A winter skincare routine for glowing skin from top to toe
Stay warm, stay radiant.
Cold winter temperatures herald cosy knits, gooey toasted marshmallows and après ski chic. However, it’s also the toughest season on our skin. The combination of drying indoor heating and the chilly outdoor air often results in dehydrated, irritated, flaky, inflamed, dull skin–often all at the same time. But, with a few simple changes to your skincare routine, your skin will glow all winter long.
Read on for a head-to-toe winter skincare routine for hydrated, radiant skin.
The coldest months of the year are also the most dehydrating. Snuggling up close to heaters and heading outdoors in the cold, dry air draws moisture out of the skin, so it feels and looks parched, flaky and often inflamed. To combat these dehydrating wintry elements, it’s essential to protect and hydrate the skin.
If you usually use a lightweight lotion moisturiser, switch to a cream-based moisturiser to lock in hydration. If you use a serum in your skincare routine, opt for a serum packed with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. A serum and/or moisturiser formulated with antioxidants is also a great winter skincare option. Free radical damage can lead to skin dryness so calling on antioxidants that combat free radicals is a winter skin saviour.
For oily or acne-prone skin, seek out a non-comedogenic cream moisturiser that will hydrate without clogging your pores.
For oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin: Gracious Minds Green Genes Hydrating Cream
For normal to dry skin: Mukti Marigold Hydrating Crème
For dry/mature skin: Bondi Skin Co. Hyaluronic Acid Serum
All skin types: Mukti Antioxidant Facial Serum
In winter, it’s important to keep up your regular morning and evening cleansing routine. If you haven’t already made the switch during autumn to a cream, oil or milky cleanser, now’s the time. Seek out a gentle yet effective cleanser designed to thoroughly cleanse while also nourishing the skin. Antioxidants like wattleseed and nourishing ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, chamomile, and rosehip oil are great ingredients to look out for in a winter cleanser.
Try: Hunter Lab Lipid Vitamin Cleansing Oil
Peggy Sue Herbal Cleanser
Mukti Hydrating Cleansing Lotion
Regularly exfoliating is also key to keeping skin healthy in winter. When dead skin cells build up, skin can look dull and pores can get blocked. Sloughing off those dead skin cells with an exfoliator suited to your skin type and concern will assist with healthy, radiant skin during the winter months. However, if you usually exfoliate a couple of times of week, during winter, consider exfoliating just once a week. Skin may be more sensitive during winter and excess exfoliation can increase that sensitivity.
Try: Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant: Pink Grapefruit and Glucomannan Extract
Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Face Exfoliant
Take your vitamins
The winter sun is, of course, less harsh than those summer rays and this makes winter the perfect time to consider adding vitamin A, aka retinol, to your skincare line-up. Retinol is a skin superstar but as it may increase sun sensitivity, it’s best not to introduce it in the hot summer months. Winter though, with its cool climate and less harsh UV rays, is the perfect time to say hey to vitamin A. Learn how to include vitamin A (retinol) here, but remember, to start slow and always include an SPF when using retinol.
Try: Bondi Skin co. Vitamin A (Retinoid) Serum
Peggy Sue AM Vitamin Serum
Mukti Vitamin Booster Vital A Elixir
Winter sun care
Speaking of SPF, even when the rays are less harsh during winter, protecting your skin every day with an SPF is essential. If you’re outdoors enjoying winter snow sports, don’t forget to reapply your SPF throughout the day, including to your lips.
Try: We are Feel Good Inc Signature Sunscreen SPF 50+
Hunter Lab SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen
We Are Feel Good Inc Cocoa Lip Balm SPF 50+
Oils and masks
During winter, the goal is to keep skin hydrated as well as calm any seasonal-related inflammation. Adding a nourishing, hydrating face oil to your daily skincare routine as well as a once-weekly hydrating mask will help achieve these goals. Apply your facial oil of choice as the last step in your evening routine for a soothing moment of self-care. Many facial oils are formulated with botanical extracts that not only nourish and hydrate the skin but also calm the senses and the mind.
Try: Gracious Minds Microflora Intense Hydration Face Mask
Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil Omega 3-6-9
Peggy Sue PM Blue Tansy Oil
Chapped, flaky lips are part and parcel of winter, or… are they? Keep your lips plump, smooth and kissable with a nourishing lip balm designed to rehydrate chapped lips and plump up your pout. Apply frequently to lips, especially before heading outdoors.
Try: Imbibe Collagen Lips
Cannabella Hemp Jelly
Theseeke Kissy Kissy Lip Balm
Hidden under layers of warm clothing, the skin on the body tends to get a little neglected during the winter months. Scaly skin on the legs and elbows, along with cracked, dry hands are the scratchy, visible signs of winter skin. Dispatch those scales and cracks with a winter skincare routine for the whole body.
Nourish dry skin with a soothing body oil massaged directly onto the skin after showering or add a few drops to your bath for a calming evening soak. Apply hand cream morning and night and whenever your hands feel a little dry during the day with an on-the-go hand balm.
Finally, add a little extra winter glow into your skin with a sunless self-tanner.
Try: Peggy Sue Nora Beauty Oil
Arithmos Soothe Rose Geranium Superfine Body Oil
Three Warriors Gradual Tan
Leif Mini Hand Trio: Boronia, Buddha Wood and Kakadu Plum