The best moisturizers for dry winter skin.

In Ottawa

By Dr. Howard Silverman

Winter is here, and it’s wreaking havoc on your skin… again. So, you do what you’ve always been told and you reach for the nearest moisturizer. You start applying it morning and night, but it just isn’t working; you still feel that familiar feeling of tightness after cleansing and drying your skin. Why? Well, it’s possible you’re not using the right moisturizer to reinforce your skin’s barrier. 

When the skin barrier—the outermost layer of skin that retains moisture and protects against environmental factors—is not functioning correctly, your skin can feel dry, itchy and irritated because moisture is not being effectively retained within the skin’s cells. This is a problem because this barrier is the first line of defense for your overall skin health, preventing skin dehydration, premature aging, and inflammation. There are many factors that can cause the skin barrier to weaken, including UV exposure, blue light exposure, bacteria, stress, poor diet, over-cleansing, over-exfoliating, and (drumroll please) extreme temperatures. Luckily, with a little extra TLC, and the right products, you can reinforce this barrier. When it comes to moisturizers specifically, we have some personal favourites to get you through those long winter months.

ZO® Skin Health Daily Power Defense.

Daily Power Defense from ZO Skin Health is a moisturizing serum that we think almost everyone should be using. It’s jam packed with antioxidants and a hint of retinol to help strengthen skin cells. Often, when heavy or thick creams are constantly applied to the surface of the skin, this sends signals to the cells to stop creating their own hydration, which can leave you dependent on hydrators that are not always appropriate for the time of year or skin type. This product’s lightweight formulation hydrates the skin while still allowing it to function on its own. We recommend using this product in your morning routine to help protect against the outside elements we face with city living. 

ZO® Skin Health Hydrating Crème. 

This moisturizer is lightweight yet super hydrating and specifically created for sensitive skin (though it’s great for all skin types that need an extra boost). A fantastic choice for winter months, the Hydrating Crème restores skin barrier function and reduces moisture loss. It was formulated and clinically proven to assist with eczema (which can be more prominent in the colder months) and skin irritation and can be used daily or as needed. It’s a must-have for clients who love skiing and snowboarding!

ZO® Skin Health Recovery Crème. 

The ZO Skin Health Recovery Crème soothes, protects, and hydrates the skin by creating a barrier to protect against moisture loss. It has a dash of retinol to help alleviate the look of fine lines and dehydrated skin, and is best for patients looking to combat dry skin as well as the aging process.

ZO® Skin Health Renewal Crème.

This product is fantastic for patients who have a more oily or sensitive skin type. ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème is packed with antioxidants and soothing properties like oat and willowherb extracts, and because it’s lightweight, it won’t make your skin feel greasy.

Knowing your skin type is truly the key to choosing the right product to help protect and repair your skin. If you’re looking for more information or assistance in building a regimen that works for you, contact us to schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist.

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