5 winter skincare tips for healthy, happy, skin.
As the weather changes, your skincare routine should change too. And now it’s about that time to transition your skin care from fall to winter.
Everything from frosty days to the dry indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin so adjusting your winter skincare regimen is a must.
Updating your winter skincare routine and swapping out your products to match the needs of your skin can help to better guard against dry skin and other skin issues that come with cold weather.
So just in time for the Sephora VIB sale, I’m sharing a few of my personal winter skincare tips and products to keep your skin from falling victim to dryness and irritation and all other winter skincare woes.
How to Care for Your Skin in Winter
1. Gentle Cleansing and Exfoliating
Cleansing is always the first step to any skincare routine, but during the winter this step should be shorter than normal and with super-gentle cleansers so as not to strip the moisture barrier.
Some of my favourite gentle cleansers are:
- Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser – great for sensitive skin
- Biossance Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser – gentle and effective
- Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser – leaves skin clean and hydrated
In addition, you’ll want to be exfoliating your skin regularly to get rid of dry patches, and help with skin turnover for fresher looking skin.
My favourite exfoliator is the Dermalogica Microfoliant. I use it daily to every other day and it’s hands down the best! It’s a super gentle and you can customize it to the amount of exfoliation you want even mix it with your other cleansers. Plus, it brightens your skin as well!
2. Go for a Richer Moisturizer
During the winter months your skin isn’t producing as much oil as in the warmer months, so swapping up your face cream for a heavier, riche forumla can help protect against dryness and the cold temperatures.
I like to use a gel moisturizer in the warmer months, but during the winter I like to go for a richer cream that’s still lightweight to prevent breakouts.
Here are are few of my favourite hydrating moisturizers (that are also lightweight and good for acne prone skin!)
- Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream Moisturizer – packed with antioxidants and provides up to 48 hours of hydration!
- Farmacy Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer – the creamiest texture
- Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer – great for oily skin types
And don’t forget to moisturizer your body too! Particularly your hands that tend to be exposed will need regular moisturizing.
3. Drink Up and Hydrate
One of the most important winter skincare tips actually doesn’t require any skincare at all. It’s about staying hydrated from the inside!
Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day. This helps to flush the toxins from your body, as well as hydrate your skin from the inside out.
It’s such a simple thing to do, but it’s so easy to forget especially when we’re just stuck indoors all day.
I got this water bottle with a time marker (pic below) on it, and it helps me to keep on track to drink enough every day.
4. Invest in a Humidifier
Using a humidifier will add moisturizer to the dry winter air and help to keep your skin hydrated as well as balanced. Plus if you’re a plant lover, your plant babies will appreciate it as well!
I got one last year and it made a huge difference for my skin. Before my skin was often too dry and then produce too much oil which resulted in breakouts. But once I got the humidifier it helps to balance my skin much better.
5. Protect Yourself from the elements
Winter is undoubtedly harsher on your skin than summer. When you’re outside lip balm is a pocket essential to take care of dry, chapped lips. One of my favourites are the Soft Lips chapsticks, that also have SPF 20 in them.
Additionally you’ll want to wrap up so remember to wrap up any areas that are exposed. A scarf and gloves are essential to protect your hands and the delicate skin on your neck; we love these scarf and gloves by Ally Bee that are made out of super soft alpaca and sheeps wool for minimal irritation.
Have any winter skin care tips you’d like to share?
Let me know in the comments below!
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