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Winter’s harsh weather, dry conditions, and party-packed schedule can take their toll on your skin. From causing irritated, wind-burned, dry skin to uncomfortable chapped lips, the holiday season—and winter as a whole—can be unkind to your skin. However, if you pay as much attention to your skin care routine as you do to enjoying caroling and building snowmen, you can help maintain the appearance of a glow that will rival your neighborhood’s light displays. Ready to revamp your skin care regimen this winter? Below, we share our best tips, including the right skin care products to use, for the cold weather season.
Though you may feel like dousing your face with scalding water after a day battling snow and icy wind, don’t give in to the temptation. Extremely hot water can be damaging and dehydrating to parched skin, resulting in skin that’s even drier. Switch to washing with—and showering in—lukewarm water, in addition to limiting your cleansing time. The longer you spend vigorously washing your face, the more susceptible your skin will be to irritation from the harsh, winter elements.
Winter has a way of drying out skin all on its own, so the last thing you want to do is over-cleanse or use a facial cleanser that’s too harsh. Keep a hydrating and soothing micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal To Dry Skin, on hand as a way to completely yet gently cleanse your face. All you have to do is soak a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face—no rinsing (or harsh rubbing) necessary.
Exfoliation is a key component in getting rid of dead skin cells from skin’s surface and allowing your glowing complexion to shine through. However, it’s important to use an exfoliator that’s gentle, especially during the winter months. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub, or the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, all of which offer gentle yet effective exfoliation. You can use any of these face (and lip) scrubs three times a week, so go ahead and make exfoliating a regular part of your routine.
Thoroughly nourishing winter skin requires using an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal to Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal to Oily Skin, which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
One of the key steps to moisturizing properly is locking in hydration when skin is still damp. So, don’t towel off after cleansing. Instead, apply moisturizer when your skin is still wet. You can use the same tip when it comes to your body—after stepping out of the shower, apply a body lotion directly to damp skin.
Combatting dry skin in winter doesn’t just have to do with the skin care products you use. A humidifier can help add moisture back into the air, so set one up near your bed and turn it on before you go to sleep.
If you’ve been searching for a reason to use a face mask, pampering winter-stressed skin is the perfect excuse. Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleansing that is effective yet gentle. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask is formulated to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, visibly reduce the appearance of imperfections, clear the look of congested pores, and gently cleanse stressed areas. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm (not hot!) water. Use three times a week for best results.
Did we mention your skin needs some extra TLC in the moisturizer department during the winter? Combat dry skin by adding a night cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm, to your daily regimen. This luxurious night balm moisturizer is formulated with manuka honey and nurturing oils to provide long-lasting, non-greasy, non-sticky hydration.
Not only can you combat dull, dry skin with moisturizers and face scrubs, you can also add a vitamin C serum into your skin care routine to help. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum is formulated with 10% pure vitamin C to restore a healthy radiance and reduce wrinkles. Layer it under your moisturizer and prepare to be wowed.
Your face isn’t the only area of your skin that needs hydration during the winter months! Invest in a multi-use moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face/Neck/Chest/Hands, which can be used on your face, neck, chest, and hands. All-over hydration, here you come!
While your tan from summer may have been left behind with the warmer months, you can keep your bronze glow going by using a self-tanner. Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium which hydrates and nourishes your skin while giving you a streak-free tan.
After caring for every other inch of your skin, you shouldn’t forget about your lips. Since flaky lips can be uncomfortable and unsightly, make sure to apply a lip balm throughout the day. Avoid matte lipsticks in winter, as these can draw attention to dry lips. Don’t worry, you can still play with fun lip colors, simply opt for more nourishing formulas!
Sometimes no matter what you do to care for your skin in winter, you may still find that your skin looks red. That’s where pastel, color-correcting concealers come into play. With the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons, you can help neutralize the appearance of imperfections. This winter, the green shade will be your BFF as it’s perfect for concealing redness.
Since dry skin tends to look lackluster, give your winter skin a boost of radiance by applying highlighter. If you don’t want to wear a heavy foundation, try an illuminating lotion, like the lightweight L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, in its place. To create a truly radiant complexion, layer the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops overtop, focusing on the high points of your face.
Last but not least, once you finish your makeup, add some glow to your complexion with a radiance-boosting makeup spray. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi-Shake and Glow Dew Mist over your face to set your makeup and leave you with a natural, dewy glow.
For more winter skin care tips, head on over to our article, How to Get a Winter Glow, next.