Dry hands, chapped lips, cracked skin. It’s that dreaded time of the year again when winter creeps in and you find yourself being blasted with icy winds and unable to escape central heating in the office, leaving your hands as dry as parchment.
The dry, cold air sucks moisture out of your skin and lips, resulting in flaky skin or cakey makeup. On top of this, heating in your home, office or in the shops might be just what we need to warm us from the cold, but it can leave our skin feeling rough.
Now more than ever, its ever more crucial to look at our Korean skincare routines to keep skin healthy and hydrated as possible. That said, here are a number of surprisingly simple winter skincare tips (face care specifically) to help keep your ritual relevant with the times.
Winter Skincare Tips To Get Rid Of Dry Skin
There are a lot of tips out there in the winter face care verse, however, we gathered 6 that we feel are the most important. From sticking to your routine to hydrating with essences, each tip is sure to answer your winter face care questions.
1. Stick To Your Routine
I know sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to use more than a quick make-up wipe. But taking a few extra minutes when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night will mean your skin will thank you.
Know what products you are going to use and use them in the right order; before you know it, you won’t even have to think about it; you’ll simply run through your routine on autopilot.
That means making double-cleansing plus a toner and moisturizer a habit (at the bare minimum) if you’re tired of doing all the steps. The purpose of double cleansing with gentle formulas is to get your face really clean without stripping or damaging your skin.
I would avoid foaming cleansers entirely if you have dry skin throughout the whole year despite the seasons, as well as during winter. That means searching for cleansers that are dubbed as ‘hydrating’, containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides (translation: fats that are naturally found in your skin to stop moisture loss).
Especially for winter, exfoliation will help you remove dead, dry skin cells from your face and body, leaving it much smoother than before.
You can choose a physical or chemical exfoliator. Physical exfoliators such as gritty or rough scrubs physically remove dead skin cells but they can be harsh and cause the skin to tear.
Alternatively, chemical exfoliators use skin-kind acids which are gentler on pores, dissolve dead skin cells and even tones. Chemical toners can be much less irritating to skin than physical scrubs. Look out for AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which are great for dry skin. The exfoliating step does not have to be done daily – just whenever you feel your skin needs it.
3. Don’t Underestimate Toner
The next step is toning. Although cleansing is essential for removing make-up and dirt, it can dry out your skin if you haven’t balanced the skin’s pH levels with a toner.
Opt for hydrating toner – the Korean philosophy is all about adding moisture and hydration to the skin rather than stripping and drying it out. Apply your toner with a cotton pad to dry skin after cleansing and it will be easily absorbed into your skin.
4. Hydrate With Essence
As an optional step, you can use an essence. Essence is a lightweight concentrated formula that is designed to help target specific concerns like wrinkles, fine lines or dull and uneven skin tone.
We know essence might be a tiny bottle usually, but it can come with a hefty price tag. That’s why we’ve come up with a possible hydrating alternative – the DIY Face Mist that you can make at home. It’s very quick to make and involves as little as 1 or 2 natural ingredients, namely a herbal tea and an essential oil.
5. Remember The Eye Cream
A night, an eye cream is a great source of hydration while you sleep so that you can nourish this delicate, ultra-thin area of the skin. Use your ring finger to gently pat it onto your skin all over your eyelid and under your eyes. You’ll see a world of difference.
6. Slather Your Face In Moisturiser
Finally, moisturise. This is the essential final layer of hydration for your skin. Moisturiser acts as a barrier to lock in the hydration of the other products you have layered on your skin up to this point. A moisturiser helps restore your skin’s health. To protect against dry skin and the harshness of the winter months, choose a creamy, rich formula.
Final Thoughts on Winter Skincare Tips
For face care in winter, choose which of these steps will work best for you. You can experiment with products that suit your skin type and soon you’ll have skin that feels fresh, hydrated and happy.
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