the signs of ageing. Formulated with ZPRO™ exclusive antioxidant biomimetic protein complex, Growth Factor Serum stimulates the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid and protect skin cells DNA from future damage.
Enzymes are Key
Sloughing off dry patches with exfoliating brushes and other mechanical devices is a short-term fix that can exacerbate dry skin symptoms and lead to more irritation and flaking.
Ceramides are enzymes, found naturally in the uppermost layers of the skin, that help shed dead cells and limit moisture loss. ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème features ceramides, antioxidants and jojoba esters to reinforce skin barrier functions and restore healthy hydration levels.
Don’t Skip On SPF Protection
During winter months, sunlight contains less UVB radiation which is the culprit for sun burns. However, long-wavelength UVA rays are present all year can penetrate through clouds, fog and window glass, causing oxidative stress and premature signs of ageing. SPF protection of minimum 30 is vital in high altitudes as snow reflects 80% of UV rays, in comparison to sand and water that only reflect around 10-15%.