Winter is here. No, we are not talking Game of Thrones, people. What we are talking about today is how to take care of dry skin in winter to make sure that it stays as glowy and hydrated as ever.
Now skin needs a consistent routine throughout the year, but the texture of the products used in different seasons should change. Today, we will focus on what to do when it gets cold out there.
Day routine: Hydrate and protect
The staple of any day routine is cleansing, hydrating and protecting. In winter though, you should tailor the steps of your trustworthy Korean skincare plan to colder temperatures. This means switching lighter textures for thicker ones and choosing ingredients that are more on the oil and butter side, rather than water-based. This is because the skin loses moisture in the cold and having a cream that is mostly composed of water might actually make evaporation easier. We definitely don’t want to lose any more water than we normally would.
And of course, no day routine would be complete without a 30 SPF or higher. Some people might think that since the sun is not as strong in winter, SPF is an unnecessary step. But the truth is, the sun’s rays and UVA exposure are as strong in winter as in summer. Ever seen pictures of people who went skiing and got their whole face burned, even at freezing temperatures? Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about. So, SPF is non-negotiable, but you can choose the texture you prefer. A thicker one will complement thicker creams perfectly and will make you feel like your skin is wrapped up and cozy and ready to take on the day.
Night routine: Detox and replenish
Now even with the most careful skincare plan, it is normal for skin to lose some moisture and to pick up lots of dirt and grime during the day, especially if you live in a big city. Ever tried a glycolic peel on a cotton pad? If the answer is yes, you will know how much gunk can still be left on your face even after cleansing. So, the night routine should all be aimed at detoxing your skin from everything it might have picked up during your daily adventures and replenishing lost moisture. How? A gentle chemical peel is ideal in winter. Use AHA acids, like glycolic. These are actually way better at making sure that your skin will use its own water reserves in a more efficient way in the future. However, if you have acne-prone skin, BHA, like salicylic acid, will work wonders to clean up the pores and detox your skin. Just make sure to use them gently; you don’t want to stress out your skin even more.
Next step? Now that your skin is cleansed and all the impurities have been removed, it’s time for a replenishing mask, maybe even one you can sleep in. This step is up to you: You can either choose to wear a sheet mask for 30 minutes, followed by a creamy nourishing night moisturizer, or head straight for a night sleep mask and get your ZZZs.
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What do you think? Ready to take on the winter months?