As the days get shorter and colder, our skin tends to react by getting drier and more sensitive. Your skincare routine should reflect the changes in the seasons, and winter approaching means altering the products you use to provide a buffer between your skin and the harsher elements.
Winter Skincare Concerns
Colder weather, with higher wind and less humidity, can all contribute to drying out your skin. What’s more, spending the bulk of time indoors being exposed to central heating can exasperate these issues. Dry skin can even become chapped or flakey if left unattended.
Another seasonal skincare concern is the accompanying dullness and lack of vivacity your skin can present when it becomes dry, tight, and irritated. Dull skin can be worsened by a lack of antioxidants, which is a concern in the winter months when we are more likely to turn to hearty comfort foods than those which give our skin the best chance at looking healthy.
Finally, because the winter months are darker and usually cloudier, many people neglect the importance of continuing to use a daily SPF. Sun damage is cumulative and occurs throughout the year, even on the greyest of days.
Changes to make to your Routine
As things cool off, it is important to treat your skin with a little extra TLC. As discussed, the next few months can dry out and irritate your skin, so now might be the time to opt for a gentler cleansing routine. Consider swapping your usual cleanser for something oil based or designed for sensitive skin.
Follow up your cleanser with a hydrating cocktail of ingredients that will lock moisture into your skin. Serums containing ultra-hydrating compounds like hyaluronic acid can be a great choice to add a little extra boost of moisture in between cleansing and moisturizing. To tackle the loss of brightness in your complexion, consider an antioxidant-rich serum instead, such as one containing Vitamin C.
For your daily moisturizer, opt for something thicker and more richly hydrating than you would use in the summer months. If you have an oilier complexion, you can choose to load up on moisture at night and carry on with your usual oil-friendly lotion during the winter days.
Avoid using any ingredients that might strip or over-exfoliate your already vulnerable skin. This means reducing your use of any astringent or peeling masks, any harsh toners, and any physical or chemical scrubs. Also be sure to wear an SPF daily, applied as the final step in your skincare routine each morning.
Winter Skincare Routine FAQs:
Do I still need to wear sunscreen in the winter?
You should still wear a daily SPF product even in the winter months, as sun damage can occur each day regardless of the season.
How do I prevent dry skin in the winter?
This winter, consider implementing a richer moisturizer into your nighttime skincare routine and a hydrating serum in between cleansing and moisturizing into your daytime routine. This will provide an extra boost of moisture that can help prevent dry skin in the winter.
How to prevent chapped lips in winter?
If you struggle with chapped lips, remember to stay well-hydrated and incorporate a few nourishing products into your routine. Opt for a natural lip balm made of beeswax instead of one made from petroleum jelly, as these will be more effective in the long run. Consider using a lip oil or mask overnight in order to give your chapped lips a bit of extra care away from the cold elements.
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