As the weather fluctuates and the heating environments change, our skin could experience huge changes even through a day during the colder seasons of the year. This often leads to transepidermal water loss, which leaves the skin dry and dull and the skin cells irritated, inflamed and itchy, says Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. It is, therefore, important to tailor a skincare routine to suit every change and need. Here, Playing Fashion speaks to a few leading specialists in the skincare field to find out how to focus on protecting your skin from the cold, dry air and harsh winter conditions.
“Cleanser, toner and moisturizer are a must for every skin type,” begins skincare expert and celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau who has more than 25 years in the industry. During fall, it is important to avoid washing your face with hot water and avoid using soaps. Rather, Janette Ryan at Vichy advises to use cleansing creams or milks to remove dirt and sweat without stripping skin of its moisture. “These will provide more comfort and nourishment for the skin throughout these colder months,” Ms. Ryan explains.
Exfoliation - with a gentle facial scrub, an alcohol-free glycolic, lactic acid serum, or an at-home peel - holds the key to repair and brighten complexion by removing surface sun damaged cells to encourage brighter, smoother, more even-toned skin. Ms. Rouleau advises, “When using a sonic cleansing brush daily to wash your skin, the physical action of the brush on the skin is similar to that of a facial scrub, so use one or the other, but only 2-3 times a week to avoid unnecessary skin irritation.” Also acting as an exfoliator is the antibacterial bamboo muslin, which gently dislodges any dead skin cells.
Moist skin is significantly more permeable than dry skin, so after cleansing, Ms. Rouleau suggests using an alcohol-free toner and leaving it damp on the skin before applying your serum to allow its active ingredients to penetrate deeper within the skin yielding better results. However, she urges, “Serums, while meant to hydrate, should never be used alone as they don’t contain the protective properties that moisturizers do.” To prep the skin for the harsh winter months to come, she recommends serums with hydrating ingredients like Silver Ear Mushroom or Hyaluronic Acid.
Moisturizers are meant to act as a protective barrier to retain moisture in the skin leaving environmental irritants and debris out. The Eucerin team suggests using a lightweight lotion in the morning and a richer creme in the evening. “Don’t forget about SPF,” Eucerin emphasizes. “UVA rays are present year round, so harmful rays can still penetrate through clouds, glass and windows. Even if you think you’re safe indoors, it’s important to make sure your skin is covered. A moisturizer with SPF should be a part of your daily skincare routine no matter the season to protect skin from incidental sun exposure.”
Photography by Tim Ashton; styling by Robert Mishchenko; make up and product application by Colleen Runné; hair by Lauren McCowan; model: Melissa / Ford; casting by Bert Martirosyan.