By Jen Harmatz, Director, National Retail Education
I love to chat with people about skin and beauty; I could do it all day long. (In fact, I have been told if there were a “Chat Olympics,” I would win every event.) One of my favorite conversations to have is that the skin is constantly changing. Many things affect this change; it could be hormones, stress, what we put into our bodies, or environmental and weather variations. It’s so important to change up your skincare products seasonally, especially in the winter.
In the winter, temperatures and humidity levels drop, causing all kinds of dry skin issues. Inclement weather, like rain, snow and especially wind, just makes matters worse. Once at an appointment with a new esthetician, she asked me if I had lived back East. I had; I lived in New York for 10 years. When I asked her how she knew, she told me that broken capillaries from cold, windy weather look different than the ones caused by hot weather!
Your skin is constantly barraged by moisture-robbing elements, from the dry, cold air outside to the dry, recycled air in your car, office and house. The heated air inside actually strips even more oils from your skin than the cold outside.
To battle all these things, we need to change up the way we hydrate. Look for deeply hydrating serums, weekly treatments and a moisturizer with SPF. Yes, it’s still important to wear your SPF. Even though you might not see the sun for days, the UVA and UVB rays still penetrate that cloud coverage and will damage skin.
Most of us start taking hotter showers when it’s cold, and though it feels good, it’s not doing you any favors. Long, hot showers strip oils from the skin, drying you out even more. So take a tip from us here in California, and take a shorter shower.
Shower scrubs can also distress skin and make it rougher, so use a soft wash cloth or your hands. After getting out of the shower, pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer within a few minutes of getting out, while skin is still damp. This will seal water into you skin.
Humidifiers are fantastic to use during the winter time. Not only will they keep your skin soft and moist, but you also won’t wake up with a sore throat from all that dry heat.
For those dry, flaky hands, carry around a hand cream to apply after you wash your hands. Hands have fewer oil glands and their skin is thinner so you will notice the effects of dryness and cold quickly. Here’s a simple trick I like to do in the car: once the car is toasty warm, apply some hand cream on the backs of hands and rub them together.
I love to layer hydrating formulas during this time of year to make sure I am properly moisturized. An essence designed to hydrate your skin can be a much-appreciated addition to your regimen. I also like to layer moisturizers. To me, there is no such thing as being too moisturized, especially during the winter!
Jen Harmatz is a seasoned makeup artist and skin specialist who has worked on the GRAMMY Awards and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She knows from experience that perfecting the “canvas” lets you put your best face forward. She has created education initiatives to empower people across multiple channels to improve their skin, life and overall well-being.