How To Prep Your Skin For Cold Weather

Fall and winter are right around the corner and your skin isn’t about that dry air life.  Prepping your skin for cold weather will prevent dryness and irritation before it happens.  Adding one or two products in your regimen can help a ton!

a woman prepping her skin for cold weather

WHY YOU SHOULD PREP YOUR SKIN FOR COLD WEATHER​

Right now, at the tail end of summer your skin barrier is laying back relaxing and sucking in all the moisture.

You might notice your skin is balanced in the summer with fewer breakouts.  This is due to the moisture in the air, it keeps your skin hydrated and happy.

When seasons change and the weather gets colder the moisture leaves the air. You find that your skin feels parched, more fine lines are visible because it’s dry or dehydrated and possible new breakouts.

Your skin barrier’s vacation is over.  It’s all over the place trying to balance itself out and get comfortable again.

Instead of waiting for the cold weather to dry out your skin, start to incorporate skin strengthening products to help it be prepared!

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD YOU START TO INCORPORATE IN YOUR ROUTINE?​

Alright, let’s talk about the goods, baby.  There are a few solid ingredients to help strengthen your skin barrier.

First off is panthenol.  Panthenol aka pro vitamin b5 is a baller ingredient. It is a humectant, which binds water to the skin and holds it in.  It also acts as an emollient which softens skin cells and adds a glow to the skin.

Panthenol is sensitive, acne, rosacea, dry, combo, dehydrated skin friendly.  You name it.  It is compatible with so many other ingredients, so you won’t have to worry.  It will not clog your pores, and the best part about it is that it is anti-inflammatory.

Any ingredient that is anti-inflammatory is your friend.

It helps retain moisture in the skin and prevents trans epidermal water loss. Can I get an amen?

Panthenol is found mainly in moisturizers and serums.

a Panthenol container used to prep your skin for cold weather

The Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer is a fabulous nighttime moisturizer for sensitive skin and rosacea as well as post acne redness.  This moisturizer is also formulated with ceramides, my next ingredient to discuss.  The combination of these two together really helps calm, hydrate and restore the skin barrier.

PCA Skin Hydrating Serum is a bit pricey but has some great ingredients. In there is our girl panthenol.  It is also formulated with niacinamide, which is another gentle yet powerful vitamin.  Containing gluconolactone a poly hydroxy acid, that gently exfoliates while keeping in hydration, it is great for sensitive skin.  Amino acids to hydrate and plump the skin.  We love a good plump.

The Ordinary Amino Acids+ B5 is an affordable yet great option as well.  Amino acids hydrate and help with texture.  Niacinamide and, of course, panthenol, help calm, hydrate and balance the skin!

Next up, ceramides. Ceramides are lipids naturally found in your skin and are an essential part of your skin barrier.  Moisturizers formulated with ceramides are great for maintaining and strengthening your skin barrier and perfect for prepping your skin for the cold.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream is a rich cream that is acne and sensitive skin friendly.  It also has hyaluronic acid which is a great humectant, and licorice root which is anti-inflammatory yasss.  As well as green tea a great antioxidant.

La Roche- Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer is more on the lightweight side.  Great for all skin types.  Also contains Niacinamide!

The INKEY List Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment  Is a great option to apply before your moisturizer.  It’s a lightweight formula, that also contains hyaluronic acid and some amino acids which is always a plus.

Naturium Plant Ceramide Rich Moisture Cream– A rich moisturizer, with many plants based fatty acids to help restore and soften the skin. Also has shea butter a great occlusive ingredient for dry skin!

Lastly, our dear friend hyaluronic acid.  A wonderful humectant that binds and retains water molecules within the skin, for added hydration and supple skin.

Don’t let the word acid fool you.  This ingredient is very tolerable and can be combined with any active ingredient.  Naturally found in your skin hyaluronic acid is a “can’t go wrong with” ingredient.  Hyaluronic acid serums are fabulous to incorporate into your routine, to help prep your skin for cold weather.

There are so many hyaluronic acid serums on the market, including very expensive ones. Truth is, the expensive ones do the same thing as less expensive ones.  When using a hyaluronic acid serum, you want to make sure you are following it up with a moisturizer after.  Otherwise, it will dry you out.

Naturium Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5% is a super hydrating serum with low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper. It also contains Vitamin E a great antioxidant for the skin.

Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum and Moisturizer is a lightweight serum formulated with mineral water for simple sweet hydration.  It is so lightweight, you may need a moisturizer on top.

The Ordinary Buffet is formulated with hyaluronic acid and peptides.  Peptides have the potential to stimulate collagen, but they mainly act as humectants, holding onto water on the top layer of skin like hyaluronic acid for an extra boost of hydration.

Well that does it!  Boost and prepare your skin for cold weather to come!  All products I recommend are fragrance free unless, I disclose otherwise.  Happy skin days ahead!

Nicole 

With Love,

Nicole

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