Nurturing you skin in winter: for soft, hydrated skin
As winter sets in, many of us experience the harsh effects of cold weather on our skin. The dropping temperatures, coupled with dry indoor heating, can lead to a compromised skin barrier and dehydration. Let’s explore the importance of the skin microbiome, understand how winter affects it, and provide effective tips on repairing your skin microbiome and keeping your skin hydrated during the colder months.
Understanding the Skin Microbiome:
The skin microbiome is a diverse community of microorganisms that live on the surface of our skin. These microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier. They help protect against harmful pathogens, regulate inflammation, and contribute to overall skin health (nature.com, 2018).
Effects of Winter on the Skin Microbiome:
Winter weather can disrupt the balance of the skin microbiome due to several factors. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.
Importance of pH-balanced Body Care for the Skin Microbiome:
Using harsh body products and soaps further strips the skin of its vital microorganisms. Your skin microbiome has a pH level of around 5, and you should try to use pH-balanced body care to match it. If you suffer from eczema or dry skin it means your skin is too acidic. On the other hand, if the skin is red and flaky, this means your skin is too alkaline.
Tips to Repair your Skin Microbiome:
1. Exfoliate gently
The Everywhere Exfoliator is powered by 3% AHA formula composed of five fruit acids (including 1% lactic acid, glycolic and malic acids) to gently exfoliate and increase the rate of cell turnover to reveal smoother skin. The upcycled rice beads gently buff away dry skin and the Aloe soothes itchiness and irritation.
2. Healthy Fats in Diet:
Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts, in your diet. These fats contribute to skin health and can help combat dryness.
3. Moisturise daily with The Everywhere Lotion
Look for products with added vitamins to support healthy skin function - our Everywhere Lotion has vitamins E, C & F, as well as Niacinamide to reduce redness, and Bakuchiol to soothe irritated skin.
By adopting these tips and making small adjustments to your body care routine, you can repair and protect your skin, ensuring a healthy, soft skin even in the coldest months. Remember, consistency is key, so make these practices a part of your daily winter body care routine for optimal results.