Best Tips For Winter Skincare Routine

Nadia Ahmed October 22, 2021

The change of season from summer to winter brings with it a change in temperature, humidity, and air pressure. You may not realize it but your skin goes through these changing conditions too.

As the dryness of the cold weather penetrates deep through your skin’s surface, you’ll need to increase hydration by adding layers of moisture so that your skin can better fight the harsh climatic conditions.

In this article, we will explain the importance of having a winter skincare routine that is tailored to suit the changing weather.

Pick products suitable for your skin type!

Winter is a season that brings with it dry air and can be harsh on your skin. To prevent this, you should choose products suited to your skin type.


Those who have dry skin will need a moisturizer containing a lot of hyaluronic acid or glycerin so that your skin can retain moisture well, while those with normal or oily skin will fare well enough with a light moisturizer that quickly absorbs into the skin.

Use a serum to supplement your skincare routine!

Serums are concentrated formulations of essential ingredients to target specific problems, such as uneven skin tone, dehydration, and dullness caused by dry or rough skin. It can be used on top of your moisturizer and they help to add an extra layer of moisture.

It can be used under any skin type, either in place of or in addition to a moisturizer depending on the severity of your skin’s condition. Regardless, serums blend well with most skin types and give smooth and even results without leaving behind a sticky or oily residue.

Maintain a healthy and balanced diet!

What you eat also has an effect on your skin and the cold weather is the perfect time to ensure that your skin gets all of its daily nutrients. Make sure to eat plenty of foods rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables so that your skin can protect itself more effectively against free radicals that can damage skin cells.

How do I prepare my winter skin before makeup?

The colder weather can make your skin feel dry, rough, and itchy. Therefore, you’ll need to use a body cream before applying makeup so that your skin is supple enough for the foundation to sit well on top of it. Body creams are usually thicker than other moisturizers so they give an extra layer of moisture without being too greasy.

How do I take care of my skin after makeup?

Your skin can become flaky and your foundation may cake up in this dry weather. To avoid this, you should use a facial mist before applying makeup to seal in moisture. And give the appearance of supple, hydrated skin.

For moisturizing at night, wash off makeup with an oil-based cleanser, which can break down even the most stubborn of makeup products. Make sure to use a facial foaming net so that you don’t leave any residue on your skin. Finally, follow up with your usual moisturizer or night cream to give your skin enough hydration as you sleep.

For those who wear makeup throughout the day, you can apply a mist immediately after makeup is done to give your skin some “pick-me-up.”

Product recommendations for your winter skincare routine

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence:

A sunscreen with a “watery” texture that absorbs easily without leaving a sticky finish. It provides strong UV protection to the skin while keeping the skin hydrated.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer:

Formulated with snail secretion filtrate which helps create a moisture-rich environment to keep your skin healthy and resilient against dryness. It also contains baobab extract which reinforces the skin’s barrier for moisturized skin that lasts throughout the day.

LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control:

This contains Jeju green tea extract, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that also has antibacterial properties, which help to soothe stressed skin caused by environmental aggressors. Its oil-controlling formula prevents shine and leaves behind a fresh matte finish. It also contains honeysuckle flower extract which has skin-soothing properties for a clearer, more transparent complexion.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder:

This contains argan tree oil to help your skin stay hydrated while controlling sebum production. It also has a powdery finish that helps absorb excessive oiliness and gives a matte look.

The SAEM Chocopie Hand Cream, Green Tea & Vitamin E:

Delicious smelling hand cream with a rich but lightweight texture that absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky residue on your hands. It is formulated with green tea extract to moisturize dry hands, shea butter to help heal cracked skin, and vitamin E derivatives to provide antioxidant benefits.

Your winter skincare routine starts here!

– Make sure your skin is clean and free of makeup before starting your skincare routine. Use a toner after washing your face and apply essence/serum as your first step before following with a moisturizer.

– After applying your serum/essence, gently tap the skin so that it can be absorbed better. Then apply your eye cream, mouth cream, and hand cream in that order. Finish off with sunscreen if you are going to be outside for long periods of time.

– As the air gets colder, it’s important to regularly moisturize your skin throughout the day. Keep some hand cream in your bag so you can consistently re-apply as often as needed.

Some last tips for winter skincare

– If you don’t regularly use sunscreen during the summer months, now is the time to start applying sunscreen regularly.

– Start using a sleeping mask regularly. Oily skin types should use one with hyaluronic acid. While dry skin types should look for an aloe vera or honey-based mask.

– Keep your routine simple and pay close attention to the areas that are prone to showing signs of aging. Around the eyes, mouth, and forehead and any dry patches on your skin.

– Use a soft mist facial spray after completing your skincare routine to further hydrate your skin and lock in moisture throughout the day.

Winter skincare routines should focus on keeping your skin moisturized and protected from harsh environmental conditions. Starting a simple winter skincare routine with the right products will show you why they’re necessary as the air gets colder and dryer.