How To Change Up Your Skincare Routine for the Winter

With colder weather on its way, the air is going to get dryer as it loses its moisture, and your skincare routine needs to adjust to make up for that.

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The dry air of winter is the bane of skin nearly everywhere, and your job is to moisturize as much as possible to combat the dry air. But if you’re already moisturizing, how can you adjust your skincare routine? To help you achieve glowing, moisturized skin throughout the season, we share how you can change up your skincare routine for the winter.

Take Cooler Showers

Although you may feel tempted to take a warm shower after coming home from a cold day outside, hot water can strip your skin of the oils your body needs to stay hydrated. If your skin is reddening during your shower, it’s too hot. So it’s best to turn down the temperature until your skin doesn’t flush. Additionally, you should moisturize as soon as you step out of the shower to lock in the water and allow your skin to absorb it.

Use Hydrating Cleansers

Cleansing is the first step of your skincare routine and sets the foundation for the rest of your products. Your moisturizer should draw out the water from the deeper layers of your skin so that it can lock in that water and hydrate the epidermis. That’s why your cleanser should contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, especially in the winter. Additionally, you should avoid cleansers with perfumes and alcohol that strip your skin of moisture.

Avoid Harsh Exfoliants

While exfoliants are great at removing texture and encouraging the process of skin cell turnover, you may want to avoid them during the winter, especially if you have dry skin. This is because the act of exfoliation leaves your skin vulnerable and open to the dry winter air. If you can’t afford to cut out exfoliation entirely, try and reduce it to once a week only and moisturize immediately after.

Use Thicker Moisturizers and Oils

To lock in hydration and protect your skin from the cold and dry air, you should use oils and moisturizers. Although they tend to get a bad reputation, one of the most common misconceptions surrounding face oils is that they increase acne and clog your pores. However, this is a myth, as your skin needs these oils to stay hydrated, especially because the other parts of your skincare routine remove most of the sebum on your face. Lastly, to lock in those essential oils, you’ll want to invest in a thicker moisturizer with a high-quality occlusive that will act like a shield against cold air.

Knowing how to change up your skincare routine for the winter helps you keep your skin looking beautiful throughout the winter and protect it from the damaging cold.

 

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