How to avoid dry skin this winter

We’ve fortunately had a long, hot summer in New Zealand this year, but all good things come to an end, as they say. As the warmer weather draws to a close, and we transition to a cooler climate, seasonal changes can bring about changes to skin. Though undesired, it’s important to be open to adapting skincare routines to protect it from these variations in temperature, humidity, sunlight exposure, and environmental factors.

Temperature changes can often be the first noticeable thing. When temperatures begin to cool down, the air becomes drier. Summer is typically characterized by higher humidity levels, while winter tends to be drier. The decrease in humidity during winter can lead to decreased moisture levels in the skin, resulting in irritating dryness, flakiness, and rough patches. Windy conditions can also strip the skin of its natural oils, making way for dryness and chapping, particularly in exposed areas like the face and hands. Heated indoor air further exacerbates this dryness and contributes to reduced skin elasticity and dullness. To help avoid these, using skincare that provides extra hydration is key.

The TWYG Restorative Hydration Cream provides long lasting hydration. Packed with nutrients essential for healthy skin, it helps increase the production of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids in the skin (the building blocks), as well as reducing transepidermal water loss. Squalane, hyaluronic acid, and other botanical blends work synergistically to retain moisture and keep skin looking plump and hydrated.

TWYG products renew, repair, restore and regenerate the skin at every stage of life.

Changes in temperature and humidity can also disrupt the skin barrier, making it more susceptible to environmental pollutants and irritants. The shift from warm summer temperatures to cooler winter temperatures can cause the blood vessels in the skin to constrict, reducing blood flow and potentially leading to decreased oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin cells. This can result in dullness and a lack of radiance. 

The TWYG Renewing Antioxidant Facial Oil improves skin's elasticity and promotes cell turnover, helping to leave skin radiant and glowing. It inhibits the activity of intracellular tyrosinase and melanogenesis (in charge of pigmentation control of the skin). This helps prevent skin oxidation and cell damage caused by UV radiation and inhibits the collagen degrading enzyme.

While most people are aware of sun protection in the summer months, winter sun exposure is still a thing. Though it may be less intense, UV radiation can still penetrate clouds and reflective surfaces, so incorporating an SPF sunscreen into your skincare routine is still important.

An adapted skincare routine may involve using different moisturisers and adjusting cleansers and treatments based on individual skin needs if effects are seen. The TWYG range is a holistic set of products designed to protect and rejuvenate skin through every season and integrate into existing regimes.

On top of skincare adjustments, self-care in other ways are encouraged. Staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet, and protecting the skin from environmental stressors can also help maintain skin health across all seasons. Overall, the transition from summer to winter can result in changes in skin condition and appearance, however if skincare routines are tweaked and habits are maintained, skin health throughout the year can be achieved.