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Skin isn’t fixed - it changes with each season. Hot, humid weather and cold conditions interact with skin in different ways and present unique forms of stress. In summertime, lightweight skincare and SPF products protect skin with increased time spent outdoors, – so what about winter skincare?

Skincare in winter responds to an increase in dry weather conditions, to ensure your skin is protected and enhanced year-round, we’ll break down the steps in skincare routines that may change with the seasons.

Discover ideal winter skincare products by skin type, alongside our top tips for winter night skin care routines and daytime steps.

Why is skin dry in winter?

All skin types commonly experience dry winter skin on face. The main signifier of winter skin, a drop in skin hydration , can lead complexions to appear dulled and ashy and feel rough and tight. A few factors accelerate skin feeling dry in winter:

  • Low humidity is a feature of winter months. This means that the air contains minimal moisture, encouraging a phenomenon called trans-epidermal water loss (or TEWL), where moisture is drawn from skin.
  • Another moisture killer is our reliance on indoor heating systems in winter, which typically project dry air, further dehydrating skin.
  • Hotter and longer showers can also deplete moisture and cause skin to feel tight, encouraging redness in skin for some.

Winter skincare tips

Winter doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your skincare products. To support and uptick in dry and cold conditions, a few smart adjustments can make all the difference.

1.Morning and evening skincare in winter

Our skin behaves differently when we sleep, and a winter night skincare routine takes advantage of this. As we rest, skin cells work to address stress built over the day. This makes skin more permeable and increases the absorbency of products, opening the door for your moisturiser to reimplement hydration deeply. Using a nourishing night time formula like Ceramides PM Facial Moisturising Lotion provides intense moisture and helps skin retain it throughout the day.

2.Wear SPF in winter too

Sunscreen isn’t only necessary in sunny conditions. Especially in Australia, UV radiation levels are consistently high. For context, a level of 3 and above on the UV index means that sun protection is required. Australia reaches a minimum level of 3 most days in the year. To protect against skin stress and premature ageing signs like fine lines, it’s recommended to wear broad spectrum sunscreen in winter too.

3.Support your skincare

Topical moisturising helps to reinstate hydration to skin, promoting softer, bouncier and radiant-looking complexions. To protect against dry winter skin on the face, it helps to keep hydration up. Optimal water intake promotes whole-body hydration. For those who struggle to avoid dry skin in winter, a humidifier can assist by increasing moisture content in the air when indoors

Winter skin care routine by skin type

All skin is unique, and skincare in winter won’t be the same for everyone. To keep supporting yours, your skin type is always the first consideration. We recommend choosing winter skin care products around your skin’s specific needs, to ensure it islooked after.

Winter skin care routine for dry skin

Increased moisture is helpful to typically dry skin types during winter. Rich formulas can help to strengthen the skin moisture barrier, protecting complexions against trans-epidermal water loss. If skin feels typically dry, you can opt for rich moisturisers like Ceramides Moisturising Cream For Dry Skin and increase hydration in the cleansing step of routines with a creamy formula like Ceramides Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser .

Winter skin care routine for oily skin

Oily skin types need moisture implementation just like everyone else, and this is especially true for skincare in winter. To ensure that your skin’s natural oil levels are balanced and not overwhelmed, opt for a non-comedogenic formula like Ceramides Hydrating Cleanser . The formula is developed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to protect against a dry environment but without blocking pores. In the AM, Ceramides AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF 15 helps support against mild-acne prone concerns with the inclusion of niacinamide .

Winter skin care routine for sensitive skin

Thanks to the dry air conditions, those with sensitive skin can experience an increase in discomfort during winter. To help support skin against tightness, dryness and redness in skin, your winter skincare routine can include supportive and comforting products. Face and body moisturisers like Ceramides Moisturising Lotion For Dry Skin helps to strengthen the skin moisture barrier whilst still being lightweight enough for supportive wear. If concerned, always consult your dermatologist.

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