The following is adapted from CMPLXN, our educational skincare journal.
How the seasons can affect your skin vary from person to person. As you may have learned, skin care is an extremely personal journey. It requires time and attention to learn what your skin likes and what it needs. Here are some general tips that might work for you.
1. SPF. Always.
First things first, sunscreen is as important in the winter as it is during the summer months. The sun is still emitting UVA and UVB rays that cause skin damage when it is cold and/or cloudy. Be sure to keep a SPF in your daily rotation.
2. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Moisture in the winter can be difficult to balance. The harsh wind and coldness (depending on where you live) can result in dry, cracked sign and inflammation that is uncomfortable. Be sure to look for a moisturizer, heavy in occlusives or try adding a non-comedogenic oil to your moisturizer.
3. Exfoliate in the Cold.
The winter is a great time to increase the exfoliation in your regime. You're likely spending less time in the sun and doubling up on moisture to deal with the cold. Adding a healthy exfoliating routine can help combat the dull look skin can get in the winter by ensuring healthy skin cell turnover. Be sure to use sunscreen with any exfoliating routine.