11 Tips for Winter Skin Health

by Melissa Chichester

As the winter season descends upon us, it brings with it a unique set of challenges for our skin.

The cold air, harsh winds, and indoor heating systems can strip away the skin’s natural moisture, leaving it dry and dull, and prone to irritation. 

To maintain a radiant complexion throughout the winter months, it’s important to adapt your skincare routine to look and feel your best. 

Here are 11 tips to promote healthy skin this winter.

#1 Prioritize moisturizing

The foundation of any winter skincare routine is adequate moisture. If needed, swap out lightweight, summer moisturizers for richer, emollient creams that provide a barrier against moisture loss. 

Look for key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, known for its moisturizing properties. Apply your moisturizer immediately after cleansing for optimal skin hydration.

#2 Try an overnight mask or night cream

Consider using a hydrating, leave-on overnight mask or night cream if necessary. These treatments provide hydration while you sleep, leaving you with a softer complexion in the morning. 

#3 Hydrate from within 

Your healthiest skin starts from the inside out. Many people forget to stay hydrated in the winter months. However, it’s essential to stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water no matter what season it is. Aim for at least eight glasses a day to ensure your body stays adequately hydrated, promoting healthier skin from within.

#4 Protect skin from the elements

Cold winds and low temperatures can be harsh on the skin, leading to dryness and irritation. Protect your skin by wearing a scarf, hat, and gloves when venturing out into the winter chill. These accessories not only keep you warm but also act as a barrier against the elements, helping to protect your skin.

#5 Moisturize twice daily

In winter, your skin may require more frequent replenishment. Make it a habit to moisturize your skin at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before bedtime after cleansing.

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#6 Consider double-cleansing

Double-cleansing is an effective way to ensure your skin is thoroughly clean. Start with an oil-based cleanser to break down makeup and sunscreen, followed by a gentle, hydrating cleanser to help remove impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

#7 Gently exfoliate as needed

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. In the winter, a gentle exfoliant used as needed can help slough off dead skin without causing excessive dryness. Limit exfoliation to once or twice a week.

#8 Don’t forget about your lips 

The delicate skin on our lips is particularly vulnerable to winter’s harsh conditions. Invest in a good quality lip balm with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter or beeswax. Apply it regularly throughout the day to prevent chapping and keep your lips soft and supple.

#9 Invest in a humidifier

Indoor heating systems can contribute to dry air, robbing your skin of much-needed moisture. Using a humidifier in your home or office can add moisture back into the air. This simple addition can make a significant difference in maintaining skin hydration.

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#10 Choose the right products

Tailor your skincare products to the season. Look for hydrating serums, masks, and treatments that provide moisture. Ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and calendula are known for their soothing properties, making them excellent choices for winter skincare.

#11 Don’t forget sunscreen

Even in winter, sun protection is non-negotiable. Harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds and cause damage to your skin. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply it to exposed areas, especially the face and hands, before heading outdoors.

Although winter may bring its own set of challenges to your skincare routine, with the right adjustments and a commitment to consistent care, you can maintain a radiant complexion all season long.