Adapt Your Skincare Routine for Cold Climates

Adapter sa routine de soins de la peau pour combattre les effets du froid

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The transition from summer to autumn and then to winter brings a ton of changes: modification of the landscape, variation in the level of sunshine, new weather conditions, etc. The skin of the face can also change during the change of seasons. Colder temperatures, lower ambient humidity, and the alternation between the heat in our homes and the cold outside are factors that can contribute to causing harm. From a physiological point of view, some transformations are also observed: the sebaceous glands are less active, the hydrolipidic film thins, the blood vessels contract and dilate more, etc.

All of these changes and their repercussions, however, can be reduced with a skincare routine suited to the cold season. Fall should therefore be accompanied by a little overhaul of your skincare to be well prepared. This article, therefore, presents the changes that may affect the skin of your face as well as recommendations for adapting your skincare routine.

What is happening with the skin on my face and how can I fix it?
Dehydrated skin
The arrival of cooler temperatures is often accompanied by switching on the heating system at home. The indoor air is therefore drier and the skin of the face shows signs of dehydration. In fact, the cold causes a decrease in the activity of the sebaceous glands, responsible for the production of sebum. Being an essential constituent of the hydrolipidic film, a decrease in its production leads to a weakening of the natural protective barrier of the skin. This phenomenon allows water to escape more easily from the epidermis, and the skin becomes dehydrated.

In the case of skin dehydration, Omy's customized serum could be a nice addition to your skincare routine, as it has a high content of hyaluronic acid (present as sodium hyaluronate). With its high and low molecular weight molecules, this ingredient helps to capture and hold water in the skin. If you're already using it and your skin is still showing signs of dehydration, adding the Hy ingredient to your formula might help. With its strong moisturizing power, this polysaccharide will capture and redistribute water to the skin.

Dry skin

As we have discussed, the activity of the sebaceous glands tends to decrease during the cold season. By producing less sebum, the water/oil balance of the skin is upset, and the hydrolipidic film is less effective in its role as a barrier. When cooler temperatures set in, it may therefore be necessary to add more nutrition to the skin. Note that people with combination to oily skin type do not, or very rarely, have dry skin, even in winter.

In the case of dry skin, it is advisable to clean your face with a mild, soap-free, and non-drying product to avoid damaging the hydrolipidic film. Cleaning your skin with Omy's Delicate mineralizing micellar water would therefore be ideal.

The use of a night cream with a richer texture than usual is also recommended. By increasing the oil content in the skin of the face, it will be soothed and gain comfort. If your customized night cream is currently formulated with texture 1, opt instead for 2, and if it has texture 2, favor 3. The plant ceramides it contains participate in the restoration of the skin barrier, helping thus protecting the skin against drying out and external aggressions.

More redness in the face

The alternation between the warmth of our homes and the repeated cold outside during the cold season causes a constant contraction and dilation of the subcutaneous blood vessels. On being more stressed than usual, they become more fragile and we observe the appearance of redness on the skin of the face. The result? Small red cheekbones and more pronounced rosacea!

With a high content of vitamin B3 (5%), the personalized Omy serum would be ideal to soothe this redness. It would also be possible to add the active ingredient Ro to your custom treatments, creams, or serums. The active molecules it contains stimulate blood microcirculation and help decrease vasodilation, thus helping to minimize the appearance of redness and its extent. Active ingredient In contains an anti-inflammatory agent that works to reduce the appearance of redness, making it a good ally of the active ingredient Ro. 

Some additional tips that shouldn't be overlooked
Apply sunscreen, even in winter!

This gesture should be a reflex, regardless of the season or of the level of sunshine. In addition to preventing skin aging, the use of sun protection helps protect against the development of certain cancers. In winter, snow reflects ultraviolet (UV) rays, and the effect is even more pronounced at altitude. It is therefore essential to apply sunscreen when practicing outdoor activities. The use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is recommended. SPF 50 mineral sunscreen, sold by Omy Laboratories, offers broad-spectrum protection, absorbs quickly thanks to its light texture, and leaves a matte finish on the skin.

Cracking hands, never again!
The hands also tend to suffer from the arrival of the cold season. Dry or cracking skin and chapped skin are symptoms associated with winter conditions. Omy's Delicate hand cream works to restore the skin’s protective film and provides it with a dose of hydration and nutrition. Ceramides, argan oil, and shea butter perform this function, while cucumber extract instantly cools and soothes the skin.

We hope that these few recommendations will allow you to adapt your skincare routine to fight the inconvenience of colder temperatures. If you have specific issues and would like advice, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to accompany you in this transition to the cold season!