Should I change my skincare routine for winter?

Should I change my skincare routine for winter?

I’ve had a few clients mention that their skin is feeling more dry, sensitive, and inflamed lately. I’ve been asked if it’s a good idea to change your skincare routine for winter.

The simple answer is yes, especially if you’re experiencing any of the above.

When your skin is exposed to colder weather, and you start to put the heating on, it disrupts your barrier function. That’s the protective layer on your skin. This can lead to dry and inflamed symptoms, and your skin can feel extra sensitive.

What can you do to switch up your skincare routine for winter? To help keep your skin healthy and glowing?

 

  1. Cleansers

 

If you’re using a wash or a foamy cleanser, trying Changing to a cream-based skincare cleanser during the winter months can help with dryness and sensitivity.

If you like that lovely, washed-clean feeling, don’t worry as you can still wash off the modern cleansers with water. But if you experience a lot of sensitivity or redness, why not try something new? Just take your cleanser off the old-fashioned way – with cotton wool. Try to avoid the water so you won’t ‘strip’ your skin. You will find that foamy cleanses will sometimes strip the skin of natural oils, making your barrier more impaired and making your skin more sensitive.

 

  1. Serums

 

Change your skincare serum from a lightweight texture during winter to one that is oil-based. Look out for ingredients in your skincare such as rosehip oil. This is a brilliant oil for the winter skin as it’s high in Omega 3 and 6. It also contains vitamins A, E and C which are wonderful skincare ingredients and great antioxidants.

Vitamin B is also a great ingredient to have in your skincare serum at this time of year, as it helps to calm the skin and keep it hydrated. It’s also a brilliant ingredient for helping to repair your barrier.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural ingredient that is found in your natural skin moisture. This is a fantastic ingredient for holding water in your skin as it holds 1000 times its weight in water and so keeps your skin well hydrated during the winter months. This is a great ingredient not only for your serum but also for your skincare moisturiser.

 

  1. Moisturisers

 

Change to a slightly thicker, cream-based moisturiser for your skincare routine in the winter months if your skin is feeling dry. Look out for creams that are rich in ceramides. This will help maintains your skin’s healthy barrier function. As it keeps skin well-hydrated and supple as the weather gets colder in the winter months.  Try to avoid products containing paraffin, while these moisturisers might give your skin instant relief from dryness in the winter, they will make your skin lazy in producing its moisturising lipids. Meaning you will eventually start to feel you need to use more and more moisturiser or if you stop using it then it can make your skin drier.

 

If you want to read further about how to improve the texture of your skin and help change your skincare in the winter months  read my blog here

 

If you’re suffering from inflamed, dry skin and would like some extra advice on how is best for you to change your skincare during winter book a skin chat here.