Looking for winter skincare tips to keep your skin healthy during the coldest months of the year? You have come to the right place!
It’s no secret that taking care of your skin during winter takes a little extra time and effort. The harsh cold climate, the wind, the sun reflection on the snow plus the indoor heating can leave skin feeling extra dry, red, flaky, and itchy. And once dryness starts, skin becomes fragile and can more easily crack and bleed.
Luckily, Dr Nina got you covered! Say goodbye to tight skin, rough knuckles and chapped lips with her winter skincare tips below.
Keeping Your Skin Healthy During Winter
When it comes to effective winter skincare, the number one goal is to retain your skin’s natural moisture at all costs! Low humidity is common in colder climates. This, combined with harsh temperatures, wind, snow and rain, ends up stripping moisture off from the skin. Not to mention indoors dry heat, which also tends to make things… well, dry.
Even things that we like to do in winter, like sitting by a fire and taking a hot shower can dry your skin, as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes.
But there are many simple ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin, including some easy changes to your everyday routine that can help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long.
How to Take Care of Skin in Winter
- Keep the moisture on your skin
In other words, help your skin retain its natural oils by avoiding long baths and showers, using warm water instead of hot water, moisturising frequently and using non-aggressive products.
- Stay hydrated
Adding moisture from the inside out, aka increasing your water intake will help hydrate your skin and keep it supple even in winter.
- Don’t forget sunscreen
Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should stop using SPF during the day. While there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA are still significant enough to age our skin.
- Modify your skincare regimen for the season
During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, apply toners and astringents sparingly, and stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances. At night, use a richer moisturiser on your face.
- Take extra care of sensitive skin
Best Winter Skincare Routine
Following the same skincare regimen year-round may not work so well, especially in winter. When the temperature drops, it is important to make some changes in your usual anti-aging skincare routine, as dry air, wind and cold can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
Although Dr Nina always recommends daily cleansing twice a day (along with the usual toner, serum, etc.), she also has a few tricks to make sure your winter skincare routine is keeping your skin in great shape.
Skincare Routine Tips for Winter
A professional skin consultation with Dr Nina should be the first step you take when you are considering starting any kind of skincare routine. After a thorough assessment of your face and skin, Dr Nina will be able to advise on your skin’s specific needs and, therefore, you will receive the correct products from the beginning.
Here are a few simple yet effective winter skincare tips that are valid for any skin type, but particularly for mature skins:
- Hydrating to prevent and/or releave dry and tight skin
- Protecting and strengthening against environmental factors
- Stimulating the process of skin regeneration to recover firmness
- Smoothing existing wrinkles and preventing new lines to form
- Providing radiance by correcting and reducing dark spots and focus on glow
Below we explain how to put these tips into practice.
1. Change your cleanser to to a balm, oil, or cream cleanser
You can start having a gentler approach on your skin by opting for a soap-free and non-lathering cleanser.
Foaming or salicylic acid-based cleansers are great at removing dirt and oil, but contain sulfates that can be a bit too aggressive. Cleansing creams, balms, and oils can effectively wash the skin while keeping the skin hydrated without disrupting the skin barrier.
2. Use a good toner
Adding a face toner to your winter skincare routine can still be the key to a radiant complexion. Just be sure to check the ingredients list, as some toners contain alcohol, which can cause irritation to already sensitive skin. Using a good facial toner immediately after cleansing your face helps set the stage for the rest of your skincare routine. Toners can also calm your skin, visibly reduce pores, and keep your skin refreshed and hydrated by locking in moisture.
3. Apply a hydrating serum
When it comes to choosing a face serum, certain formulations are universally beneficial, while others are intended to treat specific skin concerns. For the winter months, Dr Nina recommends choosing hydrating serums to deliver an extra layer of moisture to the skin. The king ingredient for these types of serums is hyaluronic acid.
4. Put on an extra layer of moisturiser before you go out
In addition to external factors increasing dryness, the skin itself tends to produce fewer oils in the winter months. Switching to a heavier moisturiser can really help to keep those important oils locked in your skin. If you feel it is too much during the day, you can switch things up and just apply a heavier moisturiser during your night-time routine.
> Pro tip: apply creams, ointments, and/or lotions of choice immediately after showering or washing your face. Make sure not to dry off completely, just pat down the skin and then apply, trapping existing moisture in your skin.
5. Wear sunscreen
A lot of people still think that wearing sunscreen is only for the summer. However, the sun’s rays can still be incredibly strong and damaging in the winter, even when the weather is cloudy. Applying a layer of SPF before your makeup is always a good idea, no matter the season.
6. Don’t forget lip balm
Your lips also need help during the colder months. Find a lip balm that’s nourishing and feels good on your lips. You can also use some delicate lip scrubs to help remove any dry and flaky skin and get the most out of your lip balm.
7. Lower the indoor temperature
As we mentioned a few times, hot hair can really dry out your skin. Try to wear extra layers when you are at home instead, good for you and for the planet!
8. Use a humidifier
When you can’t avoid switching the heating system one, make sure to add moisture to the air by using a humidifier, or even by keeping pots of water on the radiators.
9. Cut down on shower time and water temperature
Another factor that can exacerbate dry, cracked skin is hot water. Prolonged contact with hot water can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving you even drier than you were before. Be mindful and try to take brief lukewarm showers no more than once per day.
10. Limit your alcohol intake
You probably want to stay away from anything that dries out your skin in the winter months so if you can, choose water over alcohol when the temperature gets colder and stay hydrated from within.
Best Ingredients for Your Winter Skincare Routine
When it comes to the best ingredients to incorporate into your winter skincare routine, Dr Nina’s first recommendation is to be careful to use more gentle cleansers and richer moisturisers.
If your skin gets really dry and flaky, you should also stop using skincare products that contain any of the following ingredients:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic acid
- Fragrance, including deodorant soaps
Avoiding these products during the coldest months will help your skin retain its natural oils and feel more hydrated.
Some of the best ingredients you should look out for in the cold weather are:
- Ceramides – they are lipids that make up to 50% of the skin composition to form the natural skin barrier.
- Hyaluronic acid – helps moisturize your skin first, by drawing moisture to the skin and then, by locking it in there.
- Niacinamide – one of the very best anti-aging actives around, it’s part of the Vitamin B group and has a protective effect on the skin barrier.
- Bakuchiol – a naturally occurring active ingredient obtained through a process of extraction from the babchi plant. It has similar benefits to retinol, but it’s more tolerated by sensitive skins.
- Botanical oils, such as rose flower oil, jojoba oil and laurelwood seed oil – they are a gentle, natural way to hydrate your skin and calm down inflammation.
Other powerful ingredients you should think about incorporating into your winter skincare routine include:
- Glycerin – a natural compound derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, it helps keep skin hydrated by bringing the moisture you already have in your skin to the surface.
- Aloe vera – the queen of soothing ingredients, it’s tolerated by pretty much any skin types and helps relieve dry, cracked winter skin.
- Lactic acid – the most gentle exfoliator agent among AHAs, lactic acid can help remove dead skin cells accumulated from dry winter air, encouraging your skin to look more glowing.
When used in conjunction, these ingredients can soothe inflammation, restore hydration, and strengthen the skin barrier.
Winter Skincare Tips: Final Thoughts
As it turned out, your daily skincare routine for glowing skin doesn’t have to dramatically change during the coldest months of the year.
Simply follow our simple skincare tips for taking care of your skin in winter and you’ll be guaranteed to maintain a healthy-looking skin all year-round.
“Your skin is constantly undergoing change, triggered from within and by external factors. It is constantly reacting to everything; from the passing of time to your lifestyle choices and the environment around you.
To support your best skin from this moment on and beyond, it’s time to review your choices and your skincare regime. I’d like to introduce you to my Face Sculpt Serum, which I believe will be your new best friend on your pathway to your best skin.“
Dr Nina Bal