Winter Skin: How to Care For Your Skin in the Winter Months

When the season changes to cold, dark and gloomy, you need to change more than just your wardrobe. You may need to change your skincare routine and add new products to combat dryness. If you ever noticed that your skin gets more dry and scaly during winter, you may need to transition your skincare to different products. Read on for a quick overview of our winter skincare tips so you can keep your skin looking lush even when the sky is grey.

How Winter Effects Your Skin

When the weather gets cold, the humidity is also lower, which means less moisture in the air. This will inevitably lead to dryer skin on your face and all over your body. Even if you have oily skin, you may find cold months dry your skin out. If you have dry skin already, be extra diligent about moisturising and if you experience excess cracking, irritation or eczema, see a dermatologist to help.

Key Points for Winter Skin Care

Depending on where you live and your skin type, you may need to change up some of your skincare products during the coldest months. You may need to do extra for your skin and pay closer attention to what products you use during the day. Sometimes you need to moisturise more often, and it’s always a good idea to use lotion and serums directly after your shower. 

Do I Change My Skincare Products?

If you are already prone to dry skin, you may find your skin is crying out for extra moisture and oil during the winter months. You might want to up your moisturising to day and night if you aren’t already, and you may need to add more products into your routine that have oil. When it comes to cleansers, try an oil-based cleanser or cleansing oil, which is great for people who wear a lot of makeup. The creamy, foamy cleansers tend to be more drying.

You may want to incorporate a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to combat any dryness you may experience during the winter. For extra dry skin, you can start layering up your skincare products and incorporate new ones that may be too heavy in the warmer months. Just for reference, in the morning, after you cleanse and tone, the next products you apply are the serum, eye cream, moisturiser, then sun cream, in that order. 

The Lowdown on Serums

Serums are all the rage, and for good reason. These products have concentrated nutrients, antioxidants and active ingredients that your skin loves. But some serums, like vitamin C, may cause your skin to dry out, so you’ll want to skip those during the winter and replace them with hydrating oil-based serums.

To Sun Cream or Not? 

We are big proponents of wearing sun cream or SPF every day in every season, no matter what! You may think that because it’s gloomy and dreary, you don’t need sun cream, but a daily SPF of at least 20 is recommended in winter as the ultraviolet rays can permeate cloud cover. If you are spending long hours outdoors, you might want to up this to thirty or fifty SPF and don’t forget to reapply as needed. 

Continue reading further tips for every season on our website and get in touch to learn more about how hydrating skin treatments combat winter skin issues. If you want to learn more about our expert skincare products or have your skin examined, contact Harley Street MD today to book your free, no-obligation consultation. 

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