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Achieving Radiant Winter Skin

Written by Kerry Benjamin

Achieving Radiant Winter Skin

Winter is a beautiful season filled with cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, and snow-covered landscapes. However, it also brings colder temperatures and lower humidity levels that can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it dry, dull, and lacking that radiant glow. But fear not! With the right combination of lifestyle adjustments and StackedSkincare products, you can maintain radiant skin even in the harshest of winters.

Hydration is Key: Know the Difference Between Dehydrated and Dry Skin

The harsh winter air can strip your skin of its natural moisture, leading to dryness and irritation. Staying hydrated from the inside out is the first step towards radiant winter skin. It's crucial to understand the difference between dehydrated and dry skin to tailor your skincare routine effectively.

Dehydrated Skin:

Dehydration is a condition where your skin lacks water, not oil. This means your skin is thirsty and needs hydration from within. Dehydrated skin can feel tight, dull, and may show fine lines more prominently. It can happen to any skin type, even oily skin. To combat dehydration, focus on drinking enough water and incorporating hydrating foods into your diet. Herbal teas and water-rich fruits like cucumber and watermelon can help quench your skin's thirst.

Dry Skin:

Dry skin, on the other hand, is a skin type characterized by a lack of natural oils or lipids. It tends to be a more chronic condition and is often genetic. Dry skin can feel rough, flaky, and itchy, especially in winter. To care for dry skin, you need products that provide moisture and seal it in. Look for hydrating cleansers, rich moisturizers, and serums that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides. StackedSkincare's Green Tea & Coconut Cleanser and Hydrating Serum are excellent choices for addressing dry skin concerns.

By distinguishing between dehydrated and dry skin, you can choose the right StackedSkincare products and lifestyle adjustments to ensure your skin stays radiant and healthy throughout the winter months. Remember, hydration is key, and knowing your skin type is the first step toward achieving that coveted glow.

Gentle Cleansing with StackedSkincare Prebiotic Gel Cleanser

Cleansing your skin is essential, but during the winter, it's crucial to choose a gentle cleanser that won't strip your skin of its natural oils. StackedSkincare's Prebiotic Gel Cleanser is formulated to respect the skin's microbiome, which is vital to its health and radiance. It gently removes impurities, makeup, and excess oil without disrupting the skin's protective barrier. 

Exfoliating is key to alleviating dry skin 

Exfoliating is a vital step in skin care to alleviate dry skin as it helps remove the buildup of dead skin cells that can make your skin appear dull and flaky. By regularly exfoliating, you encourage the turnover of fresh, hydrated skin cells, promoting a smoother and more radiant complexion while allowing moisturizers to penetrate more effectively.  Below are our recommendations for gently exfoliating your skin.


For gentle yet effective exfoliation on your face, consider the StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Tool. This innovative tool gently removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz, leaving your skin smoother and more receptive to skincare products. It's perfect for maintaining a radiant complexion without the harshness of traditional scrubs.

TCA Face Peel:

For a deeper exfoliation that targets uneven skin tone, fine lines, and blemishes, the StackedSkincare TCA Face Peel is a game-changer. It's formulated with a combination of AHA’s, BHA’s, and TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid),  and other skin-loving ingredients to help reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion. This no downtime, gentle peel can be used 3-5 times a week to promote radiant skin all winter long.

TCA Body Peel:

Don't forget to show your body some love too! StackedSkincare's TCA Body Peel offers the same benefits as the face peel but is specifically formulated for your body. It can help address concerns like dryness, dark spots, acne, and KP.. Remember to follow the instructions diligently to achieve the desired results without over-exfoliating.  

Incorporating these StackedSkincare exfoliation tools and products into your winter skincare routine will help you achieve that radiant glow by sloughing away dead skin cells and revealing a fresher, more youthful complexion. Remember to exfoliate wisely and adapt the frequency to your skin's needs, as over-exfoliation can lead to irritation, especially during the winter months.

Layer on the Moisture: The Power of Combining Humectants, Emollients, and Occlusives 

In the quest for radiant winter skin, understanding the importance of combining different types of moisturizing ingredients is key. To truly hydrate and lock in moisture, you need a skincare routine incorporating humectants, emollients, and occlusive ingredients. StackedSkincare offers a lineup of products that do just that.

Humectants: StackedSkincare HA Serum

Humectants are like magnets for moisture, drawing water into your skin. StackedSkincare's HA Serum, enriched with hyaluronic acid, is a powerful humectant. It attracts and retains moisture, ensuring your skin stays plump and hydrated throughout the day.

Emollients: StackedSkincare Microbiome Moisturizer

Emollients provide a protective, hydrating barrier on the skin's surface. The StackedSkincare Microbiome Moisturizer is formulated with nourishing emollients that help lock in the moisture drawn in by the HA Serum. This combination leaves your skin feeling soft, supple, and protected from winter's harsh elements.

Occlusives: StackedSkincare Shiunko Face Oil

Occlusive ingredients act as a seal over your skin, preventing moisture from evaporating. StackedSkincare's Shiunko Face Oil, with a blend of natural oils like jojoba and rosehip, serves as an occlusive layer that locks in the hydration provided by the HA Serum and Microbiome Moisturizer. It also adds an extra layer of nourishment, making it perfect for the winter months when your skin needs that additional protection.

By incorporating these three types of moisturizing ingredients and the corresponding StackedSkincare products into your daily routine, you create a comprehensive hydration strategy that keeps your skin radiant, smooth and well-protected even in the harshest winter conditions. Remember, a well-hydrated skin barrier is the foundation of healthy, glowing skin.

Don't Forget Sunscreen: Protecting Your Skin from Winter UV Damage

Sunscreen isn't just for summer! In fact, during winter, especially when you're hitting the slopes for some skiing, UV radiation can be even more harmful.  When you're up on a mountain, the snow acts as a natural reflector, bouncing UV rays back onto your skin. The higher altitudes also mean thinner atmospheres, allowing more UV radiation to reach your skin. This combination can lead to a higher risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage.

That's why it's essential to make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your winter skincare routine, especially if you’re on the slopes! 

For added defense against UV damage, incorporate antioxidants daily under your SPF. Antioxidants like astaxanthin, found in StackedSkincare's Microbiome Moisturizer, are powerful in neutralizing free radicals resulting from UV exposure. This moisturizer not only hydrates your skin but also infuses it with the protective benefits of astaxanthin, making it an ideal choice for winter skincare.

By combining sunscreen and antioxidants, you create a formidable shield against winter UV damage. Whether you're hitting the slopes or simply going about your daily activities, protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is crucial for maintaining your skin's health and radiance all year round.

Lifestyle Tips

Avoid Hot Showers:

While it's tempting to indulge in a steamy, hot shower during the winter to warm up, it can actually be harsh on your skin. Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to irritation. Instead, opt for lukewarm water when showering or bathing. This gentler temperature will help preserve your skin's moisture and prevent it from becoming overly dry and itchy.

Use a Humidifier:

Winter air is notoriously dry, both indoors and outdoors. To combat this dryness and maintain comfortable indoor humidity levels, consider using a humidifier in your home. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, which can help prevent your skin from drying out. It's especially beneficial while you sleep, as it can soothe dry nasal passages and keep your skin hydrated throughout the night.

Incorporate Warm, Nutrient-Rich Foods:

Your diet can have a significant impact on the health of your skin during the winter months. Include warming, nutrient-rich foods in your meals to nourish your skin from the inside out. Foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, and fatty fish provide essential vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats that support skin health. These ingredients can help combat the effects of winter's harsh conditions and contribute to a radiant complexion.

By making these lifestyle changes during the winter—opting for lukewarm showers, using a humidifier, and embracing a skin-friendly diet—you'll not only protect your skin from the season's challenges but also maintain a healthy, radiant appearance. 

About the Author


Kerry Benjamin, a licensed aesthetician, has over 12 years of experience. Kerry is the driving force behind StackedSkincare. As the company's CEO, Kerry has dedicated her career to revolutionizing skincare. Her innovative approach combines peels, serums, and specialized tools toeffectively address a wide range of skin concerns. CA LE license number Z98459.