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Skincare tips for winter: 8 Winter Skin Care Tips from a Dermatologist


8 Winter Skin Care Tips from a Dermatologist

As the seasons change, you might notice your skin changing too. For many of us, cold winter weather brings dryness and irritation. And that means you may want to temporarily switch up the products in your skin care routine — or how often you’re using them.

In the winter, the air tends to be cold and dry, Dr. Shasa Hu, associate professor in the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, tells TODAY.com.

“Those who also have a heater in their office or apartment, that further dries out the air,” she says. That can cause some common skin conditions to flare up, including eczema and rosacea. Another condition, psoriasis, can also flare in the winter, but that’s likely due to a lack of ambient sun exposure, Hu explains.

Even if you don’t have one of those skin conditions, it’s common for skin to feel dry more frequently in the winter thanks to these environmental factors. And that means pretty much everyone can benefit from making these simple tweaks to their skin care routine as those conditions change.

Meet the experts

  • Dr. Shasa Hu, an associate professor in the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Shari Lipner, an associate professor of clinical dermatology at the Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Go easy on the cleansing.

You should definitely wash your face at least once a day, Dr. Shari Lipner, associate professor of clinical dermatology at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, tells TODAY.com.

But if you find that your skin feels tight or dry after washing it in the winter, you don’t need to wash it any more than that, she says. “Cleansing your skin is OK, but you don’t want to be washing your face multiple times a day.”

Instead, she recommends cleansing your face fully in the evening and just using a splash of water in the morning.

You can also try using more moisturizing cleansers, like cream cleansers, rather than foaming face washes, Hu says. “Lotion cleansers are typically less stripping of the natural (oil) on the skin,” she adds.

Try using a thicker moisturizer.

Winter is not the time to slack on using your moisturizer.

“If you’re not regular about moisturizing your skin, it may not matter much in the spring or summer,” Lipner says. “But in the winter, your skin is going to feel it.” 

You may even want to level up your moisturizer to something thicker during the winter months to help prevent dryness, Hu says. She also recommends playing around with thicker formulations of the other products in your rotation, like swapping your vitamin C serum for a vitamin C-containing cream.

And if you find that you’re still getting dry spots on your skin, Lipner suggests carrying a travel-sized container of ointment (like Vaseline or Aquaphor) around with you to apply throughout the day.

Keep using sunscreen every day.

With shorter days, people may get a little “lazy” with their sunscreen application, Lipner says. But you should keep wearing it — at least 30 SPF — every day as part of your usual skin care routine.

We get fewer UV rays in the winter, Lipner says, “but we do get them.” And if you’ll be outside at high altitudes or skiing, it’s especially important to stay protected and remember to reapply every two hours.

Scale back on retinol and exfoliation.

Lipner recommends people don’t do too much exfoliating year-round — and especially during the winter. If you’re someone who gets a lot of buildup on your face, you may want to exfoliate once a week or even just once a month, she says.

“For winter I would recommend doing it even less,” Lipner says, because these products are more likely to be irritating on dry or sensitive skin. 

And when it comes to using retinoids, “if you’re used to using them, see how your skin feels,” Lipner says.

Some people may be able to keep using them just as frequently despite the change in weather. But others may find that their skin gets too sensitive in the winter and that they need to use retinoids less often or to cut them out temporarily.

Another retinoid tip from Lipner for those with irritable skin: “You can dilute (your retinol or retinoid) with a drop of moisturizer and that makes a big difference,” she says.

Combat dry indoor air with a humidifier.

Because a heater can dry out already dry winter air, Hu suggests using a humidifier in your bedroom or at your desk to keep your skin a little happier.

“A humidifier can make a big difference in your skin if the air is very dry,” Lipner agrees. 

Limit time in the shower.

Long, hot showers can actually dry your skin out, the experts say. So try to keep the water lukewarm and your time in the water short.

And, when you get out of the shower, put your moisturizer and body lotion on while your skin is still damp (but not dripping wet), Lipner says. That will help seal that hydration into your skin.

“It’s something we recommend to people with dry skin all year long, but in the winter, it’s even more important,” Hu agrees.

Keep an eye out for hidden irritants.

People with sensitive skin likely already know to be on the lookout for common irritants — including fragrance — in any product that may touch their skin. And that becomes even more important during the winter, Hu says.

If you’re prone to skin reactions and not already using fragrance-free laundry detergent, dryer sheets and body care products, now is the time to switch, she says.

Don’t ignore your nails.

People typically don’t notice that their nails are in need of care until the weather gets warm enough for sandals, but many of those issues (including fungal infections) may start building up in the winter, Lipner explains.

If you notice your nails getting brittle, yellowing or lifting, those are signs that you should check in with a dermatologist now rather than waiting until the spring or summer.

Be patient with irritated skin.

People with really severely dry and cracked skin may have a broken skin barrier, which can take weeks or months to properly heal, Hu explains.

“It takes at least three to four weeks for that skin barrier to fully repair, so start early,” she says. And if you’re not seeing results after a few days, don’t give up.

Finally, if you’re someone with a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, or you’re just not getting what you want out of your skin care, don’t hesitate to contact your dermatologist. “If you have any of these conditions, it’s a great time to check in to make sure the winter is not causing havoc on your skin,” Lipner says, adding that telemedicine is a great option for this.

Tips and Routines to Avoid Dry Skin

A good moisturizer can help, but your skin might already be damaged before you can see the signs from the cold and dry climate and the artificial indoor heat.

Thankfully, there’s still hope through different steps to keep your skin hydrated, healthy and looking fabulous.  

We sat down with UC Health skin care experts Dana Amundsen and Keysha Livisay Smith to discuss causes, symptoms, and complications of winter dry skin, and tips for prevention, as well as how to deal with dry, cracking skin during the cold and dry winter season.

Causes of Dry Skin During Winter

“Moisture loss is always a concern in the winter,” said Dana Amundsen, Licensed Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist at UC Health.  “The wind and cold air outside and the forced air heating in buildings can really dry out the skin.”

Here are a few additional things that might cause dry skin in the winter:

  • Drop in temperature and humidity outside, causing the air to become cold and dry, which results in the moisture on your skin evaporating and drying out.
  • Heating your home using fireplaces, space heaters, wood-burning stoves and central heating causes the humidity inside to decrease.
  • Overly long, hot baths or showers strip your skin of natural oils, causing it to lose moisture more quickly. Swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool can have the same effect.
  • Harsh detergents and soaps, like many common shampoos, are designed to remove oil, including the skin’s natural oils, leading to dryness.

Symptoms of Dry Skin

“Dry, cracking skin in the winter is usually temporary, though it can turn into a prolonged condition,” said Keysha Livisay Smith, MSN, APRN-C, LME, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in the Dermatology Department. “The signs and symptoms vary with a person’s overall health, age, time spent outdoors and geographical location.”

The following are some of the symptoms of dry skin:

  • Skin looks and feels rough
  • Skin feels tight, especially after swimming, bathing or showering
  • Slight or even severe peeling, scaling or flaking
  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Ashy, gray skin
  • Redness
  • Small cracks or fine lines
  • Deep cracks that may bleed

Complications That May Occur Due To Dry Skin

Dry or cracking skin is usually harmless, however, in some cases, failure to attend to it may lead to eczema (atopic dermatitis) or infections. If you are prone to eczema, dehydrated skin may trigger the condition, causing inflammation, cracking and redness. Moreover, bacteria could enter cracks in the skin and lead to infections.

The likelihood of these complications occurring is higher if the normal protective mechanisms of your skin are severely compromised. For example, deep fissures or cracks may form on severely dry skin, and if these cracks or fissures open and bleed, bacteria could enter.

Home remedies and lifestyle changes are usually effective in preventing and treating dry skin; however, if you observe the following, see your health care provider:

  • Excessive redness
  • Skin is unresponsive to home remedies and lifestyle changes
  • Large areas of peeling or scaling skin
  • Scratching skin causes infections or sores
  • Itchy skin interferes with your sleep

Despite these complications, there are easy ways to prepare and deal with dry skin this winter. Seven steps are outlined below.

1.   Prepare Your Home for Good Winter Skincare

Using a humidifier can increase levels of moisture in the air, which can create an environment in which your skin stays hydrated. Humidifiers emit a fine mist into your room to achieve an optimal humidity of between 40 to 60 percent. Place the humidifier in the room where you spend the most time, which for most people, is the bedroom.

Like most, you might be spending a lot more time at home due to the pandemic, or simply because you prefer to stay indoors during the winter. Whatever your reasoning, consider adding a humidifier to your home, in addition to adding skincare products to keep your skin moisturized. Thought it might be tempting to keep it cozy, it is suggested that you keep your thermostat to a low or moderate heat to maintain an optimal level of moisture in your home. With more moisture in the air, you are at less of a risk from suffering from extremely dry and cracking skin.

2.   Maintain a Diet That Promotes Healthy, Hydrated Skin

Your skin health is directly connected with your gut health, so it’s important to maintain a diet that supports good skin health. The following are some of the best foods for maintaining healthy skin:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon- Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin E and high-quality protein keep your skin moisturized and help reduce inflammation.
  • Avocadoes- A good source of vitamins E and C and beneficial fats – all of which promote healthy skin. They also have compounds that help prevent sun damage.
  • Almonds- Rich in protein, selenium, vitamin E, essential fats and zinc.
  • Sunflower seeds- High in nutrients such as vitamin E, which has protective antioxidant effects on the skin.
  • Sweet potatoes- Contains a lot of beta carotene, a natural sun block.
  • Bell peppers- An excellent source of vitamin C and beta carotene – both of which have protective antioxidant effects on the skin. Vitamin C helps create collagen, the structural protein that strengthens your skin.

3.   Drink Lots of Water

Drinking plenty of water has a powerful and positive impact on your skin health — and on your overall health.   Making sure you drink a lot of water is the most natural way to ensure that your skin is healthy and radiant. By drinking lots of water, you’ll notice:

  • It keeps you refreshed, hydrated and helps keep your skin elastic.
  • It helps balance your skin pH level, keeping it healthy.
  • It flushes toxins from your body that may otherwise cause skin health problems such as acne.
  • It helps tighten up sagging skin.

For most adults, about eight glasses of water a day should be an adequate mount  to stay hydrated.  Try to limit your intake of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as they can have diuretic effects that may dehydrate your skin, leaving it more prone to dryness and cracking.  

4.   Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliation is essential to skin care, and failure to to so leads to dry skin, regardless of how much cream or serum you apply.

“Scrub off summer damage from the sun, saltwater and chlorine,” said Keysha.  “Use oil-based exfoliators to not only rejuvenate the skin, but also to hydrate.   For best results, do not exfoliate more than twice a week.”

For light exfoliation, use a gentle scrub with lactic acid or a mild glycolic.   If your skin is severely dry, swap an exfoliator for a gentler option such as a wet washcloth. In addition, limit your use of wrinkle-fighting skin products that double as exfoliators as they may worsen dry skin. Moisturizers and serums are more effective on exfoliated skin because they penetrate the layers of the skin more easily.

5.   Use Antioxidant Serum

Serums are among the few skin care products that are useful year-round. You can use an antioxidant serum throughout the year as long as it does not contain alcohol. Regardless of the climate, free-radical oxidative stressors attack the skin and cause premature fine lines, collagen breakdown and sunspots.

You can mitigate the damage that free-radical oxidative stressors cause by applying vitamin C formula before applying heavier skin care products in the morning.   Also, remember to cover your skin with SPF 30 sunscreen every day, even when it is cold or overcast.

6.   Use Moisturizing Face Cream and Gentle Cleansers

Switching to a moisturizing face cream is one of the most critical steps to prevent and to deal with dry, crackling skin, yet it’s one of the most overlooked.

“Instead of lotions, opt for creams that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides,” said Dana. “These products help prevent the breakdown of the skin barrier in the winter.  Steer clear of face washes that contain ingredients, such as additives and fragrances, which have drying properties. Instead, use face washes that contain oatmeal or formulated chamomile. Go for gentle cleansers that won’t strip natural oils from your skin.”

7.   Develop a Regular Winter Skincare Routine

Develop a winter-specific skincare routine. In addition to a moisturizer and face serum, apply gentle cream, like avocado treatment, on your eyelids and under your eyes.

Long, hot showers can feel great on chilly winter evenings, but they shouldn’t be a regular part of your winter skincare routine. Consider rinsing for no more than a few minutes with the shower on warm rather than hot water, which can excessively dehydrate the skin.

“Swap harsh body washes and irritating soaps with creamy cleansers,” said Keysha.  “Use something with ceramides, lanolin and oil to help your skin retain moisture throughout the night. Apply thick moisturizer immediately after stepping out of the shower.”

Finally, use a heavy-duty moisturizer on your lip and hands, especially the cuticles. If your skin feels too dry, consider using a hydrating sheet mask once a week before you go to bed, and be sure to avoid products with clay or charcoal.

Follow These Tips to Keep Your Skin Hydrated and Radiant During the Winter

Dry, cracking skin in the winter is unpleasant, feels uncomfortable and, in some cases, may lead to further skin problems. Keep in mind that following any one of the tips in this article will help keep your skin hydrated but adopting all of them into a healthy skin lifestyle and routine will be much more successful in preventing your skin from becoming excessively dry in the cold season.


Winter skin care

In winter, women often experience increased skin dryness, peeling, tightness or redness. Therefore, today I want to tell you about the features of facial skin care in the winter.

First of all, about how to properly adjust your home care, how to choose a cream that will provide you with good protection and nutrition in the cold season, as well as about the most common misconceptions associated with winter skin care.

  • Winter Care Adjustment
  • Desirable ingredients in winter cream
  • Unwanted components
  • Change your washbasin to a softer one
  • Layer your makeup
  • Apply extra care
  • Apply cream one hour before going out
  • Choose a low SPF
  • Buy a humidifier!

How to correct winter care

Misconception #1 Some girls think that their skin type changes in winter – oily or combination skin in summer, and dry skin in winter.

In fact, our skin type does not change throughout our lives. It’s just that with age or in winter, any skin becomes a little drier. Therefore, there is a need to adjust care. But depending on your skin type.

There is one very simple and universal piece of advice. In winter, as a daytime protective cream, choose products designed for neighboring skin types that are slightly drier than yours.

For example, if you have oily skin and use a mattifying cream or gel for oily skin in the summer, use a light day cream for combination skin in the winter.

If you have combination skin, you can use a day cream for normal skin in winter.

Those with normal skin can easily switch to a day cream for dry skin in winter if necessary.

And if you have dry or very mature skin, in winter you can use a day cream for very dry skin.

What ingredients are desirable in the composition of the winter protective cream

Misconception #2 Do not use moisturizer in winter. Because the moisturizer contains water, and in the cold, the water will freeze, turn into ice and harm our skin.

In fact, any cream contains water. But no cream can freeze on our skin, because the body constantly maintains a normal body temperature. And the cream that we apply heats up to skin temperature very quickly.

However, in winter, when the skin is prone to moisture loss and becomes dry, it becomes necessary to use a richer day cream, in which protective and nourishing properties prevail over moisturizing ones.

Ingredients that help moisturize the skin can be divided into 2 groups:

  1. Substances that slow down the evaporation of moisture from the surface of the skin
  2. Substances which attract moisture from the environment

Modern cosmetics usually contain both components. However, in the winter season, preference should be given to a cream in which components predominate that slow down the evaporation of moisture from the skin surface.

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Because in winter, when we walk in the frosty air, the skin needs protection first of all.

And in warm rooms during the heating season, the air contains very little moisture, and cosmetic components that are able to attract moisture from the air have nothing to attract during this period.

What’s more, if the air in the room is too dry, this cream will begin to draw moisture out of your skin.
Therefore, in winter, many women often complain that they seem to regularly use a good cream, but the skin still suffers from dryness. Very often the reason for this is that this cream is simply not suitable for the winter period.

Winter day cream must first of all contain vegetable oils and vitamins.

Vegetable oils form a protective film on the surface of the skin and thus protect it from excessive moisture loss. And vitamins provide additional nutrition to the skin during this period.

First of all, it is worth giving preference to such components as:

  • Shea Butter – Shea Butter, or it is also called shea butter – Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
  • Avocado Oil – Avocado Oil
  • Vitamin E – Tocopherol (Tocopheryl Acetate)

What components are undesirable in the composition of the winter protective cream

Petrochemical products. Such as:

  • Mineral oil
  • Vaseline – Vaseline (Petrolatum, petrolatum liquid, Petroleum oil)
  • Paraffin – Liquid paraffin (Paraffin oil, Paraffinum liquidum)

On the one hand, these components really protect the skin from moisture loss very well.

However, this is the problem – with the constant use of such products, skin cells stop noticing that it is necessary to restore the lipid barrier and over time the skin is unable to retain moisture on its own, therefore, as a result, without a cream, dryness and tightness of the skin constantly worries.

As for moisturizing ingredients that attract moisture, such as hyaluronic acid, urea, glycerin, for example, they are of secondary importance in a winter protective cream.

In preparing this video, I went to a cosmetics store and looked at what was available to protect the skin in winter.

Very often the advertising promises on the packaging of the cream looked very tempting. For example, in this case, it is said that the cream contains valuable oils, due to which it provides luxurious nutrition and protection, which is actually what you need in the winter.

However, in the composition of the cream in the first place we see MINERAL OIL – mineral oil.

That is, the basis of this cream is not valuable vegetable oils, but petrochemical products. Therefore, always pay attention not only to advertising promises, but also to the composition of the cosmetic product.

Peculiarities of winter face care

1. It is possible to change the cleanser to a softer one

Often in winter it is enough to replace only the day cream with a richer one, and the rest of the products – the cleanser, tonic, night cream – it is quite possible to leave the same if the skin feels comfortable.

But if you experience dryness and tightness of the skin after washing, then in this case it makes sense to change your usual cleanser to a softer one in winter.

For example, if you have combination skin, and in the summer you used a cleansing gel for oily and combination skin, but in winter your face often has reddened, dry and flaky skin, you may well take a cream-gel or facial wash for the winter. sensitive skin.

2. Layered makeup

If you do make-up – in winter it will serve as an additional protection for your skin. But if in summer you can simply apply a moisturizer or BB cream on your skin, then winter makeup should be layered.

First you need to apply a day cream, let it soak in, then apply a foundation, and then you can also fix it all with a little loose powder.

In winter, you can actively use products for additional home care – masks and serums.

Nourishing and moisturizing masks in winter can be done a little more often – 2-3 times a week. And serums should be used as usual – in short courses.

From salon procedures, autumn and winter are a wonderful time for chemical peels and massages.

And although massage can be done all year round, massage is especially relevant in winter, because it improves blood circulation and, consequently, nourishes the skin.

Some useful tips for skin care in winter

1. Day cream should be applied one hour before going outside

than 40-60 minutes before leaving the premises.

Otherwise, if you regularly go out into the cold with a damp face from the cream, this will contribute to dehydration of the skin.

2. In winter, you don’t need to use a cream with a high SPF

Today, almost all modern women know that sun abuse leads to premature aging of the skin.

However, the lack of ultraviolet light is also bad, because as a result, the synthesis of vitamin D slows down, the synthesis of collagen and elastin decreases, which leads to dryness and flabbiness of the skin.

Therefore, in the winter months in our middle lane, a cream with a high SPF is completely unnecessary.

Moreover, if, despite careful care, you still notice that the skin has become too dry and flabby, it is worth going to the solarium 1-2 times a month for 3-5 minutes. But not for the sake of tanning, but in order to stimulate the synthesis of vitamin D and improve skin condition.

Of course, except when you are undergoing chemical peels or whitening treatments.

3. It is very desirable to humidify indoor air in winter

I have already said that one of the reasons why our skin loses moisture is that indoor air is too dry during the heating season.

Normally, indoor air humidity should be between 40% and 60%. But in winter, the humidity in our offices and apartments drops to 20-30%.

With such a low humidity, not only our skin and hair suffer, the mucous membranes of the nose and upper respiratory tract dry up, we become more susceptible to colds.

And also there is a feeling of drowsiness and fatigue, reduced performance. The ideal solution to this problem is a humidifier.

I have such a humidifier – it is very simple, but in my opinion quite cute 🙂

It is called a Drop, because it is made in the form of a water drop. The drop has an eye-pleasing backlight and the ability to adjust the intensity and direction of moisture supply.

Having this humidifier at home will help your skin survive the cold winter. And if you persuade the authorities or employees to buy such a thing for the office, then the winter will not be terrible for you at all.

Other useful things to read:

  • How to distinguish dry skin from dehydrated – 5 main differences
  • 11 acid peels for home and salon use
  • Mineral oil in cosmetics – who can and who can’t?
  • Lip balm DO NOT use frequently
  • 7 signs of well-groomed skin

How to take care of your face skin in winter → 5 simple rules

Skin care in winter, as in other seasons, should be done in the morning and in the evening. But each of them has its own characteristics, and in the winter season it is very important to remember this, following the useful recommendations of cosmetologists. Also, do not forget about the tips for applying makeup. Facial skin care in winter should consist more of fatty creams, in which the presence of vegetable oils is desirable:

  • shi;
  • cocoa;
  • avocado;
  • shea.

These components will help restore the hydro-lipid balance, protecting the skin from dehydration. These are best used in the morning. After waking up, be sure to wash your face to wash off dead cells, sebum secreted at night, and the remnants of the night cream. Use a soft foam or gel for this. Then the face can be wiped with tonic and cream applied. It is better to do this 1.5-2 hours before going outside, so that the remaining moisture can evaporate from the cosmetics applied to the face.

The main rules for skin care in winter are as follows:

  1. Cleansing.
  2. Moisturizing.
  3. Nutrition.
  4. Proper makeup.
  5. Cleansing after make-up in the evening.

Separate attention should be paid to makeup, because in the cold season it can additionally protect the dermis. As a facial skin care in winter, you should choose a cream to protect against the cold, which at the same time will serve as a base for make-up. If in summer it is better to give preference to light fluids and tonal bases, then in winter denser textures and tonal creams will do.

In the evening, be sure to wash off the make-up from your face, along with the particles of dust and dirt accumulated during the day. Apply a nourishing cream to cleansed skin.

Skin problems in winter: causes

The face is the only part that remains open when you go outside. The skin immediately reacts to the change in temperature from warm to cold and vice versa. Due to such stress, it loses moisture and begins to peel off. Frost, wind, temperature changes and even the winter sun affect the condition of the dermis. As a consequence, it becomes:

  • overdried;
  • dehydrated;
  • scaly;
  • reddened;
  • inflamed;
  • irritated.

Therefore, winter skin care must be special. It is worth taking care of it more carefully and correctly so that your appearance always pleases with freshness and beauty. If all products (including decorative ones) are chosen correctly, then winter skin problems will bypass you.

Winter skincare features

Many girls are interested in how to take care of their skin in winter. The main thing here is to know your type of dermis, since each of them has its own characteristics. It is important not to forget to take care of the skin of the lips and around the eyes in winter. In these areas, it is especially tender, so it requires more attention and the application of special products. It is worth using creams or special serums for the area around the eyes, as well as nourishing oil-based lip balms so that they do not become weathered and peel off.

Beauty treatments during the cold season are recommended as part of the winter facial skin care. This is a favorable season, as the sun is less active, and there is no risk of getting pigmentation after salon peels and masks. It is in winter that it is recommended to do various peelings, anti-aging procedures, laser and phototherapy of the face.

In case of severe flaking, redness or allergy to cold, consult a dermatologist. After the examination, the specialist may recommend special ointments or face cream for the winter.

Don’t forget about the internal component of skin care. So that it does not lose natural moisture, it is necessary to observe the correct drinking regimen. In winter, the body needs water, just like in summer, so you need to drink at least 4 glasses a day. This does not include tea, coffee and other drinks, as well as liquids consumed during meals.

Incorporating Omega-3s into your daily diet can help keep your skin hydrated and radiant. Most of this substance is found in fish oil and flaxseeds. It helps to solve the problem of dryness not only of the skin, but also of the hair. Omega-3 also helps to restore damaged barrier properties of the skin, has an anti-inflammatory effect and is an adjuvant in inflammatory dermatological diseases, which are often exacerbated in winter. However, before adding omega-3 rich foods and preparations to your daily diet, it is better to consult a doctor about possible contraindications.

Remember that the balance between external care and internal care for the condition of the skin and overall health is the key to an attractive and blooming look at any time of the year, including in winter.


It is believed that in winter the sun is not so aggressive on the skin, so many girls neglect the use of sunscreen. However, the sun’s rays still have a negative effect through invisible ultraviolet waves. Thus, winter skin care also includes this cosmetic product. Zein Obagi Smart Tone Broad Spectrum Sunscreen is a great option.

Day cream: nourishment and hydration

In winter, the skin needs moisturizing and nourishment equally. But what to give preference to in the cold season, you need to decide, given the type of skin you have. Face cream in winter can be protective. Babor Skinovage Px Skin Protect Cream is specially designed for cold season care. The tool prevents the formation of cracks and wounds, redness, peeling and other uncomfortable manifestations. In addition, it deeply nourishes the skin, restoring its structure.

Day cream is applied after cleansing. After that, you should wait with going outside, allowing the beauty product to absorb well, otherwise there will simply be no effect from it. If you follow this simple rule, you will provide your face with protection from snow, wind, cold outdoor air and dry indoor air heaters.


In the cold season, softer and lighter cleansers such as gel or foam should be preferred. They are specially designed with winter skincare in mind. For example, 3LAB Perfect Cleansing Foam does not dry out the skin, is suitable for all skin types (even sensitive), exfoliates dead skin particles and has a softening effect.

Make sure to cleanse your face in the morning and in the evening, regardless of the presence of makeup, because during sleep and throughout the day dirt, sweat and dust particles accumulate on the skin, which serve as an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Without cleansing procedures, this can provoke additional inflammation, exacerbating the effects of external weather stimuli. In addition, it is worth remembering the factor of wearing hats. So, hats (especially made of synthetic materials) create an additional load on the skin of the forehead. Therefore, cleansing is the first and most important stage of care.


Skin care in winter involves wiping the face with tonic. It is worth taking a closer look at tonics with acids, especially if the skin is dry or aging. Genosys Snow O2 Cleanser Oxygen facial cleanser is an all-rounder. The tool improves complexion, makes the skin supple and fresh, nourishes it with vitamins. Remember that winter tonic should not contain alcohol, which additionally provokes dryness and flaking.

Winter face masks: skin care

Separately, it is worth noting face masks, which are also important in the winter season. Winter face masks in skin care can be cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing. The product is applied after cleansing the face with a gel or foam, if it has a moisturizing or nourishing effect.

If the mask is cleansing, for example, Peeling Mask with Vitamin C 30% with Microdermabrasion Effect Obagi Professional-C 30% Microdermabrasion, then it is better to apply it to the initially cleansed skin, warming it up a little in the palms and evenly distributing it over the surface of the face. The action of the product is from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the type of skin. This is a 2 in 1 mask that cleanses and nourishes the skin in winter. It effectively exfoliates for smoothness and softness. Vitamins in the composition of the product actively penetrate deep into the epidermis, preventing the appearance of dryness, wrinkles and dullness.

Winter care for oily skin

Those with oily skin are wondering what winter skin care should be for them. In winter, oily skin also needs to be moisturized. Before moisturizing cream, exfoliate or scrub, apply cleansing masks for 10-15 minutes. This stage of care will clean the pores and remove the keratinized layer of cells, eliminating dirt and fat. Then apply moisturizer and let it absorb. Mattifying fluids can be used as morning care.

Winter care for dry skin

Dry skin requires special care all year round, as it suffers from tightness, flaking and aging earlier. And the dry air from the batteries exacerbates the situation. This condition can be alleviated with the help of thermal water. Carry it with you in your purse and spray your face regularly indoors. High-quality thermal water will not damage your makeup.

Peels, scrubs and cleansing masks are recommended for dry skin types no more than once a week. Do not use scrubs with large abrasive particles. Be sure to tone your face with special products that prevent moisture loss. Apply a moisturizer in the evening, and use a nourishing cream before going outside.

Combination skin care in winter

Combination skin is a combination of normal and oily types, so it requires several products with different effects. It is better to apply a nourishing cream on the cheeks, and a moisturizer on the nose and forehead. Cleansing should not be neglected either. For oily areas, a soft scrub is suitable.

Normal skin needs winter care as it is also exposed to bad weather conditions and dry indoor air. If care is neglected, then at the end of the season you can get dryness, rashes and other problems.

What is the best skin care routine in the winter in a metropolis?

In the city, the skin suffers quite noticeably. This is due to the fact that in megacities the air is more polluted and polluted, and in rooms with central or any other heating – dry and with poor circulation. All this is also reflected in the appearance of the face. Harmful substances and dust accumulate in large quantities on the surface of the skin. Therefore, facial care in winter should be more thorough and regular. Be sure to cleanse in the morning after waking up, after coming from the street and before going to bed. Thermal water can be used to retain moisture.

Care cosmetics in a metropolis should contain antioxidant substances that have a detox effect, protect against free radicals and harmful substances accumulated by skin cells.

Helpful tips on how to take care of your skin in winter

Winter is more stressful for the skin than the off-season. To avoid the problems of dryness and other undesirable effects at this time of the year, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Gently exfoliate regularly;
  • choose your skincare according to your skin type;
  • don’t forget to moisturize;
  • use SPF even if there is no sun;
  • ventilate the rooms regularly, use a humidifier;
  • use cosmetics with vitamins;
  • apply a protective or nourishing face cream for the winter 1. 5-2 hours before going outside;
  • remember that the harder the frost, the fatter the consistency of the cream should be.

Dry, oily and sensitive skin types require special care in winter. For them, you need to select the appropriate funds.

Winter facial skin care: the main mistakes

Many misconceptions about winter facial skin care remain. For example, it is believed that you can not use a cream with SPF, because there is practically no sun outside. However, the UV rays are still active. Therefore, you just need to choose products with a lower SPF factor.

Another mistake is not to change seasonal care while continuing to use a summer cosmetic bag. But in winter, you should not overload your face with decorative cosmetics. Too thick tonal foundations and powders can lead to flaking, as well as tightening from frost, which ultimately creates uneven coverage with fairly noticeable cracks on the face.

It is unacceptable to choose products with petroleum jelly, paraffin and alcohol, as well as use alcohol-containing lotions in winter, because the skin will suffer greatly from this. Do not neglect the use of a protective cream in bad weather conditions.

Men can also take care of winter facials. Despite the fact that their skin is less vulnerable, it can begin to peel off from wind and frost. It is recommended to review your aftershave products. It is desirable that they do not have alcohol in the composition.


Which beauty products should be avoided in cold weather?

In the cold season, it is better to refuse aggressive products that injure the skin (scrubs with coarse particles), decorative cosmetics with light textures and a matting effect, alcohol-containing care products.

How should care change if you go on vacation to warm countries in winter?

Temperature fluctuations cause stress to the skin. It is necessary to take care of additional care by taking thermal water with you. The air in the cabin is dry, so it is recommended to have a moisturizer and lip balm on hand. Upon arrival in warm countries, you need to change your face care products for summer cosmetic products: moisturizers, tonics, masks, cleansers, decorative cosmetics with light textures and sunscreen with a high SPF.