There’s a lot to look forward to during the winter, but dry skin is not one of them. This year, make a few simple lifestyle changes so you can glow all winter long.
1. PROTECT YOUR LIPS & HANDS
The skin on your lips and hands lacks oil glands, making it particularly susceptible to drying and cracking. Keep these sensitive areas hydrated—wear gloves when leaving the house and use hand cream to prevent dryness. For lips, apply our HYDRATING LIP PEEL to get rid of dead skin cells and add moisture back in.
2. DITCH SUPER HOT BATHS
Soaking in a hot bath might be tempting after a day in the blistering cold. But really, the intense heat of a bath or hot shower actually breaks down the skin’s lipid barrier, which can cause dehydration. Choose warm water and limit shower time to 5 minutes.
3. SLATHER ON SPF
Sunscreen is not just for summertime. Winter sun and snow glare can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 to your face and hands 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Look for a sunscreen with mineral protectants like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—chemical-based sunscreen ingredients can be irritating to sensitive skin.
4. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MOISTURIZER
As weather conditions change, your summer moisturizer might not be enough. Add a hydrating serum into your routine like our HA HYDRATING SERUM, which contains hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, and niacinamide to draw moisture deep into the skin. Follow your hydrating serum with a gentle moisturizer. Still dry? Pat on a few drops of a lightweight face oil . The oil creates a protective shield that helps your skin retain all that moisture you just applied.
5.SAY GOODBYE TO ALCOHOL & SULFATES
To prevent winter dryness, avoid sulfate-based cleansers and alcohol-based toners. These ingredients can strip your skin of moisturizing oils that protect against harsh weather. Instead, use a gentle cleanser like our sulfate-free HYDRATING GEL CLEANSER, which is formulated with allantoin and vitamin B5 to draw moisture into the skin as it cleanses. If you feel like you need a toner, opt for one with ingredients like witch hazel instead of alcohol.
6. PREP SKIN WITH A PEEL
Dry skin often has a build-up of dead cells sitting on the surface. This build-up not only causes your skin to look dull, but prevents moisturizing ingredients from sinking into your skin. This winter, use a weekly peel like our TCA MULTI-ACID FACE PEEL to dissolve dead skin cells. Our peel is formulated with five gentle acids that resurface while visibly brightening and hydrating the skin.
The same rules apply for the rest of your body— after a shower, apply our TCA MULTI-ACID BODY PEEL to get rid of dead skin build-up and help your body lotion sink in. Both peels are self-neutralizing so you don’t need to rinse them off.
7. MAXIMIZE MOISTURE WITH A HUMIDIFIER
The moisture in your skin evaporates when the air is cold and dry, causing skin to chap and crack. Rehydrate dry indoor air by placing a humidifier in your bedroom. Extra humidity in the air will help moisturize your skin as you sleep.