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We’re well into the fall season – so are you ready to transition to your winter skincare routine? 

What does this entail? You might have already pulled your sweaters and coats out of storage in exchange for stowing beach toys. So, doesn’t it make sense to reevaluate your wintertime skincare routine? Depending on where you live, winter can bring extreme shifts in weather that demand real changes.

cold weather = dry air + dry skin

Cooler temperatures mean dry air and for many, dry skin. Dryness is one of skin’s biggest winter enemies. While some can use the same products year-round, others need to make a transition right along with the seasons.

This is particularly so if you have dry or sensitive skin to begin with. It’s a double whammy. Severe dryness can lead to flaky skin, tightness, itchiness, redness and increased sensitivity. And we turn up the heat when it’s cold, which dries out the air even more. 

What can you do to take care of wintertime skin?

pump up the moisture

Change to a more emollient facial moisturizer. Sheer or lightweight moisturizers might be perfect for summer or even fall, but come winter, they’ll likely be too light to do the job. You’ll want to use facial moisturizers that will both restore moisture more intensively, and help skin to retain it and lock it in.

cut back on toners

In the summer, skin tends to be more oily and we sweat more. Astringent products may be fine to help cut the oil and build-up but they can be too much for skin in the winter, stripping natural oils and causing irritation or sensitivity.

lighten up on exfoliation

Because of winter skin dryness, it may be more sensitive and itchy. Reduce the frequency of exfoliation. Sloughing off the top layer of skin cells too often may cause more irritation.

limit hot baths

This can be tough, because a nice hot bath seems so soothing and inviting in winter. But very high water temperatures are extremely drying to your skin. If you can, dial down the temps slightly, and don’t soak for an excessive amount of time. And be sure to slather on a body lotion or cream when your skin is still damp to lock in the moisture!

Of course, everyone’s skin is different; there isn’t necessarily one regimen that will work for everyone. Remember also that sun damage can happen year-round, causing premature aging like wrinkles and age spots. So if spending extended time outside, protect your skin with hats, scarves, sunglasses and a good mineral sunscreen. Take an individualized approach and listen to your body to make the colder months more comfortable.


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