6 Essential Skincare Tips for Winter

Proper skin care is not only about looking good but it’s about staying healthy. Your skin is constantly changing and growing, so you have to remain vigilant in caring for it. If you live in a part of the world which experiences cold weather, you’ll know that frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin, both on the face and body, which results into the flaky, dry and itchy skin.

The cold weather outside might be unsightly, but your skin doesn’t have to be. And that means including some essential steps into your skincare regime to give it that extra boost. Experiencing the harsh winter myself, I have learned that your skin loses a quarter of its ability to hold moisture in cold, dry weather. I discovered quickly that transitioning from the humidity of summer to the dryness of winter means switching up your skincare routine.

If you’re similarly looking to combat dryness and protect your skin’s overall health, here are a few tips:

1. Cleanse

Once winter hits, skin stops producing as much sebum as it does in summer, so it’s important to maintain your skin’s natural moisture barrier. You should switch to an oil-based or cream-based cleanser, and avoid using foam-based cleansers as they will strip your skin of its natural oils. Make sure to use a cleanser morning and night, as the first step in your routine.

2. Serum

Serums are made of very small molecules which allow the skin to absorb them quickly and deeply. They are made to battle various skin problems. Choosing the right kind of serum will give your skin that added moisture and will penetrate deep into your skin. A good option for winter is Vitamin C serum; it has proven to increase skin elasticity and stimulate collagen. It is also very rich in antioxidants which increase water absorption in your skin, making it a healthy option to opt for in winter.

3. Moisturize

Biting winds, freezing temperatures, and dry indoor heating is a recipe for dry skin. The most obvious and vital way to fight flakiness is to apply moisturizer. You want to go for a heavy duty moisturizer which is non-comedogenic – i.e – it won’t cause breakouts or clog pores. An oil-based moisturizer will be your best friend.

4. SPF

Just because it is winters, doesn’t mean you should put away your sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day, sun rays can be harmful to your skin if not protected. Always choose a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection with a minimum SPF 30. It will protect your skin’s natural moisture and provide anti-aging benefits as well.

5. Facial Mist

Incorporating a hydrating facial mist is a bonus for your dry skin this winter. It’s easy, convenient and you can use it on the go. You can even make your own mists at home. Just a few spritzes on your face any time of the day and you will feel refreshed and replenished.  Key ingredients to look for in a mist are Hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera, herbs, rose water, and glycerin.

6. Hydrate, Hydrate, and Hydrate

Lastly, but the most important step is to keep yourself hydrated at all times. The harsh winter weather tends to draw out water from the skin’s surface and dehydrates your body. Your skin is another major organ that needs water to properly function. In winter, it is recommended that you increase your water intake by 20 percent. Keeping yourself hydrated will lead to healthier skin and a healthier body altogether.

So there you go – that’s everything you need to do this winter. If I have inspired you to try something here let me know in the comments down below. And if you might have any queries, I am happy to help!