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Transitioning from the vibrant days of fall to the colder, drier days of winter requires a shift in your skincare routine. Explore this year’s winter skincare trends and learn how to personalize your routine to best suit your needs for a radiant start to the New Year.
Transition from Fall to Winter Skincare
The transition from fall to winter brings a drop in temperature and humidity levels, which can dry out skin and compromise your skin barrier. Making things worse, many of us tend to spend more time indoors to stay warm, drying out skin even more thanks to heaters and low moisture.
Winter is also notorious for triggering skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, which can vary in severity. You may feel your skin is not just drier, but itchier, bumpier, or even redder depending on your condition.
Using hydration-boosting ingredients is just one step you can take in preparing your skin for harsh winter conditions. Read on to find out how to protect your skin barrier, why you should start using sustainable beauty products, and what it means to personalize your skincare routine with our skincare trends for winter 2023.
Hydration trends every winter due to the catastrophic combination of cold air, dry indoor heat, and low humidity levels. Look for products with moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which acts as a magnet for hydration, and ceramides, which are fats found on the outer layer of the skin.
Foundation Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is a fast-absorbing powerful humectant that hydrates on the deepest level for naturally dewy skin. By drawing in and holding moisture, skin appears plump and elasticity is restored, helping skin stretch and flex to reduce wrinkles and lines. For even more soothing qualities, the formulation includes the anti-inflammatory benefits of shea butter and extracts of chamomile, green tea, and olive.
A great product to use alongside hyaluronic acid is niacinamide. This powerful B vitamin increases the production of ceramides, which strengthens the skin barrier and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.1 Foundation Skincare’s Niacinamide Lotion 10% contains a potent concentration of the active ingredient and a hyaluronic acid base to further hydrate, moisturize, and prevent irritation. In addition to moisturizing skin, niacinamide also helps fade dark spots, enhances DNA repair, and balances sebum to help control and prevent acne breakouts.
Barrier Repair and Protection
Everybody is talking about the skin barrier in 2023, and for good reason. The skin barrier is crucial in maintaining overall skin health, and when it is disrupted, it can cause or exacerbate dry skin, acne, or inflammatory skin conditions. Harsh exfoliators, alcohol-based cleansers, and benzoyl peroxide should be swapped out for gentler products that protect the skin barrier and minimize the damage caused by environmental stressors.
As mentioned above, niacinamide is a skincare essential in strengthening the skin barrier, but so are products containing azelaic acid and vitamin C. Research indicates azelaic acid significantly strengthens the skin barrier by sealing moisture in 2while vitamin C promotes the synthesis of barrier lipids.3 This helps to protect the skin from UV and environmental damage while retaining hydration. Foundation Skincare’s Vitamin C Lotion 20% also contains Vitamin E for extra antioxidant power. This custom dual formulation combines 20% Vitamin C with a hydrating base to further moisturize and protect your skin without drying it out or causing irritation. It also works as a gentle exfoliator for brighter, glowing skin.
Sustainable and Clean Beauty
Many of us are becoming more conscious about sustainable living and the dangers of harsh chemicals found in everyday products. This is just as important in skincare, where clean and sustainable products are taking center stage. In addition to choosing products that are free from harmful chemicals and produced with sustainability in mind, many people are championing brands that use eco-friendly packaging and ethically sourced ingredients. This isn’t just healthy for your skin and overall health, but the planet as a whole.
Foundation Skincare is the brainchild of a board certified dermatologist, a chemist and a pharmacist with expertise in formulations and compounding. Every product contains painstakingly sourced ingredients without unnecessary fillers, ingredients and perfumes, and is made and filled in state of the art GMP certified facilities in accordance with USP standards for supplements.
Winter is the perfect time to cater to your unique skin needs. Most of the time, personalizing your skincare routine would require a visit to your dermatologist, but incorporating dermatologist-formulated products into your routine is the next best thing. Some of the most common skin concerns that can be addressed with Foundation Skincare’s medical-grade products include:
- Dull, dry skin: Use FS Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, FS Niacinamide Lotion 10%, and FS Vitamin C Lotion 20% to boost hydration and strengthen the skin barrier for glowing, radiant skin.
- Acne: Foundation Skincare’s Azelaic Acid 14% Cream has the highest percentage of azelaic acid available without a prescription. In addition to reducing skin inflammation and redness, azelaic acid also helps to destroy bacteria on skin to help heal and prevent breakouts, unclog pores, and lighten acne scars. This product works well alongside FS Niacinamide Lotion 10%, which helps to balance oil production, and FS Vitamin C Lotion 20%, which further reduces inflammation while accelerating healing.
- Hyperpigmentation and photodamage: Use a sunscreen with 30+ SPF (50+ preferred) to help protect against sun damage and hyperpigmentation. If you’re already dealing with photodamaged skin, both FS Azelaic Acid 14% Cream and FS Vitamin C Lotion 20% can help minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone. You may also want to use Foundation Skincare’s Night Renewal Cream, which combines 2% Granactive Retinoid with essential peptide growth factors to brighten the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin and improve skin texture.
- Premature aging: The retinoids and peptide growth factors in Night Renewal Cream also work to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and thin or sagging skin. Use it alongside Foundation Skincare’s Firming Neck Cream, which also contains peptide growth factors to stimulate collagen and lift loose, crepey skin on the delicate neck area.
Once you identify your areas of concern, you can use Foundation Skincare’s products to treat your symptoms from the inside out. Foundation Skincare’s Pigmentation Defense and Spectrum supplements close nutritional gaps to support skin health and contain a variety of plant-based antioxidants and key vitamins.
How to Introduce New Products Into Your Skincare Routine
When introducing new products into your winter skincare routine, it’s always a good idea to add one new product at a time per week or over the course of two weeks to ensure you are benefitting from the products and not causing any irritation.This is especially true if you have sensitive skin. All of Foundation Skincare’s products can be conveniently layered together. But in some cases, products that can be used twice a day (like azelaic acid), may have to be used just once daily until your skin adjusts. Always apply sunscreen last in your routine to protect against harmful UV rays and reapply often to further protect skin.
Visit the FS Journal to learn more tips on how to care for your skin and incorporate the FS skincare products into your routine based on your unique skin concerns. Explore the full skincare collection here.