REV UP YOUR WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE
As the temperature dips and we pile on the layers—sweater, vest, hat, gloves—we can’t help flashback to visions of our childhood Michelin Man-style puffer days, our parents’ loving efforts to keep us warm and protect us from the elements. When it comes to protecting our skin in winter, we’re applying the same strategy as we layer on moisture. In order to defend our skin against the elements, we need to help it play offense. A shift from the cold outside air to warm inside air, low temperatures, and icy winds can have moisture-robbing effects on the skin. The advice applies even if you don't live in a region where temperatures dip drastically because your skin changes with the seasons.
If we had to narrow down winter skincare to one tip, it would be to stay hydrated. The winter elements weaken and damage skin’s moisture barrier, and as a result our skin struggles to maintain moisture, leaving skin looking and feeling dull, rough, and itchy. Yes, you’re also drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding long hot baths and showers to further protect the natural oils in your skin to keep it healthy. Your main goal this time of year is to hold onto the moisture you have.
REVISIT YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Now’s the time to revisit your skincare routine to be sure you’re helping skin thrive during the winter, remembering the basics: clean, treat, moisturize, and protect. Here are Thrive’s picks to help you look your best.
A good starting point for a winter survival routine is our Skincare Getaway Gift Set (Face Wash, Energy Scrub, and Daily Defense Balm). This essential trio is your shortcut to healthy skin this winter. Powered by unique-to-Thrive superplants, Juanilama and Fierrillo, the products in this gift set are packed with skin-protecting antioxidants and antimicrobials, plus they offer soothing benefits that can help protect skin even during the wickedly windiest days.
Start and end your day with our gel-based Face Wash that won’t dry or irritate skin. Two or three times a week, put Thrive’s Energy Scrub to work to get a deep clean with gentle plant waxes to that remove dirt, leaving skin clean, bright, and refreshed. It’s also an ideal shaving companion, as it exfoliates, unclogs pores, and prevents ingrown hairs. And because the sun is still going strong throughout the winter, whether you are skiing or just driving around town, be sure to apply our Daily Defense Sunscreen Balm SPF 30 that delivers a safe, chemical-free, non-nano zinc oxide, in a mineral sunscreen that shields your skin from harmful UV rays. Best of all there’s no white mask look, and it absorbs quickly so there’s no greasiness. All products in this set are formulated to work on any skin type making this the perfect gift for everyone on your list. You can customize your own skincare set as well.
In the winter, we recommend the Skin Recovery Serum to hydrate and recover skin from the daily impacts of UV plus seasonal environmental elements. Bakuchiol, phyto-glycogen (aids in boosting collagen), plant derived hyaluronic acid, and superplant antioxidants Fierrillo and Hamelia patens, bring deep skin strengthening, smoothing, firming, energizing, hydrating, and restoring benefits without the unwanted side effects of synthetics.
Our Face Balm is key to keeping skin hydrated and locking in moisture. Shea butter, macadamia, olive and argan oils nourish, deeply moisturize, and reinforce the integrity of the skin. The sensitive skin version has added benefits to help calm skin reactivity while reinforcing your skin´s defenses against pollution and irritation.
Now that you’ve got a healthy winter skincare plan, the coast is clear for you to get out and enjoy your favorite adventures.