Winter skincare can be notoriously difficult to get right. With colder daily temperatures and a dramatic drop in humidity, our usual go-to skincare favorites may not be up to the task at hand. So, what exactly do skincare experts recommend? Let’s find out!
Winter Skincare Tips for Dry Skin
Okay, dry skin crew. If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you need HELP, like ASAP! Winters can be especially harsh on skin that is already prone to dryness throughout the year. Overly dry skin can lead to redness, flaking, inflammation, and a compromised skin barrier, so moisture should be an essential component in your winter skincare routine.
For dry or sensitive skin types, experts recommend going easy on any products that can be drying. Then, you’ll want to moisturize morning and night with a product that contains key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, shea butter, or squalane. Facial oils are a good option, too, but make sure that any oil-based products you try out are non-comedogenic.
Winter Skincare Tips for Oily Skin
Folks with oily skin generally have an easier time navigating cold temperatures. The natural oils your skin produces should keep any dryness or inflammation at bay. But, it’s still important to moisturize! We love Collagen Fitness Spritz by Skin Fitness Therapy for oil-prone skin. This product is technically classified as a “toner,” but features powerhouse ingredients like heavy water, honey, and hyaluronic acid to help lock-in your skin’s natural moisture.
Winter is also an excellent time to try out a retinoid based product like Vitamin A or retinol. Why? Licensed Nurse Practitioner Mariel Laporte, APRN-C says, “We are generally less exposed to sunlight during the winter months, which means less risk of sunburn after using a retinoid-based product. Vitamin A derivatives like retinol help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size, and are also great to help improve acne and discoloration.”
Winter Skincare Tips for Combination Skin
We all know that one-size-fits-all isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be, and the same thing goes for skincare! This is especially true when you have combination skin. Consider dividing your winter skincare routine into “zones,” for example: add extra moisture to the areas of your face that feel dry, but opt for a lighter moisturizer in the t-zone area. With products that tend to be drying, like salicylic acid, focus mostly on your oil-prone areas and go easy on any areas that are dry or sensitive.
What professional treatments are recommended in the winter?
Here’s some great news: even though your skin may be acting up due to the sudden weather change, winter is an excellent time for certain professional skincare treatments. Our Aesthetic Director Angela Baldasare says, “It’s officially laser season! Now is the perfect time to consider treatments like Halo Laser or BBL Corrective, because you’ll have an easier time avoiding sun exposure in the winter.” Regular facials will help keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the colder months, too.