Moisture problems get exacerbated during winter, and skin must be cared for accordingly to remain hydrated and healthy in the cold months. Often, regimen changes will be necessary to adjust to this time of year, so we recommend sitting down with your patients and discussing how they can adapt.
Here are a few changes to consider, and product recommendations for each:
The Cleansing Step
Many cleansers on the market today contain salicylic acid and beta-hydroxy acids. While excellent at clearing pores, these can also remove hydrating lipids from the skin surface, especially when combined with sulfates. Partly for this reason, CosMedical developed our Salicylic Face & Body Wash, which contains moisture-preserving coconut oil to replace oils removed by pore-cleansing salicylic acid. It’s a powerful cleanser that doesn’t interfere with skin hydration.
Patients with more sensitive or acneic skin love our Chamomile Facial Cleanser and Lavender Creamy Cleanser, which gently clear debris and dead skin while deeply hydrating and soothing. All of our cleansers are also sulfate-free.
The Serum Step
Serums vary significantly in their effects, and they should be swapped to respond to the challenges of each season. In winter, we recommend serums that restore skin oils and promote a healthy barrier.
Out of all our products, Vita Soothe is our favorite for preserving healthy, moist winter skin. It contains restorative lipids, vitamins and antioxidants to instantly restore skin vitality. For patients specifically lacking skin oils, we also recommend Lipid Drops.
Retinol (vitamin A) has countless skin benefits by boosting collagen production, but it usually depletes skin oils over use. Our Advanced Retinol includes bioidentical lipids to avoid depletion, letting patients reach a beautiful, firm glow without any dehydration or peeling.
For patients with acneic, red or otherwise sensitive skin, we recommend Green Tea Antioxidant Serum and HA+ Firming Boost. These both have both occlusive and humectant ingredients that restore moisture while promoting a healthy barrier, plus antioxidants and vitamins to protect from environmental hazards like free radicals.
The Moisturizer Step
Picking the right moisturizer is important to providing proper moisture to winter skin, of course! This time of year, we recommend heavier creams like Restorative Body Conditioner and AHA Marine Moisture Crème with potent hydrating actives reaching the deepest layers of skin.
Our Multi-Complex Night Crème with glycerin, castor seed oil and triglycerides is incredibly hydrating, especially with nightly use. We recently reformulated this product and made it vegan — the new formula is even more moisturizing than the old one, so have your patients give it a try!
Last, but certainly not least, hydrating masks like our O2 Lift Mask instantly treat skin with a huge amount of moisture to provide a quick and powerful hydration intervention. This mask also re-energizes cells by promoting oxygen uptake, giving an immediate lift and firmness.All of CosMedical Technologies’ products are carefully formulated by an expert dermatologist to make skin as healthy, hydrated and radiant as possible. Learn more about our multipurpose skincare solutions here.