Temperatures have dropped significantly, and the sweater weather is in full swing. While winter comes with many fun things like snow days, and holidays, it also comes with dry, dull skin that lacks moisture and glows. If your well-behaved skin is turning into a sad show, don’t stress, as we have compiled a list of the best winter skin care tips during the colder months. Let’s jump right in.
Essential Winter Skin Care Tips
Swap Your Cleanser
Cleansing is an essential element of a proper skincare routine. It helps to get rid of dirt, makeup, grime, and oils on the face and leaves your skin clean and glowy. Look for a calming formulation that does all this gently and doesn’t strip it away from essential oils. One of the most common reasons for excessive dryness is using a harsh cleanser that disrupts your skin’s natural moisture balance.
Opt for cleansing balms and crème based cleansers during the extreme weather, and you will be good to go. Our pick for the winter months is Lait VIP O2, which will breathe some life into the skin. The product is an oxygenating cleansing milk that removes dirt and makeup while unifying your complexion and protecting it against environmental stressors.
Opt for a Rich Moisturizer
Light, gel-based moisturizers work their magic for summer months but aren’t enough for the cold, harsh climate. Look for a richer formulation that can deeply moisturize your skin and lock in hydration. Your best bet is a heavy crème or a lotion of hydrating elements like hyaluronic acid. An excellent humectant draws the water into the skin and keeps it locked in. It is always a great idea to lock in your skincare with Vaseline during the nighttime.
Don’t forget your hands and feet. Emulsion Mains PIGM 400 is an excellent choice; it works by restoring the hydrolipidic barrier, providing intense hydration to the epidermis, and making your skin super soft and smooth. The high concentration of active ingredients tackles existing pigmentation and prevents it. It can also be used on your feet.
When your skin is dry and sensitive, it is undoubtedly tempting to skip exfoliating agents altogether. Don’t do that. Exfoliation ensures the removal of dead skin cells, which can otherwise lead to skin flaking and dryness. A properly exfoliated skin will absorb the products nicely, which means better results. Look for glycolic acid-based products. It can genuinely loosen and lift dead skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin. We recommend the cult favorite Lotion P50. It gently exfoliates your skin and has a gazillion other benefits.
Don’t Neglect Your Lips
We all know how sensitive our lips can get during the winter months. The skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of the face. That is why your lips quickly lose moisture and lead to dry, flaky, and chapped lips. Always carry a good lip balm to keep your skin hydrated and protected from within. Lip balms provide a physical layer between the lips and cold winter wind and deliver essential moisturizing nutrients.
Use a Hydrating Face Mask
While summer calls for a good and effective blackhead removal face mask, specific formulations can be too harsh and dry during the winter. Look for hydrating masks instead. Make sure your product has exceptional moisturizing emollients alongside active hydrating ingredients like ceramides and vitamin E. Our recommendation is Masque VIP O2. Masque VIP O2 is a hydrating, refreshing, and oxygenating anti-pollution mask that will breathe life back into your skin. It is also great for evening out your skin tone.
Don’t Skip SPF
Most people make the mistake of skipping SPF entirely during the winter months. Don’t be one of them. Your skin needs protection from harmful UV rays all year long. Small amounts of radiation can cause cumulative damage to the skin, making it look bad and leading to skin cancer. Just because it is cloudy doesn’t mean your skin won’t get damaged.
SPF is essential even when the temperature drops. Apply sunscreen daily and make sure to reapply it throughout the day. If you wear makeup, invest in a spray-on sunscreen, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your makeup while reapplying.
Buy a Humidifier
While your home might feel comfy and cozy with the heat, your skin will not. Heaters can suck out the moisture in your skin, making it feel dry and tight. Invest in a good quality humidifier to maintain the moisture levels in the air and your skin. While this skin care tip seems obscure, it surely works wonders.
Avoid Hot Showers
We get it: there is nothing better than a hot steamy shower at the end of a long winter day. But you must bid farewell to the ritual if you want healthy, hydrated skin. Switch to lukewarm water instead and keep the showers short. Apply a moisturizer to lock in all the hydration as soon as you are done.
Determine your winter skin care needs and choose ingredients that foster your skin’s integrity rather than compromise it. If you want to learn more about our wide range of winter skin care products or have questions about your specific skin type, our skincare experts would love to guide you. Feel free to reach out to us!