Winter skincare can be daunting, especially if you have dry skin. But, with the right winter skincare tips, you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized all season long. An important winter skincare tip, which many overlook, is to always use a sunscreen even when it's cold and cloudy. A sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will provide the best protection from the sun's damaging rays, ones that include hyaluronic acid is great for dry skin, and ones with niacinamde are great for those with oily skin types. In this blog post, we'll discuss seven winter skincare tips that are essential for everyone, including those with dry skin.
Don't forget the sunscreen
Winter may bring us the gift of cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and roaring fireplaces, but it's important to remember that even on cloudy winter days, you are still exposed to UVA rays that can damage your skin. Sunscreen isn't just a summer skincare product - it's important to wear year-round. For optimal protection from winter UV rays, apply sunscreen every two hours and make sure it contains broad spectrum coverage. Additionally, look for sunscreens that contain antioxidants for extra free radical protection, or pair them with antioxidant serums like our Vitamin C Primer
It's important to keep your skin hydrated in the winter months as well. Invest in a good moisturizer with squalane (like our squalane skin silk moisturizer for dry skin) and follow it with sunscreen to get the maximum antiaging skincare benefits. For those with dry skin, incorporating a hydrating serum or oil into their winter skincare routine can also help keep skin looking healthy and plump all season long. And again, those with oily skin- look for niacinamide!
Get a humidifier
An important piece of advice for winter skincare is to get a humidifier. A humidifier helps to add moisture to the air, which can help to prevent dry skin and cracking skin. Not only does a humidifier help with dry skincare tips, but it also increases the effectiveness of any other skincare products you are using during the winter. Why? Since a lack of humidity in the air strips your skin of moisture, a humidifier will help replace that moisture and keep your skin feeling hydrated throughout the season.
Layer your skincare products
Winter can be especially hard on your skin, so layering your skincare products correctly can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated and protected. During the colder months, start with a toner or facial mist. These products help to balance the pH of your skin, which helps increase the absorption of serums and moisturizers. Toners / mists like the Vitamin C Toner / Mist also provide extra hydration and free radical protection.
When applying your serums and moisturizers, it’s important to layer them correctly. A quick rule of thumb is to start with the lightest weight product first, such as a toner, followed by a serum (Vitamin C Serum), and end with the heaviest weight product last, such as a night cream or face oil. This will help ensure that your skin is able to absorb each product and get the full benefit of its ingredients.
A true key to effective anti aging skincare is to find a routine you enjoy and will stick to. In terms of a moisturizer, that's finding one that's rich and hydrating, but also non-greasy and unpleasant to wear. Again, we are very impartial to our Squalane Skin Silk Moisturizer for dry and oily skin types for this reason.
Drink plenty of water
As redundant as it sounds, drink water! Now drinking water is not the fountain of youth nor will cause drastic differences to the health of your skin, but it definitely will keep you feeling and looking bright and glowing.
Avoid hot showers
When it comes to winter skincare, avoiding hot showers is key. Taking a hot shower may feel comforting and relaxing during the cold winter months, but too much hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture, leading to dry, irritated skin. A warm shower is recommended to maintain the health of your skin barrier and is particularly important for those with dry skin as it helps avoid further drying out your skin. So be sure to avoid hot showers when possible and keep your skin hydrated and healthy this winter season!
One of the best and most under-rated winter skincare tips is to eat a healthy diet. Eating a balanced diet not only provides the body with essential nutrients, but it can also help protect your skin from oxidative stress (a leading cause of premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles). This can be accomplished by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as their plentiful in antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals. If you have dry skin, make sure to consume enough fatty acids as they are an essential part of maintaining healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and nuts, are especially beneficial for providing your skin with natural moisture. Following a nutritious diet is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking great during the winter season.