Winter is coming…and so is the inevitably parched, itchy skin that dry, cold air can bring. The drop in humidity, exposure to bitingly cold winds and indoor heating can all wreak havoc on our skin’s natural moisture, leading to a duller, drier complexion. But, the good news is that you don’t have to live with dry winter skin. Just a few changes to your skin care regimen can keep your skin healthy, hydrated and glowing all winter long. Check out our list of dry winter skin must-haves:
Cleanser: A fresh, clean face is a priority, even during the cold and dry months, but it’s important to stay away from certain ingredients. Cleansers with a percentage of salicylic acid are an effective way to exfoliate and keep breakouts at bay, but it’s a good idea to avoid it during the colder months. For maximum hydration benefits, go for cleansers that are creamier in consistency and work to soothe dry skin.
Try LovelySkin Luxe Gentle Cream Cleanser - LovelySkin Staff Favorite- Say goodbye to itchy, tight skin and hello to a hydrated, happy face! Dissolve makeup, dirt and debris while soothing the skin and maintaining skin’s moisture barrier. It’s formulated with meadowfoam seed extract and olive oil extract - both work to keep winter skin soft, smooth and oh so radiant.
Serum: Serums deliver high levels of skin rejuvenating active ingredients to your skin, so don’t skip them in the winter months. But, choosing a winter serum with a high content of hyaluronic acid is key in keeping skin hydrated and youthful. It pulls double duty by helping your skin retain its natural moisture and by pulling in even more hydration to the skin from the air.
Try SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator - Multiply the moisture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with this ultra-hydrating serum that features five forms of hyaluronic acid. VITISENSCE technology works to support your skin’s natural ability to stay hydrated, a peptide complex supports skin rejuvenation and plankton extract promotes healthy looking skin, making it perfect for nourishing parched winter skin!
Moisturizer: Winter is your moisturizer’s time to shine! Choosing the right one is key in keeping dry skin hydrated and healthy all winter long. Go for a blend of lipids and ceramides to repair your skin and help maintain moisture balance.
Try SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2- Support your skin’s natural ability to heal with this luxuriously rich moisturizer packed with 2% ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids. This unique ratio or lipids works to restore the skin’s moisture barrier and hydrates for 24 hours, kicking dry skin to the curb.
Hydrating Treatment: Is there anything more comforting and soothing than a good face mask? Take refuge from the frigid air, cozy up by the fire and treat your skin to a soothing face mask. Indulge in a mask treatment often for deeper reparative benefits.
Try Avene Soothing Moisture Mask- This non-setting mask is a lifesaver for dehydrated, dry, sensitive or stressed-out skin. Within minutes, soothing ingredients deeply penetrate the skin, for a complexion that is supple and soft, with a renewed radiance.
Body: Don’t just focus on your face! Give your whole body a deeper dose of hydration by switching to a richer moisturizer during the winter months.
Try La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream - Give extra dry winter skin a much needed drink of water with this comforting body cream. It’s formulated with Prebiotic Thermal Water and niacinamide, which work in sync to restore and preserve your skin’s natural moisture balance and increase the circulation of the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It’s also fortified with shea butter, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Quick fix: Everyone needs a winter skin quick-fix solution in their back pocket. When a patch of dry skin pops up (and it inevitably will), a go-to healing balm can be a lifesaver.
Try FixMySkin Healing Body Balm- Heal irritated skin fast with this ultra-versatile healing balm, formulated by LovelySkin’s own Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son Daniel. It’s perfect for relieving symptoms caused by eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis or simply to soothe any patch of dry skin. It contains 1% hydrocortisone to heal dryness and itch and fortified with shea and cocoa butter to hydrate and maintain skin’s moisture barrier. This healing balm is a winter must-have!
Have you tried any of our winter skin care favorites? Let us know what you think in the comments!