Written by: Gaurika Gupta
Winters are intense and with that dry air comes the onset of dry skin too. Those feel good gel moisturizers and charcoal masks that were perfect for you in September might not be good enough in this cold, intense weather and constant exposure to unnatural heat isn’t helping us either. All the moisture and natural oils are pulled from our skin. These conditions can also cause skin sensitivity, redness, and irritation. So let’s see what you can add to your skin care routine to bring that moisture back.
Below are a few recommended products by us that can help you regain that flawless skin.
1. Shift from cleanser to a balm, oil or cream cleanser.
Those foamy, fluffy cleansers must be satisfying to apply but they are no good for our skin. Salicylic acid-based cleansers are great at removing dirt and oil, but contain sulfates that can be more drying than other cleansers. To maintain the moisture of our skin, cleanser balms, creams and oils can effectively wash your skin and balance the moisture at the same time.
2. Invest in a good exfoliator
The benefits of exfoliation when done right are no secret. Gentle exfoliation can help remove dirt and dead skin, leaving behind more glowy skin. But remember don’t over do it!
While exfoliating can help brighten your skin by removing dead cells, overdoing it can damage your outer skin layer, leading to dryness and irritation.
3. Try using cream instead of lotion based moisturizer
The cardinal rule of this skincare routine is providing moisture to the skin, so this step is very essential. A lighter, water-based moisturizer must have been enough to satisfy you during summers but that’s not enough for winter skin. An ideal winter moisturizer should have humectants, Emollients and occlusives.
4. Try to layer your skin
Not that we are comparing skincare with clothing, but it’s the best way to explain. So just like you add layers to your body to keep you warm and cozy, your skin requires the same prevention from dryness. A good way to follow this is to start with the lighter layer first, this can also help you address multiple skin issues at the same time. Some of the recommended ingredients you can add to your layering can be ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, bakuchiol, and botanical oils. When applied together they can provide you a soothing feeling on the redness and dry skin. And please don’t forget to apply your SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.
5. Sleeping mask
The last step for your perfect night routine can be a sleeping mask. Sleeping masks can help lock in all those serums, creams, and oils that were applied by you on your skin before going to bed. If you are sleeping in a room with heat on, pair your overnight mask with a humidifier to further lock in the moisture.
Let us know if you liked our suggestions and if you plan on adding any of these products to your night skin care routine.
We would love to hear back from you!