What Your Winter Skincare Should Look Like
All The Winter Essentials You Will Need This Month
It’s officially winter in Pakistan and we all know what that means - layering up on cozy hoodies and shawls, cuddled around the heater in an attempt to stay warm. Bring out the dry fruit and fuzzy socks because all Pakistanis love this time of the year. But what we don’t always know is the extent to which the harsh winter months can damage our skin! Whether you’re out in the winter sun or indoors with a heater, this weather is extremely dry and can really dehydrate your skin. To make sure that doesn’t happen, here is what your skincare routine should look like during winter!
A Hydrating Cleanser
The first step in any skincare routine is to start with a clean canvas and that can only be achieved with a good cleanser. Make sure that your cleanser during the winters is a hydrating one. Foam-based cleansers often contain sulphates which can be really drying, so opt for an oil or cream based cleanser instead. And please, don’t ever use makeup wipes! They really irritate your skin and are just not worth it.
Pro Tip: Try double cleansing! It’s all the rage these days and with good reason. Double cleansing ensures your skin is prepped and ready for your serums and moisturizers. Start with a makeup remover, like micellar water, and move on to cleansing balm or oil.
Switch To A Chemical Exfoliant
Exfoliating is essential in the winter time - it’s important to get rid of all the dead and dry skin on a regular basis. But using a physical exfoliator isn’t the best idea. While it does get rid of all the dead skin, it’s a bit too harsh on the skin, especially for the winter time when your skin is already sensitive and dry. It’s best to use a chemical exfoliator that includes either AHA, BHA or enzymes to dissolve the top dead layer of your skin. Make sure to do a patch test on the inside of your arm before you use one and only use it twice a week to keep your skin healthy!
Add A Toner To Your Routine
This is a step that should be in your skincare routine, no matter the season. Toners should be used after cleansing (and exfoliating) and are really beneficial because it restores your skin’s pH balance, improves skin tone and smoothes any rough patches. For the winter time specifically, use a non-alcohol based toner so it doesn’t dry out your skin - rose water serves as a great toner and is super hydrating as well!
A Sheet Mask Is A Great Boost Of Moisture
Since winter can really dry out your skin, a good boost of moisture will work wonders for your skin. For that quick dose of hydration a sheet mask can be your best friend! The great thing about a sheet mask is that the serum is full of vitamins and minerals that will enhance your skin. Plus, unlike a regular mask, this won’t dry out your skin, making it the perfect winter essential! Use these once a week or before a big event to really add that glow to your skin.
Skin Treatments Should Cater To Your Skin Type
Once you’re done toning and using a mask, it’s time for skin treatments. This can include any acne treatments you may be using or any serums that you have. What you use will depend on your skin type but there are certain ingredients that are great for all skin types, especially during winter. Look for products that have retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides or botanical oils. This is also a great time to layer your skincare - go from the lightest serums to heaviest, with oils being used at the end. But before you try these serums on your face, always do a patch test on your arm for any reactions!
Lather On The Moisturizer
Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing is key to having good skin! While in summer a lightweight moisturizer is recommended, for winters you should definitely use a thick and rich moisturizing cream. This will help lock all that moisture into your pores, along with all those treatments you just used! It’s best to lather on a moisturizer full of ceramides and fatty acids just before you sleep so all that goodness can seep deep into your pores throughout the night. Trust me, you’ll wake up glowing!
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
Just because there’s limited amounts of sun does not mean you should be skimping out on sunscreen! Sunscreen is the most important step of your skincare routine and this product is what will make or break your skin, especially as you age. Sunscreen should be applied daily, even if you’re not going out. Sunscreen will even protect your skin from the increased amount of time we’re all spending in front of screens.