Clear and bright skin is a dream of many, but it is often shattered by the cruel reality of pimples and acne. The only solution for this is a solid winter skincare routine. Our skin changes from season to season due to the changes in temperature and humidity. So it becomes very important to build a different skincare routine according to the seasonal requirements. You should have a summer skincare routine, a fall skincare routine and a winter skincare routine. It is almost December and I am quite sure that most of you haven’t changed to a winter skincare routine. Today I will tell you all the important steps for you to tailor your own winter skincare according to your wishes.
The cold weather is very harsh on your skin. Winter air is dry, and this sucks out the moisture from your skin. If you don’t take care of your skin with the right amount of moisture and hydration, it can lead to dryness. Moreover, in extreme cases, the cold can lead to cracking and bleeding of the skin. I hope you understand the immense importance of a good winter skincare routine and will follow my tips wholeheartedly.
How to build the perfect winter skincare routine-
1. Change to a cream cleanser
The facial cleanser is one of the most important steps of skincare. It strips your skin of the dust and oils clogging its pores and cleans it thoroughly. However during the winter months, you should switch to a cream based cleanser. These are more hydrating and will prevent your skin from drying out. You can choose an accurate cleanser according to your budget. Some popular choices are Kiehl’s and SkinKraft.
2. Use exfoliator
Adding an exfoliator should be a very important step of building your winter skincare routine. Although ‘winter skincare’ brings moisturizer to mind immediately, an exfoliator is actually essential for moisturizing. You can’t add moisture to your skin until you remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Make sure to exfoliate 2 times a week and do not go overboard with it. Some good exfoliators can be purchased from the brand’s Forest Essentials and Minimalist.
3. Listen to how your skin wants to be moisturized
There has been some groundbreaking news in the winter skincare space- you don’t need to moisturize according to season. In fact, moisturizing depends mainly on your skin type. If you have naturally oily skin in the winter, you can use a normal moisturizer. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, you should go for a thick cream-based moisturizer. Feel your skin and make your moisturizer decisions based on what it tells you!
4. Try out an under-eye cream
This isn’t a common skincare routine step but it is definitely worth trying out in the winter months. The skin under your eye is extremely thin and delicate. It is severely affected by the changing weather. If you don’t apply a moisturizing under-eye cream, the cold can cause darkening and under eye bags. The under-eye cream from Kiehl works wonders and is filled with moisturizing ingredients. Investing in this brand or another suitable one will be worth it in the long run.
5. Always carry a lip balm
The most common effect of winter is chapped lips and if we are being honest, they are an unpleasant sight. It is important to use a balm with essential oils and creams for smooth lips. Your lips are the part of your body, which need the most protection from the cold. It can be hard to remember to carry lip balm everywhere so I suggest that you buy 4-5 tubes and leave them lying around in places where you spend most of your time. These can be your study table, your office, your car, your bedside table etc. You can miss out on chapped lips this season by keeping balms within an arms reach. My favorite lip balm is Vaseline because of its immense hydrating and moisturizing capacity.
6. Use sunscreen
Most people skip this step in their winter skincare routine, but sunscreen is extremely important all year around. It protects you from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which are ever-present on the Earth’s surface. These rays can cause skin cancer so you must always protect yourself. Use a sunscreen of SPF 30. Lotus sunscreen is a very popular choice for children and adults alike. You can also go for Neutrogena, Re’equil or Earth Rhythm.
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7. Consider professional treatments
People often worry about skin treatments like peels and lasers in the summer months, but winter season actually presents the perfect opportunity. Add these to your skin care routine after checking the schedule for parties and events thoroughly, because these can cause temporary inflammation. You can go for procedures like microneedling to improve blood flow and make your skin glow or laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted stubborn hair. I personally recommend a few hydrating facials over the course of winter, in order to keep your skin fresh and glowing.
8. Monitor your skin
Make sure you regularly check your skin for any changes or discolorations. This can help you identify any problems or issues before they become bigger in the future. You may notice scaly skin around your nose and eyebrows due to the winter. This could be dermatitis, which is made worse by yeast. In case this happens to you make sure you visit a licensed professional or dermatologist. Apply the cream Canestan on the affected areas twice a day and moisture well. If you take care of this condition in its early stages you can prevent any long-term side effects such as scarring.
Building a winter skincare routine is difficult because it is an extremely personalized process, which should suit your needs specifically. Don’t follow anyone else’s routine blindly, and make sure you curate one of your own. You must not be afraid of advice or of making mistakes because that is how you learn. You should just work on improving the overall health of your skin this winter.