If you thought that only your wardrobe needed to switch up from airy and breathable summer clothes to heavy fabrics and extremely cozy clothes for fall and winters then you are wrong. Your skincare routine changes with the change in the weather, especially winter as it gets too dry and makes our skin even more dry and dull (which is the last thing we want in our life for sure). And skin care change doesn’t mean you have to completely switch all of your skin products. What you need to do is to opt for all things hydrated, I mean if you used to use a cleanser that was gel based then opt for a milky one and if you were using a lightweight tinted moisturizer go for a heavy cream moisturizer that provides you that extra layer of hydration your skin needs in winter season. See, it's that simple.
Daily AM & PM Winter Skincare Routine
There is nothing difficult in switching your regular summer skincare to an extremely hydrating winter skincare routine to prevent dry skin, all you need is hydrating skincare products to achieve a smooth and moisturized skin all winter long.
Let’s start with the first and most important step of any skincare routine. Milky Jelly Cleanser by Glossier takes on the challenge of buildup, makeup, and grime with a gentle touch, making it ideal for tired, dry, and sensitive skin. Its cleansing power comes from Poloxamer, a kind yet potent agent that won't strip your skin. The addition of rosewater soothes, while comfrey root extract comforts stressed skin. Packed with pro-vitamin B5 for natural moisturizing and aquaxl to plump and enhance the skin barrier, this jelly transforms into a milky consistency when water is introduced.
This alcohol-free favorite stands out by using rose fruit extract for toning, avoiding harsh astringents. For hydration, it features rosewater, rose flower oil (with real rose petals in the mix), and the moisture powerhouse, hyaluronic acid. With regular use, expect a plump, radiant complexion that feels soft, clear, and non-drying.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Combat dryness by incorporating a hydrating serum into your routine. The Inkey List's Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a budget-friendly option that quickly absorbs into the skin, delivering the benefits of hyaluronic acid, known for holding 1,000 times its weight in water.
Sunscreen is a non-negotiable step in skincare, and the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is a top-notch, affordable choice. Its mineral-based formula protects against UV rays while nourishing the skin with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Only this step is something that is only for AM use but other than this one you apply everything in the PM too.
While Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream targets fine lines and wrinkles, its infusion with hyaluronic acid makes it a winter skincare essential. Celebrated for its custardy texture and intensive conditioning formula, this cream earned our highest praise in the rich moisturizer category.
Weekly Winter Skincare Routine Tips
Here are some additional and weekly treatments and precautions you should keep in your mind in your winter skincare routine to prevent dry skin, and say hello to hydrated and glowing skin.
What I will say first is “don’t overdo it!” Yes, exfoliation is important and yes it removes the dead skin and helps in making our skin look glowy and smooth but when we overdone it it causes irritation to our skin which leads to so many skin issues. Exfoliation is suggested once in a week for everyone, but if you are someone who feels like you need more than maximum you can do it twice but you have to focus on the results that it shouldn’t be making your skin feel itchy, too tight, or dry. When we exfoliate our skin correctly we are removing all the dead skin cells which our skin got in the dry and cold weather and we will surely achieve moisturized, hydrated, and glowy skin afterwards.
Face masks are always fun and all about hydration our skin needs. According to Koreans, they love anything hydrated, and this one is straight from them. Overnight masks are gaining a lot of fame after spotting so many celebrities using them at night and even during the day. Sheet masks were something that we loved the most from Korean beauty and now we are head over heels for the overnight masks too. Overnight masks are too lightweight and give you a supple and soft skin which we all crave when we get up in the morning. Overnight masks are the last step in your night skincare routine and it helps in locking in all the hydrating products you have applied earlier and making them work more smoothly.
Shower Temperature and Duration
So many of us crave a perfectly cozy bath or shower especially in a cold season so we can chill and relax for a while and give ourselves the warmth we need. But, no! Hot water can give us the warmth we need for a short time but in the long term hot water can strip out our skin’s moisture and essential oils which ends up in drying our skin even more, and that means more itching, drying, and damaged skin.
What specialists and professionals suggest is to always opt for lukewarm water for daily use, even if its summers as too much cold water is summers also cause side effects. For winters always shower with lukewarm water and right after you get out of the shower, quickly apply a thick layer of moisturizing cream on your slightly damp skin which helps in locking the hydration into the skin. It is recommended to use thick textures whether it's a moisturizer, a cleanser, or even a toner. Always reapply moisturizer and body lotions in winters to give extra hydration to the skin.
Okay so, what else did you need to hear to start taking care of your skin for the winter season? We have mentioned every important step and tips to take care of your skin with a winter skincare routine to prevent dry skin and opt for all things above to achieve a glowy and hydrated skin.