The seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall are all unique. We organize our wardrobes around the seasons, so why not our skincare routine? A tailored skin routine for the winter is a must. After all, if we all desire glowing skin all year, it just makes sense. Heat and humidity changes and sun exposure all affect how our skin looks and feels, prompting changes to our skincare routine. Your skin, especially your delicate facial skin, is constantly exposed to the elements, surviving the cold of winter. As a result, please make an additional effort to care for it during the winter season.
More than hats, gloves and jackets are necessary to keep skin healthy as layers of protection from the cold weather. The lack of moisture caused by the lower temperatures and wind, both outside and indoors, can contribute to cracking, chapping, irritation, and skin illnesses like eczema. Most significantly, more attention is required for sun protection throughout the winter months.
Winter Skin Care Routine Recommendations
A winter skincare routine entails much more than simply skincare products. How you care for your skin in the winter and prepare it for the cold has a lot to do with how your skin looks when the weather becomes frigid. Here are a few recommendations for taking care of your skin while you're not using your regular skincare products.
- Lip balm is your best buddy.
Lips can dry out in a matter of seconds in the cold, so keep a lip balm on hand at all times. If you're out and about and don't have any hand lotion on hand, lip balm may always be substituted!
- Make use of a humidifier.
An arid environment, especially when the heating system is turned high, will dry up the skin and sinuses like nothing else! If you have a humidifier near your bed, your skin and airways will likely feel much better in the morning. Keep pots of water on the radiators for a DIY humidifier if you don't have one or don't want to invest in one.
- Make sure you're hydrating your body's skin.
Nothing is more inconvenient than dry, cracking skin in the winter. Make sure you have an excellent body moisturizer on hand and begin using it before your skin becomes cracked, so you don't aggravate already sensitive skin.
- Do not dry off
Instead, pat your skin dry after getting out of the shower and then apply moisturizer to seal in the moisture.
- Keep physical exfoliation to a minimum.
Because physical exfoliation requires touching the skin with a tool like a brush or a sponge, it's best to restrict how often you exfoliate physically in any harsh weather.
- Lower the temperature within the house
Nothing indeed beats turning up the heat when you first notice a shiver in the air, yet heat may be extremely drying to your skin. On some levels, putting on a few other sweaters and hiding beneath blankets is a preferable alternative.
- Take shorter showers and colder showers.
Taking milder showers in the winter may seem contradictory, but hot water can worsen dry cracked skin. Attempt to maintain your shower temperatures warm, but not overly so, if at all possible.
- Carry your toner with you at all times.
We get what you're thinking—isn't that what you're meant to be doing in the summer? Yes, but what's good for the goose is also good for the gander, which means that a decent toner that seals in moisture is essential throughout the winter months.
- Apply a second layer of moisturizer before leaving the house.
To keep your skin from becoming cracked and dry in the first place, use a bit of additional moisturizer before going outside in the cold.
- Keep an eye on your alcohol consumption
When the weather becomes cooler, you generally want to stay away from anything that dries out your skin, so select water over wine if you can.
- Always use sunscreen.
We understand your skepticism: why would I use sunscreen in the winter? Even in the dead of winter, the sun's beams may be tremendously powerful—and damaging—mainly if they're reflected off snow or ice. Anyone who spends a lot of time outside should use sunscreen regardless of the season.
While the summer is all about lightening things up, the chilly weather necessitates a few more moisturizing ingredients to seal in moisture and preserve the skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid is a kind of hyaluronic acid. This is excellent for both immediate and long-term hydration. It locks in moisture while providing an additional push of collagen to the skin.
- Ceramides. Ceramides are lipids that aid in the formation of our natural skin barrier. For people with dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis, reapplying the chemical topically with a moisturizer can make all the difference.
- On the other hand, AHAs and BHAs should be reduced. They're great nutrients, but they might dry out your skin and make it more sensitive to redness.
Winter skincare regimen
- USE A GENTLE CLEANSER TO WASH
When your skin is already dried in the winter, a gentle cleanser is essential. You don't want to wipe away the natural oils with a strong cleaner. My skin genuinely feels nourished and moisturized after using it.
- HYLOURONIC ACID APPLICATION
It helps hide fine lines and wrinkles by maintaining moisture in the skin and giving it a plumping appearance. Because the skin is protected and moisturized, it may produce more skin cells because it isn't battling for hydration. This results in skin cells that are smoother and plumper.
- USE A SERUM OF VITAMIN C
Regardless of the season, a good Vitamin C serum should always be a part of your beauty routine.
- USE A MOISTURIZER DAILY TO NOURISH YOUR SKIN
Skipping moisturizer isn't an option in the winter, especially if your skin is as dry as mine. Massage moisturizer into the skin immediately after cleaning and applying a vitamin C serum.
- USE A HYDRATING OIL TO FINISH
Add an extra dose of moisture to moisturizer with any hydrating oil as the final step in my winter skincare routine. They're light and leave my skin looking fresh and glowing.
- APPLY A RICH NIGHT CREAM
The critical word here is "cream." Invest in a cream moisturizer that will genuinely seal in the hydration as you sleep, rather than the lightweight moisturizers of the summer.
- OVERNIGHT MASK
Alternate between creams and overnight markings as needed. By keeping a mask on overnight instead of 10 minutes (as long as it's a hydrating treatment that doesn't need to be washed off! ), you can obtain the maximum advantages.
- A GENTLE EXFOLIANT ON BUFF SKIN
Since dry skin leads to flaky skin, exfoliating should be a component of your winter skincare routine.
It's important to keep an eye on your skin and how it reacts to changes, but small adjustments go a long way - so don't make drastic changes all at once. Your skin, like you, requires time to acclimatize to the colder air.