Prep for Winter Skin with These Moisturizing Ingredients
Posted November 2023
Written by Jamie Barrows
When the wind gets chilly and the leaves start falling, you know winter is just around the corner. How else can you tell? Your skin begins revolting! According to a recent survey, 77% percent of Americans say their skin suffers from dryness in the winter. With that comes itchiness, flaking, and sometimes even embarrassment. Incorporating moisturizing ingredients into your skincare routine is crucial to combat those annoying cold-weather skin conditions. Here are a few essential additives to consider for a winter-ready skincare regimen.
Hyaluronic acid is a standout ingredient that has seen significant traction over the last decade. It has come so far that dermatologists regularly recommend it to their patients. They do so because it works so effectively as a topical treatment. Hyaluronic acid is classified as a humectant, meaning it is a moisture magnet. It can retain 1000 times its weight in water and pulls moisture from the atmosphere to plump and quench the skin's thirst. In addition to boosting hydration, it can also decrease the appearance of fine lines - a win-win!
Embrace the richness of shea butter, a natural and creamy ingredient that works wonders for dehydrated skin. It is packed with fatty acids and vitamins, providing intense nourishment and forming a protective barrier against the harsh elements of winter. It is also incredibly safe to use because it doesn't contain chemicals, won't clog pores, and contains a very low level of proteins that can cause an allergic reaction. Shea butter is a popular bar soap ingredient because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. So, while lathering, you can protect your skin while simultaneously hydrating and cleansing it.
Ceramides are natural lipids that make up a vast majority of the outer layer of your skin. They are essential fatty acids that keep your skin moisturized and work to keep out harmful bacteria and germs. Although they are found naturally in your skin, as we age, we lose the ability to produce as many as we would in our younger days. Incorporating products with ceramides into your routine helps replenish and strengthen the skin's barrier, preventing moisture loss and maintaining a soft and supple complexion. Check out one of our favorite brands, CeraVe, for all your ceramide needs!
Another famous humectant is all-mighty glycerin. It is found in most bar soaps because it hydrates the skin and is incredibly shelf-stable, well-tolerated, and its effects last relatively long after application. Like hyaluronic acid, glycerin attracts and traps moisture in your skin. With continued use, your skin can become less itchy and scaley.
Adjust your skincare routine as the temperature drops. Opt for richer, more hydrating skincare ingredients like the ones mentioned above in soaps, lotions, serums, and even shampoos (to combat scalp dryness). Incorporating these moisturizing ingredients can protect your skin against seasonal challenges and maintain a radiant and healthy complexion throughout the winter.
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CeraVe. "Survey Reveals Itchy Skin Ranks Among Americans' Top Winter Troubles." PR Newswire, 7 Jan. 2019, www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/survey-reveals-itchy-skin-ranks-among-americans-top-winter-troubles-300773073.html
"Hyaluronic Acid." Cleveland Clinic, 4 May 2022, www.my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22915-hyaluronic-acid