Just as we prepare our clothing and homes for the onset of winter, we need to do the same for our skin. The good news is that winter skin prep is much easier than raking leaves, caulking windows, and hauling our winter clothes out of storage!
If you haven’t yet performed your end-of-summer skin repair, you might want to do that sooner rather than later. Winter is fast approaching, and your skin will thank you down the road if you take the essential step of protecting your skin barrier now before the cold winter winds and drying indoor heating are in full swing. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and one of the best preventatives is moisturizer. Right up there with sunscreen, a good moisturizer, and the right moisturizer can keep your skin hydrated from the last day of fall well into the new year.
How do you choose the best and most appropriate moisturizer?
Step one is to understand the different formulations, i.e., gels, lotions, creams, and ointments. While the differences are subtle, they do impact performance. Gels and lotions are usually water-based, have a lighter feel, and are less hydrating than the other preparations. Creams are thicker and contain more oil, which makes them more hydrating than a gel or lotion. Ointment, being the thickest of the four, is the most effective hydrator but is generally used on the body rather than the face due to its occlusive ingredients.
Step two is to determine your skin type.
- Normal skin generally only experiences seasonal dryness, and depending on age, it will be sufficiently hydrated with a lighter formulation. However, as we pass into our 40s or 50s, skin holds less moisture and would be better served by a richer product.
- Dry skin will only get drier during the winter months, so a cream, which adds more moisture and preserves more water, is the best way to go.
- Oily skin can experience clogged pores from too much or too heavy a moisturizer, which could lead to acne. However, oily skin does need to be moisturized, and the Vie de Mer Paris line contains suitable moisturizing products for this skin type.
- Combination skin means that your skin is dry in some places and oily or less dry in others, frequently the center of your face, including your forehead, nose, and chin, often referred to as the “T-zone. This skin type needs a more impactful moisturizer in the dry areas, such as a cream, while the oily areas require a lighter hydration routine.
Step three, choose your products. Vie de Mer has a vast assortment of oils, serums, and creams to hydrate your specific skin type, whether it be a lighter form of hydration, an oil-balancing product, or an intense moisturizing treatment.
Why not add that protective layer to your skin barrier now by checking out our winter skincare regimen here
and our moisturizing products here
Whatever treatment path you take, you can be certain of the safety and efficacy of all Vie De Mer products, which are botanical-based, cold-processed, and created in a Parisian fourth-generation lab. Our products are crafted to work naturally at the molecular level. Dermatologist and aesthetician recommended, all our products are manufactured in small batches in France, adhering to the strictest EU standards.
Some final recommendations:
- Apply moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp to prevent water loss.
- Help your skin retain its natural oils by using all-natural products.
- Pay attention to skin fluctuations and adjust your skincare as needed.
- And finally, our set-in-stone sun-protection mantra: Always apply sun protection no matter the season or the weather. Our Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50 will keep your newly winter-protected skin safe from those year-round streaming UVA/UVB rays. Check it out here:
So, cheers to you and your beautiful complexion, that with loving care and the right products will glow day and night until the next seasonal skincare edit.