Winter Skin Tips
by Ami Shvartzman, Director of Education
As I sit staring at the snow-flocked trees and watching my breath as it fogs up the window, I’ve had a realization. Like it or not winter has arrived! With colder temps and dryer days winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin winter ready:
Bump up the moisture to aid that barrier
Winter weather mixed with indoor heating solutions can cause dry and harsh conditions both in the air and on your skin. Our skin’s barrier is the first line of defense when it comes to bacteria, UV radiation, environmental toxins, dry climate, etc. It is important to support the outer layer of our skin by not stripping it with harsh cleansers and exfoliants. Osmosis’ Cleansers use non-drying, gentle surfactants (from Kiwi- Kumquat and Coconut) to assist in keeping our skin’s barrier intact. Osmosis Moisturizers utilize ingredients that mimic our skin’s natural moisture. You may also find, however, that this time of year it is often beneficial to “bump up your moisturizer” and use something slightly richer than you may be currently using. Simple changes such as adding a drop of our emu oil based Immerse may be the key to a perfect winter complexion.
Ultra gentle exfoliation
For skin that is dry, dull and dehydrated, using a mild enzyme exfoliant 2-3 times per week can help to smooth out the upper epidermal layers without causing inflammation. Try our Polish cranberry enzyme mask which gently lifts dead skin cells and superficial debris. This mask also contains a small amount of L-Lactic acid, a hydrating AHA and the powerhouse antioxidant Co-Q10 and leaves skin protected and radiant.
Indulge with a mask
Shorter days and longer nights call for more time at home, and more time for you to pamper yourself! Now is the time to introduce a mask into your regimen. A mask with moisturizing and hydrating properties can really benefit skin that has been affected by winter’s fury. Try our new Tropical Mango Barrier Repair Mask which is designed to restore, nourish and hydrate the skin. This delicious smelling mask uses various fruit and nut butters to soothe dehydrated and irritated skins.
Keep quick fix products on hand
Osmosis makes it easy for you to keep dry skin issues at bay! Just pop one of our Age Defying Treatment Concealers in your purse for easy access to Argan Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil as well as Vitamin E and Shea Butter located in our fantastic moisture stick. Keeping Refresh PM on hand, an intensely moisturizing eye serum, makes for a great lip treatment as well! And don’t leave home without a bottle of our Mineral Hydration Mist, a great way to revive and rehydrate your skin throughout the day. This refreshing mist contains ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, a water-binder which is hydrating without being heavy, and Saccharide Isomerate which is a powerful humectant making this product a winner for dry skin.
Stay warm and remember to take care of your skin this winter!