When the seasons begins to shift, it is time to transition into a winter skincare routine. The change from autumn to winter can be very tough on your skin. During the change in climate, the abrupt high and low temperatures will decrease the levels of humidity. This means we need to give extra care to our skin to adjust to the climate keeping our skin healthy for longer.
Winter can be tough on our skin. It makes it more prone to dryness, sensitivity, discoloration, and damage. The cold can also affect the skin at deeper level creating issues that will carry into the rest of the season. If you want to balance your skin and keep it healthy long term, here are some tips to face the colder months:
Change Your Cleansing Routine
During warmer seasons, deep cleansers are helpful to avoid reaccuring blemishes and control excessive sebum production. This is not the case during winter months because your skin will easily get dry after being outside.
To avoid the feeling of tight, itchy, and dry skin, wash your face with lukewarm water using a very mild cleanser that can nourish your face. Keep in mind that a nourishing cleanser may contain a lower PH balance level than the ones you’ve been using. If you do not feel like its necessary, you can skip morning cleanser so the natural oils your face produces while you are sleeping can remain on your skin.
When skin gets dry it may also become flaky. Use a exfoliating product once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of your face. The products you apply onto your skin after exfoliating will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin keeping the texture smooth and hydrated.
Add a Hydrating Toner
When the weather gets cold, switch your toner to a more nourishing formula. Oil balancing and exfoliating toners are great for summer to control oil production but in winter you want to add hydration. Use products that have high hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.
Consider a humidifier
The cold temperatures will expose your skin to extra dryness than it is used to. From the harsh cold winds outdoors and the heater blasting indoors, the moisture from your skin will get pulled. If you have sensitive skin that gets irritated, consider getting a humidifier to add moisture to your surrounding space.
If you do not want to invest in a humidifier, a good tip is to place a wet towel on the room. By doing so the levels of humidity will increase because there is a source of moisture in the room. If you are consistently using heathers, keep the ambiance in your space slightly moist to avoid skin irritation.
Layer it up
Your winter skincare routine should consist of thick moisturizers, don’t be afraid to layer up different products. During winter, a single layer of product might come a bit short. Lighter products will be more effective at layering such as toners and/or serums. Apply them two to three times if your skin is feeling dehydrated.
Another alternative is to use more sheet masks during the winter season. They are a quick remedy that will help rehydrate and soothe the skin after each use.
Lock moisture in
Hydrating is very important to keep your skin moist and supple. Applying a good moisturizer on top of all your skincare products will lock in all the moisture. It acts as a barrier that will prevent moisture from leaving the skin during the extreme temperatures and environmental dryness. It will seal in all your products and increase the longevity of hydration.
Don’t Forget the Body
Your winter skincare should go beyond just the skin on your face. Although is it most visible, is not the only part of your body that is suffering from dryness, but rather the skin overall. We recommend you to moisturize your body more frequently. If this seems like too much of a hassle, there is a compromise. Apply moisturizing products on parts of the body that are directly exposed to the cold such as your hands and lips.
If you want to go the extra mile you can always add a mist to help fight dryness during the day. Just make sure the mist is nourishing and not just water. After each application, tap the product into your skin to properly hydrate the skin and prevent from further moisture loss.