Winter's in full swing, which means the weather outside is frightful. The harsh elements leave you with dry, dull, flaky skin, making you wish it was June already. Luckily, you can combat all the side effects of the season with a winter-centric skincare routine. Your skin needs some extra TLC, so we've come up with the ultimate winter regimen. So go on and take that ski trip or go on a romantic ice skating date — your skin can handle it. With this routine you can fully embrace winter and still have radiant skin.
Stick With a Cream-Based Cleanser.
You want to avoid foaming, soapy cleansers in the winter as they are more likely to leave you with that tight, skin-stripped feeling. Instead, go for a gentle cleanser with a creamier texture that will keep your skin feeling supple and moisturized.
You may think you should skip exfoliating all together during the winter, but don't! Exfoliating is still important because it sloughs off dead skin cells, helping product to better penetrate your skin. The key is to be gentle and not go overboard.
Toner gets a bad rap as one of those "skippable steps," but it's actually a major player in your winter skin regime. It gets rid of any icky residue left behind from your cleanser, and it also helps balance the pH levels in your skin. Look for a formula that is alcohol and astringent-free.
Being outside sucks your skin dry and cranking up the heat indoors feels nice and cozy, but the constant temperature change is not great for your skin. So you'll want to use a moisturizer with a richer, more heavy-duty formula than one you would use in the summer months. Look for soothing ingredients that will help relieve irritated skin, like chamomile, rosewater and lavender.
The sun might not be anywhere in sight, but that doesn't mean you can skip the sunscreen! Up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can penetrate through clouds, and UVA rays can penetrate through glass. So even if you're hibernating all winter long, you're still at risk. Make sure to protect yourself with a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) lotion every day.
Avoid Flaky Lips.
Chapped lips is winter's worst curse, so keep your pout kissable by stocking up on extra lip balm. Keep one in your car, desk, purse and bedside table. Look for ingredients like shea or cocoa butter.
Splurge on a Face Mask.
Masks are your BFF in winter. They're one of the best ways to give your skin some love. A hydrating overnight mask is fabulous, because what's better than a product that works while you sleep? A brightening sheet mask is also a great way to revive dull winter skin.
Don't kill the messenger, but it's important not to take showers that are too long or hot in the winter. We know, nothing's better than slipping into a hot bath after a long day, but it will leave your skin extra dry. Keep showers brief and mild.