Dryness, dullness, dehydration – brave the cold seasons with DR’s Secret

Do you struggle with a slew of skin problems during chilly seasons that you don’t know how to solve?

Here we go through the most common types of skin issues faced during the coldest months of the year and the ‘secret’ fixes that will help your skin ‘chill out’.

1. Dry and dehydrated skin

Cold and harsh weather conditions often spell ‘dryness’ and ‘dehydration’.

Those with sensitive skin may find your skin harder to tame during the winter. Chilly winds and dry spells may be more damaging to your skin barrier, resulting in sensitivity issues such as irritation, redness and even acne.

As trans epidermal water loss (loss of water from our body to the surrounding atmosphere through evaporation) happens more often, hydrating and moisturising are the two keywords to remember this season.

Exchange water or gel-based moisturisers in summer for creams that are thicker and richer to seal in moisture.

For dry and dehydrated skin

The Secret Fix:

Aqua Boost Serum 10 and Moisturizer 6 are your power duo to include in your winter hydration routine. Those with sensitive skin will appreciate Aqua Boost Serum 10 as it is formulated to quench dehydrated skin while protecting and restoring your natural skin barrier.

Moisturizer 6 acts like a soft comforting blanket to soothe skin and seal the moisture in. Apply a layer of Aqua Boost Serum 10 and seal the moisture in with a generous layer of Moisturizer 6.

Tip: Those with oilier skin can consider mixing Emulsion A6 or Refining Serum 9 with Moisturizer 6 as a refreshing alternative for your day routine.

2. Dull and flaky skin

If you are wondering why your skin looks extra dull during the winter months, it is because dead skin cells tend to build up more when our skin is dry. This causes our skin to look dull and listless. Skin that’s very dry may also encounter flaky skin.

For dull and flaky skin

The Secret Fix:

Get your glow back by making sure that you exfoliate regularly to remove the dead skin buildup.

Use Miraglo with Cleanser 1 for precise and effective exfoliation that’s gentle on the skin. Made with ultrafine microfibres 200 times thinner than human hair, Miraglo reaches into our pores, traps dirt and dead skin cells and removes it gently from our skin surface.

  • Step 1: Foam up Cleanser 1 and apply all over your face.
  • Step 2: Fold Miraglo into a square and press it gently on the skin using your fingers and palms.
  • Step 3: Use slow and gentle upward lifting strokes, only pressing lightly to work Miraglo all over your skin.

3. Sunspots and pigmentation

Many of us would have made the mistake of neglecting sun protection during winter. While the outdoors is less hot and humid, the sun rays are not letting up.

The Skin Cancer Foundation in the US states that “Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light, so the rays hit you twice, further increasing your risk of skin cancer and premature ageing.”

Too much sun exposure triggers our skin to produce a substance called melanin, which is responsible for sunspots and pigmentation. Once sunspots are formed, it becomes harder to remove them.

For sunspots and pigmentation

The Secret Fix:

Never hibernate your sunscreens during winter. Keep to your usual practice of applying SPF before you go out and reapplying every two to three hours or more frequently as required.

Use Sunscreen 5 (SPF 25) for a dewy finish if your skin feels dry during the colder months. Sunscreen 5 is a high protection sunscreen that can help to protect skin against both UVB and UVA rays.

4. Dry and cracked lips

For dry and cracked lips

Do you know? The topmost skin layer of our lips is about three to four layers thick, much thinner than our facial skin which averages 15 to 16 layers. ​

The skin on our lips do not have hair follicles nor sweat glands. ​Therefore, sweat and body oil cannot be produced to protect the lips from the external environment.

Due to the differences in the skin structure, our lips dry out faster and become chapped more easily. Dry environments cause our lips to become wrinkled and dry. If unprotected, cracking and bleeding may occur in extreme dry and cold seasons.

The Secret Fix

The Secret Fix:

Soothe your lips with Conditioning Lip Butter. Formulated with 10 natural ingredients sourced from countries like Italy, Spain and Korea, Conditioning Lip Butter has a smooth buttery texture that glides effortlessly on your lips.

The natural ingredients are carefully selected to perform four essential functions of moisturising, conditioning, protecting and sealing moisture within. With no artificial fragrance or preservatives added, those with delicate lips would not need to worry about irritation and sensitivity.

Simply apply and replenish throughout the day. We recommend using Conditioning Lip Butter as a base before coating on Lip Glacier for shimmering luscious looking lips.   ​