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Winter Skin Care Routine: 4 Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

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The chilly air is here to remind us that winter is just around the corner, and we all know how this weather can quickly make your skin go from glowing to dry and dull. Your skin definitely deserves extra TLC right now. The ultimate tip? Keep your skin moisturized! Let me share with you my winter skin care routine.

1. Switch up your skin care regimen

Your skin suffers a lot during the winter because the frigid air strips your skin of moisture. The heating systems at your workplace and at home can dry your skin even more. This dual attack leads to dryness, cracking, redness, and itchiness. Hence, adopting a special winter skin care routine is crucial. Below, I listed some must-haves for prepping your skin for the coldest season of the year.

Cleansers and exfoliant

A mild cleanser is always good to use, but mild cleansers are much more important in the winter. That’s because a harsh cleanser can rid your skin of natural oils. Avoid products with fragrances and additives as these may cause more dryness. Also, you might want to swap your water-based cleansers for cleansing oils and cream ones because your skin needs the extra moisture. But if you’re already on the oily side, try a gel cleanser. These oil-based products will remove dirt from your pores without drying your skin out.

Exfoliating once a week also gives your skin a nice dewy glow because it clears the pores and helps them absorb moisture from creams and serums. But in extreme weather conditions, your physical exfoliants (those with exfoliating “beads”) can be too much for your already vulnerable skin. Choose an exfoliator with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to dissolve dead skin cells without rubbing.

Moisturizers, serums, and creams

Thinner and lighter products like lotions are not expected to withstand the harshness of winter. I don’t know of a miracle winter moisturizer for dry skin but you can give your skin a moisture boost by investing in key products such as heavier face creams, hydrating oils, and serums. You can also try using water cream and a moisturizing body wash to seal in moisture.

Additionally, you can help your skin stay moisturized by reducing shower time and avoiding hot water. I know how tempting it is to take a long, hot bath but short lukewarm showers are the way to go. And when you step out of the shower, pat down on your skin gently and apply moisturizer.


Yes, you still need sunscreen even during winter. UV rays can still damage your skin, especially when they’re reflected off the snow or ice, so use SPF products to protect your skin. In fact, it’s advisable to use as much sunscreen as you do in the summer.

Nighttime essentials

Apply a honey mask or an overnight cream before going to bed and you’ll wake up with soft, rejuvenated skin. Honey is a humectant so it will lock in the much-needed moisture. Switch between a rich moisturizer and a sheet mask to make sure your skin doesn’t lose moisture while you sleep.

Bha Blackhead Power Liquid
Nourishing Night Cream
Superfood Night Cream, Pre-Biotic Night Cream

2. Take care of your lips and eye area

Dry and chapped lips are a common problem in cold weather. So, don’t forget to use a lip balm to keep lips soft and supple. Since your eye area is also thin, it needs extra care, too. So, buy a good eye cream or use oils and serums around your eyes to soothe your skin.

Lip Sleeping Mask
Strawberry Lip Masks with Collagen
Eye Cream

3. Get nutrients from your diet

Moisturizing on the outside is one thing, but ensuring that your diet helps your skin stay healthy is another. Vitamins A, C, and E as well as Omega 3 supplements are often used for healthier skin, but you can get these directly from your food. Walnuts, olive oil, and avocados are an excellent source of good fats.

Remind yourself to drink water, too. Set an alarm or put a pitcher or bottle of water where you work. Put in extra effort to stay hydrated and your skin will thank you for it.

4. Get a humidifier

It’s impossible to stay away from radiators in the winter. Just make sure the heat is set on low to prevent excessive dryness. Plus, you can get a humidifier to increase the moisture levels in the air around you. Place your humidifier in the room where you spend most of your time to replenish your skin’s moisture. If you can’t get a humidifier soon, you can DIY it by keeping pots of water on the radiators.

Hydration is key

Hydrating your skin when the air is at its driest sounds almost impossible. But with the right winter skin care routine and matching skincare products perfect for winter, a nutrient-rich diet, regular water intake, and a humidifier in your room, you can keep your skin moisturized even in the dead of winter.

What are your fave winter skincare products? Add your review below!


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