Winter is finally here and it’s the perfect time to vamp up your daily skincare routine for the season. Now, you might say that there’s no need to make these changes since your routine worked well during the previous season. But similar to adjusting the clothes that you should wear during winter, cozy scarves and cardigans to keep you warm and comfortable, some steps in your skin care or products may need to be switched in order to keep your skin hydrated and protected to avoid dryness and chapped lips.
Is the winter air any different?
Yes, the winter air shouldn’t be undermined since it is inevitably drier and low in humidity. The indoor temperature produced by heaters during this season also leads to dryness, engulfing the natural moisture from the skin. You’ll notice that your skin gets easily drier and flaky, while your lips are cracked or chapped. This is why adjusting your daily routine to accommodate your skin’s moisturising needs is significant during the winter season.
Find out what are the necessary skin care swaps you can do this season in order to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!
Use a cream cleanser instead of a gel cleanser.
Gel cleansers typically have stronger formulations which could strip your skin’s natural oils. On the other hand, cream cleansers are considered more gentle and promote more moisture while cleansing your skin from impurities.
Those who have oily skin types may not suffer as much from the winter air but those who have dry skin would benefit a lot from this switch, to keep the skin nourished and hydrated after cleansing. If the skin is still dry and still needs nourishment, a cleansing oil would be a good addition to your routine.
ROSEHIPPLUS – CREAM CLEANSER 150ML
BLACK CHICKEN REMEDIES – ORGANIC PURIFYING OIL CLEANSER 100ML
Switch to chemical exfoliators rather than physical exfoliators.
Regular exfoliation during winter is highly recommended in order to remove impurities and dead skin from the surface. However, a chemical exfoliator is better because it has a much gentler formulation but still gets the job done. The use of scrubs that can be rough on the skin may lead to more damage or could possibly do more harm than good since the skin is quite vulnerable at this stage.
EARTH SKIN & EDEN – MASKING BODY POLISH 150G
Use a moisturising toner instead of an astringent.
A moisturising toner is better during winter since it keeps your skin hydrated, cleanses and evens out your complexion without drying your skin. Some toners also contain antiageing ingredients which are ideal for those who prefer skincare products with multiple uses and benefits. Those with oily skin may still need to use an astringent but better to not apply it daily to avoid dryness, only when they feel that they need to keep their excess oil in check.
BLACK CHICKEN REMEDIES – LOVE YOUR FACE PACK
Choose a heavier or creamier moisturiser rather than a lightweight moisturiser.
This tip is quite important and necessary. especially when you notice that your skin still incurs dry or flaky patches during mid day. A creamier or heavier moisturiser is what you need to combat dryness. Its formulation typically contains antioxidants and fatty acids that keeps your skin hydrated and nourished, giving your complexion a lasting moisture throughout the day.
GIOVANNI – D:TOX FACIAL MOISTURISER 118ML
EVERY BIT ORGANIC RAW SHEA BUTTER 100G
Start using a serum.
If you haven’t incorporated a serum into your skincare routine, then you’re definitely missing out on its nourishing and antiageing properties. Serums are lightweight in formulation and are usually applied before a moisturiser. One distinct ingredient that makes serums a must-have is the hyaluronic acid, an amazing humectant that keeps the skin supple and youthful since it binds to water in order to lock in moisture. It also helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots, so now, you’ll probably agree why you definitely need a serum this winter.
BLACK CHICKEN REMEDIES – ORGANIC MOISTURE SURGE SERUM 5ML
ACURE – RADICAL REJUVENATING CREAM 41ML
Don’t forget to include an eye cream to your routine.
Eye creams are packed with antiageing and nourishing ingredients that are specially formulated for the eye area, reducing dark circles, crow’s feet and fine lines. Winter air causes dryness which makes fine lines and dark circles around the eye area more obvious. Eye creams are typically formulated with collagen, elastin, antioxidants and peptides which promote youthful skin.
UNI ORGANICS – INSTANT LIFT EYE CREAM 15ML
KOSMEA – EYE CREAM 15ML
Apply a lip balm rather than a matte lipstick.
Matte lipstick may look gorgeous but wearing them during winter would not be appropriate since they tend to make your lips painfully dry and cracked. A lip balm with an SPF would be more ideal to combat the cold weather. And since our lips don’t contain oil glands to replenish moisture on its own, a nourishing lip balm with the right ingredients would help nourish and protect your lips from dryness, keeping it soft and smooth all day.
BURT’S BEES POMEGRANATE LIP BALM
UNI ORGANICS – WONDER BALM LIP CONDITIONER 10ML
ECO LIPS LIP BALM YUMBERRY 7G
Start using a suncreen.
Your skin still suffers from the harmful UV rays of the sun during the cold season. Most people neglect using a sunscreen and simply use lotion or moisturiser which won’t help when the skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. For your face, instead of a foundation, you can use a tinted moisturiser with SPF to keep your facial skin protected.
ECO TAN – NATURAL ROSEHIP SUNSCREEN 150ML
SUN & EARTH – ALL DAY TINTED CREAM SANDY LIGHT 50G
Choose a creamier and richer body moisturiser rather than a lightweight body lotion.
A lightweight lotion may have worked during the previous season but the cold weather will cause unusual dryness which requires our skin to need more hydration and moisture. A rich and creamy body moisturiser that contains ingredients like fatty lipids, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids will provide a good moisture barrier to reduce dryness and cracked skin.
WELEDA – SKIN FOOD 75ML
ECO BY SONYA DRIVER COCONUT BODY MILK 375ML
UNI ORGANICS – SMOOTH AS SILK BODY LOTION 200ML
These skincare swaps are quite easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Doing so would allow your skin to benefit more from the products your using and furthermore, provide the right amount of nourishment and protection it needs to combat dry and flaky skin during winter season.