This is how to prep your skin for a cold winter

This is how to prep your skin for a cold winter

After a long, hot summer, the onset of winter might be a welcome change. However, just because you feel ready for the cooler weather doesn’t mean that your skin is well-prepared for a healthy cold season. Here are five things to do to keep it in good condition over the next few months.

Moisturize twice a day

Nourishing your skin with moisturizer twice a day after cleansing is important throughout the year but even more so when temperatures drop. When it’s warm, all skin types – even oily ones – can benefit from a balancing formula. If you use a lighter one in summer, you should also consider switching to a richer one now.

Go easy on cleansing

Washing your face twice a day is a cornerstone of healthy skin. This removes the dead skin cells, excess sebum, pollution, product buildup, and makeup to prevent blemishes and keep your pores clear. When the weather is cold, don’t over-cleanse as you don’t want to disrupt your skin’s protective barrier.

Limit harsh substances

Using piping-hot water when it’s cold outside might feel good in the moment but it’s not good for your skin. It strips it of the necessary oils it needs to stay moisturized. Keep your water temperature lukewarm. Also, avoid harsh soaps and switch to a creamy or hydrating cleanser instead.

Use a hydrating serum

If you aren’t already, now is the time to amp up the moisture by adding a hydrating serum to your skincare routine. Look for ones that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, ceramides, panthenol, and niacinamide. These all help to regulate or boost moisture levels in the skin for a dewy complexion.

Keep using SPF

Just because the weather is cloudy, rainy, or snowy doesn’t mean that you don’t need sunscreen. UV rays are still able to penetrate through clouds and they can reflect off the white snow. In other words, your skin is *still* at risk. Apply sun protection every morning and touch up every few hours to stay safe.

Stock up on your winter skincare by exploring our range of dermatologist-approved moisturizers and sunscreens here.

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