Winter is a season notorious for its dry and cold weather. The sight of snow can be quite soothing however the combination of cold and dry is not the best for our skin. This is why you should revamp your skincare routine in the winter. Just as you wear more sunscreen during the summer there are essential steps to add to your skincare routine during the colder months. Here are ten essential steps for your winter skincare routine.

  1. No more hot baths – Yes, the warm or scalding waters might be a refuge after a cold day but they do more harm than good. Hot baths or hot showers tend to strip your skin of its natural moisture. You might be able to get away with this in the summer when it’s hot and sweaty but you need this natural moisture in the winter. The natural moisture will help protect your skin from becoming dry and brittle. However, if you must have a warm bath keep it short, 15 minutes maximum and make sure the water temperature is lukewarm. If you can go without warm showers, then do.
  1. Moisturize – If you have naturally oily skin you should still purchase a moisturizer. It can be water-based or oil-based but water-based ones tend to be better and cause fewer side effects. Moisturize twice a day and don’t forget to include your neck when moisturizing. Moisturizing helps your skin stay soft, supple, and most importantly, moisturized.
  1. Drink more water – This is not an actual part of your skincare routine but rather your daily routine. You have to stay moisturized in more ways than one. Drink enough water because it’s good for your gut, your digestion, and your skin. During winter, the pimples tend to be painful and under the skin. You can easily reduce the chances of this by staying hydrated.
  1. Don’t forget your lips – Invest in a good chapstick and exfoliate your lips regularly. Your lips are usually the first place to be affected during the colder weather. Avoid cracked and dry lips by applying chapstick regularly and exfoliating your lips.
  1. Use SPF Sunscreen – Sun Protection Factor sunscreen is important all year long. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there are no UV rays.
  1. Layer Up – Make sure you wear a beanie that covers your ears and a scarf that protects your neck. A lot of people tend to neglect their necks and ears in their skincare routine and you shouldn’t. They are also important.
  1. Face Masks – If you’re not a fan of drinking lots of water try using hydrating face masks to keep your face moisturized.
  1. Don’t forget to use hand creams – Even if you’re wearing a glove, your hands are important and they should be moisturized frequently. Purchase a portable bottle of hand cream and apply it regularly.
  1. Eat Healthily – The fastest and most secure route to clear skin lies in your diet. Avoid foods that make you break out. Opt for more whole foods and exercise regularly.
  1. Make sure you have a daily skincare routine – These tips will not give you swift and stable results if you do not have a skincare routine. You don’t have to exfoliate daily however you must moisturize daily. Ensure you have a daily skincare routine.