As winter approaches, slowly but surely, our skin is the first to feel the effects. It’s losing its luster and smoothness already…the good news is that there are things you can do to sustain the glow. And no, we don’t mean Vitamin C – you know all about that already!
Hyaluronic acid is crucial in maintaining skin hydration. It is produced by our bodies naturally as a way to maintain moisture. When the weather is dry, the skin becomes dehydrated, accentuating crow’s feet and wrinkles.
Skin moisture naturally declines with age as our cells regenerate more slowly.
Vitamin B3 is also an excellent skin enhancer. It helps to repair and protect the skin against sun damage, smoothes lines, promotes collagen production, and makes skin look fuller to improve its natural barrier function.
The lipid barrier of the skin is comprised of fats binding skin cells together and plays a key role in its appearance. In harsh weather conditions, this barrier begins to break down, causing skin irritation.
If left untreated, this can accelerate the ageing process. UV exposure and over-cleansing are two factors associated with the deterioration of the skin barrier, stripping the skin of indispensable oils.
Vitamin A has several important, complexion-perfecting properties, making it an indispensable skin care ingredient. Topical vitamin A stimulates cell regeneration, thickening the dermis for fuller, younger skin.
Zinc Oxide is best known for its ability to protect skin from damage inflicted by the sun, but it can be quite helpful in winter too.