As the season takes a turn toward the cold, holiday cheer is everywhere you look. However, your skin may not be feeling that same cheery spirit. Winter months are notoriously harsh on your skin.
Between the inevitable dryness and Jack Frost nipping at your nose, it can be a lot to navigate. The good news? At Covey, we have your back. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful in their skin all year round. Here’s our guide to winter skincare for beautiful, healthy skin:
With winter air being dryer than other months, your skin feels the brunt of the weather change. According to WebMD, it’s essential to moisturize more in the winter for optimum healthy skin. However, it warns that not all moisturizers are created equal when protecting you against the winter weather.
Winter skincare requires a different kind of moisturizer than what may have worked for you in the summer or spring. Here’s what the experts at WebMD recommend you look for when choosing a moisturizer to update your winter skincare routine:
- Look for oil-based rather than water-based. The oil will lock in more moisture than traditional lotions.
- Look for non-clogging oils.
- Look for those containing “humectants” that attract moisture to your skin. These include:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
- Sodium hyaluronate
Covey’s “Last But Not Least” Moisturizer is the perfect companion all year round, especially for winter skincare. It balances water-based and oil-based moisturizers by including super ingredients like squalane, sodium hyaluronate, and glycerine.
It’ll give you the comforting feel of cream with the super-moisturizing oil powers — just without the greasy feel. Talk about the best of both worlds!
According to Linda Stein Gold, MD, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan, the best way to apply moisturizer in the winter months is to have it follow a not-so-hot shower or bath. "Blot skin dry and apply a thick moisturizer within a few minutes after bathing to seal the water into the skin," she said in an interview with EverydayHealth.
Fragrance-Free is the Way to Be
When optimizing your winter skincare routine, you need to be aware of your increased sensitivity during this time of year. Your once healthy skin may be feeling dry or even itchy. The last thing it needs is to be slathered on with fragrances that are seeping with chemicals.
Even regular bars of soap can have ingredients that are suddenly feeling harsher in the colder months. The Harvard Health blog says to minimize soap usage and even opt for soap-free cleansers due to how much they can dry out your skin.
Studies show that many fragrances used in skincare products are more for cosmetic enhancement than helping your skin and often lead to irritation.
All three of Covey’s products are fragrance-free and made only with ingredients that we’ve heavily researched. Regardless of your skin type or season, you can feel good knowing you’re using only the best ingredients to care for your healthy skin.
Opt for a More Gentle Cleanser
Just like with your moisturizer, once the seasons change, you may find yourself wondering why a particular product isn’t working as it did before.
In an interview in Dermstore.com’s blog, Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder and owner of The Dermatology & Laser Group in NYC, said it’s important to avoid certain ingredients. His main recommendations to avoid:
- Ingredients containing a high concentration of traditional soap solvents such as sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Overuse of facial cleansers containing high acid content like salicylic acid.
- Alpha hydroxy acids such as glycol acid.
“Winter is a good time to switch to using more gentle cleansers that don’t strip away moisture,” Dr. Akhavan said. “A better option is switching to cleansers that hydrate while they cleanse.”
Covey’s facial cleanser is both highly effective and gentle at the same time. Packed with soothing aloe leaf juice & babassu oil, this custom formulation deeply cleanses without stripping or irritating skin.
It’s even gentle enough to use around your eyes. It’s not only the perfect addition to your winter skincare routine, but it’s the perfect balance of everything you need for healthy skin all year round.
Add a Serum to Your Winter Routine
Including a serum in your routine can help you maintain healthy skin throughout the colder months. According to Northshore.org, “Serums with antioxidants like vitamin C and resveratrol help to brighten dull winter skin.” It works wonders at boosting the effectiveness of your moisturizer when used beforehand.
Step two in Covey’s simplified three-step skincare routine for healthy skin is one of the most effective serums on the market.
Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin regardless if you’re refreshing your summer face or protecting it with a winter skincare routine. Covey’s serum includes a form of stabilized vitamin C THD Ascorbate at 15 percent, which is 50 times more powerful than other formulations on the market.
With our serum, you also have vitamin C, E, and grape seed extract to help boost antioxidant benefits. This helps brighten and preserve skin.
Say Hello to Hyaluronic Acid
Since dryness is likely the number one issue most people face when finding a winter skincare routine that works, paying attention to ingredients is critical. One that definitely is noteworthy is hyaluronic acid.
As a humectant, hyaluronic acid boosts healthy skin hydration. It doesn’t just moisturize your skin. It’ll grab moisture and hold it, so the skin is able to absorb it more effectively. According to Northshore.org, a hyaluronic acid molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Covey’s moisturizer includes sodium hyaluronate as an ingredient which is the lightest molecule of the forms of hyaluronic acid. It is so fantastic at hydrating skin that one 2014 study found sodium hyaluronate decreased wrinkle depth and improved elasticity in the skin.
This is why Covey includes it as an ingredient in our products. It effectively seals in our vitamin C serum so its potent ingredients can penetrate deeper for long-lasting hydration and a healthy skin barrier.
Protect Your Skin This Winter with Covey
Winter skincare can be confusing and complicated. But with Covey, it doesn’t have to be. Our revolutionary three-step skincare line promotes healthy skin all year round with perfect ingredients no matter the weather.
Battle winter dry skin with our incredibly hydrating moisturizer, a face wash that won’t strip and a serum backed by science. This is skincare simplified. Not only will you have the beautiful, healthy skin you crave, but you’ll have more time to do whatever you want this winter. And you can’t put a price on that.
Find out more about Covey’s three-step skincare line and how it can change your life with high-quality simplicity.