The winter season can wreak havoc on our skin, causing it to become dry, flaky or even chapped and red. It’s important to switch to a season appropriate skincare routine to maintain clear and healthy skin. Here are a few ways to tweak your winter skincare routine:
Cleanser is one of the most disruptive skincare products you can put on your skin. It’s especially important to avoid disrupting your skin’s natural barrier during the winter months to keep it resilient and strong despite the extreme temperatures. If you typically cleanse twice a day, you want to reduce the frequency in winter and only cleanse once at the end of the day. Use good quality cleansers from reputed brands like Pleasing Cosmetics. If you can’t give up your twice a day cleansing habit, consider switching to gentle natural beauty products like those by Well Within Beauty.
In any case, it is still important to remove your makeup and sunscreen at the end of the day, no matter what the season. Make sure to use a gentle yet effective makeup remover like Well Within Beauty’s natural makeup remover, to get rid of all makeup residue without disrupting your skin’s natural barrier too much.
Switch to Richer Moisturizers
Your lightweight gel moisturizer that feels so good on your skin in the summer may not be enough once the weather turns colder. Consider switching to a richer, more nourishing cream moisturizer for the winter months. Again, it’s important to preserve your skin’s natural protective barrier and to keep it strong during the cold winter months so it can shield your skin from harmful bacteria and retain essential moisture.
If you hate the feel of thick, heavy creams on your skin even in winter, you can still moisturize your skin by layering a hydrating toner. Simply pat the toner onto your skin several times until it feels plump and adequately hydrated. This method is often referred to as the “7 skin method,” and was popularized by Korean women who wanted to keep their skin hydrated during the summer months without putting on thick, suffocating moisturizers. This method will work just as well in winter, and is a great way to keep your skin hydrated and well-nourished without feeling uncomfortable.
It may surprise you to learn that you should still keep wearing sunscreen every day, even in winter. The sun’s rays are extremely powerful and can penetrate your skin and cause damage, even when they are not visible or even when it’s not particularly sunny out. Protect your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays by choosing a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.
Follow these simple skincare steps and you can enjoy clear, healthy skin even during the difficult winter months. Focus on nourishing and moisturizing your skin as much as possible, and always treat it with gentle, tender care. Your reward will be radiant, youthful looking skin.
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