4 Expert Tips for Winter Skin Care

Itchy, red, and irritated skin on top of everything else we’ve been through this year? No, thank you.

It’s no secret winter can wreak havoc on your skin: cold, freezing temperatures outside can leave your skin feeling raw and red, while indoor heat zaps moisture from your skin, leaving it irritated and dry. Sometimes, it feels like an endless cycle of… well, hopelessness. 

But fortunately for you, that stops today. 

Here, we highlight our 4 top tips for retaining your skin’s natural moisture — and healthy glow — this winter. (You’re welcome!)

Invest in a Humidifier

To maximize moisture, use a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in at home, including your bedroom.

Go Gentle & Fragrance-Free

Wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. Pro tip: While shopping, scan the aisle for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because “unscented” products may actually contain fragrances.

Switch Up Your Skin-Care Routine for the Season

Choose cream-based cleansers, and try to stay clear of toners and astringents (the alcohol in these can further dry your skin). At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.

Slather on the Sunscreen

Yes, that’s right: sunscreen is still necessary in winter. On bright November and December days, snow reflects the sun’s UV rays — up to 80%, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In other words, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. #FACTS.