Chapter 52: A Guide to Treating Dry Skin This Winter

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No matter what your skin type is, whether it’s normal, oily, combination or dry, it’s important to use products that provide nourishment during winter. Our skin is more prone to dryness during the colder months due to lower humidity and increased use of indoor heating, plus the cold and dry air can also speed up moisture loss.

If you want to get through winter with healthy and hydrated skin, it’s best to switch things up in your routine. Here’s a guide to treating dry skin this winter and how you can defend your skin from the cold: 

Step 1: Switch to a hydrating cleanser

Start by adding a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. If a cleanser leaves your skin feeling tight or dry after cleansing, then that’s a sign that you need to switch your cleanser. 

To keep your skin clean and hydrated throughout winter, try ROVECTIN’s Skin Essentials Conditioning Cleanser as a second cleanser. Formulated with plant-based ingredients, this conditioning cleanser helps restore your skin’s pH balance while gently getting rid of your makeup and impurities.


Step 2: Use gentle exfoliants

Be careful not to over-exfoliate during winter as doing so can wreck your skin barrier, resulting in even drier skin. If you have oily skin, you can get away with exfoliating twice a week but try to limit exfoliating to once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin.

When exfoliating, go for gentler alternatives such as chemical exfoliants instead of scrubs that can be quite harsh on your skin. COSRX’s Refresh AHA BHA Vitamin C Daily Toner is a great exfoliating toner to add to your winter skin care routine. It gently and effectively sloughs off dead skin cells with the help of pitaya and kiwi extracts to reveal a brighter and more radiant complexion.


Step 3: Add an essence

You may think that essences aren’t necessary during summer, but come winter you’ll realize their importance, especially for parched skin. If you haven’t yet incorporated an essence into your routine, then it’s time to do so!

You can’t go wrong with By Wishtrend’s Quad Active Boosting Essence. Packed with hydrating ingredients such as honey ferment filtrate and black tea ferment, it ensures that you won’t have to worry about dry or flaky skin. This essence is also formulated with organic propolis and willow bark extracts, complex ingredients and centaurea cyanus flower water, which provide anti-inflammatory, anti-pollution and anti-bacterial benefits, respectively. 


Step 4: Apply a moisture-packed serum

The ultimate serum for dry winter skin is RAMOSU’s Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate 100. This serum features a formula that’s rich in galactomyces ferment filtrate, which not only boosts hydration but also promotes a clearer and glowing complexion. What more can you ask for?

Use it consistently both day and night to strengthen your skin barrier and keep your skin hydrated. You can also apply it generously on flaky patches for a quick fix.


Step 5: Go heavier with your moisturizer 

If you’re using an extra lightweight moisturizer for summer, it’s time to pick a richer option for winter. Infused with blueberry extract, FRUDIA’s Blueberry Hydrating Cream will leave your skin feeling plump, hydrated and protected from harsh winds. Featuring a gel texture, this cream can be counted on to soothe your skin and provide it with much-needed nourishment. 


Step 6: Face oils are your winter skin’s BFF

For maximum hydration, incorporate a face oil into your routine at the final step of your regimen to help lock in moisture. A face oil like KLAVUU’s Special Care Treatment Oil is a must-have for winter. Made with naturally-derived ingredients including Korean pearl extract, jojoba, sunflower seed and argan oils, this face oil is ideal for dry winter skin. Apply it after your moisturizer and you’re good to go! 


Step 7: Don’t skip on SPF

The last and most important step is, of course, sunscreen. You should always protect your skin from the sun all year round, no matter the season. To get your daily dose of nourishment and protection against UV damage, go for sunscreens with hydrating formulas. 

Dear, Klairs’ Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ is a water-based sunscreen designed to protect all skin types, including sensitive skin, while soothing and nourishing. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a white cast, and is one of the most sought-after sunscreens at YesStyle. If you’re still not convinced, maybe the fact that it was no.1 in the GLOWPICK Awards Mid-Year 2020 will change your mind! 


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