Pedro Català — founder and formulator of TWELVE Beauty — is one of the most thoroughly educated founder-formulators we know; he has not only a pharmacy degree, but also a PhD in Natural Product Formulation. As one beauty editor put it, "What Pedro doesn't know about natural product formulation isn't worth knowing." Here, Pedro shares quick strategies for winter skincare, including what we think of as his "super-moisturizing product sandwich."


Ayla: Skin tends to need different care in the winter, especially in climates where there are significant changes with the seasons. What are your top suggestions for cold-weather skincare?

PEDRO: Yes: cold wind is one of the worst enemies for the skin, and I believe the changes in temperature from the cold outside to extra-heated environments inside also cause skin to struggle.

Richer moisturizers and ingredients with film-forming abilities always help. I love combining the Ideal Moisture Level Serum, which creates a permeable film on the skin, with the Nutritive Repair Emulsion for that extra comforting, cushiony feel. The Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil is also a must, as it provides key lipids to stressed skin. It can be applied in between the Serum and Emulsion for a layer that provides extra repair and protection.


Ayla: Ooh, it’s like a Serum-Oil-Emulsion sandwich! Now, for those of us who like to plan ahead — at what point do you suggest revisiting your routine again? 

PEDRO: When the weather starts to get warmer again, I just try to listen to my skin. Once the days are getting warmer but the nights are still cold — creating a major contrast in temperatures — I ditch richer textures, favoring lighter ones. I tend to focus more on hydration and elasticity in the spring, while in the winter it’s more about protecting and repairing. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, mallow, aloe, and jojoba oil are always helpful while transitioning to another season.


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Any topic discussed in this article is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.