Winter is a rough time for your skin. Combine low humidity outdoors with warm and dry air indoors, and you're in jeopardy of losing valuable moisture. Luckily, our experts have shared their favorite products and best tips to help boost hydration and maintain your healthy glow all winter long. Check out their best winter skincare routine and put your best face forward this winter!_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Always remove your makeup
Removing makeup is an important step to clear away dirt and oil that has built up throughout the day, but you don't want to strip away moisture in the process. We recommend Lune+Aster One-Step Micellar Gel Makeup Remover for its gentle vegan formula that won't strip your skin.
Switch to a milk cleanser
Skin can become dehydrated and irritated by dry winter air, making it important to use a milk cleanser for its hydrating properties. We recommend Darphin Intral Cleansing Milk for an extra gentle touch. With ingredients like calming chamomile, hawthorn extract, and Darphin’s Calm Complex, skin that's prone to redness and irritation is soothed and cleansed in one step.
Exfoliating regularly is central to avoiding dull winter skin and will help your serums and moisturizers absorb better. We recommend M-61 PowerGlow® Peel. It's loaded with glycolic acid to exfoliate dead cells from your skin's surface and has chamomile and lavender to calm and soothe winter irritation.
Use a nourishing serum
Locking in moisture is key during the winter due to the drier air. We recommend La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum. Not only does it flood skin with hydration, but it's packed with antioxidants and sea-sourced actives to keep skin plump, soft and supple.
Avoid the pollutants
While we receive less exposure to sun damage in the winter, we are still at the risk of skin-aging pollution. Add an extra layer of protection by applying an anti-pollution finishing essence to lock in protection. Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Finishing Essence is packed with powerful botanicals that fend off dust, pollutants and everyday irritants that can lead to the visible signs of aging.
Apply heavier face creams
Winter is the time for heavier face creams with reparative ingredients that protect the skin's moisture barrier. We recommend SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore. It's formulated with a maximized concentration of lipids to help restore skin's external barrier while providing anti-aging benefits.
Don’t forget the eye cream
Skin around the eyes is very thin, making it ultra-susceptible to winter dryness, which in turn draws extra attention to fine lines. Since the sun is not as strong during the winter, it's a great time to bring back products with retinol to protect against crow's feet around your eyes. We recommend Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Retinol Cream. Bonus point: in addition to retinol, it's loaded with hydrating hyaluronic acid to amp up the moisture.
Go for a hydrating mask
If your skin starts feeling extra dry and needs a quick reset, we recommend a hydrating sheet mask. Patchology FlashMasque Hydrate is perfect for plumping thirsty skin thanks to quenching ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.