As the largest organ of our bodies, the skin is our first line of defense against cold temperatures, our most important body temperature regulator, and our best protection against external stress. The winter puts this key ally to the test. And for these reasons, we recommend you pamper it the right way... Let us tell you all about it!
What are the impacts of cold temperatures on my skin?
Depending on your skin type and age, cold temperatures can have different impacts that cause long-term effects like skin aging and discomfort in the short term.
Reduced circulation of the blood.
In the winter, low temperatures force the body to redirect blood toward vital organs to maintain optimal function. By doing so, all the small veins in the skin and the extremities receive less blood. This limited blood supply means less oxygen and reduced hydration that in turn, during prolonged exposure, causes micro-fissures and dulls the complexion.
The acid mantle is put to the test.
Other aggravating factors include the temperature variations caused by going from cold to warm temperatures, which weaken the acid mantle of the epidermis. This protective mantle is composed of sweat, sebum, and water. It acts as a barrier enabling the skin to stay supple and to maintain hydration levels. When it is warm inside, the water in the acid mantle evaporates. When you go out into the cold, the acid mantle does not have the time to adapt progressively to the environment. The resulting absence of water causes the skin to dry out. When it is warm inside, the water in the acid mantle evaporates and, when you go out into the cold, the acid mantle does not have the time to adapt itself progressively to the outside environment. The resulting absence of water causes the skin to dry out. This phenomenon is often reflected by sensations of tautness, itching, or peeling. Your skin can feel more sensitive than usual.
How do i help my skin combat cold temperatures?
You now understand that during winter, your skin needs a little help! So? How do you give it the support it needs?
My skin resists cold temperatures well enough but needs some assistance.
All year long, and even more so in the winter, keeping your skin moisturized is the basis of any beauty routine. Applying a moisturizer in the morning and evening will bolster the acid mantle in its protective mission while offering your skin all the ingredients it requires to stay supple. To keep you covered in every season, our teams have developed a range of Organic skincare, HYDRA-PROTECT +, that will keep your skin deeply moisturized. With compositions that notably include hyaluronic acid, Organic glycerin, and several other moisturizing ingredients, our skincare reconstitutes and strengthens water reserves, optimizes water circulation in the epidermis, and reduces evaporation to provide an optimal 24h moisturizing effect.
My skin is damaged and/or suffers through the winter.
You see the damage caused by cold temperatures on your skin. Your hands get dry, your lips chap, your skin gets taut and uncomfortable – it is time to bust out our range of certified Organic Reparative Care with Alga Sendatu® that enhances skin reconstruction. Suitable for adults and children, our Reparative Cream repairs and soothes by stimulating the restoration of the skins protective barrier, and helps to heal. Used in compliment, our Reparative Hand Cream provides instant relief for sensitive hands thanks to a rich and insulating formula. Finally, the Reparative Lip Balm soothes and rebuilds the damaged epidermis of dry, chapped, irritated, or cracked lips.
To summarize, our Reparative Care products, designed with intent by our team of Biarritz-based researchers, are ideal companions for a pleasurable winter!