By Kaleigh Fasanella, she/her
Redness and irritation can manifest due to myriad different internal and external factors, including but not limited to: stress, over-exfoliation, and your environment. Today though, we’re discussing how the harsh winter weather specifically plays a part in causing these skin concerns — plus, the soothing products that can help keep inflammation to a minimum this season. Because when humidity drops and temps plummet, too, adjusting your skincare regimen as needed is super key. Just ask Youth To The People’s Senior Regional Sales and Education Executive, Jacob Tomás del Rosario, how to alleviate redness and irritation:
“You should always be updating your routine when there’s a dramatic shift in humidity and temperature outside. Always,” he says.
Update how, though, exactly? Well, if you’re struggling with red and inflamed skin as a result of the severe weather and aired indoor heat, then your first order of business should be incorporating a gentle cleanser into your routine to help nourish the skin and keep your pH balanced. (This way, any products you apply afterward will absorb better.)
“It’s not only non-stripping but actually has amazing replenishing ingredients for redness-prone skin, such as aloe vera, kale, spinach, and green tea,” says del Rosario. “These antioxidant-dense ingredients help to reinforce optimal skin function and strengthen the lipid barrier, thus alleviating irritation.”
The Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist is another amazing redness-relieving product you should have in your arsenal—especially in the frigid winter months. “The adaptogen mist contains a pro-grade vegan pentapeptide that actually works on an internal level to reduce skin stress,” explains del Rosario. “This pentapeptide is unlike the majority of peptides in that it sends signals into the skin where stress is born and stops it in its tracks. Additionally, it contains adaptogens, which have long been used in Eastern medicine to calm internal stress, and now we’re proving that they can help topically, too.”
Del Rosario recommends spritzing on a liberal amount right after cleansing—or simply whenever your skin could use a hit of calming hydration.
“What I love so much about the mist is you can use it whenever you want and however you want,” he says. “You can truly adopt it into every step.”
As far as moisturizer is concerned, del Rosario suggests the Adaptopten Deep Moisture Cream, as it’s made with the same powerfully soothing pentapeptide as the mist—plus even more calming agents like aloe vera, an adaptogen blend, and allantoin.
“It’s amazing because it has emollience but it never feels congestive or heavy,” says del Rosario. “We specifically formulated it with bio-available emollients that the body will recognize so it absorbs into the skin better.”
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Another redness-reducing recommendation from del Rosario is the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask, which is made with soothing squalane and prickly pear, as well as skin-brightening vitamin C.
“If you’re exposed to temperamental environments, this mask is great because it’s an occlusive treatment, meaning it locks in moisture and has a liquid bandage-like effect on the skin,” he says. “Typically it’s recommended for use at night, but if you live in an environment where it’s bitter cold, you can definitely use it as a day moisturizer to protect your skin.”
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People