5 Winter Skincare Rules a Dermatologist Wants You to Follow
Just when you’ve figured out the right skincare routine, winter comes along, and suddenly, you have to change your tried-and-true summer remedies for their more hydrating counterparts. Sure, not everything has to go, but thanks to freezing temperatures and blustery winds, it is essential that we up the hyaluronic acid and capitalise on a good moisturiser. To give us the lowdown on what our ideal winter skincare routine should look like, we reached out to dermatologist Rita Linkner, MD, for the important skincare steps and hydrating hero products necessary to avoid dull winter skin.
While dry skin affects us all from time to time, Linkner says, "Winter months are the worst on the skin, period." Adding that "low temps combined with low humidity levels and blustery winds can make a number of skin conditions worse, from acne to rosacea to eczema." To avoid getting irritating dry patches in the first place, Linkner recommends "overdoing it with a hydrating moisturiser," "less than five-minute" showers, and, believe it or not, cutting back on hand-washing to "only when totally essential." For more of Linkner's tips to banish dry skin, as well as her favourite winter skincare products, keep on reading.
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream ($20)
It's important to use a heavily hydrating cream come winter. Linkner recommends using this inexpensive drugstore cream on both face and body following cleansing or a shower. It works well on all skin types and douses skin with moisture, a must in the winter months.
SkinMedica HA 5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($289)
Following moisturiser, Linkner recommends applying this anti-ageing serum which replenishes the skin's hyaluronic acid levels. By applying it afterwards, Linkner says it draws "appropriate amounts of water from the Cetaphil" to "restructure the skin," which is especially important for those of us prone to acne, breakouts, and or fine lines and wrinkles. Who knew?
Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 ($59)
"SPF is needed every day of the year, even when cloudy," says Linkner. While some sunscreens can be troublesome for different skin types, this SPF is specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, so it is unlikely to cause irritation or breakouts. Bonus: Linkner says this sunscreen "works very well with makeup."
Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($7)
You know it's good when a dermatologist (Linkner) says she doesn't leave home without it. This clear salve is a must-have in all homes or purses for that matter, as it works its magic on "everything from chapped lips to peeling cuticles to diaper rashes," says Linkner. Use it to treat unruly dry patches. Not a fan of the oily texture? Try using it as a night treatment or give a slightly less sticky balm like RMS' Lip and Skin Balm ($36) a try.
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