The Winter season is a busy time of the year filled with celebrations, warm food and a time to watch your favorite Christmas movies sipping on hot chocolate. But winter is not an easy season for your skin since the cold climate is very harsh. The dry winter air, the cold temperatures and low humidity levels draw moisture away from skin.
The condition worsens when you use indoor heaters. It fuels skin problems and causes cracking and even bleeding of the skin. Eczema and psoriasis also worsen because of these conditions.
However no need to panic because we have got you covered and have listed some special ingredients you can incorporate into your skincare to take care of your skin properly.
Our Top Ingredient Picks For November:
1. Sodium PCA
You might not have heard of this ingredient before. Sodium PCA is a compound used in our cleanser. All cleansers are meant to get rid of dirt and debris from your skin and give your skin a fresh appearance. But the downside to most cleansers, especially during winter, is that they dry out the skin and give it a dull appearance.
The good news is that Sodium PCA used in our cleanser isn't a drying agent and is a natural ingredient made by our skin cells that keeps the skin moist. Since it augments the natural function of our skin, we have used it as the hydrating component in our cleanser. This helps the skin overcome the excessive need for moisturization in the winter. It acts as a humectant, attracting water and effectively hydrating the skin. It doesn't irritate the skin or eyes either.1 So you wouldn't have to worry about drying out your skin excessively when using our cleanser to cleanse your face routinely.
Squalane is an ingredient we use to formulate our day cream. It's another compound that forms a natural part of your skin and keeps it moisturized, helping it stay plump and soft. Dry winter months may reduce the effectiveness of squalane your skin naturally produces. Thus we use the compound in our Day Cream because of its hydrating nature that helps your skin stay moisturized2 and glowing throughout the day. It improves the skin's texture, giving it a soft feel and preventing irritation. Another plus point is that it also reduces puffiness, something from which we all can benefit during the winter holidays.
You might love to drink chamomile tea, especially in the winter. Well, we love using Chamomile in our Night Cream. Just like chamomile tea, Chamomile used on the skin not only calms/soothes chapped winter skin but also has hydrating properties. Chamomile moisturizes the skin by providing light, soothing hydration. It helps to alleviate dryness topically and can also help to restore the skin's moisture balance over time which is disturbed during the winter season. In addition, Chamomile is enriched with natural antioxidants which help fight oxidative stress.3 Oxidative stress leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Now that you know the secret to get moisturized and hydrated skin in the winter, you can use our products to benefit your skin.
Written By: The Only Skin Team
- Andersen FA. Final Safety Assessment for PCA and Sodium PCA. International Journal of Toxicology. 1999;18(2_suppl):25-34. doi:10.1177/109158189901800206
- Huang, Zih-Rou et al. "Biological and pharmacological activities of squalene and related compounds: potential uses in cosmetic dermatology." Molecules (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 14,1 540-54. 23 Jan. 2009, doi:10.3390/molecules14010540
- Wang, Wenfei et al. "The Mechanism Action of German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita L.) in the Treatment of Eczema: Based on Dose-Effect Weight Coefficient Network Pharmacology." Frontiers in pharmacology vol. 12 706836. 30 Sep. 2021, doi:10.3389/fphar.2021.706836