How to Adjust Your Skincare Routine for Winter 2021

Winter is already here, and with it comes the coldest months of the year. With colder temperatures comes the dryness that can wreak havoc on your skin if you’re not ready for it! Especially if you’re in and out of dry, heated offices and homes - these rapid changes in temperature can kick-start blotchy skin and visible dry patches. 

However, with the right tips and skincare products, your skin doesn’t have to feel (or get) all flaky and dry this winter! Here are our top suggestions on how to update your skincare routine for winter.

1) Make Oil a Must-Have

What makes facial oils super-special is the fact that they work as occlusives and emollients. In wintertime, your skin is especially vulnerable to trans-epidermal water loss - that is, water evaporating through the uppermost layer of your skin, leaving it feeling dry, flaky, and dehydrated. 

Facial oils - and body oils, for that matter - are going to be your secret weapon during the winter months! They’re not only excellent for locking in all the benefits of skincare ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, they also literally work as a shield between your skin and the drying outside environment to ensure your skin is radiant and moisturised, all winter long. 

L'occitane almond supple skin oil product image on white backgroundL’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil | $68
Don’t forget your body needs some TLC too! This body oil from L’Occitane keeps your skin smooth and supple from head to toe. 

2) Butter Yourself Up

Don’t neglect your skin from the neck down, either! Swapping out your body moisturiser for a heavier body butter or cream will go a long way to preventing that annoying winter itchy skin that’s so common during the colder months. Ingredients like Shea Butter are powerhouses for deeply moisturising and conditioning skin during the winter thanks to a unique makeup of fatty acids and antioxidants that deeply nourish your skin.

Another bonus of Shea Butter in the wintertime is that it’s great for literally everywhere on your body - dry cuticles? Shea butter. Dry heels? Shea butter. It’s an essential ingredient to reach for from top to toe to lock in moisture and banish dry skin all year long - but especially in the wintertime. 

Clarins Extra Firming Body CreamClarins Extra-Firming Body Cream | $82
This iconic body cream from Clarins helps to firm skin and instantly add radiance to dry, dull skin. 

3) Don’t Take Super Hot Showers

I know - there’s nothing better than running a hot shower or running a steamy bath to warm up on a cold winter’s day. The truth is, taking too hot of a shower or bath could actually be making your skin even drier! 

Very hot water can strip your skin of the natural oils that would normally condition it and lock in hydration. When you take those away with very hot water, your skin is left with nothing to defend itself against a dry winter environment - the perfect recipe for itchy, irritated skin.

The solution? Well, you don’t need to take cold showers like Wim Hof - just be mindful of the water temperature and don’t fall for the temptation of a super-hot shower.

Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream product image on white backgroundL’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra-Rich Body Cream | $63
Swap your lightweight lotion for this ultra-rich body cream from L’Occitane, fortified with Shea Butter. 

4) Apply Skincare While Your Skin Is Still Damp

This skincare tip is an absolute saviour for both face and body in the winter time! Applying skincare, especially hydrating and moisturising formulas to skin while it’s still damp is a life-changing tip - here’s why. 

Almost all body and face moisturisers are formulated with a blend of 3 types of moisturising ingredients - humectants, emollients, and occlusives. The reason you want your skin to be a little bit damp before applying moisturising skin care is because of the first kind - humectants. These molecules attract water to themselves, and as they sink into the epidermis, they bring that water into your skin - plumping it up full of hydration. 

When you apply a moisturiser over slightly damp skin, you basically make it’s job even easier at hydrating your skin - and during these dry winter months, keeping that hydration there is critical to avoiding itchy, scaly legs. Not that anyone might see them, but you’ll definitely feel them!

Guerlain Abeille Royale Watery Youth Oil product image on white backgroundGuerlain Abeille Royale Youth Water Oil | $206
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This ultra-light facial oil isn’t ultra-light in the moisturisation department - use it after your moisturiser or add a few drops to your moisturiser for a dewy glow. 

With these best skincare tips for winter, we hope we’ve helped you get your beauty affairs together this winter!

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