What are the first things you think of when you think of the word “winter”? I think of:
- Velvet (literally anything velvet)
- Cozy blankets and sweaters
- Warmth, happiness, friendship
- Hot soups and sandwiches
- Lots of yummy desserts
- Crackling fireplaces
- And NEW SKIN CAREEEEE!
I don’t know about you, but winter is my favorite skin care season (yes, there are skin care seasons). To me, winter skin care is all about lush textures, plump skin, and gentle yet effective exfoliation that’s going to get your skin all glowy and dewy.
Winter skin care is all about lush textures, plump skin, and gentle yet effective exfoliation that’s going to get your skin all glowy and dewy.
Cold, winter weather definitely affects my skin more than any other season. My skin tends to get really dull and loses its plumpness, and now that I’m getting older, dry, flaky skin is very much a real thing I have to deal with. While winters in Atlanta are mild compared to, say, Chicago, my skin definitely is not a happy camper once the weather turns chilly. I’m already thinking in advance on how I can winterize my skin care routine. Want to know my tips? Check them out below!
1. Embrace a Lush Moisturizer
All skin types can benefit from increasing moisture and hydration during the winter—yes, even oily skin. As the temperatures drop and the wind chill gets chillier, our skin is often the first thing that takes a beating. I mean, have you ever looked at your skin after taking a walk to your car in the middle of winter? Whew!
Instead of lightweight products, we need to focus on making sure our moisture barrier is strong and resilient, so that cold weather doesn’t affect it as much. So, fall in love with a plush yet lightweight moisturizer that is going to infuse your skin with much-needed hydration while protecting your delicate acid mantle.
If you have normal to oily skin, the SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture moisturizer is a great choice. For my dry-skinned folks, check out Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator that’s specifically designed to strengthen and repair your delicate moisture barrier. I also love a good oil in the winter to seal in everything and start using them both in the AM and PM so my skin is protected all day and night.
2. Invest in a Humidifier
Let’s face it—we (or at least I) will be spending a vast majority of my winter this year indoors, in my apartment with my dog and my boyfriend. I’m not complaining, but sitting inside with dry heat blasting on you is definitely not great for your skin’s health. So how do we fix that problem? Well, we get a humidifier as part of our winter skin care!
In an interview with Allure.com, dermatologist Dendy Engleman states, “Low humidity levels degrade the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which can lead to flaking, cracking, and peeling. Abrasive factors such as indoor heating, strong winds, and hot showers can disrupt the [skin’s] lipid layer, which serves as a barrier [of] protection against bacteria, pollution, and other harmful environmental assaults.”
So basically, when humidity is low, our skin’s moisture barrier can get damaged, which results in dry, flaky skin and even acne. Increasing the humidity in your house is super easy with a humidifier. I’ve slept with one in the winter since I moved to Atlanta and my skin definitely thanks me for it. Just make sure to clean it regularly!
3. Amp Up the Chemical Exfoliation
In order to combat all the dry, sad, dullness my skin encounters, I like to step up my exfoliation game a few times a week so I can slough away dead skin cells more regularly. Regular chemical exfoliation also helps increase collagen production, which keeps your skin plump and glowy. And because chemical exfoliants make your skin more sensitive to the sun and increase post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, I like to use them in the winter when I know I won’t be outside as much (but you should still be using a sunscreen indoors!).
The Ordinary’s 30% AHA 2% BHA solution will seriously transform your skin. I like to call it a 10-minute facial in a bottle. However, it’s pretty intense so make sure you slather your skin in lots of nourishing moisturizers and serums after you use it. If you’re looking for a more gentle, every-other-day option, I like the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum. It’s formulated with 14% AHA and also has hyaluronic acid and a blend of honey extracts that infuse your skin with hydration.
How do you plan on prepping your skin care routine for winter? Let me know in the comments!