winter skin care tips for your routine

Winter Skin Care Tips For your routine

We all know that as soon as the seasons change, it’s time to start preparing for the winter. Depending on where you live this will look different. Where I live in San Diego, it’s all about a light jacket and having an umbrella handy; when my family used to live in Minnesota, we had to bust out alllllll the winter gear, including, puffy coats, scarves, snow boots, and snow shovels. But what about other areas of our lives that could benefit from a little winterizing?

For instance, our skin takes a huge hit in the winter. I’ve lived through multiple winters where I struggled to figure out how to manage. In the past few years, I feel I’ve managed to figure it out, so here are some winter skin care tips that will hopefully help you as well!

Winter Skin Care Tips For Your Routines

Again, your exposure and weather effects on your skin in the winter month will vary depending on your skin type and where you live. For the most part, though, there are several common things to be aware of in the winter and these winter skin care tips should help you be on your way!

Winter Dryness

Unless you live near the equator, this will be a problem in the winter. Even in San Diego, where humidity is low, winter dryness is a huge problem and can take a toll.

First, Hydrate.

Hydrate some more. Then hydrate again. Buy a large flask if it helps. I have a 64 oz one that I fill up at the beginning of the day and then drink it throughout with the goal to finish the entire thing. Alternatively, be sure that for every non-water drink you have, you follow it with a glass of water.

I have this exact bottle and I highly recommend it:

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Then, moisturize.

If you don’t have a good moisturizer, get one. The best over-the-counter product I use is CeraVe. I use it on my body after the shower (if you put lotion on right away when your skin is still damp, you’ll get maximal absorption!). Sometimes, I use the thick body cream on my face as well, especially if I feel like my face is drying. Trust me, your skin will thank you.

Consider hydrating serums

Hyaluronic acid is an excellent hydrating serum. The issue with serums of any kind though is knowing if the product you’re buying has enough of what you need, or will suit your skin type. Reach out to friends and see what they use, check out reviews online and do some experimenting to see what works for you.

If it’s really bad, or you’re hoping to level up your routine, then consider medical-grade products. Visit your Dermatologist and visit a Med-spa. Get a facial and see what the practitioner recommends. Do this research and then be prepared to open up your wallets! This stuff won’t run cheap, but I can say that the right product can make a huge difference and make it worth your while.

Hydrating masks

I mentioned facials above, definitely be sure to keep doing those during the winter, and if you’re aren’t doing it already, do some hydrating masks. You can get the ones that are over the counter at the drug store, or invest in something from Sephora. I don’t really think it matters. But doing this perhaps once a week can help moisturize skin greatly. Plus, with a facemask on you’re kind of forced to relax – nothing better for your skin than some R&R!


If you’re dry and peeling (super annoying), then be sure to exfoliate regularly (yes, keep doing this). Whatever your summer routine for exfoliation is, add a couple days in between so that you aren’t doing this too frequently.

However, exfoliating is important. It’ll help you remove that peeling/dry skin, and exposed skin is more likely to absorb your creams and serums.


No matter what time of year it is, use SPF in your daily moisturizer, with at least SPF 30 in whichever product you choose.

Avoid Super Hot Showers

That’s right. Even though it’s cold out, and I’m guilty of loving hot showers myself, the hot water can wreak havoc on your skin. This is because excessively hot water strips your skin’s natural oils, causing the dry cracked skin (or tightness) you feel after drying off.

Warm showers are the way to go and can help you manage the winter dryness!

Revamp Nighttime Routines

What I’ve always been told is that you need to use your best, most restorative stuff at night before bed. As your body sleeps and rejuvenates, you’ll have the assistance of your favorite products to help your skin also feel renewed and refreshed.

Some things to consider

  • Wash your face thoroughly every night (no excuses or skip days)
  • Exfoliate
  • Use a retinol to help with removing dead skin
  • Use your serums and moisturizer
  • Eye cream – help maintain the delicate skin around your eyes to reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles
  • Change your pillowcases regularly (at least once a week) to ensure your sleeping environment is clean

Watch Your Diet

Winter is prime time for snacks, treats, and hearty meals. Who wouldn’t want those things? However, winter weather and reduced daylight can also affect how and what we eat. Add in the cold weather and your ability to get out and exercise is also affected.

Watch what you eat and try to minimize the number of sugary foods and caffeine you’re ingesting. Both can be dehydrating to your body and your skin, not to mention affect collagen.

Your Sleep

Protect this at all costs. Whatever routine works for you, keep at it. This time is crucial to rejuvenating not just your mind and body, but your skin as well. A good night’s sleep can also affect your energy and your diet. Be sure to always make this a priority!


Lastly, but possibly most importantly, is not forgetting to maintain your physical exercise during this time of year – and not just because of all the sweet treats that come with the season. The winter months bring less daylight and with it many of you may experience seasonal affective disorder, which alters your motivation and energy. Exercise is one way to help combat the winter blues.

Of course, depending on where you are, your routine may have to be altered to accommodate colder temperatures. If you typically get your workouts outside by running, walking, or yoga in the park, commit to doing those activities at home. If you’re not restricted by budget, investing in a treadmill or Peloton will not only keep you in great physical shape but emotional and mental shape as well. If you’re a yogi, consider joining indoor classes or subscribing to an app that resonates with you. Just make sure you’re staying warm while getting in your fitness. 

Exercise is a great way to rejuvenate your body, get rid of toxins, and release those happy endorphins. All of which can have a positive impact on your skin!

Don’t Forget Your Hair

People often overlook their scalp when it comes to skincare. But that’s skin too! Haircare during the winter may also need to be altered to adjust to the winter weather. All that cold, dry air can feel like a godsend if you have hair that tends to frizz in humid summer weather – but you still need to protect your hair in the winter. Hopefully, you’re well versed in your hair type and the kind of products that suit it best. Making sure you use the right products for your hair type is half the battle. But, whether you need curly hair products or products for greys, making sure you hydrate your hair is essential this time of year. 

Bringing It All Together

Winter is a wonderful time of year for hot cocktails, delicious comforting food, and time with friends and family. Knowing how to adjust your routines with these winter skincare tips can help you maintain your glowing winter skin, continue to care for yourself, and help you really relax without worry!

Stay warm and safe (and hydrated) out there!

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