It’s no secret that skincare should change with the seasons, but it can be tough to know what’s best when the weather turns wicked. Here are a few simple things that you can do to keep your skin healthy all winter long so that it’s fresh and glowing come spring:
1. Buff away dry winter skin
Buff away your dry winter skin and reveal a glowing complexion with a luxe body scrub. I look for a combination of sloughers (exfoliating granules) and softeners (natural oils) to leave my skin soft and hydrated. Something like AHAVA’s Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($25) is the perfect solution.
2. Seal in moisture
Once out of the shower, seal in moisture from head to toe. On my face, I like to amp up the hydration with the addition of glycerin and hyaluronic acid, while I opt for something lightweight and easy to apply from the neck down.
3. Ease up on cleanser
Colder weather means that it’s time to lighten up your cleanser, because over cleansing can strip and irritate skin. I love Trish McEvoy’s Gentle Cleansing Wash because it’s creamy and soap-free. It’s safe enough to be used on my eye area and easily rids my face of the day’s makeup, without scrubbing.
4. Use non-drying products
If you use a facial serum or toner, make sure that it’s extra gentle and nondrying. Skin tends to lose moisture in the winter, which can result in rebound oil production and more breakouts than usual.
5. Double down on hydration
If you find your skin to be extra dry, invest in a hydrating facial mask that doesn’t need to be washed off and can be worn overnight.
6. Protect your hands and nails
Probably the most exposed to the elements, your hands and nails need extra protection this time of year. When it comes to a hand cream, the richer the better and a sweet scent doesn’t hurt. Perlier’s White Almond Hand Cream ($15), which sinks right in and soothes on contact.
I hope these tips are helpful in transitioning your skin through the bitter cold. If you’ve got additional tricks or products that are saving your skin this winter, I would love to hear about them in the comments!