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OUR TOP SKINCARE TIPS & PRODUCTS FOR THE WINTER


There is no denying that the winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it dry, itchy, and irritated. The change in weather, the exposure to to dry indoor heat, and cold winds make skin drier and duller. The elemental conditions of the season also can increase skin redness, sensitivity, and irritation. So here are some of our favorite skincare tips and tricks to keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long.

OUR TOP WINTER SKINCARE TIPS


1 . AVOID HOT SHOWERS


After a chilly day, is there anything better than hopping into a hot shower? Well in may feel amazing in the moment, these hot showers are actually causing more harm than good. Hot showers increase dryness and irritation by disrupting Keratin cells that are located on the outer layer of the skin. The hot temperatures can also strip the natural oils of your skin leaving your skin more dry and flakey.




2. SWITCH YOUR YOUR FOAMING CLEANSER FOR A CREAM CLEANSER


While they feeling great going on, foaming agents in foaming cleansers can strip the natural oils from your skin and throw off the pH balance, leaving it more irritated and dry. Switch to a cream cleanser to effectively clean the skin while keeping it healthy and hydrated.








3. ADD IN A HYDRATING SERUM WITH HYALURONIC ACID


Serums containing hyaluronic acid in particular, will help your skin hold onto moisture. What is hyaluronic acid and how does it benefit the skin? Hyaluronic acid is a natural polysaccharide that is produced by the body and found in the highest concentrations in our skin, connective tissue, and eyes. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds to water molecules and increases the water content of the skin keeping it hydrated, plump,& glowing.





4. SWAP OUT YOUR LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER FOR A RICHER CREAM


When the seasons change, you should also change your facial moisturizer. In the winter months we recommend switching to a heavier cream to keep your skin moisturized and hydration. In addition, using a richer cream will also help protect your skin more from harsh elements like cold, wind, and dry heat.







5. SWITCH OUT YOUR PHYSICAL EXFOLIANT FOR A CHEMICAL EXFOLIANT


Physical exfoliants like face scrubs can strip away the skin’s protective barrier, leaving the skin more dry and irritated. Try switching out your facial scrub for a chemical exfoliant. Chemical exfoliants are products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), and fruit enzymes. These ingredients help break down dead skin cells and allow for improved skin cell turnover, leaving the skin smooth and glowing.







6. STAY HYDRATED


Keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside out by increasing your water intake. Water has a wide array of health benefits and the quality of your skin is one of them — especially during the winter months when we tend to lose moisture more often.





OUR FAVORITE WINTER SKINCARE PRODUCTS




1. ALASTIN GENTLE CLEANSER


A gentle cleanser that removes impurities without drying or irritating the skin. A unique blend of moisturizers and vitamins designed to clean, soothe, and soften the skin without upsetting skin's delicate moisture balance.










2. SKINMEDICA'S AHA/BHA EXFOLIATING CLEANSER


SkinMedica's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines alpha and beta hydroxy acids to remove dead cells and other impurities from your skin to enhance a smoother and brighter complexion. Round soft jojoba spheres provide gentle exfoliating action while lavender extract tones and soothes inflammation. Mildly astringent citrus oils minimize large pores for a radiant and refreshed appearance.







3. SKINCEUTICALS PHYTO+


Phyto+ is designed to help improve skin discoloration without irritation. Formulated in a soothing gel with botanical extracts cucumber and thyme combined with arbutin and kojic acid to improve the appearance of dark spots and promote an overall brighter, more even and radiant complexion. Phyto + is delivered in a hyaluronic acid base to hydrate and improve the overall appearance of skin.







4. SKINMEDICA'S HA5 REJUVENATING HYDRATOR SERUM


HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin's natural ability to retain moisture resulting in radiant, rejuvenated tone and texture.










5. SKINCEUTICALS H.A. INTENSIFIER


A multi-beneficial corrective serum proven to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. This unique formulation supports skin’s hyaluronic acid levels and surface hydration, helping improve the visible appearance of firmness, smoothness, and facial plumpness.








6. SKINCEUTICALS TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE


Infused with these essential lipids, this fast absorbing formula has antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients to fight free-radical damage and smooth skin texture. The result is an improvement in elasticity, moisture levels, and radiance.






7. AQUAPHOR HEALING OINTMENT


Infused with these essential lipids, this treatment’s fast-absorbing formula has antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients to fight free-radical damage and smooth skin texture. The result is an improvement in elasticity, moisture levels and radiance, leaving your skin supple, healthy and radiant.


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