7 Ways to Winterize your Skin
While you might love a winter wonderland, your skin certainly doesn’t. With those icy winds and subzero temperatures, you’ve got to prepare for some serious climate baggage. Otherwise, you might get stuck with the tell-tale signs of winter-struck skin: dryness, redness, fine lines, enlarged pores — the list goes on. Fortunately, we gathered advice from the top dermatologists in Beverly Hills for expert tips on weather proofing your routine. Here are 7 ways to protect your skin in winter conditions.
1. Use a hydrating eye cream
2. Don’t forget about toner
Moisture matters but so does the basic skin hack of all: a clean face. You’d be shocked about how much leftover residual dirt, oil and makeup lingers on your face — even after cleansing. That’s one of the many reasons we use a toner.
During winter weather, as your skin evaporates water more quickly, you might notice more patchiness and flaking. “Without proper toning, you’re leaving layers and layers of dead skin cells and buildup on the surface of the skin,” explains Beverly Hills-based Dermatologist Dr. Stuart Kaplan. Toner also works to soothe and soften the skin with calming botanicals — look for healing ingredients like Algae, Reishi Mushroom and Herbal Placental extract.
3. Use a gentle cleansing milk
Cleansers can be your skin’s saving Grace or worst enemy — it depends on the formula. Harsh chemical cleansers (especially ones formulated for acne) can make your skin even more stressed and reactive during winter.
You want to avoid layering products that contain active ingredients, like Salicylic acid and Alpha-hydroxy acid, as these ingredients can suck moisture from your skin. Although these acids can help clear acne, people with sensitive skin can’t handle them. Instead, “Look for products that contain key moisturizing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, and panthenol, all of which help maintain moisture,” suggests Dr. Harold Lancer — dermatologist to celebs like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez. These ingredients help balance your skin’s moisture barrier to gently remove dirt and debris.
4. Upgrade your moisturizer
5. Use a moisturizing mask
Does your skin need a boost? A moisturizing mask injects your skin with a much-needed surge of moisture.
“Look for one that has soothing ingredients like chamomile, and hydrating ones, like grape-seed or flaxseed oil,” says Dakar.
Or if you need a more intense skin rehabilitation, choose a mask that contains Seabuckthorn Berry and Herbal Placental Extract. “This will relieve irritated skin while also adding hydration to dry patches,” adds Dakar. By focusing on a strategic combo of calming and nourishing ingredients, you'll revitalize and protect your skin in winter conditions.
For best results, do a mask treatment two to three times a week to maintain your glow.
6. Start using a vitamin-rich serum
With less sunlight, our bodies experience a drop in vitamin D — a nutrient that’s vital to healthy glowing skin, reports National Geographic. To pick up the slack, you should use a vitamin C serum, which works in synergy with vitamin D to boost circulation and restore nutrients to lift dull, tired skin.
7. Cheat with luminizing bronzer