5 Tips for Your Best Winter Skin

Your Guide to Winter Skin graphic with an image of man applying niacinamide cream for sun damaged skin.

As winter takes hold down under, our skin requires extra care to combat the challenges of the season. The star ingredient of SolarCareB3, niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a versatile ingredient with myriad benefits. And while we strongly advocate for its effectiveness in dealing with sun-damage, it also happens to be one of the best ingredients in the battle against winter skin woes. So, let’s delve into why niacinamide deserves a prime spot in your winter skincare arsenal, along with some essential tips to keep your skin healthy all season long.


  1. Restoring Moisture Balance:

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, boasts exceptional hydrating properties. During winter, when the cool air outside and indoor heating sap moisture from our skin, niacinamide steps in to replenish and maintain hydration levels. By strengthening the skin’s natural barrier, it helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss, keeping dryness at bay and leaving your skin soft and plump.


  1. Shielding Against Environmental Stressors:

Winter brings a barrage of environmental stressors, from chilly winds to fluctuating temperatures. Niacinamide acts as a shield, supporting the skin’s defences against these assaults. Its potent antioxidant properties neutralise free radicals generated by UV rays, pollution and harsh weather conditions, thereby minimising oxidative damage and premature aging. By incorporating niacinamide into your skincare routine, you provide your skin with a robust line of defence against winter’s challenges.


  1. Brightening and Evening Skin Tone:

The dull, lacklustre complexion often associated with winter can be revitalised with the help of niacinamide. This powerhouse ingredient inhibits the transfer of pigment within the skin, effectively reducing the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Regular use of niacinamide-based products can retain your skin’s healthy appearance even amidst the dreariest winter days.


  1. Soothing and Calming Irritated Skin:

Winter conditions can exacerbate skin sensitivity, leading to redness, inflammation and discomfort. Niacinamide exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, soothing irritated skin and alleviating symptoms of conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Its gentle yet effective nature makes it suitable for all skin types, including those prone to sensitivity, making it an ideal ally for winter skincare regimens.


  1. Enhancing Overall Skin Health:

Beyond addressing specific winter-related concerns, niacinamide promotes overall skin health and resilience. It supports the production of ceramides, essential lipid molecules that maintain the skin’s barrier function and integrity. By reinforcing the skin’s barrier, niacinamide helps lock in moisture, enhance elasticity and improve overall texture, resulting in a smoother, more resilient complexion.


In addition to harnessing the benefits of niacinamide, there are several other ways to bolster your skin this winter – and we’ve even got some product recommendations to help you navigate the season’s challenges with ease.


  • Moisturise Daily: Make moisturising a non-negotiable step in your daily skincare ritual. Opt for rich, emollient moisturisers that provide long-lasting hydration and nourishment, sealing in moisture to combat dryness and flakiness. Try our original SolarCareB3 with 5% niacinamide.
  • Use Lip Balm: Don’t forget to pamper your lips, which are particularly susceptible to dryness and chapping during winter. Keep a nourishing lip balm handy and reapply throughout the day to keep your lips soft, smooth, and protected. Try our B3 Lip, containing 5% niacinamide and 5% Australian pawpaw to soften, soothe and protect.
  • Layer Products for Extra Hydration: For extra hydration and protection, consider layering with serums or essences before your moisturiser. This allows active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin, maximising hydration and ensuring a plump, dewy complexion. Try adding a serum, like our Super B3 Serum with 10% niacinamide, 2.3% hyaluronic acid and super oxide dismutase before following with a rich cream.
  • Use Hand Cream: Our hands bear the brunt of winter’s harsh conditions, often becoming dry, rough, and cracked. Keep them soft and supple by applying a nourishing hand cream regularly, especially after washing your hands or exposure to cold weather. Our 50ml B3 Intensive is lightweight, yet heavy duty, containing 10% niacinamide – double the dose of our original formula. And the 50ml size is convenient enough to carry about day-to-day.
  • Drink Lots of Water: Hydration isn’t just about what you apply topically; it starts from within. Ensure you’re drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Herbal teas and infused water can also provide a hydrating boost while adding variety to your hydration routine.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Remember that skincare isn’t just about what you apply topically. Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats to support overall skin health from the inside out.


By following these tips and incorporating niacinamide-rich products into your skincare routine, you can keep your skin healthy throughout the winter months.


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