Winter Skin Products
Just like your wardrobe, skin care is seasonal, which means what works in the summer will likely leave your skin dry, flaky, and begging for mercy come the cold months. (And bad skin is never a good thing at the office.) To avoid that, make a few changes as the temperatures drop. Your skin will thank you.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. All skin types—dry, oily, combination—produce less oil in the winter. Combine that with colder temperatures, lower humidity, and dry indoor heat and you’ve got all the makings for extremely itchy, irritated, dehydrated skin. The solution? Moisturize twice as much as you do during the warmer months—and make it count with heavy-duty, nourishing ingredients. Unless you’re acne-prone, switch from a water-based to an oil-based facial moisturizer (it has more staying power) with hydrating ingredients like glycerin, lanolin, lavender, or almond oil. Also, consider cutting back on products containing alpha-hydroxy acid, which may be too irritating. For the body, ultra-emollient creams with shea butter or petrolatum are ideal, especially for dry or cracked areas like hands and heels. And don’t forget the lips: A balm helps keep them chap-free in windy, cold conditions.
Skip the soap. Using regular soap to wash your face can be very drying at any time of the year, but it’s especially harsh during the colder months—and more so if you use any sort of anti-acne products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. A gentle face wash with soothing ingredients like aloe, milk, or calendula, will replenish moisture instead of stripping it away—and allow you to continue acne treatments.
Shower smartly. On a chilly morning, it’s more tempting than ever to linger in a steamy, hot shower, but you’re actually robbing your skin of vital moisture. Try to shower in 10 minutes or less and in warm—not hot—water (hotter water evaporates more quickly and removes more of the skin’s natural oils in the process). Use a hydrating shower gel like and always moisturize while skin is still damp.
Abstain from alcohol. Toners are great in the summer to control excess oil but are generally unnecessary—and overly drying due to their alcohol content—during the colder months. Antibacterial gels and wipes can be problematic for the same reason. Cut back or stop using them altogether.