Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that should change with the seasons. Your skincare routine should change as well. As the colder months settle in, it makes sense that our skin needs a little extra TLC.
The biting Pennsylvania air can make the skin dehydrated, dull and dry. However, VALLEY is here to share tips on how to up your skincare game to keep your skin hydrated and bouncy this winter.
Check your cleanser
Hydration starts at the first step in your skincare routine: cleansing. Switching to a creamier, moisturizing cleanser is best for the colder months. Avoid gel and foam cleansers that may dry your skin out.
Also, while we may love to wash our faces with hot water or while in a hot shower, this can actually dry your skin out more. Try to wash your face in lukewarm or cool water to protect the natural barrier and maintain your skin’s healthy oils.
Look for hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin in your cleanser and avoid ingredients such as salicylic acid and Sodium lauryl sulfate that are more commonly drying for the skin.
VALLEY recommends this Hydrating Facial Cleanser by CeraVe, which is gentle and non-drying with key ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II.
Layer your products
Adding a toner to your skincare routine before applying to your moisturizer and other products can help balance and strengthen your skin’s natural balance. It will also prepare your face for the absorption of your products.
Try the Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner by First Aid Beauty that’s formulated with oatmeal to help soothe and hydrate the skin.
Implementing more emollient products to your routine such as layering an oil under your moisturizer, or adding in facial serum to support the skin barrier is also beneficial.
This Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 By The Ordinary is a great product for all skin types that are looking to up the hydration in their skincare routine. VALLEY recommends applying a few drops to your face before your moisturizer or cream both in the morning and at night.
Switch to thicker creams and moisturizer
Swap your light-weight, gel-based moisturizer that’s ideal for the warmer months to something heavier for more hydration.
This Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Cream is a rich cream that hydrates and protects your face. This moisturizer is formulated to help restore the skin’s natural lipids and fatty acids for smooth, glowing skin.
VALLEY also recommends this CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream. The night cream helps restore your natural skin barrier, with active ingredients of Ceramides 1, 3, 6-II, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid.
Exfoliating more often can help combat dullness due to the colder weather months. Adding a light chemical exfoliate in your routine can help de-congest and clear out impurities, as well as helping with the overall texture of the skin. It’s important to note, however, that too rough of exfoliation could irritate and strip the skin of its natural barrier.
This Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum is an AHA/BHA night serum that helps resurface the skin by removing dead skin cells for overall improved skin texture.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Even if you’re not spending as much time outside, it’s still important to protect your skin from the UV rays to help prevent aging and sun damage. Applying a daily sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine even when it appears to be gloomy outside.
Try this Tula Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen with SPF 30. Formulated with probiotics to help lock in moisture, this gel-based sunscreen is perfect for everyday use and won’t leave your skin feeling oily or clog your pores.
Switching up your skincare routine is important for the wintertime so that your skin continues to look bright and feel bouncy even in the coldest of months.