Winter is fast approaching for the Southern Hemisphere and while we typically don’t experience snow or icy conditions, it can certainly get cold. This can is bad news for your skin.
I don’t do well with cold weather and neither does my skin or body. In the past I have even experienced chilblains and broken dry skin. That is from living in Sydney, Australia so you can imagine how I would hold up in colder climates!
With this in mind, I have listed below several skin and body products that will help you fight the cold this winter and keep your skin plump and moisturised.
Must-Have Products For Your Winter Skincare Routine
A good hand cream is absolutely essential for winter. If you are already dealing with cracked and dry hands from hand sanitiser and extra washing, then dry and cold winter air will do you no favours.
I personally suffer from extremely dry hands, so I cannot go without a good hand cream. I keep it on me quite literally everywhere; my bedside table, my desk at work, and in the car.
Hydrating Face Oil
The colder months are a great reason to integrate a hydrating face oil into your skin care routine. They can be applied before a moisturiser or night cream to provide an extra boost of hydration. Not only will it look so good, it feels great — the post-facial feeling.
Those with already oily or acne-prone skin might want to give this oil-based product a pass but other skin types will find this beneficial to lock in some extra moisture.
I would also recommend those using facial oils in their skin routine to consider purchasing a silk pillowcase. They are less apt to absorb moisture from your skin, meaning your products won’t be wasted on keeping your pillows youthful.
Dry Body Oil
Winter can often have you neglecting areas of your body; forgetting to shave your legs or going weeks without a pedicure. So, it’s important to ensure your skin doesn’t fall into this trap. Try using an effective body oil to ensure those often forgotten parts of your body don’t become dry, coarse, or even cracked.
This is where dry oils can be perfect. They locked in skin moisture without the sticky post-massage feeling. Some body oil products, while they might smell great and initially feel great, can end up ruining your clothes or make it uncomfortable to sleep in.
Try either of these two options to achieve supple, silky skin.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
If you haven’t already added some form of Hyaluronic Acid into your skincare routine by now, this would be a great time to start.
It is really an all year round essential but will be your most-loved skin product throughout the colder winter period. Why? Well, hyaluronic acid is the OG when it comes to hydration. It works by holding water in your skin to keep it plump and hydrated. The result is radiant and moisture-rich skin.
In short – get this into your skin care routine ASAP!
Vitamin C Serum
The key benefit of using a Vitamin C serum is its brightening and lightening properties. We are likely to experience dull and dry skin more throughout the winter months.
This is why Vitamin C can be a great addition to your winter skincare routine. Applied topically to the skin can help to deliver a brighter and more radiant complexion.
I would recommend it all year round, but if you are after a product or treatment that will noticeably improve your winter skin, then this is a great option.
I am rounding off this list with a moisturiser, as we couldn’t talk about dry skin winter skin fixes without it.
What I expect in a moisturiser is a hit of hydration to my skin. Not something that is going to melt off your face (and take your makeup with it too), but something that will leave your skin plump and well-hydrated while being quick-drying.
FAQs on Winter Skincare
How can we protect our skin in winter?
To put it simply, hydrating and moisturising.
Here are some simple tips to keep our skin in shape this winter:
- Consider a humidifier for at-home moisture
- Use thicker moisturising products on your hands and face
- Drink plenty of water
- Wash your hands with cold/lukewarm water
Why is my skin so dry in the winter?
I often ask this myself as my skin suffers so much in the colder months.
There are a number factors that contribute to drying out your skin in winter months.
The low humidity both indoors (heaters) and outdoors creates the perfect conditions to worsen dry skin. Additionally, we tend to enjoy hot and long showers, which dries the skin out further.
As mentioned, above in the winter months it is so easy to forget certain parts of your body. You are not moisturising or applying sunscreen like you would in summer. This can contribute to your skin drying out through the colder seasons.
There are many things to love about winter, but cold, dry and cracked skin is not one of them!
Hopefully, the above tips have helped you understand both why we get dry skin in colder months and how to fight it!