As the seasons change, so should your skincare regimen. How you tend to your skin in the summer should be different during the colder months.
If you’re still using the same cleanser you did back in August, it’s time to change it up! We teamed up with Dr. David E. Bank, the founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, to share the best ways to care for your skin this winter.
1. Change your cleanser
We tend to lean towards oil-stripping foaming cleansers in the summer but during the cold, dry winter, use a cream-based cleanser instead. According to Dr. Bank, it’ll leave your hydration levels intact.
We recommend the Gentle Skin Cleanser from Cetaphil.
2. Wear a night cream
A day cream is always recommended for your skin but add a night cream in the winter.
There are a lot of advantages to wearing a night cream that far surpass things only a day cream can do. Night cream tends to absorb better and more deeply into our skin at night since it isn’t conflicting with any other products. Just make sure your night cream is appropriate for your skin type.
If you need a lot of hydration, using a hydrating night cream can do the “hard work” for you overnight so it won’t disturb your makeup during the day.
We’re currently loving the night creams from Burt’s Bees!
3. Get an exfoliator
To get rid of dead skin, dab on a gentle micro-grain scrub or apply a light peel once a week to get rid of flaky and dry skin.
We recommend the Fruit Enzyme Scrub from MyChelle!
4. Use a body balm
Don’t forget about the rest of your body! Even though it’ll be covered up until spring, it still needs some TLC. Dr. Bank recommends you moisturize with a thicker lotion than you would use in the summer. A thicker formula binds to the skin, holds in water, and prevent irritation.
Be sure to get a balm that lists water as its first ingredient and that has ingredients meant to soften the skin such as Shea butter. We really like the Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop.
5. Wear lip balm
Lips can become very dry in winter. Use a protective nourishing balm to lock in moisture. Red raspberry seed oil and mango butter are two ingredients which will nourish and protect lips. Like sunblock for the rest of your skin, your lip balm should be SPF 15 or higher.
Don’t forget re re-apply often!
For more tips from Dr. Bank, be sure to read his book, Beautiful Skin – Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age!
What are your favorite products to use in the winter? Let us know in the comments below!