Lowen’s Winter Skincare Tips
With winter, comes dryness. Extremes of temperature as we venture outside puts our skin through its paces. Combine that with the fact that our cold, winter air is a greedy bugger, trying to strip your skin of moisture.
Heels crack, lips chap, cuticles bleed and our skin is in a general state of unhappiness. Good news is we have regulating mechanisms built in to try and prevent this from happening. I’m talking about our sebaceous glands. Let’s learn about these often villainized citizens of your corpus:
Sebaceous glands release sebum into the hair follicle that migrates to the skin’s surface. Their activity is really sensitive to hormonal changes (androgens, corticosteroids, substance P, cytokines, etc.) as well as external pressures (like the weather).
Sebum. Seems like an ugly word. It is an important component of the skin as it helps create a protective layer that helps our skin resist dehydration and is important in establishing the pH of the skin surface – which is slightly acidic. Acidity is good in this case as a lower pH discourages infection (bacteria and viruses) and this “acid mantle” (AKA barrier) helps protect us.
Things can go wrong.
Follicles can get plugged, oil can be over produced, hormones go wonky. Combine these and you get problems (blackheads, whiteheads, nodules, etc.).
So how do you prevent things from going wrong?
- Stay hydrated – inside and out.
- Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser that cleans vs strips your skin. As well, what is in your cleanser may also be a problem. A notorious baddy is sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) which, in our opinion, not only strips your skin of a lot of the inherent goodness, but it also is wildly known to be a skin irritant that won’t help that acne problem. Looking for ideas? – we recommend You sure Clean Up Nice! Face and Body Wash because we make it, it is gentle enough to bathe our babies with yet it is powerful enough to wash off stubborn makeup… so it is just awesome). As well, watch your water temperature. The hotter the water, the harsher washing can be on your skin, no matter the cleanser.
- After you wash your face, you likely washed away all of that that sebum. That’s a good thing as it was likely a little old and a little dirty. Thing is, now that it is gone, it needs to be replaced and your body doesn’t work that fast. So you need to moisturize. Choose one that contains simple ingredients and penetrates your skin. Avoid mineral oil and petroleum based moisturizers as they just sit on the skin. Here again our Rub it in Why Don’t Ya! Hand and Body Lotion is a yearlong staple. The fact that we use locally sourced, unrefined, fair trade ingredients, Rub it in Why Don’t Ya! is EWG Verified™ as being safe and it is abundant in essential fatty acids that can act directly to decrease inflammation, it would be hard to find a more value-packed product on the market.
Stay warm friends and take care of your skin!
CEO & Creative Mastermind @ Lowen’s