Winter is coming.
And my skin is in panic mode.
Sweeping harsh winds that suck all the moisture out of it. Freezing temperatures that make it flake. And don’t get me started on snow. It reflects UV rays like crazy and that means one thing: sun damage.
It’s gonna be hell for our skin.
Unless we get it ready for it. Knowing an attack is coming is half the battle. Now, we just have to get our defences up and fight back. Here’s how:
Winter Skincare Tip #1: Use gentle cleansers
Use the gentlest cleanser you can find. As long as it does the job, of course.
You know you’ve found the right cleanser when it leaves your skin clean and soft without any tight or dry feeling.
Instead, avoid harsh cleansers like the plague. If your skin feels tight after washing, say bye-bye and look for something gentler.
Your skin’s already being attacked by the elements. It doesn’t need to be attacked by your cleanser too.
- Corsx low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser ($11.00): pH 5.5. Available at Sokoglam and YesStyle.
- Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Cleanser One Step Face Cleanser ($18.00): pH 5.5. Available at Paula’s Choice.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser ($18.00): pH 5.5. Available at Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice.
Winter Skincare Tip #2: Switch to a rich moisturizer
Lightweight lotions are great for summer. But, come winter, they just stop working.
There’s just not enough moisture in them to replenish the huge amount your skin loses when facing the dreaded winter cold.
Opt for a richer one instead. It must contain:
- Humectants: glycerin, urea and hyaluronic acid all attract moisture into the skin.
- Occlusive emollients: oils, shea butter and silicones all form a waterproof barrier that locks moisture in.
- Skin-soothers: allantoin, aloe vera and oats calm down redness and irritation.
- Antioxidants: vitamins A and C, green tea and co fight the free radicals that lead to wrinkles.
- CeraVe AM Face Moisturiser SPF 30 ($16.40): available at iHerb, Ulta and Walmart
- Clinique Smart Treatment Oil ($44.50): available at Look Fantastic, Selfridges, Sephora and Ulta
- Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser ($31.00): available at Dermstore, Look Fantastic and Paula’s Choice
Winter Skincare Tip #3: Don’t skip the sunscreen
Just because you can’t see the sun, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
That pesky thing likes to hide behind clouds in winter, but it’s very good at penetrating them. Its rays can reflect on snow too.
They then hit your skin, causing all kinds of damage: dryness, wrinkles, dark spots and even cancer.
Pile on that sunscreen!
Don’t know which sunscreen to use? Check out my picks below:Freezing winter weather turning your skin into a dry & flaky mess? Here's how to fix it
Winter Skincare Tip #4: Exfoliate
You need to exfoliate your skin in winter too. Even if it’s dry.
All skin types need exfoliation. It helps replace old and damaged cells with newer and brighter ones, giving your skin a smoother and brighter appearance.
And, without those dead cells uselessly accumulating on your skin, your skincare products can get deeper into it, so they can work even better.
The best exfoliant for dry winter skin?
- Glycolic acid: it also hydrates skin and treats sun damage. Woo hoo!
- Lactic acid: the gentlest chemical exfoliant, it’s great for super sensitive skin.
- Salicylic acid: exfoliates and unclogs the pores from within, so it’s perfect for those dealing with acne AND dry skin.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ($29.00): available at Dermstore, Look Fantastic and Paula’s Choice
- Sunday Riley Good Genes ($105.00): available at Anthropologie, Cult Beauty, Net-A-Porter and Sephora
- The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.80): available at Adore Beauty, Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty
Winter Skincare Tip #5: Avoid hot baths
Is there anything better than soaking in a hot bath when it’s freezing cold outside?
Probably not. So, it sucks that it’s bad for our skin. It’s the reason why my body is dry like sandpaper all the time.
So, yeah, a beauty blogger who preaches something she doesn’t practice.
I’m trying to get better and take short, lukewarm showers. I hope you’ll do too. Our skin will thank us.
Oh, and don’t forget to apply moisturizer afterwards!
Winter Skincare Tip #6: Turn the humidifier on
Indoor heating systems that blast out hot air to keep us warm inside lower the moisture levels in the air. That inevitably leads to dry skin.
So, let’s pump that moisture back in with a humidifier. It’ll help keep our skin soft and supple all winter long.
Related: How To Care For Dry Skin
Winter Skincare Tip #7: Don’t forget the rest of the body
It’s so hard to take good care of something we can’t see, is it?
In winter, our bodies are covered under layers of clothing. Easy to forget we still need to exfoliate them, moisturize them… you know, the works.
So, this winter let’s all try to fix that and exfoliate our bodies more often. Then, let’s pile on a rich body butter.
And lip balm. And a hand cream. Always keep those staples in your bag, gorgeous. And a pair of winter gloves too.
If not, you’ll end up with chapped lips and cracked hands. Not a good look.
Related: 5 Ways To Treat Chapped Lips
What are your fave winter skincare tips? Share them in the comments below.
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