Sunsets after 8 p.m. and those summer beach days may be long gone, but that doesn't mean your glowing skinhas to go with them. To combat the harsh winter weather, your skincare routine needs to change with the season. And to help you keep your skin radiant, nourished, and totally smooth, we consulted dermatologists, makeup artists, and other skincare experts for their best tips and tricks. Read on to find out how you can have your best winter skin ever this year.
Set up a humidifier.
Look for a moisturizer with lactic acid.
"Most moisturizers act as a sort of greasy barrier that attempts to lock in moisture. Lactic acid acts instead as a humectant, which draws water into the skin," Minars explains. "This is beneficial because many of those who suffer from dry skinhave flare-ups in the affected regions due to this transepidermal water loss."
Emollients—moisturizers that smooth and soften the skin—are your winter skin's biggest ally. "Your skincare products should be more emollient in the winter and lighter in the summer in order to compensate for the effects of seasonal weather changes," says Elina Fedotova, celebrity esthetician and owner of Elina Organics Spas and Skincare. "In the Northern states where winter can be harsh, our skin is at a higher risk of becoming over-dried from intense winds outside and dry heat indoors. The blood vessels in your face and hands also become fragile from drastic temperature changes." Some of her favorite moisturizing ingredients include shea butter, castor oil, and avocado oil.
Practice the "two-minute rule" when moisturizing.
Once you find the right moisturizer, be sure to use it while following the "two-minute rule." "The 'two-minute rule' suggests applying your moisturizing lotion within two minutes of leaving the shower or bath each time you bathe," Minars explains. "This approach locks in the moisture before it has a chance to evaporate off your skin, which is the biggest reason patients get so frustrated in the winter."
Change up the rest of your skincare products, too.
Your moisturizer isn't the only thing in your medicine cabinet you need to reexamine. You should alternate all of your skincare products often, especially in the winter. "Your skin can become acclimated to a particular formula, and you will start becoming immune to it. In other words, you will notice the effectiveness of the product less and less," explains Fedotova. "To avoid this problem, you sometimes need to change your skin routine."
Use a hydration spray.
"Use any type of hydration spray or moisture mist to replenish the hydration in the skin," suggests makeup artist and skincare professional Leah Chavie. Bonus: Hydrating sprays can also help manage other winter beauty woes, like static and flyaway hairs.
Don't take long, hot showers.
Incorporate skin-polishing services into your routine.
Try herbal, protein-rich facials.
According to Fedotova, you should also "take advantage of herbal facials with organic botanicals, warm compresses, and skin-nourishing masks made with whole plant ingredients."
Wear an overnight moisturizing mask.
Don't be scared of waxes.
And don't shy away from exfoliating.
Give gua sha a shot.
So how does it work? "Gently scrape the gemstone tool across your neck and face to promote lymphatic drainage, decrease discoloration from sun damage and acne scarring, detox and depuff the face, and calm the nervous system," explains Smith. "This practice can also combat colds that attack the neck region."
Avoid overusing hyaluronic acid.
Add jojoba or avocado oil to your moisturizing routine.
Palmer also recommends "applying avocado oil to the face as a weekly mask." "It's rich in vitamins A, B, and E and a super hydrating humectant," she says.
Use grape seed oil on your skin.
Use a damp, clean face cloth to remove your cleanser.
Don't forget sunscreen.
Create a moisturizing regimen for your lips.
Avoid licking your lips.
Don't use powdered makeup.
Create a special skincare routine when traveling to a different climate.