With the cold weather well and truly on its way, it is time to say goodbye to our summer skincare essentials and bring on board some winter specific ones. This is because winter weather is slightly harsher on our skin compared to the rest of the year. The nip in the temperatures causes the humidity levels to go down, thus sapping the skin of moisture. This causes your skin to look cracked, dry and chapped. Add to this problem of air conditioners and heaters, which make the problem a lot worse by sucking out the moisture from your skin. And this is majorly why your skin tends to look dull, dehydrated and inflamed. To reverse this problem and make your skin look healthy and strong, it is important to keep your skin hydrated. Therefore, your summer skincare essentials won't cut it when it comes to caring for your winter skin as they are super lightweight and don't provide the necessary moisture levels. 

If you think the answer to this is just switching up your cleanser, then you couldn’t be more wrong. To properly guard your skin against winter weather, you need to make proper alternations in your skincare routine and pick products that are thoroughly moisturizing, nourishing and conditioning.

Therefore, we are here taking an effort to find out about all the skincare essentials you need to add to your bathroom cabinet this season. Here are all the winter skin care products we think you should swear by to help you and your skin looking healthy, hydrated and glowing.

So, what are you waiting for? Add the following seven products to your winter skincare routine RN...


1. Winter Skin Care Products - A cream-based cleanser

A cream-based cleanser

The point of a cleanser is to help clean your skin by getting rid of dirt and other impurities, but more often than not, it also ends up stripping your skin of the necessary natural oils that are the first line of defence for your skin. While this is all right during the summers, this ends up being too harsh for your skin in the winters. This is why using a cream-based cleanser is super important. We recommend you to get your hands on the Dove Beauty Moisture Conditioning Facial Cleanser. This face wash effectively cleanses skin without stripping it off moisture. It not just cleanses the skin of dirt, oil and makeup, but also puts back some essential nutrients and moisture into the skin. It makes you feel extremely clean, fresh and hydrated.


2. A moisturising toner

A moisturising toner

One of the first things you should stop using as soon as winter hits is your usual toner. This is because most toners contain astringent as one of the principle ingredients to help control excess oil production. But this is something you do not need in the winters at all because your skin is already dry and flaky. But this does not in any way mean that you need to give up using toner completely in the winter months, all you need to do is switch to a moisturizing toner that offers the same benefits without making your skin dry or causing any damage. There’s a toner for every skin type so you can pick one that will specifically serve you best during winters. We recommend you to use the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner, especially during the winters. This toner hydrates, conditions and refreshes the skin and prepares for better moisture absorption.


3. A heavy moisturiser

A heavy moisturiser

No matter how many times your moisturise your skin during the day in winters, it still feels extremely dry and patchy. And this is the sign you need to give up on your usual summer moisturiser and switch to a creamier and more nourishing formula. This will keep your skin hydrated for longer periods of time and provide your skin with everlasting moisture. Make sure that you pick formulas that are enriched with acids and other moisturizing ingredients to keep your skin soft and supple for longer periods of time. We recommend you to use the Lakme Peach Milk Moisturiser SPF 24 PA++ every single day. Enriched with rich peaches and apples, this moisturizer nourishes your skin from deep within and keeps it extremely soft and supple.


4. Hydrating serum

Hydrating serum

Girls, get your hands on a bottle of serum today. If this miracle product isn't something you in use your daily skincare routine let us tell you in no uncertain terms that you are depriving your skin of a lot of anti-aging and moisturizing benefits. Serums are one of the important winter skincare products. These little babies are brimming with potent ingredients and therefore help address a lot of common skincare woes quickly and more effectively. For winter dryness, use skincare ingredients that have intensely hydrating ingredients such as argan oil. The Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum is an amazing pick for people with extremely dry and dehydrated skin types. It deeply nourishes the skin to make it look hydrated and radiant. Always apply serums before moisturizers so that they can get easily absorbed for maximum benefits.


5. Gentle exfoliator

Gentle exfoliator

Exfoliating your skin should form an important part of your skincare routine irrespective of the season. Therefore scrub is one of the most important winter skincare products. It removes all the dry and dead skin cells and makes your skin glow. While it is really important to exfoliate your skin in the winters to get rid of dead skin. it is important to avoid physical exfoliators as they can further damage the delicate and fragile winter skin. Your winter skincare products must include chemical exfoliators. Formulated with amazing ingredients such as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), enzymes and (BHAs) beta hydroxy acids, these chemical exfoliators gently do away with the topmost layer of dead skin to reveal fresh and glowing skin. You need to try the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. This non-abrasive exfoliation treatment helps stimulate cell renewal, dead skin cells and improves skin texture. It also helps calm and soothe itchy and irritated skin.


6. An intense body lotion

An intense body lotion

During winters, taking care of the skin on your body is equally important too. Your entire body needs moisturizing and hydration. Therefore, it is important to have a thick and creamy body lotion on your beauty shelf at all times. Pick up a body lotion that has fatty lipids such as shea butter or cocoa butter as they help provide the skin with a moisture barrier to keep it hydrated for longer hours. The Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow Body Lotion provides intense hydration to protect your skin against winter dryness and keep it extremely soft and supple.


7. A lip balm

A lip balm

Dry weather is a curse for your lips, thanks to its extremely thin and sensitive skin. This makes the lips chap and crack very easily, which turns out to be extremely painful. Everyone has to struggle with dry lips because this skin is more prone to dryness because of the absence of any oil glands. Unable to replenish moisture on their own, you will need a quality lip balm to prevent that flaky pout from making an appearance. We recommend you to gently exfoliate your lips and then apply a moisturizing balm to protect them from dry air. The Vaseline Lip Care - Rosy Lips is an excellent choice for this. It intensely moisturises the lips and makes them appear soft, plump and hydrated.