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When you’re in the thick of winter, you probably can’t wait until spring arrives with its sunshine and flowers. And it’s not just that slush and snow make getting around more difficult—winter can do a number on your skin, too. Here’s why: The low humidity of colder climates can lead to dry skin. Couple that with the use of moisture-sucking heaters to warm up your home and office, and well, you’ll probably feel inclined to stay bundled up under a pile of scarves for the rest of the season so that no one can see your face. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Maintaining a regular skin care routine—which should include a gentle facial cleanser and super-hydrating moisturizer—can help to ensure you keep your skin in tip-top shape even when it’s freezing outside. Ready to show your complexion the TLC it deserves? We’ve got you covered with winter skin care tips for every skin type.
Since dry winter air can be harsh on anyone’s skin, reach for a gentle facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. Micellar water is a French-favorite facial cleanser—and for good reason. It’s formulated with tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act like a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from your face. When you’ve got oily skin, it’s definitely important to remove your makeup before bed because while you sleep, it can mix with the dirt and oil on your face, which can lead to clogged pores (and clogged pores can lead to breakouts). This particular micellar water helps purify and mattify the skin, meaning you won’t be left looking shiny—but it won’t dry you out.
And if you thought you could skip out on moisturizer if you had oily skin, think again! It turns out that external factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production to compensate—and that can leave you looking overly shiny. Not cool. Look for a water-based moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. It provides long-lasting hydration and reduces the appearance of excess shine.
Combination skin can be tricky. Typically, if you have this skin type, you may notice that your T-zone (the central part of your face, including your forehead, nose, and chin) are oilier, your cheeks and the skin around your eyes are drier, and your nose and chin are rough, thanks to a buildup of dead skin cells. When you have combination skin, you may need to use different skin care products on different areas of your face, depending on what your needs are. Using a gentle facial cleanser is a good idea in the winter—and of course, slathering on moisturizer to help keep skin hydrated is important as well. You can also try exfoliating to help deal with winter-related dullness. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, and use it three times a week for best results.
Dry skin paired with the dry climate of winter? Talk about a one-two punch. When it comes to facial cleanser, steer clear of foaming face washes, since they can have the potential to dry out your skin. Instead, use a gentle one that hydrates and soothes, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your skin.
Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Extra dry skin has a very fragile skin moisture barrier that can easily be damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays. Consequently, your skin can lose its ability to retain moisture and become easily dehydrated—meaning it can feel tight and uncomfortable. This moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. It envelops skin with moisture and provides comfort.
When you have sensitive skin, there are a few steps you should take to care for your complexion during the winter months. For starters, turn down the temps when washing your face! How water can strip your skin of essential moisture, making dry, sensitive skin even angrier. Cleanse your skin with lukewarm water—and a gentle facial cleanser that is suitable for sensitive skin (micellar water is a good option)—instead. As far as moisturizer goes, look for one that’s suitable for for sensitive skin, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica, which can help repair skin’s moisture barrier.
If you have normal skin, then congratulations: You’re one of the lucky ones! Still, it pays to be gentle during the winter months. Look for a gentle facial cleanser that is designed for all skin types, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Foaming Gel Cleanser All Skin Types, which lifts dirt and impurities without drying out skin. Then, follow up with a moisturizer designed for normal skin and you’ll be good to go!
Editor’s tip: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days, so make sure to wear a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher before you go outside, regardless of the weather—or your skin type. You should also limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses year-round.
For more winter skin care advice, read our article, 10 Ways to Save Your Skin from Winter, next.