Cold weather, low humidity, and indoor heating can all have a drying effect on your skin, so it’s important to adapt your routine to keep your skin hydrated and protected.
Here are some tips for adjusting your skincare routine for winter:
Moisturise more: Use a heavier, more emollient moisturizer to combat dryness. Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and squalene, as they help to attract and retain moisture in the skin.
Protect your skin: Cold weather can be harsh on the skin, so it’s important to provide an extra layer of protection. Consider using a moisturizer with SPF during the day to shield your skin from the sun’s rays, even in winter.
Avoid very hot water: Hot showers and baths can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Opt for lukewarm water instead and limit your bathing time. Afterward, gently pat your skin dry and apply moisturiser while the skin is still slightly damp to seal in moisture.
Use gentle cleansers: Switch to a mild, creamy cleanser that won’t strip away the skin’s natural oils. Avoid harsh, drying cleansers and opt for products that are fragrance-free and gentle on the skin. Look for oil-based cleansers or cleansers that have hydrating ingredients like aloe vera or ceramides.
Exfoliate gently: Exfoliation is still important, but avoid harsh scrubs or chemical exfoliants that can further irritate dry winter skin. Opt for a gentle exfoliating product once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Look for products with mild exfoliating agents like lactic acid or fruit enzymes. One of our favourites is ASAP Liquid Platinum with Glycolic Acid which gently exfoliates and hydrates.
Hydrate from within: Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration helps to keep your skin healthy and moisturized from the inside out.
Author: Dr Jenny Kimmins, Specialist General Practitioner, AHPRA Registration MED0001139942