As winter is approaching you might be excited to upgrade your wardrobe with the latest winter wear. Winter doesn't only mean changing your wardrobe, but also your skincare routine. With the fall in temperature, you need to consider revamping your skincare regime to meet the needs of the skin.
There are places with extreme climates, high humidity, dry heat in summer, dry cold breeze and snow in winter. The basic requirement for skin will change in response to these changes in climate. During the dry, arid summer season, you may need a light moisturizer containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which doesn't clog your pores which is followed by a sunscreen with good SPF to prevent free radical damage from UV rays. In winter, your skincare requirements change as you may need a heavy moisturizer containing ceramides to prevent dryness and to replenish your skin’s natural moisture barrier. You may need a thick cream or face oil to keep your skin well hydrated for long hours
Here, we will discuss the importance of harmoniously adapting your skincare regime with the change in weather.
Do I Really Need To Change My Skincare Routine In Winter?
This might be the first question that comes to your mind when we talk about transitioning your skincare from summer to winter. As the weather turns colder, our body tries to maintain body heat by constricting blood vessels, leading to dry, dull, tight, and flaky skin. Moreover, the cold breeze strips the natural oil from your skin causing skin dryness.
Don’t worry, you need not make any major changes in your skincare regime. Making sure that your skin is well-nourished and well-hydrated helps to maintain that healthy glow on your skin throughout the year.
When Should I Change My Skincare Routine?
There is no particular timing when it comes to changing skincare. You just need to keep a watch on your skin condition and its compatibility with a particular skincare product. How does your skin feel when you get up in the morning? Is it dry and tight? Do you feel skin dryness all day long? If so, you should understand that it’s time to change your skincare regime.
How To Transition Your Skincare From Summer To Winter?
With the decrease in the temperature, your skin starts behaving differently as its requirements start changing. Your skin tends to get dry very quickly during winter and you need to put in extra effort to keep it hydrated. Let’s get down to the basics of skincare to have soft, smooth and clear skin in winter.
Due to changes in weather, your skin is already dry and you may not want to overdry it by using a chemical cleanser. Use a mild cleanser containing natural cleansing ingredients such as honey, oatmeal which gently cleanses the skin without stripping its natural oils.
Replace your light moisturizers with heavy moisturizers containing ceramides as it helps to strengthen the moisture barrier. This helps to lock the moisture inside your skin keeping your skin well hydrated for a longer time.
3. Face Oils
You can improve the texture and appearance of your skin using face oils during the winter. These natural oils which are extracted from plant parts are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids which are the pre-requisites for maintaining healthy and youthful skin.
4. Sun Protection
Sun protection is a must all year round, irrespective of the climate. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above to protect your skin from sun damage.
Exfoliation is an imperative part of any skincare routine. Irrespective of your skin type and climate, you should exfoliate your skin at least once in 15 days to get rid of dead skin cells, grime, and debris from the skin surface.
6. Eye Cream
The area under your eye is fragile and is more prone to wrinkles, hence needs extra care than the rest of the body. Apply an under-eye serum or gel to keep the area under your eyes hydrated, plump, and wrinkle-free. Our skincare expert recommends using an under-eye gel 365 days a year to keep your under-eye skin looking radiant and healthy.
7. Use A Rich Lip Balm
During winter, your lips become dry and chapped very quickly. To combat lip dryness use a rich lip balm containing hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, twice a day to keep your lips soft and supple.
8. Face Masks
Switch from detoxifying to hydrating and nourishing face masks. Use a hydrating face mask containing hyaluronic acid, glycerine, shea butter, etc once or twice a week depending upon your skin type.
9. Hand & Foot Creams
Not only your facial skin, but the skin of your hands and foot tend to dry out quickly in winter, so it is necessary to give our hands and foot the long-awaited and much-needed TLC. Use a generous amount of body lotion containing shea butter, aloe vera, almond oil.
10. Body Butter
For that extra TLC, replace your light body lotion with nourishing and ultra-hydrating body butter. During cold weather, we enjoy taking hot showers, but these hot showers can rob your skin of its natural oil, drying out your skin. Immediately after the shower when your skin is still damp, apply moisturizing body butter (cocoa butter, mango, or shea butter) to keep your skin soft, smooth, and supple.
What Is The Most Vital Part Of Your Winter Skincare?
Yes, you guessed it right- it is moisturization. It is crucial to moisturize your skin during the winter months, as your skin needs extra moisture. In winter, you can also have fabulous skin with some extra care. You need to include some hydrating and nourishing ingredients in your winter skincare routine. Look for ingredients such as ceramides, peptides, humectants (hyaluronic acid, glycerin), green tea extract, antioxidants, Vitamin C and E in your facial creams and body lotions. These ingredients nourish and replenish your skin by improving its moisture barrier, giving you a healthy glow all year long.
Do’s & Dont’s For Winter
- Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.
- Exercise daily.
- Moisturize your hands and feet daily.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Avoid taking hot showers.
- Avoid scratchy fabrics, by layering your clothes and choosing soft fabrics.
So now you know what it takes to maintain, smooth, flawless and glowing skin even during harsh winters. Be diligent with your skincare regime and you are sure to shine!
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