Published: October 30, 2023
Does your skin often struggle to look soft and dewy once the cold weather begins to draw in?
You’re not alone. Between the frigid temperatures, harsh winds, lack of humidity, and extra time spent inside huddled around an indoor heating system, it’s extremely common to find yourself dealing with dryness, roughness, and the loss of radiance when the winter season really sets in.
However, rather than resigning yourself to sporting a lackluster complexion for the next few months, follow these winter skin tips from CBGärdN. Once you know exactly how to care for your skin during the colder season, you’ll have no problems restoring your naturally luminescent glow!
Switch to a Richer Moisturizer
Winter skin tends to be drier, and this is down to a couple of different reasons.
Firstly, the drier the air around you, the more moisture it will suck from your skin. Not only is the air outside dry in the winter because of a lack of humidity, but indoor heating creates a dry indoor environment too. This means that your skin can never really escape from the dryness.
The strong winds in the winter months can also dry the skin out. The harsher the wind, the drier it will leave your skin. It doesn’t help that the skin produces less sebum in the winter, making it even more prone to dryness. Even those who have oily skin at other times of the year can sometimes find themselves with rough, dull dryness in bitter winter conditions.
One of the best ways to counter this is by using a rich moisturizer. Not only will this give your skin some extra hydration, but a thicker formula will form a thicker seal over the surface of your skin. This will prevent moisture from evaporating out of your skin quite so quickly.
One moisturizer that works beautifully for winter skin is the CB Bio-Restorative Crème. It contains a few different moisture-binding humectants, such as glycerin and betaine. It has also been formulated with shea butter and sunflower seed oil to lock those hydrating humectants in. Your skin will immediately feel intensely hydrated after using this moisturizer!
Ditch Harsh Cleansers For Gentler Alternatives
Since your skin already has to contend with so much extra dryness in the winter, you need to make sure that you aren’t exacerbating this with any of the products in your skincare routine.
Cleansers are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to products that dry out the skin. Many contain skin-stripping sulfates and dehydrating alcohols that don’t do your skin any favors at other times of the year, let alone in the winter months.
With cleansing being something that you should be doing daily, it’s worth treating yourself to a gentle, winter-friendly cleanser as soon as temperatures begin to drop. The CBGärdN CB Facial Cleanser would be a great choice. Not only will it moisturize your skin while it cleanses, but it’s also infused with nettle leaf extract. Our signature ingredient at CBGärdN, this botanical is revered for the purifying effect that it has on the complexion, making it perfect in a cleanser.
Keep Your Skin Protected With SPF
Although the sun may not feel very warm in the winter, its UV rays are still capable of damaging your skin. Not only does the sun accelerate the skin aging process but it can also lead to skin cancer.
While it’s true that UV rays may not be quite as strong in the dark and gloomy winter months, your skin’s natural protection declines at this time as well. This leaves your skin just as vulnerable as it was in the summer. This decline is down to the winter weather. The way in which strong winds dry out and dislodge skin cells means that the outer layer of the skin won’t be able to defend itself from UV damage in the way in which it previously would have.
So, when it comes down to it, sun protection is vital if you want to keep your skin looking healthy, no matter the time of year.
If you often forget to apply SPF to your winter skin, simply because the sun isn’t around quite as much to remind you, look for a day moisturizer that has been formulated with SPF, just like the CB Multi-Active Moisturizer With SPF 30. Not only does it work as an effective SPF 30 sunscreen, but it’s also infused with antioxidants to defend your complexion against other forms of environmental damage. As you’re about to find out, antioxidants should play a key role in your winter skin routine…
Build a Winter Skin Care Routine That Contains Plenty of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are a great way to shield your complexion from environmental damage. This is why they’re always recommended in a summer skincare routine.
However, winter skin needs plenty of antioxidants too. Sure, you may be spending more time indoors and away from the sun and air pollution. However, recycled indoor air can often contain an even higher level of toxins. These damage skin cells, causing accelerated aging and more.
Plus, what do you plan on doing while you’re spending all of that time indoors? If your answer involves an electronic screen of any sort, then this means that you’ll be exposing your skin to blue light damage. This is something else that has been proven to speed up the skin aging process.
Fortunately, antioxidants can help to counter the visible effects of all of this. Since antioxidants are more effective when they’re combined with other antioxidants, try to incorporate these ingredients into the various steps of your skincare routine.
For example, the cleanser we featured earlier contains nettle leaf extract. This will give you antioxidants in the cleansing step of your routine. Then, apply an antioxidant-rich serum, such as the CBDGöld Vitamin C Antioxidant Élixir from the CBDGöld Collection. This blend contains some of the most powerful antioxidant-loaded ingredients available. Its ingredient list boasts two forms of vitamin C, grape stem cells, vitamin A, and organic plant oils.
Finally, finish up your skincare routine with a moisturizer that’s brimming with antioxidants, just like the CBDGöld Velvet Silk Crème, which is also from our CBDGöld Collection.
Give Your Skin Barrier Some Extra Support
We’ve already talked about how the winter elements, from the temperature to the wind to the lack of humidity, dry out the skin. Well, this also means that they’re damaging your skin’s natural barrier. This can really throw your skin out of whack, leading to an array of different problems.
If you want to achieve healthy-looking winter skin, it’s essential to ensure that your skin barrier feels fully supported.
How can you do this?
Certain ingredients are known for replenishing and strengthening the feel of the skin barrier. Peptides do this well, as does sodium hyaluronate. You’ll find these ingredients, plus several other noteworthy compounds, in the CB Göld Replenishing Serum. Use this serum daily and you’ll leave your skin feeling fortified enough to handle the worst of the winter with ease!
Cut Back on Exfoliation
Of course, it’s not just the winter weather that damages the skin’s barrier. Over-exfoliation does the same. However, over-exfoliating in the winter is even more detrimental because this is when your skin barrier is already naturally weaker. As a result, you’ll end up causing a deeper level of harm.
So, once winter begins to announce its arrival, it’s time to reassess your exfoliation regime. If you usually exfoliate two or three times a week, drop this down to one or two. Likewise, if you only used to exfoliate once a week because you have sensitive skin, drop this down to once every ten days or so.
If you don’t want to cut back on how often you exfoliate, another option would be to switch to a gentler exfoliator. This way, you’ll still be able to enjoy the brighter and smoother complexion provided by exfoliation yet won’t be damaging your skin. The CB Microexfoliant Peel, for example, is a great way to exfoliate winter skin without stripping its surface dry.
Be Prepared For Increased Sensitivities
One of the many downsides that comes from winter skin having a compromised barrier is an increase in sensitivities. Since your skin barrier isn’t able to function optimally, it won’t be able to effectively block allergens and other impurities from reaching your skin cells. Exposure to all of this can trigger various reactions in the skin, from redness and inflammation to itching.
If you know that your skin is more prone to sensitivities in the winter, then make sure that you’re prepared. Arm yourself with gentle skincare products that are designed to soothe and calm the complexion, like the CB Facial Toner. Between niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, and nettle leaf extract, this is the perfect product for rebalancing an inflamed complexion. At the same time, it will also provide a splash of hydration, which winter skin will be desperate for!
Get Yourself a Humidifier (and Maybe Also an Air Purifier)
If you’ve read all of the above, then you’ll now be very familiar with how damaging the dry winter air can be to your skin. As we mentioned, there’s no escaping it, particularly if you use indoor heating.
However, one way to add some moisture back into the air in your home is with a humidifier. These machines can be huge game-changers in the winter, taking your complexion from flaky and rough to dewy and soft in no time.
If you really want to go all out, then you could invest in an air purifier too. This will help to eliminate the many toxins that linger in recycled indoor air. In the long run, this will save your skin from a significant amount of free radical damage. This will then allow you to stave off the appearance of everything from wrinkles to dark spots for so much longer.
If you often find yourself battling a variety of skin problems once winter starts to rear its head, it’s time to implement all of the tips that we’ve shared above. Give your skin the care that it needs and it will reward you with a radiant glow, no matter how frightful the weather around you may be.