11 March 2021 (updated)

Winter Skin Care: Beauty Tips 101

Does your winter skin need a boost?

Winter skin can feel like sandpaper, and it can often be confusing to figure out which products to use when your skin is extra dry.  So when cold weather robs your face of hydration, it's important to find out the best method to treat it.

FamilyApp sat down with a panel of beauty experts from a Dyson Winter Well-Being event so you can be in-the-know on how to have healthy skin for the colder months. Read on for winter beauty tips to help your skin dazzle for the holidays.

Skincare Starts With Your Skin Type

In order to use the best skincare for your face, it's helpful to learn your skin type. Different moisturizers and serums will work better with different types of skin. Visiting a dermatologist or esthetician can help you determine what type of skin you have if you don't know for sure, but you will probably have dry, normal, combination, oily, or sensitive skin. But regardless of your skin type, the following tips can help us all looking our best during the winter months.

The Right Moisturizer is Critical for Winter Skin Beauty

During colder months, your pores can lack oil, making fine lines and wrinkles more visible. Make a plan to moisturize your face daily to maintain your winter beauty routine so you can look hydrated and not dried out.

Your face can be prone to flare-ups when the temperature drops, especially if you happen to suffer from eczema or psoriasis, skin conditions that cause cracked skin and intense dry patches.

Using a hyaluronic acid serum right after a shower can help your skin retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. Also, be sure to follow with a moisturizer to lock in the moisture in your skin. Extra lubricating treatment products can help combat lackluster skin, especially during the winter months.

Winter Skin Care Tips: Back to Basics

A beauty routine in winter doesn't have to be complicated. According to experts, if you don't know where to start, keep it simple. Start with these four basic steps for a skincare routine that will keep you looking dewy and youthful.

First, in the morning, splash your face with water. Then use a face cream that works for your skin type. Even in the dark winter, there are damaging UV rays, so it's critical that you wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 or more. Before you go to bed, you want to use the right cleanser to wash all your makeup and sunscreen away. Finally, hydrate your skin with a lotion or moisturizer.

The bare-bones evening routine should include using the right cleanser for your skin type to clean off all of your makeup and sunscreen from your skin, so it doesn't clog your pores. No matter how tired you are, cleaning your face at the end of the day is critical for glowing skin. After cleansing, moisturize your skin so it doesn't end up being tight, dry, and flaky, especially in cold weather.

Here are three more winter beauty tips to keep your skin fresh and youthful.

1. Exfoliate as Part of Your Winter Beauty Routine

Your face can be prone to flare-ups when the temperature drops, especially if you happen to suffer from eczema or psoriasis. These are two skin conditions that cause cracked skin and intense dry patches. But the right at-home skin treatment can minimize flare-ups and help parched skin absorb facial products.

"Exfoliating dry skin once a week can help lotions and serums absorb more effectively," says Shani Darden, Esthetician to the stars. Exfoliation is an easy step that can make your skin feel smooth. It's important to stay away from products that are overly abrasive or those containing walnuts shells which can cause tears in the skin. Stick to gentle exfoliants that simply remove dead skin cells but won't damage your skin.`

2. Take Care of Your Lips During the Winter

Combatting dry winter skin includes ultra-hydrating action steps to leave your lips feeling moisturized and nourished.

Aside from sloughing off dead skin cells to make way for easier absorption of serums and moisturizers, chapped lips can also cramp your winter beauty. Lip care is essential for a healthy skin routine. You can use the cult-favorite Aquaphor to protect your windblown lips from the damaging outdoor winter elements.

If you want to be fancy, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a high-end brand for an evening routine that leaves your lips feeling luxuriously nourished in the morning.

3. Incorporate a Serum Into Your Beauty Regimen

If you'd like to be more elaborate with your skincare, you can add an extra layer of care and prevention to your skin. In the morning, after cleansing your face with either water or a cleanser, you can use an alcohol-free toner to help close pores and prep skin for serums. Serums can treat the skin with active ingredients to help address specific skin concerns like age spots and fine wrinkles.

Vitamin C serum can be used after a toner to combat age spots and protect the skin against some damage. In addition, other serums like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C can maintain moisture in the skin and prevent damage. Furthermore, serums are lightweight moisturizers that contain more concentrated ingredients for a targeted beauty treatment.

Winter Weather Must-Haves

Regardless of whether you have sensitive skin or are lucky enough to claim naturally moist skin, nobody likes the dryness winter can bring. Look for fragrance-free products that won't irritate your skin like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. In addition, don't leave the house without a good quality lip balm like Burt's Bees Beeswax Balm so you can prevent chapped lips.

Finally, a high-quality sunscreen with at least SPF 30 like Coola SPF 30 will protect your skin from wrinkles and sun damage. Remember, all of the beauty treatments in the world won't prevent sun spots or other signs of aging if you're not protecting your skin from the sun. The sun can age years to your skin, even in cold weather. Most importantly, a lightweight moisturizing sunscreen is the biggest winter must-have to keep sunspots at bay and maintain a youthful look.

Winter Beauty Starts With You

The winter months require a solid skincare routine that keeps moisture in and dryness out so you can stay beautiful all year round. Lastly, don't skip on any of the steps of moisturizing, sun protection, and finally, cleansing away all of the day's external pollutants from your face so you can start fresh the next day. In the cold season, beautiful skin begins with you.

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