How to prep your skin for the winter

Hello, beauties! It is that time of the year again, where you get a little heavy-handed with your skincare prep! With winter right around the corner, we already have a lot on our plate: How do we transition into our winter wardrobe? What do we eat to stay healthy? How frequently should we exercise? Add skincare to the list and we might just end up feeling a tad overwhelmed. This is why we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to stay hydrated and moisturized in the Christmas and winter seasons!

1. Switch to a heavier moisturizer 

Chilly weather and harsh winds can strip your skin of its natural oils. The resulting dryness can cause rashes, fine lines, and irritation. In winter, your skin needs more moisture so it’s important to switch up your skin emollient. It’s a good idea to go for creams that are typically more moisturizing and provide a stronger protective barrier on your skin’s surface. 

According to dermatologist Dr. Deborah Sarnoff, “Skin usually feels better if you bump up to a richer moisturizer that has more oil content and less water content.” Proper hydration gives your skin the boost that it needs to repair itself and stay healthy. 

2. Wear protective clothing 

Most people wait until temperatures turn frigid before putting on gloves, beanies, and other protective gear. Our advice? Wear them every day until spring. Doing so prevents your skin from getting dry and chapped. In addition to wearing protective layers of clothing, make sure you invest in a nourishing body lotion that thoroughly hydrates the skin and reduces dryness. A body lotion is a must for your skincare routine for all seasons, but for winter, it’s indispensable. 

Dressing adequately for winter will also reduce your chances of getting sick. Style your winter wardrobe with a variety of cozy scarves, sweaters, and gloves to protect your skin (and yourself) from the cold. 

3. Take shorter showers

As much as we love hot showers in cold winter mornings, they can leave our skin feeling dry and itchy. Opt for shorter showers, turn the heat down a notch, and follow up with a moisturizing body lotion. 

For extra skin enrichment, use a shower gel instead of soap. You not only get better coverage and better cleaning but they’re also formulated to be more gentle and hydrating for the skin. 

4. Protect your lips 

Winter is coming, so let’s give the delicate skin on your lips some extra care. For Canadians, winter can be an especially brutal time of the year for your lips which can get dry and flaky. The cold air outside and dry heat inside all contribute to chapped lips so it’s necessary to use an ointment-based lip balm that will lock in the moisture and help heal cracks in the skin. 

According to dermatologist Dr. Melissa Piliang, “Our lips dry out 10 times faster than the rest of the skin on our face, so it’s really important to use extra protection.”  

5. Keep up the exercise!

We tend to forget this one. But the truth is that exercising is just as important for skin health as it is for physical fitness. By increasing blood circulation, it helps nourish skin cells and carries oxygen throughout the body (including your skin!) 

If you’re looking for vegan and cruelty-free skincare products, Dermaniche is a great choice for you. We let your natural beauty shine through effortlessly by promoting overall wellness and youthful, healthy skin. 


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