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10 Ultimate Winter Skincare Routine

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

Before the cold weather sets in, perhaps you'd like to try a new approach to your skincare routine. House of Geraldine offers a wide variety of skin care products to help you get rid of winter's harsh effects on your skin.

If you find that your skin deteriorates in the cold, you are not alone. We subject our skin to the harsh elements of winter and the wildly fluctuating temperatures of our heating systems, which may be very damaging. In what way does this function to accomplish its goal? Sensitive, acne-prone, dry skin.

So how do you combat seasonal skin fluctuations? By adapting your winter skincare routine. We’re not suggesting you completely chuck away every skincare product in your

bathroom cabinet, but by making a few small tweaks, you can really help to bolster your skin’s natural protection, leaving your complexion happy and healthy in the run-up to


Here are 10 ways to avoid dry winter skin

1. Use a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air.

A humidifier is a piece of equipment, most often an electrical appliance, that raises the level of humidity (moisture) in a specific space or across an entire structure. In the home, point-of-use humidifiers are often used to humidify a single room, whereas whole-house or furnace humidifiers, which are connected to the HVAC system of a home and provide humidity to the whole house, are used more frequently.

2. Avoid hot showers and baths, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils.

Hot showers and baths can inflame the skin, causing redness, itching, and even peeling—similar to a sunburn. They can also disrupt the skin’s natural balance of moisture, robbing you of the natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep skin healthy. Dry skin can make you more likely to get sick and can cause your body to make too many oils to make up for the lack of moisture.

3. Use gentle, non-drying cleansers and avoid products that contain alcohol or other drying agents.

The pH of skin is low, making it an acidic environment (around 5). This is significant because many of the metabolic events that occur in the skin can only function effectively within a certain pH range. Cleansers that include surfactants are very effective at altering the pH of the skin for an extended period of time. This means that if the cleanser you use has an especially high pH, it will prevent your skin from regenerating itself. Additionally, a high pH causes the skin to expand and lessens its liability.

4. Moisturize your skin immediately after showering or bathing, while your skin is still damp, to help seal in moisture.

The prime time for moisturizing your body is within five minutes of getting out of the shower. Pat yourself until you are lightly damp, and then begin slathering moisturizer on yourself like you are on the clock. Don't stop for anything.

5. Choose a thicker, more emollient moisturizer for winter months.

In the winter, it is recommended by dermatologist Dr. Karen Koh to use thicker creams and ointments that are oil-based rather than lotions that are water-based since oil helps seal in moisture better. Because water naturally evaporates, products containing a high percentage of water will not provide powerful or long-lasting moisturizing benefits to the skin.

6. Protect your skin from the elements by wearing gloves, a hat, and a scarf when outdoors, and avoid prolonged exposure to cold and wind.

Many people struggle with skin issues throughout the winter, particularly those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis. The dry, cold air robs the skin of moisture, and the shorter days may make flare-ups and plaques worse since there is less time spent in the sun during the winter months. Even though many people look forward to going skiing or playing pick-up games of pond hockey in the winter, the colder weather brings with it skin that is seasonally dry and irritable.

7. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from the inside out.

which means you should hydrate heavily. Since water makes up 30% of your skin, maintaining an adequate water intake will help compensate for water loss and boost skin hydration, even if you aren't a huge water drinker.

8. Avoid using harsh, astringent toners or exfoliates, which can further dry out your skin.

These two water-based solutions are functionally equivalent; after washing, you may use either one to get rid of irritants and balance out your skin tone. However, they are not the same item in every way. Astringents are useful for their ability to cleanse, close pores, and absorb oil from the skin. The pH of the skin is maintained, and the skin is cleansed, hydrated, and nourished with the assistance of toners.

9. Consider using a humidifying face mask or serum to help add moisture to your skin.

Masks are a great way to restore moisture levels because they get deep into the skin to remove dirt and dead skin cells and replace lost moisture.

10. Consult with a dermatologist if your dry skin persists or becomes severe, as it may be a sign of a more serious skin condition.

What ingredients should you look out for?

To determine if a product is appropriate for your skin type and the season you are using it in, check the ingredient list.

To choose the best winter skincare products, however, you don't need a chemical degree.

You can avoid dry skin by washing with a gentle cleanser, applying a hydrating serum, and then applying a moisturizing cream on top of it on a regular basis.

• Alcohol-based ingredients, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness

• Synthetic fragrances, as they can irritate the skin and cause dryness

• Sulfates, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness

• Petrochemicals, as they can clog pores and cause dryness

• Parabens, as they can disrupt the skin's natural balance and cause dryness

How to keep your skin looking flawless during winter

We've got your winter skincare routine figured out, from our best cleansers for dry skin to the nourishing serums that will erase breakouts.

The best cleansers for winter skin:

The best moisturizers for winter skin

The best SPF for winter skin

The best face masks for winter skin


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