Switch up skin care for winter

As winter sets in, the colder weather can wreak havoc on skin. That’s why it’s important to understand the value of adjusting your skin care routine accordingly.

In an article for PEOPLE magazine, New York-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe recommends a layering approach to winter skin care.

“Layer on a serum under a richer night cream,” she said. “That combination is amazingly effective at trapping moisture in the skin.”

Which skin type are you?

Oily Skin

If you're oily or combination, switch to a creamy, hydrating cleanser that does not strip the skin of excess oil. Estheticians will typically recommend a lightweight lotion for oily skin during the summer months, however, you should switch to a richer formula with hyaluronic acid or glycerin in the winter. But don’t forget to include a hydrating night treatment, said Bowe. This can be a product that multitasks like those with peptides and antioxidants to help firm the skin.

Normal Skin

Normal skin types may think they can get away with maintaining the same regimen the whole year, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In winter, you need to switch to a cleanser that nourishes and moisturizes, such as an oil-based formula. A moisturizer with petrolatum, dimethicone or glycerin, works well Bowe suggests. For night treatments, normal skin types should consider adding a retinol cream to help increase collagen production.

For Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, discontinue using any toners or oil-absorbing products that may have worked during the summer months. Instead, switch to a gentle moisturizing cleanser that can replace lipids and proteins lost during the cleansing process. A moisturizer with lipids that help fortify the skin barrier and night treatments with hyaluronic acid serum to absorb water and plump the skin are recommended.

For Aging Skin

Switch to a mild, non-abrasive cleanser that contains glycerin, ceramides or hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. Replace any anti-aging serums with a thicker anti-aging lotion or cream. For added moisture, a product with hyaluronic acid, shea butter or peptides is important. If you are using retinol products, everyday use can be drying during the winter. Try using it every other day instead.

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