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Winter Skin SOS: Must-Have Products for Cold-Weather Care

Winter Skin SOS: Must-Have Products for Cold-Weather Care
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With a rise in temperature fluctuations, harsh weather conditions and changes in humidity, the winter months can wreak havoc on our skin. Such elements may exacerbate dryness and even cause fragility, leaving skin to suffer. Here at SkinStore, we have made an in-depth guide listing our favorite winter essentials that will nurture and protect the skin.

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Why Winter Skin Care Matters

As the seasons change, so do our skin’s needs. Therefore, we need to adapt our winter skin care routine accordingly in order to give skin the extra TLC it is craving. Additionally, certain conditions such as eczema are worsened by the cold meaning greater care is needed.

Must-Have Winter Skin Care Products

Hydrating Moisturizers

A face cream is one of the most important steps in your routine, working to lock moisture into the skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

This oatmeal-infused treatment delivers up to 24 hours of hydration. Suitable for the face and body, the cream visibly strengthens the skin’s barrier to help defend against external aggressors.

Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream

Cold weather can damage the skin and contribute to visible signs of premature skin aging. Epionce’s Intensive Nourishing Cream works to diminish the appearance of such signs, while also providing an intense moisture boost.

Obagi Medical Hydrate Luxe

A multi-purpose formula that defends against dryness and reduces the look of fine lines simultaneously. Lending a firming effect, the treatment promotes a supple, visibly toned finish.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer

Gaining recognition for its soothing properties, this rich emollient from La Roche Posay combines panthenol with glycerin and shea butter to provide a sense of comfort to the skin.

Protective Lip Balms

Are your lips experiencing chapping? Cracking? These travel-friendly lip treatment formulas keep lips conditioned wherever you may be.

SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair

Powered by two antioxidants, vitamin E and botanical silymarin, this formula exfoliates the skin as it nourishes, seeking to restore a soft, uniform texture.

Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex

Promote irresistibly smooth lips with the Renewal Lip Complex. The treatment is perfect for the winter months, shielding skin against moisture loss thanks to its blend of vitamin E, avocado oil, and shea butter.

U Beauty The Plasma Lip Compound 15ml

Infused with a natural tint of color, this versatile formula not only defines the lips, but also hydrates and plumps, making the balm ideal for every day.

iS Clinical LipProtect SPF 35

The lips are one of the most fragile parts of the skin on the body, and it is vital that we look after them all year round. The translucent LipProtect is designed to lessen the visible effects of sun damage.

Gentle Cleansers

Using a gentle cleanser is another step we can take to keep skin in its best condition. These types of products enable us to effectively purify the skin without stripping away any natural oils.

Obagi Medical Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

A soap-free alternative made with delicate skin types in mind, formulated to remove all traces of the day and prepare skin for subsequent formulas.

Neocutis NEO CLEANSE Gentle Skin Cleanser 125ml

Discover the award-winning NEO Cleanse Gentle Skin Cleanser by Neocutis. The dermatologist-tested face wash harnesses cult-favorite ingredient glycerin to prevent skin tightness and irritation post-cleanse.

Medik8 Gentle Cleanse 150ml

Transforming into a lightweight foam, this formula is made with mild cleansing agents that lift impurities from the skin, supporting a clean feel. Enriched with rosemary oil, the face wash leaves skin with a more balanced look.

Dr. Loretta Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Dr. Loretta’s cleanser is your one-stop shop for fresh skin. The formula eliminates stubborn eye makeup and pollutants while reducing the appearance of redness.

Serums and Treatments

Serums are great for targeting specific skin concerns with their carefully selected ingredients.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

With five forms of hyaluronic acid at the core of its formula, this serum instantly quenches the skin’s thirst. Its smoothing benefits minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum

This iconic treatment provides up to 72 hours of moisturization. Equipped with a fuss-free dropper, the serum visibly enhances bounce, radiance and firmness with continued use.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Hyaluronic Acid Gel Moisturizer 30ml

The SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Gel Moisturizer is an oil-free, non-comedogenic gel that works to deeply nourish all skin types with the help of vitamin B5.

ARCONA Hydrating Serum

Replenish the look and feel of dehydrated skin with ARCONA’s Hydrating Serum. The powerful formula utilizes manuka honey, a humectant packed full of vitamins and minerals, to care for the skin daily.

Sunscreen (Yes, Even in Winter)

Even though the weather may be chilly, cloudy, wet or even stormy, the sun can still cause damage to the skin, making SPF essential even in winter.

EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF40

This daily face cream offers broad spectrum defense against UV rays. Its sheer finish and non-greasy texture make the formula ideal for layering beneath makeup.

ClarityRx Skin Defense Environmental Protection SPF 30

Protect against environmental aggressors with the ClarityRx Skin Defense. Armed with SPF 30 protection, the caffeine-infused product encourages a brighter look.

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33

Perfect for days spent in the water, this innovative sunscreen includes PhytoMelanin Plant extract technology to help guard the skin from the sun’s damaging rays and other external aggressors.

PCA SKIN Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Every type of weather was considered when PCA SKIN created their moisturizer-sunscreen hybrid, working to keep your skin safe no matter the time of year with SPF 30.

How To Use These Products in Your Winter Skin Care Routine

The first step in your skin care routine is to cleanse. This prepares skin for any following products and allows you to get the most out of your ingredients. Then it is time to treat with your serum of choice. Which one you should select depends on how your skin is feeling. However, as the formulations will differ, it is important to follow the guidance given to avoid skin discomfort. Follow with face cream and lip balm, before finishing with sunscreen – this should always be the last part of your morning routine.

Additional Winter Skin Care Tips

There are many other ways to protect your skin during the colder months. As always, drink plenty of fluids to help keep you and your skin hydrated. You should avoid very hot showers and high thermostat temperatures. Don’t neglect other areas of the body either – they still need moisture. A humidifier may also prove to be a great investment as it can minimize skin dryness.

Introducing these methods and products into your everyday life can support your skin’s comfort throughout the year. Explore SkinStore’s full skin care collection here to build your perfect winter skin care regime. 

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