The temperature has dropped and your skin’s resilience has as well. For half of us on this globe, this winter has been a drastic change in humidity levels, exposure to indoor heats, and harsh winds that make skin drier and duller. The symptoms? Faces are feeling tight, itchy, and chaffed. Lips have gone full-on chapped and our hands have seen little cracks that we haven’t seen year-round.
Don’t be alarmed – every season requires several product swaps that can save your skin from the temperature & environmental changes. Here are our best 10 product swaps that can do wonders for your skin during this drastic weather change.
1. Change your Foam Cleanser to Milky/Oil Cleansers
In the winter, your skin starts to lack moisture, and using harsh foam cleansers will strip it more of its natural oils. Replacing to softer cleansers that are milk or oil-based (and balms) will help reduce harsh cleansing that dry out your skin and make your already-sensitive skin even more irritated from the cold.
Cleansing balms/oils also nourish and moisture as it melts away makeup. Though many people are afraid of using oil cleansers in fear of build up, it actually does the opposite- oil-based cleansers give better results with more gentle lubrication that doesn’t irritate or pull at your skin while removing make-up. This is important for areas such as your eyelids, where the skin is thinner and more fragile.
Banila Co. Clean It Zero (“Purifying”), 100ml $18.94 (Amazon)
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, 220 ml $26.49 (Amazon)
2. Use Chemical Exfoliants to Remove Dead Skin
To absorb good hydrating ingredients into your skin, you need to slough off the layer of flaky, dead skin cells. If you aren’t used to chemical exfoliants, familiarize yourself with them now – it will save your skin.
As scary as chemical exfoliants sound, they are actually the opposite of what you may assume – they are gentle and very effective for sensitive skin. Usually taken in the form of a pad, they likely include ingredients such as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids). However, for those with extra sensitive skin, PHA (polyhydroxy acids) exfoliants do an amazing job in dissolving off dead skin, making your skin feel baby soft while still moisturizing your skin. They also help with cell-regeneration and allow new glowy skin. Swap out the abrasive physical exfoliating products (such as scrubs or beads) and swap in gentle peels that will whisk away dead skin for a more toned, smooth, soft skin.
Neogen Real Cica Pad (PHA), $20 (Amazon)
3. Choose Essence-Toners over Astringent Toners
Toners are the first step after cleansing that will set the “tone” for the rest of your skincare routine. After the cleanse, toners bring back your skin to the right pH level for the rest of your products to absorb and work properly. Astringent toners, which usually contain alcohol, dry out your skin and remove oils. With the weather drying out moisture levels in your skin, swap out stronger alcohol-based toners with hydrating essence-toners that lock in moisture. Alcohol and retinol dry out your skin like crazy – look for ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, herbal extracts, and other moisture-retaining ingredients. Make sure to pat, pat, pat and reapply 3-7 times to get the full effect of the toners ingredients.
Rovectin Activating Treatment Lotion, 100 ml $21.75 (Amazon)
4. Ceramides Products for Skin Barrier Protection
Your skin’s top layer is made up of lipids, including ceramides. Both are super important in building and protecting your outer barrier of your skin. As you age, this naturally diminishes, making your skin susceptible to wrinkles, sun and wind damage, and other external factors. You need to replenish these lipids with good products for your skin barrier to strengthen and look healthy and plump again. Ceramides are great ingredients to look for this winter. They restore moisture, fortify the skin’s natural barrier and help protect it against harm from foreign elements. Ceramides are also particularly effective in treating eczema.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Products, (Sephora)
5. Hyaluronic Acid Products
One of the best ingredients you can swap into your routine is hyaluronic acid. Acids may sound scary for your skin but it’s one of the best ingredients for your skin – a powerhouse of hydration and anti-aging properties.
Hyaluronic acid has the ability to replenish a LOT of moisture. One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water! Hyaluronic acid constantly enhances moisture content – it revitalizes skin’s outer surface layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and plumply hydrated. It also firms, tones, supports healing, soothes skin with its anti-inflammatory properties, and improves the protective barrier of your skin. Anti-aging properties reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking for that healthy, dewy skin during cold seasons, remember to add lots of hyaluronic acid products into your routine.
Soak Insider Tip: This ingredient is perfect for all skin types but especially for those with sensitive irritable skin as it brings back moisture in the gentlest way.
COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, 100 ml $15.74 (Amazon)
6. Eye Cream
Applying eye cream has many skin-boosting and anti-aging effects. Since your eye and mouth area have the thinnest layer of skin on your face and are more susceptible to wrinkles, it’s important to apply eye cream during winter’s dry tough winds. The delicate area around your eyes can show apparent finer lines, darken your undereyes, and become more chapped during winter months. Eye creams usually have tons of nutrients, peptides, and collagen ingredients that help combat the aging process. Make sure to apply eye cream generously to hydrate and allow peptides to keep skin in place through the harsh winds. Add in eye cream into your skincare regime and see how your under eyes get plumper, firmer, and brighter.
A.H.C. The Real Eye Cream For Face, 30 ml $16.89 (Amazon)
7. Serums & Ampoules
Add an extra step to your routine (if you don’t already use these) and hydrate even more with serums & ampoules. As highly concentrated formulas meant to boost moisture and nutritious ingredients into your skincare, serums are an essential part of Korean skincare. They contain a potent concentration of active ingredients to target skin concerns (such as brightening, dark spots, wrinkles, etc). Serums are great applied right before a moisturizer to add hydrating and anti-aging benefits. Ampoules are a fancy way of saying extra-powerful, super-charged serums with more active ingredients. They are usually found in bottle form.
CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule, 15 ml, $18.70 (Amazon)
8. Face Mist
Face mists are very beneficial skincare products that are very easy to use and carry around. For quick pick-me-ups on the go, you can instantly provide an energy boost to dull dry skin and get a brighter healthier glow. They have proven healing aromatherapy effects. Many have active ingredients that provide nutrition, antioxidants, vitamins, and natural plant extracts that all work to help your overall skin health. The ingredients in facial mists specifically target and improve skin texture and clarity. What better way than to give your dry skin a refreshing spritz that contributes to a more beautiful, glowing appearance this winter.
CNP Laboratory Propolis Ampule Mist, 100 ml $25.13 (Amazon)
9. Soak in a Sleeping Mask for Overnight Hydration Boost
(Not a literal sleeping mask) But if you’re looking for some extra moisture boosting products, getting yourself a sleeping mask product will benefit your dry skin. Soak in luxurious and effective ingredients while you snooze with Korean sleeping masks- which are basically night creams on high gear. What an ordinary moisturizer or night cream can’t do, sleeping masks can – giving major dosages of hydration that can help dry patches and dullness. Most sleeping masks include peptides (good for anti-aging), herbal extracts, essential oils, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to protect your skin. You can replace them as your final skincare routine product (whether it’s a moisturizer or night cream) and sleep well knowing it won’t leave your skin or pillow case greasy. They are lightweight & gel-like, but incredibly powerful to plump up and rejuvenate skin overnight.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, 70 ml $25 (Sephora)
10. Glow with Facial Oils
Want an extra step that will leave your skin glowing? Radiate by using facial oils as your last skincare regime step. Facial oils lock in moisture and protect your delicate skin, encapsulating the hydrating ingredients from your previous steps.
Lots of people are hesitant to use oils, especially on oily skin. However, oils can help balance naturally producing sebum that are compensating for the lack of good oils in your skin. They are actually quick-absorbing, lightweight, and deeply nutritious for your skin. Oils usually soothe your skin, lock in all the hydration from previous skincare products, and reduce fine lines & wrinkles. Ingredients such as sandalwood helps with firming, soothing, and softening skin as well as help heal scars, wrinkles, and acne.We found one we love that’s great for all skin types- and are cruelty-free & vegan based.
Melixir Plant-Derived Squalene Face Oil, 30 ml, $38 (Amazon)
During this cold winter, banish away the flaky dead skin cells and nourish your skin with our winter product swaps! Stay hydrated, use a humidifier while you sleep, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep during this cold winter! Stay bundled and go out with radiant glowy skin.
Feature image via Stylenanda.