Every season comes with its own set of challenges. Take winter, for instance. When cold weather arrives, we immediately notice skincare woes like dryness, chapped lips, and redness. That’s because, according to Kate Middleton’s former makeup artist, Arabella Preston, “When cold weather arrives, humidity levels drop drastically.”
She elaborates: “This, combined with dry heat from central heating and the fact that our oil-producing sebaceous glands get sluggish in colder weather, can leave normally healthy skin feeling dehydrated. It often becomes sensitive, and that can lead to more serious skin conditions.”
So, what’s the solution?
With a few adjustments to your skincare routine, you can protect your skin from winter’s bite and keep it looking beautiful and healthy. You don’t need any fancy products, just a smart skincare routine.
As dermatologist Dr. Justine Kluk puts it, “The focus should be on the prevention of dehydration.” She says, “You can do this simply by using a mild cleanser, a hydrating serum and then frequently layering a moisturizer on top.”
This routine should help keep your skin soft, smooth and glowing during the winter months.
CleansingCleansing is the most important step in your skincare routine – and one you should do at least once a day – twice, optimally. Daily cleansing removes makeup, dirt, grime, bacteria, and excess oils on your skin. Just because you’re sweating a lot less in the cooler months, doesn’t mean you can skip the cleansing.
Opt for a hydrating cleanser to prevent your skin from drying out. As it’s already prone to dryness in the winter months, you don’t want anything dehydrating it further.
Truly’s Matcha Facial Cleanser is packed with vitamin C and vitamin B12 to cleanse and nourish the skin, without drying it out.
You don’t need to use a toner, but it does help achieve the skin’s pH balance, keeping it healthy and protected during the winter months. You can either apply a small amount on a cotton pad and swipe it over your skin or spritz a gentle toner directly onto your face. It’ll help tighten the pores and leave you with a nice glow.
Spritz your skin with Truly’s Volcanic Rosewater All-Over Hydrating Mist for a dewy burst of hydration.
Using an exfoliator once or twice a week will help remove dead and dry cells from the skin’s surface and keep your skin looking brighter. Plus, it will enable creams and serums to penetrate the skin more effectively and work harder. If you have sensitive skin, stick to a very gentle exfoliator and don’t scrub your skin too hard or too often.
All skin types will love Truly’s Matcha Face Scrub, enriched with Dead Sea salt granules for a gentle, yet invigorating scrub. It’ll help remove all your skin’s impurities without leaving it red and irritated.
Moisturizers act as a barrier, locking in moisture and hydrating the skin. In order to reap the most benefits, it’s key to find the right formula for your skin. It’s also important to apply moisturizer twice daily, morning and night, to maintain hydration.
If you have oily skin, opt for a water-based, non-comedogenic moisturizer to hydrate your skin without overburdening it and leaving it looking greasy. Dry skin requires a heavier moisturizer to rehydrate. And sensitive skin types should stick with something light and fragrance-free.
Truly’s Blueberry Hemp Facial Oil is formulated with a powerhouse blend of oils and vegan collagen to deliver soft, smooth, and luminous skin.
Wearing sunscreen every day should be a fundamental part of your skincare routine – even in the winter months. Sun exposure can lead to aging, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, and skin cancer. The sooner you start using it and making it part of your daily routine, the better your skin will look and feel.
Sunscreen will also even out your skin tone, giving your scars and hyperpigmentation chance to heal. Opt for at least SPF 30 – or 50, if you’re really fair-skinned.
Here are some tips for enhancing your skincare routine this winter.
In the winter months, your skin needs as much hydration as it can get. Overnight masks are particularly effective at locking in all the serums and oils applied before.
“Your skin undergoes circadian rhythms,” says Dr. Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “Skin hydration levels start to decline in the afternoon and continue overnight, so p.m. masking is extremely helpful to keep the skin hydrated.”
We love this Truly Starface Jelly Sleep Mask, designed to plump, hydrate, and repair skin overnight, while erasing fine lines and wrinkles.
Using a humidifier helps replenish the top layer of the epidermis by keeping the air humid and preventing it from becoming too dry.
Hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse for keeping your skin hydrated. It helps skin hold on to moisture without having to rely on heavy creams. Its molecules can hold 1,000 times their own weight in water, meaning it locks moisture into the skin and keeps it hydrated for long periods of time. Luckily, it isn’t hard to find hyaluronic acid in skincare products these days – it’s available in many facial serums.
As much as you love your hot showers and baths in the winter months, if you want great skin, you need to avoid them at all costs. Hot water strips your skin of its essential moisture and damages its natural protective barrier. Keep your showers cool and moisturize immediately after to lock in moisture.
The skin around the eyes and on the lips is thinner and has next to no oil glands to protect itself. Use serums around the eyes and on the lips that soothe and protect the skin. Apply daily for best results.
Skin requires moisture to stay healthy and hydrated. You’ll know when your skin is dehydrated, as it’ll start to look dry, tired, and dull. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water a day to maintain a beautiful, glowing complexion.