When you transition from sweaty summers to dry winters, it’s important to switch your skincare routine to suit the cold weather conditions. The dry winds make your skin lose moisture rapidly. This can worsen the condition for dry-skinned beauties. It is, therefore, ideal to follow a skincare routine for dry skin in winter.

While you’re swapping your lightweight moisturisers for a richer lotion and your gel cleansers for cream ones, it is also important to include double cleansing, exfoliation and a comprehensive night-time skincare routine in your dry skin care routine in winter so that your skin does not look dull and dehydrated. Here’s a quick guide on AM to PM skincare routines for dry skin in winter.


1. AM skincare routine for dry skin in winter

Lakmé Deep Cleanser Cleansing Milk - skincare routine for dry skin in winter

Step 01: Cleanse

Even though it is cold outside, your cleansing routine cannot take a backseat. In winters, it is ideal to swap your foaming cleansers with cream cleansers. Your skin is already lacking moisture in winters, and harsh cleansers will only strip your skin of natural oils, making it drier. Therefore, it’s ideal to do away with stronger cleansers and swap them with gentle cream cleansers.

Cream cleansers mildly cleanse the skin and are apt for dry skin types, just what your dry skin care routine in winter needs. The Lakmé Deep Cleanser Cleansing Milk is your best bet this season. Infused with the goodness of avocado and milk, this gentle cleanser removes dirt and impurities, and locks in moisture for up to 12 hours. Alternatively, you can use Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser which helps calm and cool the redness associated with sensitised skin.

Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner - skin care routine for dry skin

Step 02: Tone

While astringents help cleanse skin, tighten pores and dry out excess oil, it can turn out to be a little too dry in the winter months. Astringents can, in fact, be a recipe for disaster if you include it in your dry skincare routine in winter. It is, therefore, ideal to switch to a moisturising toner for similar skin benefits.

We suggest you get your hands on the Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner which is alcohol-free, reduces dryness, removes traces of impurities and provides improved nourishment to the skin.

A face toner not only preps your skin for moisturisers and serums but also helps you get rid of excess oil and stubborn grime. However, don’t think of it as a replacement for a cleanser. A toner is in fact an added credit to your dry skin care routine.

Pond’s Rose Body Lotion - skin care routine for dry skin

 Step 03: Moisturise

Moisturising your skin in the dry, winter months is the key to hydrated, healthy skin. We suggest you toss away your lightweight moisturiser and include a richer body lotion in your dry skin care routine in winter.

Lightweight moisturisers are for warmer months. The thinner creams and lotions will leave you with dry patches when used in winter. Therefore, in winters, you need to switch to richer creams that keep your dry skin nourished and hydrated all through the day. A richer lotion such as the Pond’s Rose Body Lotion can do the trick for you. It not only moisturises the skin but also comes with a long-lasting rose fragrance. Win-win!

Protect your dry skin in winter

Step 04: Protect

Stepping out without applying sunscreen is the biggest skin sin you’re probably committing. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or combination skin, protecting it from the sun can save you a zillion other skin concerns (think pigmentation, sunburn, premature ageing and dark spots). Regardless of the weather, you need sunscreen all through the year.

To keep your skin protected from the harsh UV rays, we suggest you use the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 30 PA++ Lotion after applying moisturiser. And, make sure you reapply sunscreen every three to four hours. For re-application, the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 40 Pa+++ Compact is an ideal option. This way, your makeup will remain intact even with touch-ups.


2. PM skincare routine for dry skin in winter

PM skincare routine for dry skin in winter

Step 01: Remove makeup

Before you think of committing another skin sin (hitting the sheets without removing your makeup), here’s a gentle reminder that sleeping with makeup on can clog pores and make your skin more prone to breakouts. You don’t want that kind of negativity in your life, do you? So, here’s a solution!

Reach for a hydrating micellar water such as the Ponds Vitamin Micellar Water Hydrating Aloe Vera that’ll cleanse, hydrate and purify your skin. Infused with the goodness of aloe vera, this micellar water is a miracle elixir for all those with dry skin. Aloe vera tackles dry, flaky skin and its moisturising properties help soothe the skin. So, if you’re in the habit of directly reaching for your cleanser after getting home, then we suggest you include an extra step in your PM skin care routine for dry skin in winter.

Cleanse your skin

Step 02: Cleanse

Just because you’ve added an extra step to your night-time skincare routine (read step 01), does not mean you can skip using a cleanser altogether. When you do a double cleanse, you’re helping your skin get rid of all the dirt, dust, bacteria and other harmful pollutants without stripping it of its natural oils.

Take a dime-sized amount of the same cleanser you used in the morning, massage it into your skin and rinse with lukewarm water. Your dry skincare routine in winter definitely needs a double cleanse, because when you follow it up with your skin repair creams and serums, they will work more effectively.

Scrub for dry skin care in winter

Step 03: Exfoliate (twice a week)

Dry skin gives rise to dead skin, and therefore, you need to exfoliate at least once or twice a week in winters. Ideally, you must exfoliate your skin at least thrice a week. Exfoliation buffs away dead skin cells and other impurities, revealing a healthy glow. It stimulates healthy skin cell renewal and improves the appearance of your complexion, making it soft, smooth and radiant.

Get your hands on the St. Ives Energizing Coconut & Coffee Scrub and treat your skin to the goodness of coffee and coconut. Squeeze a small amount onto your fingertips and massage the scrub over damp skin in small, circular motions while applying gentle pressure. Massage for a minute before rinsing with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry. Exfoliating is a crucial step in your dry skin care routine in winter.

dry skin care in winter am to pm routine

Step 04: Hydrating serum or night cream

Did you know that in the night, your skin turns from ‘protect’ to ‘repair’ mode? Yes, your skin renews itself overnight and therefore, night-time skincare is given so much importance. Since your skin is more prone to moisture loss in the night, it gives your skincare products a chance to provide maximum hydration. This in turn boosts the cell regeneration process and helps fight early signs of ageing.

You can alternate between a cream and a serum. Try the Ponds Gold Radiance Youthful Night Cream which is infused with the goodness of vitamins A and B3 and real precious gold. It helps reduce dullness, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. Alternatively, you can use the Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate which is infused with pineapple fruit extract known for gentle exfoliation. Including a serum in your dry skincare routine can do wonders to your skin.

FAQs about Skin care routine for dry skin:

Q. Why is my face so dry in winter?

A. The cold, dry winds in the winter months makes your skin lose moisture rapidly, in fact, your skin loses a quarter of its ability to hold moisture in the cold weather. As a result, your skin feels dry, chapped, flaky and tight.

Q. What deficiency causes dry skin?

A. Deficiency in vitamins B12, B3 and B6 causes dryness, itchiness and dry skin concerns. Lack of vitamin C can show early signs of ageing and lack of vitamin A can lead to skin dryness.

Q. How do you hydrate your skin overnight?

A. Some of the best overnight dry skin treatments include applying coconut oil on your face before going to bed, applying foot cream and covering it with socks, sleeping with an overnight mask on and applying petroleum jelly on dry patches for added nourishment.