Keeping hydrated in Winter
Exfoliate away dry, dead skin
Avoid hot showers and baths
If the temperature of your water is too high, this will remove moisture from the skin making things worse for dry skin in winter. Try limiting yourself to a quick wash and the longer you're skin is exposed to hot water the further potential there is for drying out and irritating your skin.
Products for Winter Skincare
Tips for caring for skin in winter
- Wear lip balm
- Avoid licking your lips
- Use sun cream!
- Use a hand cream and cover up with gloves when you go outside
- Avoid hot water when showering and bathing - use warm water and have shorter sessions
- Choose non-irritating laundry detergent
- Regularly moisturise your face and body (especially after washing and drying yourself)
More Winter Dry Skin Tips
Cut out the soap
Skin Types in Winter
Dry Skin in Winter
Probably the most common complaint in winter is dry skin, if you have skin prone to dryness then winter can exacerbate the problem. There are a few things you can do to help, in addition to what we've already suggested.
- Switch to a Cream Cleanser which tends to be gentler on the skin with built-in moisturiser
- Exfoliate more often, exfoliating twice a week is recommended. But with really dry skin you might want to up that to 3-4 times a week to slough away the debris.
- Don't miss your skincare routine! It's easy to get home from work and jump straight into your warm bed. But keeping up with a moisturising skin care routine is crucial.
Cold Weather and Sensitive Skin
Cold weather and sensitive skin go hand in hand... but they don't have to!
- The low humidity in winter can increase sensitivity, combine that with the harsh winter winds and you'll need protection. Make sure to wrap up warm and use a hooded jacket to add an extra barrier against the cold and winter against your sensitive skin.
- Daily SPF, the sun takes no breaks. SPF can even be magnified when there is snow or ice around, with damaging rays bouncing off the snow/ice and doubling the damage.
- Stay moisturised indoors. It's both tempting (and necessary) to turn up the central heating in the middle of winter. This can dry out the skin leading to dryness, redness and added irritation.
Dealing with Oily Skin
The rule of thumb for these skin types is to keep up your usual routine in terms of cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating and applying SPF. You might have to do less of this than someone who has sensitive or dry skin or even those with a normal skin type.