Although it makes for a very pretty picture postcard, winter can wreak havoc on our skin. Bracing temperatures and bone-chilling wind chill factors can bring out the worst… dry, rough, flaky and itchy skin. But chapped, wind-burned skin isn’t a winter rite of passage. You can avoid it entirely by following our top tips for winter-proofing your skin.
Hydrate Your Skin with Hyaluronic Acid
In the cold winter months, skin can get very dry. Many people incorrectly assume that by drinking more water their skin will get more hydrated… but sadly that has not been proven. The best way to hydrate your skin is to use skincare products containing Hyaluronic Acid, which has been proven to deeply moisturize the skin. It acts as a “molecular sponge”, trapping and holding water up to a thousand times its own weight, making the skin look plump and dewy.
Swiss line offers a number of products containing hyaluronic acid, including Cell Shock 360º Anti-Wrinkle Serum Triple Collagen Complex, a very popular facial serum which can be layered with your favourite cream, and Cell Shock Lifting Replenishing Mask, a nourishing and hydrating mask, perfect for a winter skin pick-me-up.
Repair Your Skin with Resveratrol
As far as antioxidants go, resveratrol is one of the most potent, and many believe the single best antioxidant in topical skincare products. It fights free radicals, prevents UVB-induced damage and helps to sooth and repair the skin. As skin tends to be drier and more damaged during the winter, and therefore in need of repair, this is the perfect time to incorporate products containing resveratrol in your skincare regimen.
Swiss line’s Cell Shock Total-Lift Creams – the Light, Rich, Very Rich, as well as the Total-Lift Overnight Cream all contain resveratrol. The creams offer the same age-defying results, just different textures, enveloping the skin with the bespoke amount of moisture so the skin looks and feels healthy.
Protect Your Lips with Ceramides
The skin on your face is not the only thing that needs protecting from the harsh winter elements, your lips need a little TLC, too! As with your skin, Hyaluronic acid is a go-to ingredient for your lips. But if you want to “up” the defences, then you should look for a product that also has ceramides. Used in skincare products to help replenish the skin's natural barrier function and protect it from the wind, cold, and indoor heat, ceramides create a strong natural moisture barrier, protecting the skin, and sealing in hydration.
Swiss line’s Cell Shock Lip Zone Corrective Complex includes hyaluronic acid and ceramides to smooth, moisturize and firm, while plumping and filling-in the lines and wrinkles around the lips.
Wear Gloves… Visible & Invisible Ones (with Polysaccharides)
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Whenever you go outside, wear gloves. To protect your hands further, look for products that contain polysaccharides, which are not only responsible for hydrating the skin, but also repairing and renewing it.
Swiss line’s Age Intelligence Cellular Recovery 3D Hand Cream has been compared to an “invisible glove” as it protects the skin from harmful environmental elements, while boosting cellular renewal and maximizing the skin’s own self repair mechanism and moisture levels. This glove-on-hand comparison is due in large part to the product’s Bio-Molecular Skin-Patch, comprised of high molecular weight polysaccharides, which creates an invisible matrix on the skin’s surface enabling it to breathe normally, while shielding it from the elements.
Slather on the SPF
Whether skiing in the mountains or driving to work, don't forget the sunscreen! Even though temperatures may be extremely cold, the potential for sunburn can be high. In the mountains, the atmosphere is thinner and less pollution is present to filter out ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Additionally, snow can reflect almost 90% of UV radiation so UV rays are much more likely to burn areas such as your chin and nose, leaving you with dry, chapped skin. But even if you are in the city, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds, car windows, and office windows. To avoid dry, chapped sunburned skin, wear an SPF daily.
Swiss line’s Cell Shock White Invisible Bi-Phase Veil SPF 50 is a perennial favourite. Perhaps, it is due to the fact that the invisible, lightweight sunscreen can be mixed into other moisturizers and applied to all areas of the face, neck, décolleté and the hands.
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