Between the dropping outdoor temps and cranking up the indoor heat, our winter skin often loses its radiance, appearing dry and dull—even those pesky fine lines seem to reappear. The key to a winter glow lies in bolstering skin with abundant hydration, deeply nourishing moisture, gentle renewal, and some barrier support.
Colder temps disrupt the inherent defense barrier of the skin, our acid mantel, which acts as a natural moisturizer for your skin. When your skin barrier loses its integrity, it makes the skin susceptible to bacteria and contaminants. Add to this a lack of humidity, causing your skin to lose a high amount of moisture and your pores to shrink—hindering the dermal cells' self-cleaning action.
It's a perfect storm of dehydration and diminished barrier function. For radiant winter skin, embrace these four essentials of winter skincare, all enduring elements in our Winter Seasonally Active Serum. Restore lost hydration Water loss in the skin is common in winter, as are the telltale signs of dehydrated skin: dullness, fine lines, and irritation. No matter the season, hydration is vital for healthy, well-functioning skin. Ingredients like French plum oil are rich in vitamin C, promoting your skin's ability to produce hyaluronic acid. These ingredients draw water to both the surface layers of your skin for an instant plumping effect and to the underlying layers for deep hydration.Gentle exfoliationRegular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells is vital throughout the year and not a step you should skip in winter. Beyond refreshing and renewing the complexion, exfoliation stimulates cell turnover for smooth, toned skin and allows active ingredients to penetrate the many layers of your skin more efficiently. But many methods can deplete, or even damage, the already delicate winter skin barrier. Winter Seasonally Active Serum leverages natural sources of micro-exfoliation, including white willow bark extract, to revitalize your skin without irritating it.Layer on nourishing moisture Glow-activating moisture is a known benefit of facial oils, but our nutrient-dense formula goes further, soothing and balancing compromised complexions to eliminate redness and protect the skin with free-radical fighting antioxidants. The Winter Seasonally Active Serum packs a potent blend of fatty-acid-rich rosehip, free-radical fighting cranberry seed, balancing myrrh and jasmine are paired with moisturizers like squalane—packed with antioxidants, ceramides, and vitamins A, D, and E, making the skin firmer and healthier. Protect your skin barrier with lipids A balanced blend of ceramides and omegas is essential to maintaining a strong skin barrier throughout the season. The cells of your skin barrier are glued together by ceramides, a lipid naturally made by your body. Ceramides typically make up over 50% of our skin composition, but the cold, dry weather breaks down this barrier. The Winter Seasonally Active Serum delivers critical phytoceramides, a plant-based ceramide from jojoba and grapeseed oil, to support and strengthen the barrier and maintain healthy hydration levels. This results in smoother, firmer skin, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and less irritation. Omega fatty acids also help maintain the skin barrier; our Serum contains all four omegas—3,6,7, and the rare 9 from passion flower, sea buckthorn, and guava seed.