Top 3 Ingredients To Look For In Winter SkincarePosted on 06/08/2018
By Thy Tran
Looking for the right skincare products to treat Winter Skin can be an utter chore. This is especially the case when many products make numerous claims and display a bunch of foreign ingredients that you know absolutely nothing about. In our last article, we discussed the potential skin problems that you unwillingly get during Winter such as flaky, dry skin, irritated redness and so on, and the solutions to treating them. To help you even further, we are now teaching you about the top three ingredients that will help you treat the Winter Skin!
Winter, here in Australia, is no joke. It can get as low as -5C in some states and that is just the tip of the iceberg. As the air and environment get colder, our skin becomes alarmingly drier. But why? Our skin is a very porous barrier that is constantly losing its moisture and water content through evaporation. During Summer months, we don’t notice it as much as our sweat glands replenish some of the moisture that has been lost. But due to the low humidity and windy environments in Winter, the rate of which we lose the moisture in our skin is accelerated. Then, Winter Skin makes an unwanted appearance. The rate of which we lose the water content in our skin only increases with the additional heating products that we use. These include hot showers, heaters, electric blankets and so on.
As we grow older, our skin is less susceptible to coping with environmental change. Treating your skin to the right ingredients is so incredibly important. You are never too young, or old, to learn about skincare. And here we are treating you to some insights on the top 3 ingredients to look for in winter skincare. This will help with dehydrated, dry or irritated skin that you get during winter! We have selected these specific ingredients as they are gentle and suited to all skin types.
Ceramides are one of the silent protagonists in our journey to healthier skin. They are the major lipid (organic fatty acids) component that provide the proper barrier needed and present in the epidermis. We have many layers in our skin, but the one that needs most protecting is our most outer layer; the “stratum corneum”. Ceramides have proven to be the best friend that the outer layer has. But over time, these ceramides molecules diminish, and our skin pays the price for its absence with signs of aging, dryness and so on.
Ceramide plays a part in holding the skin together as well as providing protection against dehydration and other external factors. However, it’s main role is structuring and maintaining the skin’s ability to allow moisture from passing in and out of the skin. It is proven that the less ceramides that are present in the skin, the more likely moisture can readily leave the skin. To replenish the skin from the loss of ceramides (either through aging, sun exposure or environmental factors), you must look for ingredients that contain ceramides in them.
Benefits of restoring ceramides:
- Ceramides prevent your skin from being dry and cracked. They restore and conserve the water content in your skin.
- While keeping the moisture levels in your skin from being lost to the environment, it also acts as a protective barrier against bacteria, germs, pollutants, irritants and so on, which cause your skin to be stressed and red.
- It repairs the skin when it is cracked and flaky by filling in the gaps in the epidermis. Ceramides work with the skin’s permeability to be at its healthiest.
- It increases the skin’s suppleness, firmness, plumpness and softness. Results will vary from person to person and depending on the concentration level of ceramides, your age and how damaged your skin is.
- Heals the outer layer of the skin. Over time, it also heals and provides nourishment to the skin’s molecular structure from within.
As a recommendation, the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask contains 5 types of ceramides that will just do the trick! It will restore your skin back to life while also repairing it from the damage of Winter Skin!
 Lipids: any of a class of organic fatty acids found in our bodies and are insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents. They include many natural oils, waxes and steroids.
Hyaluronic acid is an overwhelmingly popular ingredient that has been introduced into skincare products in the last decade. It is naturally found in your skin (as early as you were born) and is an ingredient that is very well-known for treating Winter Skin! But do you truly understand the nature of hyaluronic acid?
When it comes to skin moisture and the water levels in your skin, hyaluronic acid is said to be another key molecule in retaining and restoring lost water content. This complex molecule has the ability to bind and retain water molecules. This is because it encompasses 1000 times its weight in water (whether exposed to or found in the skin) to maximise the moisture levels in your skin. Even small concentrations of hyaluronic acid still benefit the skin uniquely compared to most other skincare ingredients that claim to do the same job.
Hyaluronic acid has the potential to regulate the water balance in the skin and repair the structure of the skin. The predominant cause of aging is loss of skin moisture. Because of this, hyaluronic acid appears as a main ingredient in many anti-aging skincare products, especially moisturisers. People who have experience inflamed, irritated or damaged skin, have also found that continual use of hyaluronic acid has helped achieve healthier skin. This is due to the fact that hyaluronic acid has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties that allow the ingredient to absorb into the skin and work its magic.
Often, you will find products that have hyaluronic acid are light in consistency and have a low viscosity. This allows the molecule to quickly absorb into the skin and do its job. It is forced to be this way in nature as it has a short half-life (approx. 3-5 minutes) therefore has little time to work with the skin compared to other ingredients.
When applied to your skin, Hyaluronic Acid will be:
- Increasing the elasticity and hydration levels in your skin. This replenishes the skin and almost instantly leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
- Repairing the damage that has been done by the Winter weather. Gradually rebuilding the structure of the skin to how it was by filling in the gaps in the skin.
- Adding more moisture in the skin and resisting signs of wrinkles and fine lines. This revitalises your skin and restores youthfulness again.
- Keeping collagen synthesis up, helps retain moisture and reaps the benefits of its properties while also protecting the skin.
Lucky for you guys, Let’s Face It have effective and amazing products that contain hyaluronic acid as its main player! These include;
 Immunosuppressive: the intentional suppression of the immune system to allow a substance to be accepted into the body or skin
 Viscosity: the level of thickness in a fluid substance. The higher the viscosity, the thicker the substance. For example, honey has a higher viscosity than water.
Unlike ceramide and hyaluronic acid which are readily found in our bodies since birth, Aloe Vera is a cactus plant. Well known for its endless properties to treat the body, Aloe Vera has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Now, we have tapped into its full potential to also help us treat various skin conditions.
This miraculous plant had been coined “the plant of immortality” and for good reason. It is known to be able to treat an incredible number of conditions. Even to this day, we still do not know completely what it can do in its entirety.
Aloe Vera has three major layers. Each have different nutrients that we can benefit from:
- The outer thick layer is filled with plant cells called “rinds”. This layer protects the plant and helps retain its water content from being stolen from the environment.
- The middle layer contains layers of latex and has a bitter yellow sap filled with anthraquinones and glycosides. These substances are said to have properties that help heal and soothe the skin.
- The inner layer is made of a clear gel-like substance that contains an impressive amount of 99% water. It also contains a combination of 75 active constituents of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, fatty acids and so on. These help treat various skin conditions.
Aloe Vera is the one friend that gets on with anyone and does not discriminate your skin type. Whether you have sensitive or dehydrated skin, Aloe Vera is the one ingredient that will help you without the consequences.
Benefits of Aloe Vera on the skin:
- Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the irritation or redness that may appear due to harsh cold temperatures. Aloe Vera has enzymes, salicylic acids and fatty acids in its composition that soothe cold burns, wounds as well as flaky and itchy skin.
- It also has the ability to heal the skin. This is especially important when you have cracked or flaky skin where the structure of your skin has been compromised and the Winter has sucked the life out of it. Aloe Vera increases collagen synthesis helping you to see accelerated results that your skin cannot do on its own.
- It has an amazing moisturising and anti-aging effect on our skin. There are molecules called mucopolysaccharides that reside in the inner layer. These molecules help bind moisture to our skin. Aloe Vera has this magical capacity to make the skin less wrinkled, softer and more supple.
This extraordinary plant has the ability of a thousand ingredients and it is naturally made! Here are some skincare products that we recommend that have high levels of Aloe Vera:
These active ingredients all help treat the Winter Skin and are suitable for all skin types. Now you can venture into the world of skincare and find the products that work best for you!
As a disclaimer, if you have serious skin conditions, always seek out professional advice from your dermatologist to see what works best for your skin. Always understand what your skin needs and work to treat the problems. We highly go against you overloading your skin with skincare products. This is counter-productive. Simple is best!
Have you tried any skincare with the above ingredients in them? How did it work for your skin? Let us know in the comments below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thy Tran is our guest Beauty & Skincare Blogger. Her knowledge of, and thorough research into, skincare is reproduced into easy to understand articles for our readers. Thy also has her own blog where she gives in depth product reviews on all things beauty related. Check it out here. If you love all things Makeup & Skincare related, follow her Instagram account (@biscuitsnmakeup)!
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