Changing Seasons, Resilient Skin: Nurturing Your Skin Barrier in Winter
As the vibrant hues of summer slowly give way and we welcome the gentle embrace of winter, remember that your skin is transitioning too. The transformation from one season to another is a beautiful reminder of nature's cycles, providing us with an opportunity to evolve our skincare rituals.
Your skin barrier, much like the changing seasons, requires attention and care. It's your steadfast protector, shielding you from the elements and the hustle and bustle of daily life. By nourishing it with the right products, practising mindful routines, and embracing self-care, you're setting the stage for healthy and resilient skin throughout the colder months. We're here to guide you through the process of nurturing your skin and yourself as we prepare for the seasons ahead.
Understanding Your Skin Barrier
Before we delve into the steps to protect your skin barrier this winter, let's discuss what the skin barrier actually is. It's a complex system made up of lipids, proteins, and cells that act as a protective shield against external aggressors like pollution and harsh weather. A healthy skin barrier contains a balanced microbiome that ensures your skin remains hydrated and protected. Some indicators of a healthy skin barrier include skin that appears hydrated, lubricated, and stable (meaning it doesn't react strongly to new products or treatments).
Think of your skin barrier as a healthy gut. Just as our nourishment evolves throughout the year with the changing seasons of fresh produce, it's equally important to create an intentional skincare routine that adapts and nourishes our skin.
Cleansing with Care
To maintain a strong skin barrier, opt for gentle, oil-based cleansers and balms. Incorporating cleansers that effectively purify the skin without stripping it of essential lipids is essential to protecting your skin barrier. A few in-house favorites include DamDam Silk Rice Cleansing Oil and Josh Rosebrook Complete Moisture Cleanse. The latter is a great option for those who do not use an oil cleanser as it aloe vera-based but still want the same benefits. These cleansers effectively remove impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils, serving as the first step in supplying the skin with epidermal lipids that we tend to produce less of as we age, such as cholesterol and ceramides.
Fortify, Enhance, Hydrate
The harsh winter winds, rain, and dry conditions caused by indoor heating can exacerbate the loss of lipids and hydration in the skin. To combat dryness, add a hydrating serum to your routine to replenish hydration deep within the skin. Opt for products such as Ukviat Green Protective Facial Serum or Josh Rosebrook Hydration Boost Concentrate Serum, both of which are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help fortify your skin barrier.
Moisturise and Protect
As temperatures drop, switch to a richer moisturizer complemented by a topical lipid to shield your skin from environmental stressors. Both Oio Lab Restorative Facial Cream Superpause and DamDam Mochi Mochi - Luminous Face Cream are two botanical masterpieces that stand out for their exceptional moisturising benefits. Enriched with nourishing plant oils and soothing botanical extracts, they provide deep hydration and fortification for your skin barrier to replenish lost moisture and ensure your skin receives the nutrients it needs to stay vibrant and resilient throughout the winter.
Nourish from Within
Dealing with a compromised skin barrier involves both things to avoid, such as excessive cleansing, limiting exfoliation, and avoiding aggressive or invasive treatments, and things to embrace, like replenishing skin with extra barrier lipids, using a retinol product at night, and applying sun protection during the day, like Plumscreen from Le Prunier, even if you spend most of it indoors.
However, our skin is influenced by more than just products; it's also affected by our daily lives and routines. Stress, sleep, and diet can profoundly affect your skin barrier and overall well-being. As we shift back to work or school, incorporating mindful practices, ensuring quality sleep, and maintaining a balanced diet lay the foundation for preparing your body and mind to face the challenges that come with transitional periods.
Supplying the body with the nutrients and rest it needs can seem overwhelming in our increasingly busy lives. An easy route to fortify your gut health is by incorporating supplements. When looking to boost your immunity and promote gut health, Philo Immunity is a great option. These capsules are thoughtfully crafted with a blend of powerful ingredients, such as camu camu, astragalus, elderberry, and natural botanicals, to promote gut balance and overall wellness while supporting your immune system. By supplying your gut with much-needed nutrients for a healthy microbiome, you're not only enhancing your body's ability to absorb essential nutrients but also strengthening your skin's natural defences.
Give a Restorative Boost When Needed
To truly pamper yourself and ease into winter, visit our in-house specialists and allow us to revitalise your skin with a signature treatment. Ara’kai treatments focus on nourishing your skin while incorporating healing energy work and body massage to rejuvenate your mental and physical well-being. Try our Signature or a Restorative Skin Boost. Both treatments include massages, which also helps to soothe the nervous system and provide physical and emotional release. Combine with LED therapy for a boosted skin recovery and detox. We ensure that each treatment is tailored to your skin's unique needs and recommend visiting us for a consultation to receive the best care plan for your mind, body, and skin.
As we collectively step into winter's embrace, let your skincare routine be an act of self-love, a ritual that honours the changing seasons of both nature and yourself. Remember to nourish both your body and soul by prioritising rest and care. Here's to the timeless elegance that winter brings—embrace it with grace, for you are worth every moment of care and indulgence.