Through winter, our skin tends to get dry, irritated, flaky and red. Winter time is when we have hot, steamy showers, heater on at home, at work and in our car and a fire going if you are lucky! Although these elements are cozy to have, our skins may start to pay the price!
The most important layer of the skin is the Acid Mantle. Composed of water and oil, this layer is what protects the skin from the environmental aggressions of winter. Therefore, it’s vital to maintain a healthy Acid Mantle, as it will be the foundation of healthy and hydrated skin all year round!
What does the Acid Mantle do, exactly?
- It is our primary protector against Trans-epidermal-water-loss (TEWL), which means water is escaping from the deeper layers of our skin - in other words, dehydration.
- It protects our skin against pathogens and harmful bacteria.
- When the PH of the Acid Mantle is balanced, this layer is an effective barrier against external irritants or environmental factors as well - specially in winter!
How to keep a healthy Acid Mantle through winter?
- Supplement our diet with good quality essential fatty acids to support cell membrane development and Acid Mantle creation and maintenance (always consult a health practitioner for the correct dosage to target specific skin concerns and conditions).
- Avoid hot steamy showers.
- Limit heater usage.
- Have a quality professional Hyaluronic Acid Serum to lock in moisture and retain the moisture in the skin.
- Invest in a professional moisturiser for winter to protect against winter's harmful environmental aggressions.
- Do weekly sheet masks to help the serum to soak into the skin for added protection, hydration, brightening and firming.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary soft drinks that dehydrate our bodies and skin. A good winter tip is to have herbal teas (non-caffeinated), which is a nice warm drink that also helps you keep your water intake up.
Some of my essential winter rescue products are: