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How to Transition to a Winter Skincare Routine


The winter months can wreak havoc on skin, but being prepared with an arsenal of richer formulas is the key to a hydrated, healthy-skin season. During the winter, our skin tends to get drier due to the loss of humidity in the atmosphere. As we lose water from our skin, it gets dehydrated. So, it’s important to switch things up and implement a winter skincare routine to take extra care during these colder months. Taking care of your skin in the winter can feel like its own special project.

But it’s simply about reassessing your winter skincare stash. To help with this task, we’re sharing our answers to common cold-weather skincare questions to help you transition to a winter-focused skincare routine. From what happens to your skin in super-cold temperatures and precipitation to whether SPF is still a vital part of your routine when it’s cold out, here are the winter skincare tips you need to know. 

What happens to your skin in winter?

Whether you’re enduring freezing cold temperatures, wind or constant change of temperature when going from the outside to the inside, these components all have an impact on your skin. Dry air inside, often stemming from heat usage, leads to drier skin. When your skin can’t draw moisture from the air, it can get dry and potentially get irritated as a result of the dryness. A winter skincare routine for your face and body helps keep your skin healthy no matter the climate in which you live.

Should we stick to a winter skincare routine or simply add in individual products?

You want to commit to a consistent routine. Your winter skincare regimen should include all of the elements of your regularly scheduled routine: A cleanser, toner, optional serum, moisturizer and SPF. In the winter months, it’s still important to cleanse, tone, moisturize and wear SPF. Speaking of SPF…

Do I need to incorporate SPF for winter skincare? What if it’s not sunny?

Don’t skip sunscreen in the winter. SPF for winter skincare is essential. Even if you’re inside, the sun’s rays penetrate through the windows. Though it may not be top of mind the way it is during the hot summer months, SPF is still a daily essential. Each day is a “sun day,” as Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields like to say, and you still need sun protection even if it’s chilly outside.

My skin is drying out! How can I ensure it stays hydrated during the winter?

There are a few ways to keep your skin hydrated during the winter.

  1. Treat yourself to a hydrating face mask 2-3 times a week. Enjoying a relaxing bath while you mask and listen to a podcast or your favorite playlist is a good way to unwind.
  2. Another option is by including a hydrating serum like Active Hydration Serum in your skincare routine.
  3. Last, don’t forget your body! A winter skincare routine isn’t only about your face. Use moisturizing body products to take care of your body skin’s hydration. It deserves the same treatment as your face. Try Active Hydration Body Replenish.

My lips are so chapped every winter! What can I do to keep them moisturized?

Dry, chapped lips are par for the course for many of us during the cold winter months. Protect the delicate skin on your lips by wearing a rich, hydrating lip balm daily, like REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. Keep one in your jacket pocket, on your desk, in your purse. Another tip: Do not drink outside when it is around or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cream vs. Lotion – What’s better for a winter skincare routine?

The answer here depends on your texture preference, of course. But many people enjoy using creams as opposed to lotions during the winter due to their richer feel and amped up moisturization. This helps dry skin feel more supple and hydrated longer.

When I wake up in the winter, my skin is dry no matter how much I slather it in creams at night. What can I do?

Humidifiers are the answer! Use a humidifier at home overnight by your bed. Alternatively, you can put wet towels on your heater before going to bed to bring more moisture to your bedroom environment. 

From a nutrition/diet standpoint, what helps with keeping my skin looking great in the winter?

It’s all about staying hydrated from the inside out. It’s important that your routine always includes drinking water. Aim for 8 8-ounce glasses a day. Invest in a cute water bottle to keep on your desk or in your purse to remind you to get your daily allotment.

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