13 Essential Winter Skin Care Tips That You Should Follow

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Julia Carroll, MD, FRCPC, Dermatologist
Written by Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

“To keep a warm heart in winter is the real victory”, they say. But to keep healthy skin in winter is the real challenge. If you are struggling to maintain your skin during winter, we have a few winter face care tips that help you maintain your skin’s moisture. Your skin loses the natural moisture, resulting in itchy and dry skin. In some cases, it can even lead to psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions (1). So, we have provided a list of 15 tips that can help you keep your skin care issues at bay during winter. Keep reading!

13 Skin Care Tips For Winters

1. Use Lukewarm Water

Use lukewarm water in winter

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It is very tempting to go for hot showers when the temperature is dipping. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face. Hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturize it immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema (2). Once you have taken a lukewarm shower, apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep the moisture barrier intact and prevent dryness.

2. Stay Hydrated 

Be it inside your home or outside, the air is drier in winter. And as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home (3). This will certainly keep your skin happy.

3. Choose Skin Care Products Wisely

Choose skin care products wisely in winter

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What kept your skin happy during summers can make it sad during winters. And that’s why you need to change your skin care products accordingly. The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild skin care products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturizers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. If you have acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help in repairing the moisture barrier of your skin (4).

Avoid masks and peels, astringent lotions, and any product that contains alcohol as they make your skin dry during the winter.

4. Protect Your Skin

You need to protect your skin from the cold wind or snow or rain if you are stepping out in winter. So, wear gloves and caps and do not forget your sunscreen lotion. The warm sun rays feel pleasant, but the UV rays can still damage your skin a lot. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

5. Do Not Exfoliate Your Skin A Lot

Do not exfoliate your skin a lot in winter

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Exfoliating the skin helps in getting rid of dead cells. You have to be careful during winters because your skin barrier is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather. Exfoliating your skin once a week is fine – this helps in boosting skin regeneration and better product absorption (5). Also, you should exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, exfoliate your skin lightly. If you have combination and oily skin, once a week is fine.

6. Don’t Forget The Hands 

The skin on your hands has fewer oil glands as compared to the skin on any other body part. That’s why moisture escapes from your hands quickly, making them prone to cracks and itchiness. Apply a moisturizer before you go out.

7. Care For Your Feet

Tips to care for your feet in winter

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Choose glycerin-based creams and petroleum jelly to moisturize your feet (6).  Also, make sure you exfoliate the skin on your feet occasionally so that it can absorb the moisturizer easily.

8. Do Not Wear Wet Clothes For Too Long 

This will irritate your skin further and cause itchiness. Walking and playing in the snow is fine, but make sure you remove the wet socks, pants, and gloves as soon as possible.

9. Avoid Anything That Irritates The Skin

Avoid anything that irritates the skin in winter

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Follow this if you have persistent skin issues like eczema. Winter skin is extremely fragile, and exposure to allergens can trigger your symptoms. Many people are allergic to wool but cannot resist the temptation to wear their winter knits. If this is the same scenario with you, always choose winter wear that is made from high-grade wool. If possible, go for winter wear made from cotton.

10. Don’t Ditch The Sunglass

This is especially for those who live in places where it snows heavily. The glare from the sun and snow can harm the skin around your eyes and cause brownspots, fine lines, and other issues. So, whenever you step outside, make sure that you wear good quality UV protected sunglasses, preferably with wide arms.

11. Follow A Daily Skin Care Routine

Follow a daily skin care routine in winter

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It doesn’t need to be elaborate. Here’s a very basic and simple skin care routine that anyone can follow to keep their skin happy during the winter. Cleanse your skin once or twice a day, preferably in the morning and before going to bed. After washing your face in the morning, apply a light daily moisturizer to lock the moisture in. And at night, use a heavy moisturizer or overnight cream. This should be done on damp skin because just-washed skin absorbs moisture better.

12. Take Care Of Your Diet

Consume a lot of seasonal fruits and veggies (7). Berries are exceptional sources of vitamins and antioxidants that your skin needs to stay healthy during the cold weather. Strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, or cherries – pick anything you love. Also, if you think that you are missing out on the hydration part (limited water intake), you can cover that up with fruits, veggies, and other food items such as soups, salads, juices, and milk. In this way, your body will get the nutrients to keep the skin healthy.

13. Exercise

Exercise for skin care in winter

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Yes! I know it’s hard to leave the warmth and coziness of the blanket behind and get moving on a chilly winter morning. But do it if you love your skin. Exercise will pump up your heart rate, which in turn, pumps more blood to your organs and skin.

During the winter, the oil and sweat glands in your body and the blood vessels constrict a bit. This makes it hard for your skin to keep itself healthy and glowing naturally, and that’s why it needs your help. These tips are not difficult to follow, and you can easily include them in your daily routine.

As winter arrives, most people, especially those who have dry skin, get worried that their skin will become dry and flaky in the chilly weather. If you are having trouble keeping your skin moisturized during this season, the winter face care tips listed above may be of assistance. Remember that diet, exercise, and staying hydrated play an important role in keeping your skin looking fresh. Following these tips and hacks will help your skin stay healthy and glowing. However, if you still experience dryness, irritation, or discomfort after following these healthy skin guidelines, consult a dermatologist for medical treatment.

Sources

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  1. The Winter Season Affects More Severely the Facial Skin than the Forearm Skin: Comparative Biophysical Studies Conducted in the Same Japanese Females in Later Summer and Winter
    https://www.karger.com/article/Abstract/47989
  2. Eczema and Bathing
    https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/bathing/
  3. The effect of air humidification on symptoms and perception of indoor air quality in office workers: a six-period cross-over trial
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1540009/
  4. Skin hydration is significantly increased by a cream formulated to mimic the skin’s own natural moisturizing systems
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6197824/
  5. Exfoliative Skin-peeling Benefits from This Procedure and Our Experience
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4720453/
  6. Moisturisers for the treatment of foot xerosis: a systematic review
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5297015/
  7. Plant-Based Foods for Skin Health: A Narrative Review
    https://www.jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(21)01433-7/fulltext
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