6 Tips For Protecting Your Skin Against Winter Dryness and Itching
Now that the weather is colder and dryer it’s even more crucial to take care of your skin, both throughout the harsh day-to-day winter cold and during your intense winter-workouts. We know that (sadly) skin dryness and itchiness go hand in hand so, we’ve compiled a list of six tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated even in the harshest winter weather.
Beware of Hot Showers
As great as water is for the inside of our body, how you “apply” it to the outside of your body is an entirely different situation. If you’re like us, you probably jump straight into a hot shower after a sweaty workout, but did you know that showering in water that’s too hot can actually do more harm than good? Excessively hot water messes with your skin by leaching vital lubricating oils, which leads to, you guessed it, dried out and itchy skin.
Cold Water Is In (Even in Winter)
On the opposite end of the spectrum, it turns out that washing your face with cold water actually has added benefits, since it helps to tighten pores and firm the skin. Now, we know that splashing cold water on your face in winter is less than desirable, but even FRÉ influencer and Facial Rejuvenation Expert, Nousha Salimi, agrees that “after class, rinse your face with warm water, use your face wash (our PURIFY ME is a great choice for a hydrating and gentle cleanser), rinse it all off again with warm water, then splash cold water on your face to close the pores!” You’ve heard it from us and you’ve heard it from the experts: Hot is out, cold is in!
Kick the Itch
It’s not all about dryness though, we can’t forget about the most uncomfortable thing during the cold winter months: itchiness. Luckily you can do something about it! One solution is to turn down the heat in your house, or add a humidifier, but there’s some even easier options that you can try. Using a powerful serum can help relieve dry and tight skin, which effectively gets rid of itching. FRÉ’s REVIVE ME serum is specifically designed for inflamed, itchy and red skin. It’s formulated with Argan stem cells and sterols for deep-seated skin rejuvenation that helps to relieve itching in the short term, and hydrate your skin in long term to keep that itch from coming back.
Layer Your Skincare
It’s common knowledge that lotion helps soothe our cracked, dry, winter skin, but did you know that it doesn’t always penetrate deep enough to really hydrate from the inside out? In order to truly get down into those “hard to reach” skin layers, it’s recommended to use a two-pronged approach: serum first, lotion second. A good serum soaks deep down into the skin’s under layer, or dermis, for a more hydrating, repairing effect, while lotions lock in the moisture and help protect the outer layer, or epidermis, adding a second line of defense and really making sure the harsh winter wind doesn’t break down and irritate your gentle facial skin. Fortunately for you, our PROTECT ME lotion and REVIVE ME serum work perfectly together to hydrate and lock in moisture, keeping your skin glowing inside and out.
Use Sunscreen Year Round
While you might think less sun means less risk, while UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. And double exposure means double the risk. So be sure to lather on the sunscreen during your winter workouts even if the only skin seeing the daylight is your eyes. FRÉ’s PROTECT ME is a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen that protects your skin from harmful UVA, UVB, and IRA rays and keeps your skin healthy even during winter.
Use Argan to Deeply Hydrate Skin
The last thing you should be worrying about while out sweating during a winter jog is your skin cracking along the way. To stop you worrying, the 123FRÉ skincare set is formulated with our unique Argania Active Complex© made up of a combination of deeply nourishing Argan oil, Argan leaf-water and rejuvenating Argan stem cells. This special formula works to reduce the signs of premature aging and acts against sun damage and dark spots through a simple 3-step routine that is perfect for dry and itchy winter skin. Use PROTECT ME to guard your skin against sun damage, then cleanse off winter sweat and grime with the gently exfoliating and moisturizing PURIFY ME, and finish up by using our deeply replenishing REVIVE ME serum filled with Vitamins A, B5, and E to fight free radicals and repair and rejuvenate your skin. Winter workouts have never felt so good.
What our FRÉ enthusiasts say:
***** Briana Sipe said: Fresh smell, soft and the best!
I’ve used many expensive products for a while. I’ve been very physically active more and this first drew me to FRÉ. I love using More than one product. All three of the steps are excellent. It’s december in Pennsylvania and I have YET to have dry or chapped skin, and no breakouts. I’m very happy! My hands are the only thing chapped. I love the hydrating feel the creams give and the cleanser purify me is so soft but the JoJoba beads are lovely too!
***** deep sister said: Smooth and even skin
It's been 14 days and so far the products are delivering on their promise. My skin feels hydrated (in the midst of a northeast winter) and my complexion is even (despite daily hot yoga). The serum feels so hydrating and soothing. What I love the most is how well everything absorbs into my skin so that I don't feel oily. I'll look forward to testing out the SPF lotion in the summer when I'm outside in the sun more. So grateful that FRÉ has created this line specific to those of us who sweat on the daily!
***** Sierra Gamble said: Amazing!
I used the "Try At Home" set right in the middle of a really bad cold. The skin on and around my nose was super sore and chapped from using way too many tissues, but after two days of using the Revive Me serum, it was completely healed. I'm so thankful for having that serum at just the right time! I cannot wait to receive my full set in the mail.