Creating a winter skin care routine is essential during the colder months to avoid dry, dehydrated, and unhappy skin. Here’s how to create the perfect routine for you.
The harsh and cold climate when coupled with indoor heating leaves your skin dry and dehydrated. The colder winter months call for a proper winter skin care routine to keep your skin healthy and moisturized at all times. When the right tips are coupled with the right products, the results are impeccable.
What Happens to the Skin During Winters?
When skin gets exposed to elements such as cold air, harsh winds, and sun reflecting off the snow, it steals the moisture away from your skin. Not to forget, the harmful indoor heating! As a result, you are left with itchy, dry, and flaky skin. The dryness is not limited to the face only, it can also affect other parts of the body, especially your knees, elbows, hands, and feet.
Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy During Winters
The following tips when combined with the right products will make a world of a difference in your skin:
- The first step will be to preserve the natural oils in your skin. Avoid long hot showers and baths as they can strip the moisture away from your skin. Opt for lukewarm water instead. Pat dry your skin and use a thick moisturizer all over your body and face.
- Winters translate into low humidity levels. To curb the effects of indoor heat, use a humidifier and your skin will thank you.
- You have to hydrate your skin from within. Hence, drink loads and loads of water to keep it well-nourished.
- Always wear sunscreen while going out in the sun. Despite the dark weather, the UV rays can continue to damage your skin.
- Keep your skin thoroughly moisturized at all times. An oil-based moisturizer generally works well in the winter months. Specifically focus on areas like knees, elbows, lips, hands, and feet.
- It is also a great idea to switch your current body/face wash with a hydrating cleanser. Follow it up with a good toner for the face.
- If you are struggling with certain skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis, be extra cautious during the winter months and stay clear of allergens.
A Winter Skin Care Routine that Works Wonders
Knowing that we understand what happens to your skin during the colder months, let’s take a look at creating the perfect winter skin care routine. Here is a list of skincare products you can include in your winter skin care routine for fresh, hydrated, and beautiful skin:
1. Moisturizing Cleanser
The most essential step in any skincare routine is cleansing. It strips your skin of any dirt and impurities and makes it ready for all the other skincare products. Winters call for a gentle cleanser. Look for one that doesn’t contain drying ingredients. If you wear makeup, it is best to go with a makeup remover beforehand and then go in with a gentle cleanser. LAIT E.V. is great for moisturization and protection. This gently removes impurities while keeping dryness in check. You can follow up with any cream-based cleanser of your choice.
A toner works wonders for balancing the PH levels of your skin. It is much needed during the winter months. L’Eauxygenante is a fresh moisturizing mist that contains an oxygenating “anti-pollution” complex. It is rich in vitamins A and C, edelweiss extract, and Specific Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex. The product works wonders for all skin types.
We all know that a moisturizer is the most important part of any skincare routine. You need to be very diligent about it during the cold, harsh, and dry climate. You can choose a lotion or body butter for your body, moisturizing cream for your face, eye cream, and thick cream for dry areas such as elbows, knees, and feet. While choosing a moisturizer, keep in mind your existing skin concerns; acne, pigmentation, and/or dullness. Choose one that tackles all your skin concerns while offering immense hydration. A few of our estheticians’ favorites for the winter months include:
4. Lip Balm
Your lips are more sensitive than the rest of your skin. Hence, they are more prone to dryness, wrinkles, and accumulation of dead skin. It calls for proper skin exfoliation, followed by an amazing lip balm. Looking for the best lip care? Our professional team swears by Biokiss, is an all-natural lip balm and it is a must-add product to your routine. The product nourishes the skin, minimizes the signs of aging, and reduces uncomfortable chapping and flaking, giving you a soft, kissable pout at all times.
Adding a hydrating and moisturizing skin serum into your winter skin care routine is a must. The serum penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, making it nourished from within. Make sure to choose a serum that tackles other skin concerns along with adding much-needed hydration and moisture. Colostrum VG is an amazing and intensive lipid-restoring product that is a must-have during colder climates. Additionally, our team highly recommends Serum Biosensible and Serum Silk Plus during these months. It is important to know that serum is not a replacement for a moisturizer. Always top it off with a moisturizer of choice to lock in the nourishment.
Exfoliation is very important to buff away dead skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin underneath. During wintertime, it becomes even more important. Make sure to exfoliate your entire body once a week. Do not forget your face and lips. A physical exfoliant generally works well for the body. On the other hand, a chemical exfoliant works well for the face and neck. After exfoliation, moisturize your skin intensely.
A mask acts like a cherry on top of any skincare routine. Choosing the right one is of critical importance. Aim at applying it to your face once or twice a week. It can be a great relaxing activity for yourself and your skin. According to our estheticians, a few great options to try are Masque VIP O2, Masque Visolastine +, and Masque Biosensible.
A lot of people skip sunscreen in the winter months which leads to further skin problems such as redness, pigmentation, and premature aging. Make sure to incorporate one in your skincare routine and keep reapplying it throughout the day to protect your skin from UV rays.
With the right winter skin care routine and proper care, your skin can look refreshed, hydrated and smooth all year round. Use quality products, stick to a skin care routine, and see the magic happen.