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. This loss of hydration makes your skin looked inflamed and dull. Moisture barrier is important for the skin to protect itself. This is why summer skincare products that are lightweight are not effective during winters when the skin is drier and needs more moisture.

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

Your ordinary cleanser is meant to take off the dirt and dead cells from your skin that also strips the natural oils. It is not a problem during summers when the skin is already releasing excess but in winters, your skin lacks moisture. Further, removing the natural oils can cause some severe damage. 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

Most toners available in the market contain astringent to help control excess oil production. But since your skin is already drier than usual in the winters, you are better off without astringent toners. But this in no ways means that you need to give up on this pore refining, skin balancing wonder completely. Just 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

During winter it is common for your skin to feel dry and patchy even after you have slathered on moisturizer. This is why you need to give up on your lightweight summer moisturizer with a richer, creamier formula. This will keep your skin hydrated for longer periods of time and provide your skin with everlasting moisture. Your lightweight summer moisturizer would prove to be highly ineffective against the mega dryness of winters. Moisturizers with fatty acids and moisturizing ingredients will help you lock the moisture into the skin and keep maintaining the protective barrier to ward off dryness. 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

The serum is an important part of the skincare routine and if you haven’t incorporated it into your life you are missing on some uber anti-aging and moisturizing benefits. Serums are one of the important winter skincare products. Enriched with potent ingredients, serums address targeted action, including dryness. 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. Exfoliating during winters is an excellent way to deal with dead skin. But, avoid using products that have physical exfoiliants as they can be very harsh on dry and dehydrated winter skin. Your winter skincare products must include chemical exfoliators. Don’t be scared of the name, actually, these formulations have AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), enzymes and (BHAs) beta hydroxy acids that gently dissolve the top dead skin layer. 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.