With the Winter comes colder and drier air which can make skin dryness, sensitivities, and breakouts worse. Knowing what is happening with your skin in cold temperatures can help you prevent or reduce the impact the cold air has.
Cold air has a low capacity to hold water molecules, therefore there is a reduction in external humidity. Our skin has a direct connection to the external environment, so when there is less water vapor in the air, there is less water vapor interacting with the skin. This results in transepidermal water loss, which means the water levels in our skin actually evaporate into the dry air, depleting our skin of its natural hydration levels. This can lead to dry cracking skin, sensitivities, breakouts, or itchy flaky skin.
When we are in cold environments our body redirects blood flow to our core to keep our vital organs warm. This causes less blood flow to the exterior parts of the body including the skin, so that less heat is lost to the environment. This can cause the skin to look dull and less supple because blood flow to our skin transports nutrients. This is why it is so important to supply the skin with nutrients externally to compensate for the decreased blood flow, while also keeping our bodies moving and doing daily exercises to help our blood circulate.
SEBUM: WHY OIL MATTERS
Dry cold air also strips sebum from the skin. Sebum is an oily substance naturally produced by our skin which acts as a protective layer. When sebum is stripped away, this allows water to escape and irritants to enter. That's why during the colder months you may have an itchy, flaky, red or irritated feeling to the skin. This is an indicator of an inflammatory response due to irritants entering the skin because of the lack of a protective barrier. Our oils LUNA Face Oil and NOCTIS Body Oil are designed to aid the skin as a protective barrier to moisturize and lock in hydration while supplying skin cells with nutrients. Without oil as a protective barrier, flare ups, breakouts, dryness and cracking skin occur more frequently.
WINTER SKINCARE TIPS:
- Layer LUNA Face Oil over a cream to protect and nourish the lipid barrier.
- Apply moisturizer more frequently throughout the day if needed, such a NOCTIS Body Oil to hands, feet, or elbows which tend to become more dry.
- Choose products that have gentle ingredients that won't agitate sensitivities.
- Run a humidifier in your home to replenish humidity levels in the air.
- Drink plenty of water (always, no matter the season).
- Avoid harsh cleansers that strip the skin of its natural oils.
- Use a cleansing balm or cleansing oil to remove makeup.
- Apply a heavier cream during the evening.
- Schedule in daily exercise to increase blood flow to the skin.
WINTER ENERGETIC TIPS:
- Winter represents death, slowing down, stillness, and quiet internal awareness.
- Reevaluate internal perspectives, dialogues, thoughts, and feelings.
- Ask yourself what no longer serves you, allow these things to "die" off and shed away.
- Reflect on the year you've just experience - note all the cycles you went through, areas that need work and all that you've accomplished.
- Winter is known for the elements of fire and earth - create meditations centered around earth energy for grounding and fire energy for cleansing and burning away.
- Many ancient fire rituals were performed in winter by jumping over a fire. This symbolized releasing the old and jumping into the new.
- Make time for rest - emotionally, physically and mentally to restore your energy for the seasons ahead.
- Practice daily gratitude.
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