As the winter nears, with our wardrobe, our skin also decides to do a 180 on us. The drop in humidity, the rise of indoor heat, and the chilly winds can create quite a havoc on one’s skincare routine. The skin suddenly loses the glow of the tan acquired all summer and becomes duller, and the patches of white start peaking through.
It is like the elements all conspire to aggravate every possible condition the skin can have and bring it to the forefront. These symptoms include but are not limited to sensitivity, redness, and itching and even flaking in some extreme cases.
The transition between the seasons is thought to be the worst. Starting early is the only solution to having glowing skin in the long run.
Let’s have a look at the products that make a genuine difference in your winter skin and help hydrate, brighten, soothe and repair it in the coming months.
Cream Cleansers For The Win
Your skin has a severe shortage of moisture, and a gel/foaming cleanser will just add on and strip your skin of whatever oils it has.
Winter flips the tables for skin types. Oily skin becomes a treasured commodity and dry skin a much-avoided catastrophe. Your skin is as it is super thirsty, and a harsh cleanser is just going to aggravate your skin further.
A product like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser works to remove the buildup and grime but at the same time, is super gentle on the sensitive winter skin. It contains pro-vitamin B5, a moisturizer, and aquaxl- an ingredient that improves the barrier function of the skin.
Chemical Exfoliants over Physical Exfoliants
Exfoliation is essential during the winter months as it removes all that dry skin and makes way for the healthier inner layers to breathe. Commonly used physical exfoliants, the kind that uses granules to scrub your skin is not the right answer.
Alternatively, use a chemical exfoliant. Yes, the name seems about a hundred kinds of wrong, but it isn’t actually all that bad. It is a formulation of alpha-hydroxy acids, enzymes, or beta hydroxy acids to clean the top layer of your skin without all that scrubbing.
The Ordinary AHA30% + BHA 2% peeling solution works well to remove that pesky layer of dead skin and give you the glow you want without breaking the bank.
Astringent goes out, Moisturizing toner comes in
If astringent is what you use to combat oiliness, you don’t have to worry; we have something you can swap it out with and still get the desired effects.
A moisturizing toner offers all the benefits as that of astringent and can be further formulated to combat targeted issues. Acne, dry skin aging -the sky is the limit while choosing a toner.
When it comes to toners, nobody knows their formulation as well as K- beauty brands. Case in point is Nooni’s Dual Moisturizing Toner. This is an excellent toner as it creates not one but two lightweight, highly hydrating layers. It also acts as a great base and makes the rest of your skincare go on smoother.
Serum the Savior
If serum is not already an integral part of your skincare regimen, it is essential that you incorporate one now.
Beyond moisturizing serums also hold a large number of anti-aging benefits. A serum is an extremely potent formula and helps the skin absorb a large number of active ingredients.
Serums should be put on before the moisturizer to help the ingredients really seep into your skin.
Shani Darden’s Texture Reform Gentle Resurfacing Serum might be a little heavy on the pocket, but it works wonders in terms of putting things on your face. It is known to create results practically overnight, and I have never heard a complaint from a user.
Eye Creams are Important
Under-eye is usually an area that is bundled up with the rest of the face and then forgotten about. The under-eye is an extremely delicate area that requires special attention; otherwise, it is going to cause early onset of lines and crow’s feet.
Formulas that have some amount of collagen and elastin are an excellent idea to help prevent the onset of symptoms before they even start. Eyes are the window to your soul, and I’m sure you don’t want the ledge of your window to have dark circles.
Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gell Eye Patches are a winter must-have. You get around thirty patches in a jar that has a formulation of hyaluronic acid and hydrolyzed collagen to plump and promote elasticity around the under-eye area.
Protect those Lips
Lips are usually the first victims of the cold weather. Due to the absence of oil glands on the lips, they dry out the fastest as they cannot replenish their own moisture. Nothing is worse than a flaky pout in pictures.
Protecting your lips is a twofold process, with the first being to use an extremely gentle exfoliate and then using a rich moisturizing balm to retain some moisture.
Lip balms need to be carried throughout the winter months and applied at regular intervals.
Nothing on this planet can beat Burt Bees Organic lip balm in this department. Easy on the pocket and environmentally sustainable, one should just add this to the cart without a second thought.
On the scrub end, try out the GLAMGLOW Poutmud Lip Exfoliating Treatment. Remove that dry skin and then remember to nourish them with the balm. Also, it sort of fuzzes, you know the dramatic effect.
Winter might be harsh, but it is one of the most fashionable months to exist. Skincare isn’t just a winter-only process; it is a continually evolving practice. Everyone’s skin is a little different, and it’s not essential that whatever I have written would be the gospel. It is meant to be treated more like a rough plan and not the final call. Listen to your skin and enjoy these winters too.As long as you take the required steps to take care of your skin, it will be an excellent comfortable, breezy experience.