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  • Writer's pictureDeZell Mathews

Winter Skincare Routine

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

You shouldn't just swap out your clothes when the weather gets cold. Your skincare needs to be switched up too.

As the weather gets colder, dry air, cold winds, and constant exposure to indoor heat take the moisture out of your skin and strip it of the oils it needs to protect itself. These things can also make your skin sensitive, red, and itchy.

This step-by-step winter skincare routine, however, can help you maintain hydrated skin with minimal effort. Stay with me here! Your skin will thank you for this.

1. Gentle cleanser

Avoid anything that could take away your skin's natural oils, especially when the weather is cooler. We suggest finding a cream-based cleanser that is gentle and hydrating. If your skin is very dry, a cleansing oil could be the best choice for you.

2. Tone

Use a hydrating toner after cleansing to smooth out your skin and get it ready for the rest of your skincare routine. Adding a toner to your winter skincare routine is a smart move because it helps remove oil and grime that other products can't.

3. Essence

An essence provides numerous benefits to your skin and serves as a primer for your skincare routine. It boosts the efficiency of the active ingredients in your current skincare routine. It helps restore the skin's natural moisture balance and hydrates deeply, which is especially welcome in the dry air of winter.

4. Serum

A serum is great because it targets specific problem areas while also hydrating the rest of your skin. Vitamin C serum is a great option if you want to apply a serum to your face that will help stimulate collagen production and increase your skin's elasticity.

5. Spot Treatment

Spot treatments (whether for acne, scars, or dark spots) are most effective when applied at night when the body is actively repairing itself. If you have used an acid-based or acne-fighting toner and/or plan to layer on retinol, spot-treat in the morning instead to avoid irritating your skin too much.

6. Richer moisturizer

You can get away with using a lighter moisturizer during the warmer summer months. During the winter, this is a very different story. Since there is less water vapor in the air in the winter, your skin is unable to absorb as much moisture from the air and becomes dry and chapped more easily. This is where a richer moisturizer comes in.

If you have oily or combination skin, find a water-based moisturizer with humectants and emollients to hydrate your skin deeply without making it feel greasy.

7. Sunscreen

Surprised? In fact, you shouldn't. Even if it's chilly outside, the sun is still sending damaging rays straight to your skin.

If you care about the health of your skin over time, proper sun protection should be at the core of your beauty routine. After all, ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause up to 80% of skin aging.

Get some good sun protection, and use it religiously.

Protect Your Skin from the Winter's Dryness

There's no denying that winter is a beautiful season. At the end of the day, what works well in the summer just won't work in the winter.

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