Winter Skincare Tips You Need to Know
Top 6 Skincare Tips for Winter
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Cold winter weather comes with stiff winds and a drop in humidity that can quickly leach the moisture from your skin. You can replenish your skin’s moisture by:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Using high-quality skincare products that contain hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and oat oil
- Relying on gentle cleansers made for your skin type, so you aren’t accidentally stripping away much-needed moisture
2. Exfoliate (Gently!)
Exfoliation is a necessity for most people, especially if you have dry skin that seems to be obscuring your natural glow. Your approach to exfoliation can be as simple as using a washcloth to lightly rub in and wipe away your favorite cleanser. Or you can experiment with chemical exfoliants, such as lactic acid. Just do a test patch to check for reactions, and avoid using multiple products with exfoliating ingredients or you could irritate your skin.
3. Upgrade Your Winter Skincare With Products Featuring Gentle, Non-Drying Ingredients
Cleansers with harsh ingredients meant to clarify your skin can remove much-needed oils and leave your face feeling tight and scratchy. Even products you love that were great in summer can stop being the right fit once the temperatures drop.
Shop for a custom cleanser that’s formulated with your needs in mind to give your skin the nutrients it needs without any unnecessary extras. Skip low-quality products stuffed with fillers, such as phthalates, sulfates and parabens, and look for labels that say, “no GMOs” and “free of mineral oils.”
4. Use Sunscreen, Even When It’s Gloomy Outside
Sunscreen is a necessity year-round. Even if there’s 10 feet of snow outside, you should still wear a layer of sunscreen over your moisturizer. This is especially true during peak daylight hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Even cloudy days are a risk, as clouds only reduce UV exposure by about 50%. So, use sunscreen, and reapply as needed if you’re sweating while shoveling snow or going for a mid-winter hike.
5. Limit Hot Showers
Hot showers can feel wonderful when you’re just coming inside from the cold, but steamy temps aren’t always as wonderful for your skin. Using hot water can strip your skin of moisture and leave your face and neck feeling dry and tight. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash and cool water to rinse.
As a bonus tip, try patting your skin dry instead of rubbing vigorously with a towel. This sidesteps extra exfoliation — those towel fibers can be rougher than you realized — and actually leaves a bit more water behind for increased hydration.
6. Don’t Skip the Skincare
School responsibilities, professional obligations, family photo shoots and seasonal fun — your winter schedule is jam-packed with activities and events. Still, that’s no excuse for skipping over your morning or evening skincare routine. Yes, you read that right. You should ideally be cleansing, using serums and moisturizing twice a day.
It takes just 5 to 10 minutes to run through a basic skincare ritual.
- First, you’ll cleanse. Use your custom cleanser to treat your oily, dry or sensitive skin with ingredients such as glycerin and bakuchiol.
- Next, you’ll treat your skin with custom serums designed for your specific needs, such as antiaging, dryness or hyperpigmentation. Perhaps your formula will have red fungi extract to promote firmness or peptides for a brighter, more even skin tone.
- Finally, you’ll seal in those nutrients and plump up your skin cells with a quality moisturizer full of hydrating and protecting ingredients, such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
Dial in Your Winter Skincare With Help from Prose
As sunny summer days tip toward blustery fall afternoons, it’s time to rethink your winter skincare routine. We can help. Take the Prose skincare consultation and get recommendations for product formulations that speak specifically to your skin’s needs.