The Winter Skincare Lowdown

The Winter Skincare Lowdown

Hey beauty besties! 


Thanks for stopping by. In this installment of The Slatest, we’re going on a winter skincare journey, so grab your oversized puffers and get ready to learn everything you need to know about caring for your skin this winter season. The good thing is, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul. Sure, your skin can feel a bit drier during this time of the year, but that’s to be expected. Speaking of skin changes, make sure you’re paying extra attention to your skin barrier! 


Winter Skin Highlight Reel: 

  •  Thicker moisturizers are a must
  • Try slugging using occulatives
  • Emollients fill in the gaps 
  • Keep your skin barrier happy and healthy
  • SPF is always important

 

Let’s talk about moisturizers

Made to soften the skin, moisturizers are a do-it-all must-have...


When the cold starts to creep in, your skin can tend to feel extra dry-- that’s when you want to reach for a thicker moisturizer. The texture should feel rich, and include soothing ingredients to combat the chilly temperatures. Soothing ingredients include but are not limited to aloe vera, tea tree oil, chamomile, cucumber and more. Also, opt for a gentle cleanser that leaves your skin feeling hydrated. Check out our hydrating Active Beaut-E Wipes in partnership with Evelyn Lozada.


What in the world is slugging?

You probably already have what you need to slug away...


If you’ve scrolled through skincare TikTok, you might’ve come across this term. Slugging is a K-Beauty trend that involves applying a thin to thick layer of occulatives (like Vaseline, lanolin, petrolatum, and dimethicone) to retain moisture and cocoon skin in a little hug. Slugging is helpful as this thin layer keeps moisture from evaporating and can lead to soft, supple, moisturized skin. 


What are emollients and are they essential? 

The essential ingredient soothes dry, flaky skin in a snap...


Well, emollients are one of the ingredients that make up your moisturizer. Typically, if your skin doesn’t have enough water retention, emollients do the hard work of creating a protective barrier for your skin by locking in hydration, often preventing water loss. Typically, emollients can range from oils to lipids to butters to fatty acids with argan oil, shea butter, and tea tree oil all falling under the category. 


What is your skin barrier and how should you care for it in the winter? 

It’s easy to keep your skin barrier happy and healthy...


Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin-- AKA the thing that protects from outside irritants. Keeping your skin barrier healthy is easier than one would expect-- in fact your skin is doing everything it can to take care of itself already. With that being said, certain things like too much UV exposure, over-cleansing and over-exfoliating can weaken the skin barrier. Repairing can take anywhere from two weeks to a month, but here’s the good news: maintaining your skin barrier is as easy as staying hydrated and applying SPF. If you want to take it up a notch, incorporate ceramides (which help retain moisture and protect your epidermis from environmental damage) and humectants (AKA water-retaining ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and more that draw water to the surface.)


Do you still need SPF? 

Sun protection is a 24/7 thing…


Yes, of course. While the sun seems to play hide and seek in the winter, UV rays still peek through, meaning you should slather on the SPF 30 or higher regardless of the cloudy grey skies. Maybe try out Vitamin D3 supplements to help beat the winter blues and keep your body feeling good.


 While skincare choices can seem overwhelming sometimes, we’re here to demystify those decisions to find what works best for you. Every single person is unique and any medical questions or concerns should always be consulted by a doctor. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more updates!