Winter is almost here, which means comfortable scarves and sweaters, fires in the fireplace, and a sharp frost in the air. (At least, that’s what I’ve heard.) Here in California, it’s still in the 70s!)
It’s also time to alter up your skincare routine! That’s correct! The dry winter air may be harsh on our skin. Did you know that your skincare regimen, like your clothes, may change with the seasons?
So, when you swap out your sandals for boots, it’s also time to alter up your skincare products to keep your skin looking good during the colder months!
According to a Mintel survey, consumers are getting more interested in seasonal skincare. In recent years, products to address seasonal skin issues accounted for 11% of all beauty and personal care items introduced. And some of us have already made changes to our daily routines.
However, it is not only about cleansers. There are additional changes you may make to your daily (and evening) skincare routine to protect your skin from the elements.
Prepare for my top 4 winter skincare suggestions so you can have beautiful, healthy skin whether sledding, sipping cider, or staying warm by snuggling up indoors!
Swap Your Gel/Foaming Cleanser for Cream Cleanser
Why: Because your skin is already dehydrated, you don’t want to risk stripping it of natural oils with harsher cleansers.
Cream cleansers are gentler on dry skin and contain hydration! If you have oily skin, dry winter air may not bother you as much.
However, if you already have dry skin, the cold weather months may be a source of anxiety for you. If your skin is really thirsty, use a cleaning oil to remove grime and makeup without drying it out!
I suggest you use iS Clinical Cream Cleanser. And don’t forget to use our free coupons.
Swap Your Physical Exfoliants for Chemical Exfoliants
Why: Exfoliating on a regular basis throughout the winter months might be beneficial to the skin! It sloughs away dry, dead skin cells, revealing a bright complexion and banishing dull skin. Physical exfoliants, on the other hand, which employ granules to physically scrape off dead skin cells, might be too abrasive for already sensitive winter skin, causing damage or more dryness.
Rather, use a chemical exfoliant. Don’t be put off by the name. It’s a solution that employs alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or enzymes to gently dissolve and wash away the top layer of dead skin.
This is a gentler exfoliating procedure for dry skin that will not result in more flakes. And you don’t have to go overboard! It is sufficient to exfoliate 2-3 times each week.
Swap Your Astringent for a Moisturizing Toner
Why: If you normally use an astringent to manage oil but find it too drying for your winter skin, don’t worry! During the winter months, you don’t have to give up refined pores and balanced, revitalized skin.
Toners can provide many of the same advantages as moisturizers but without the drying effects. Toners are also available in a range of compositions to address everything from acne to aging to, yep, dry skin. Toners are available for all skin types:
- If you have oily skin and wish to reduce shine, use an astringent or clarifying toner.
- If you have combination skin, you may try an all-over hydrating toner or only use it to target your T zone (forehead, nose, and chin), which is where your skin is the oiliest.
- Look for a moisturizing formula if you have dry skin.
Swap Not Using Serum for Using Serum
Why: Because it’s true. If you haven’t previously included a serum in your skincare routine, you might be missing out on some incredible hydrating and anti-aging effects.
Serums have a thinner consistency but a higher concentration of active ingredients to pack a punch and treat skin issues. Dry skin is included in this. Hyaluronic acid serums utilize this potent humectant to draw moisture from the air and keep it on the skin’s surface to provide deep, long-lasting hydration.
Serums are used before moisturizers to allow the chemicals to fully permeate into the skin and deliver the best benefits. A hydration serum is an excellent approach to provide moisturizing and anti-aging effects while protecting against the dry winter air!
To take the greatest care of our skin all year, but especially in the winter, we must practice good skincare.
These are my top 4 recommendations, but you must do what works best for you! Listen to your skin, and don’t be afraid to experiment with new looks as the seasons change!