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 skin. Unless you get it ready for it. Knowing an attack is coming is half the battle. Now, you just have to get your defences up and fight back. Here’s how:
- Winter Skincare Tip #1: Use Gentle Cleansers
- Winter Skincare Tip #2: Switch To A Rich Moisturiser
- Winter Skincare Tip #3: Don’t Skip Sunscreen
- Winter Skincare Tip #4: Exfoliate
- Winter Skincare Tip #5: Avoid Hot Baths
- Winter Skincare Tip #6: Turn The Humidifier On
- Winter Skincare Tip #7: Don’t Forget The Rest Of Your Body
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 Dermstore, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice.
Related: How To Choose The Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type
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Winter Skincare Tip #2: Switch To A Rich Moisturiser
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.
- Bioderma Sensibio AR ($24.90): Available at Dermstore, Escentual, Feel Unique, and Revolve
- CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($15.99): Available at Dermstore, Feel Unique, and Ulta
- Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser ($31.00): available at Dermstore and Paula’s Choice
Related: Dry Skin? Here’s What Your Moisturizer Should Contain (Plus, My Fave Picks)
Winter Skincare Tip #3: Don’t Skip 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:
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
Related: The Best Skincare Products With Glycolic Acid.
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 your 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. Your skin will thank you.
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 you 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 your skin soft and supple all winter long.
Related: How To Care For Dry Skin
Winter Skincare Tip #7: Don’t Forget The Rest Of Your Body
It’s so hard to take good care of something you can’t see, is it?
In winter, your body is covered under layers of clothing. Easy to forget you 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.
Avoid hot baths? Sorry, that is one that I just can NOT do! 🙂 All the other tips are fine, hehe.
Kiss & Make-up, I feel you! I find it very hard to give up hot baths too, although my skin is always so dry afterwards, which is why I recommend to avoid them and use warm water instead. But thank goodness for rich body butters!
But..but…I love hot baths!
That reminds me…I need to turn on my humidifier.
Trisha, I love them too. It’s so unfair that the things we love are often bad for us, isn’t it?
Do I ever!
Winter is time for flaky itchy skin, no matter the amount of moisturizers, butters, balms, gloves and humidifiers I use!
So, I try…
Maybe this’ll be the winter I succeed 😀 ?
Ana, I hope so! 🙂 That must be so frustrating for you!
I don’t have a humidifier but I would like to own one someday! Such a great list! Even if we’ve heard of those methods before, we gotta get reminded of all the especially important ones. 😀
I switch to body butters or layer lotions when I have the time.
Some of my tips:
1. Apply an oil over my face like coconut oil or Shea butter and such to keep it super soft and hydrated the next morning.
2. Put on gloss over lipstick so they stay hydrated.
3. Use more moisturizer in general, like reapplying during the day once or twice. 🙂 if possible
Janessa, I love the idea of using an oil on your face, but I wouldn’t choose coconut oil. It’s very comeogenic. The palmitates are derived from it. I guess once in a while, or if you have dry skin, it won’t do much harm. But if you are prone to blackheads and breakouts, using jojoba or olive oil would be better. 🙂
Love your other tips too. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂
I’m not a bath person so I’m fine with no 5! 🙂 Great tips, so sad to think that soon it will be cold and there will be snow. 🙁
Icaria, I know. I look forward to the holidays, but not to the harsh and cold weather that comes with them!
Can you recommend a good humidifier?
Kristhel, I’m afraid I’m not familiar with humidifier brands and models, so I wouldn’t really know which one to recommend. Sorry!