What Skin Care Routine to Follow this Winter ?


Published on December 05, 2023, by Astrid

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Winter is characterized by weather conditions that can affect the skin: cold, wind, lack of light... These elements put the skin barrier to the test, often causing dehydrated or dry skin, and a dull complexion. In the face of these challenges, adopting a suitable winter routine is essential. This routine is not limited to the products we use to increase our skin’s level of moisture (oils, serums, creams). It also includes daily habits to boost blood circulation, hydration, and overall well-being.


Your Skin During the Winter

In winter, the skin undergoes temperature and humidity variations. Cold and wind, in particular, cause vasoconstriction, reducing the supply of nutrients and oxygen to skin cells. Specific winter skin issues can include:

Dehydration: Cold and dry air tends to dehydrate the skin, making it dry, dull, and uncomfortable. Dehydration can cause tightness and itching on the face and the body.

Dryness: The skin can become dry and rough in winter due to moisture loss, leading to dry patches, flaking, and cracks, especially on hands, legs, and feet.

Increased Sensitivity: Cold and wind can make the skin more sensitive, prone to redness and irritations. Sensitive skin may react more strongly in winter.

Chapping: Lips and exposed skin areas like cheeks, ears, and hands are prone to chapping in the cold.

Dull Complexion: Skin may appear dull and lackluster in winter due to reduced vitamin D intake and limited sun exposure.

Acne: In some people, cold weather can trigger acne outbreaks due to increased sebum production to compensate for dehydration.

Adapting your beauty routine is necessary to prioritize specific care that protects the skin from these discomforts.

Your Skin During the Winter

The Ideal Skincare Routine to Fully Enjoy Winter

To mitigate the unwanted effects of winter on your skin, look for richer moisturizers with soothing textures. Also, look for gentle formulations that won't harm already sensitized skin.

The Essential Steps of a Winter Skincare Routine

Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild, soap-free, sulfate-free cleanser, like The Cleansing Emulsion, to remove dust, makeup, and impurities without drying the skin. Avoid using hot water, which can further dehydrate the skin.

Exfoliation: Reduce the frequency of exfoliation. Once a week with a gentle exfoliant may suffice to eliminate dead skin cells and promote cell renewal.

Hydration: Use a slightly richer moisturizer in winter to retain moisture. Opt for rich creams, like The Cream, or textured lotions that help prevent water loss.

Serum: Apply a hydrating serum to strengthen the skin barrier. Serums containing hyaluronic acid, like The Serum, are particularly effective in retaining moisture, boosting, and plumping the skin.

Targeted Care: Use products specific to the skin's needs, such as eye creams, anti-aging treatments, or products for sensitive skin. Using a nourishing mask once a week can also be beneficial.

Lip Care: Protect your lips with a moisturizing lip balm to prevent chapping.

Sun Protection: Wear sunscreen even in winter, especially if you plan to travel to mountainous areas. Skin is always exposed to UV rays, and snow reflection can increase exposure.

Don’t forget to nourish the skin on your body. Thick creams, body butters, or dry oils are perfect for good winter hydration. Apply them immediately after showering when the skin is still slightly damp to seal in moisture.

Choosing the Right Products

In winter, as always, the daily skin care regimen should be adapted to each skin type (if in doubt, consult our article describing the different skin types).

Dry Skin: Prioritize highly moisturizing and nourishing care. Olive oil or shea butter are excellent allies.

Oily Skin: Look for products that help regulate excess sebum without drying out the skin.

Combination Skin: Choose specific care that addresses each area of the face. For example, a light moisturizer for the T-zone and a richer one for the cheeks.

Normal Skin: Focus on gentle and soothing products, slightly more hydrating than usual.

Don't forget to adapt these tips to the specific needs of your skin condition.

The Ideal Skincare Routine to Fully Enjoy Winter

Additional Tips for a Good Winter Skincare Routine

In addition to choosing a skincare routine, some daily habits can positively or negatively affect the quality of your skin. Here are some more general tips.

What to Avoid to Take Care of your Skin:

Neglecting internal hydration: Good skin hydration also comes from within. It is crucial to drink enough water every day.

Using hot water to wash your face: Because it attacks the hydrolipid film, this practice can actually cause the skin to become drier.

Drying your face too harshly: Such a practice can damage the skin and harm its hydration levels.

Neglecting levels of humidity: Heating tends to dry out the surrounding air. Our advice to avoid this inconvenience: place a small bowl of water near all radiators.


Tips to Help your Skin stay Hydrated in Winter:

Regulate the temperature indoors: Avoid overheating. A temperature of about 20°C is ideal to prevent skin dryness.

Switch your bath routine: Prefer warm showers to hot baths, they can dehydrate the skin.

Focus on a balanced diet: A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants can contribute to healthy skin.

Massage your skin regularly: Massaging the skin is the best way to stimulate blood flow and provide it with the nutrients it needs.

Our final tip: make your routine a real cocooning moment. This will add a touch of comfort during the cold and rainy months while helping you maintain radiant skin despite winter.

Additional Tips for a Good Winter Skincare Routine