After the holidays passed, it’s important to remember that we’re still in full winter and that our skin needs special care during this season, as the cold weather can cause dryness, flaking and irritation. The products we use during summer will not likely be enough to counter the dry winter air’s effects, so I want to share with you some skincare basics for this season, keeping in mind that the main rule during this season is keeping your skin hydrated.
- The first thing is to use lukewarm water. I know it’s tempting to use hot water when you’re washing your face and you’re freezing, but believe me, using hot water is not a good idea as it dries your skin quickly and if you don’t moisturize it immediately, your skin can develop cracks. Once you’ve washed your face with lukewarm water, you can apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides (I’ll show you some of my favorite products further ahead).
- Cleanse without drying out the skin, try using a hydrating cleanser as it’s important not to strip the skin’s essential oils during this season. You can experiment with cleansing oils or cream cleanser that help restore he natural oils in the skin while cleansing away impurities. If you have oily skin, you can try with gel cleansers.
- Add an extra layer of hydration with a serum. Applying a nourishing serum before sealing it in with a moisturizer has become a winter skincare step you can’t skip. Using serums or oils before your cream is a great way to pack in extra moisture and key ingredients, and your skin will take all that it can get in the winter. If you have naturally dry skin or fear you’re on the brink of dehydrated skin, you can upgrade your serum to a facial oil. Plus, serums and oils are usually high in vitamins, antioxidants, botanicals, and other skin-nourishing and -hydrating ingredients that will boost your winter skin care routine.
- Swap your light moisturizer for something more emollient. Overall, skin needs regeneration. Since winter is nipping away at the surface, creating a buildup of dead skin cells, and causing discomfort from dryness to redness, skin needs some relief. That’s where a good moisturizer comes. You’ve probably heard that winter calls for an extra heavy cream. That may be true for some people, but pay closer attention to ingredients than heaviness. Look for face creams containing ingredients that winter skin needs: Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Jojoba Oil, and Shea Butter to name a few.
- Don’t forget about de SPF! Remember UV damage can affect your skin all year around, especially if you’re somewhere there’s snow as it reflects the sun’s rays back onto you. his one step goes a long way to prevent premature aging. You may not have to protect your skin with SPF every single day during winter, but use your best judgment when you think the sun is hiding behind the clouds.
- Drink plenty of water. The air is drier in winter and as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated.
- Always carry a lip balm. Your lips usually get chapped because they tend to get wind burned, so applying a hydrating balm will help them a lot, also try to avoid long-lasting lipsticks because their ingredients tend to cause dryness
And these are some of my favorite products for this season:
* As you all know, I only recommend products I’d use myself, so this post contains affiliate links, that means if you use them to make a purchase I may receive a commission from that sale.*