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Top 6 Winter Skincare Mistakes + 6 Simple Fixes

Depending on what part of the world you live in, “winter” could mean anything from a blizzard to a more temperate chill in the air. For every skin type, however, treating the skin properly is essential. Environmental factors like stress, nutrition, sleep, pollution, and more are known to affect the look of the skin, and the external temperature is a big consideration. See below for the top mistakes and the perfect pairings to combat them.

Mistake 1- Not Washing and Moisturizing Daily

The Fix: Oil-based Cleanser and Hydrating Toner

It is as simple as it sounds. “Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, and Protect” still rings true throughout the winter months. Pollutants can accumulate on the skin over the course of the day, so at the end of the night, a gentle cleanser and toner can remove any impurities. A moisturizer for nighttime hydration is always recommended. In the morning, a quick use of toner, moisturizer, and SPF is called for before starting your day. Speaking of layers…

Mistake 2- Forgetting the Basics

The Fix: Sunscreen and Vitamin A Moisturizer

You wouldn’t leave the house without a coat, so why would you leave your facial skin exposed without protection? Sunscreen and moisturizer never goes out of style. The UV rays that shine when it’s 50 degrees are the same when it is 90. So always remember to apply a high-quality sunscreen daily before your moisturizer or foundation, if you choose to wear makeup. Look for a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15-30.

Fix: Add a Layer

Also, consider adding a step between your moisturizer and SPF to help maintain the cell’s hydration level (and prevent dry-looking skin). Environ products like Hydrating Oil Capsules, Oil-mists, and peptide moisturizers are great options for this time of year. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, and peptides are all shown to maintain the look of smooth, hydrated skin. Remember the sensitive areas around the nose, forehead, and eye area.

Mistake 3– Giving Exfoliation the Cold Shoulder

The Fix: Exfoliation with Enzymes

In the winter, exfoliating away the dead skin is more important than ever. It’s just one reason why finding a “wintertime” foundation seems so difficult; why is blending such an issue suddenly? Between extreme temperatures, dry skin conditions, and forgetting to exfoliate, smooth skin can seem elusive this time of year, but it doesn’t have to be. Exfoliators come in two forms: chemical (e.g. alpha hydroxy acid) and physical (ground oatmeal, sugar scrubs). Some of the most effective yet gentle exfoliators Environ products employ include lactic acid, mandelic acid, and asiatic acids. One such “hero” product is the Environ Revival Masque, as it does not strip away the skin’s protective barrier while effectively removing the dry, dead skin. It can be used for 10-20 minutes for more sensitive skin types or as an overnight masque for normalized skin types.

Tip: Your local skincare professional can help you find the right exfoliating product and frequency of use. Over-exfoliating can be detected if the skin seems dry, red, or irritated; try to decrease to 1-2 a week if you notice these characteristics.

Mistake 4– Ignoring the Night Routine

The Fix: Masks and Peptides

Consider nighttime hours precious, hidden moments of “recovery” for your skin. Getting enough sleep has been shown to shave years off the look of your skin, but deeper than that, consider using products to hydrate the skin and work for you while you rest. Consider adding a super-hydrator to your nighttime moisturizer like the Intensive Super Moisturizer+ or Hydrating Oil Capsules, rich in Vitamins A, C, E, peptides, and antioxidants, especially on dry-prone areas like the nose, eyes, forehead, and mouth area. 

Mistake 5– Forgetting the Body

The Fix: Post-shower Body Oil and Lotion

A hot shower always feels divine, but the hot water can often leave the skin looking and feeling drier than ever. Post shower, always remember to apply a moisturizer to the body, such as Environ’s A, C, & E Body Oil.  An oil will help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and protect it from the cold air or the heat blasting from the vents. 

Mistake 6–Not Booking a Winter Facial Treatment

The Fix: Professional Facials Using the Latest Technology

Work and the holiday season can be as busy as ever, but remember to pamper yourself in between all the end-of-year meetings and holiday parties. Forget seasonal scents and trending “peppermint” lotions. Let’s get technical. Consider the time-tested Environ Cool Peel, a moisturizing targeted facial, or ask your local skincare professional if they provide cosmetic microneelding services or have access to the use of DF technology. DF technology, for example, is a low-frequency sonophoresis and pulses iontophoresis combined for optimal product enhancement– a professional facial with a turbo engine. This ultrasound technology was historically discovered for stimulating wound repair in poorly healing skin. 

In Conclusion…

Take these recommendations to heart; Side effects include an immediate glow to the skin and others asking for your skincare advice.

Who says winter can’t be your best season for skin with a summer glow all year long?

 

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