Taking care of your skin is a 24x7, 365 days a year ritual. And locking in on a skincare routine that works for you makes things easier. But our skin isn’t immune to the seasons - which means you need to switch up that routine as the weather changes.
Winter skin care requires a little extra attention. The air gets colder, the weather gets drier, and you’re also eating different kinds of foods to keep you warmer. (Any hot chocolate fans out here? We feel you!)
All of this has an impact on your skin. 3 of the most common skin problems people tend to face in winter are dry skin, dull skin, and rough skin. So it makes sense to invest in products and supplements that can work to target these specific issues.
Dry skin care in winter: what to use
The thing about the winter air is that it dries out your skin more than at other times of the year. And dull skin and rough skin tends to be after effects of dryness. So what you need are products that can help hydrate, moisturise and lock in moisture, so you don’t end up with dry lips and painfully dry patches on your skin.
Here are a few ingredients that can help in your winter skin care routine, particularly if you’re looking for winter care for dry skin.
Hemp Seed Oil
If there’s one thing you should add to your dry skin home care remedies, it’s hemp seed oil. A rich source of Omega fatty acid, hemp is a natural way to moisturise and hydrate your skin, and protect it from damage. Hemp is rich in antioxidants, which can fish free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage your skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, etc.
Cannabliss from India Hemp Organics is a great option and designed specifically for skincare. A hydrating CBD oil, it controls sebum (natural oil) production, soothes sensitive skin, and hydrates and moisturises dry skin - something we all need in winter!
Omega 3 Capsules
Omega 3 fatty acids are what are labelled as “good fats:” the kind you find in foods like walnuts, avocados and fatty fish. These good fats aren’t produced by our body, so we need to get them from outside sources. Omegas are important to keep your skin hydrated from the inside, and to build healthy skin layers. The outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis, needs good fat to stay moisturised and hydrated. And like we said - in winter, your skin needs an extra boost of hydration to combat the dry, cold air. So Omegas are a great way to support healthy skin appearance and function from within.
We love the vegan Omega 3 capsules from RawRX, made from marine algae and flaxseeds. These capsules nourish your skin from within and also elevate bone and joint health and can help manage PCOS symptoms. These capsules are great for everyone, not just vegans.
Did you know that hyaluronic acid doesn’t just come in serum form? It can be ingested, in the form of a pill. It’s actually a molecule that’s found in our bodies, mainly in our cartilage. And it’s main function is to help maintain skin moisture and elasticity. So in winter when the weather gets drier, an HLA supplement can help balance skin moisture levels.
Swisse has a hyaluronic acid supplement with a boost of collagen (the protein that gives our skin its elasticity) so adding this to your routine can give you a real boost in winter, keeping it hydrated and supple.
Hyperpigmentation is the more scientific term for dark spots. These can happen from sun damage, from excessive melanin production (melanin is the natural pigment that makes our skin dark and gives it colour) and often, from acne scars that are taking time to heal. Hyperpigmentation can actually get more difficult to manage in the winter, since dry weather has a tendency to worsen skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema, leaving behind more persistent dark spots.
An anti-pigmentation serum can target dark spots and help fade them away, while giving your skin a more even appearance and delivering some much-needed moisture for softer skin. This serum from Laurik, with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and coconut extract hits all the right spots to target dark posts (pardon the pun).
So there is a connection between your gut health and skin health. And digestion plays a big role in gut health.
And in winter, your digestion tends to slow dow. For one, you’re probably drinking less water, which means lower hydration levels. Your activity levels may also be lower, so your metabolism and energy levels may also slow down. Adding a good probiotic supplement can keep your digestion moving along well and in turn impact your skin health.
The Good Bug has a special probiotic blend that’s made for skin, hair and nail health, that contains Lactobacillus Plantarum for hydration and other nutrients that heal damaged skin and improve overall skin health. It also contains the antioxidant glutathione that targets dark spots and boosts radiance.