Winter skincare essentials are unlike any of their other seasonal counterparts — they focus on adding as much moisture and hydration to your skin as possible. This is because a strong lipid barrier helps protect against the harsh weather, cold winds and lack of humidity in the air. Your skin constantly loses water to the air during the winter and this can lead to dryness, flaking and in worse scenarios, irritation and rashes. But slathering on heavy creams might not be the fix-all solution, you need to follow a thorough skincare routine to keep winter dryness at bay. Here are all the winter essentials you should have already stocked up on...

 

01. A hydrating cleanser

01. A hydrating cleanser

Your skin is stripped of its natural oils significantly during cleansing. Which is why you need to pick a mild and gentle cleanser to avoid over-drying your face. Look for ingredients like glycerine, vitamin E and vitamin B and C that won’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry post-cleansing.

BB picks: Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

 

02. A nourishing serum

02. A nourishing serum

Serums are an excellent product to invest in because they are packed with skin-loving ingredients and are able to penetrate your skin better than creams or lotions. Oil-based serums work wonders for dry winter skin. Make sure to apply it on a slightly dewy, damp face after cleansing to help seal in all that lovely moisture!

BB picks: Dermalogica Phyto Replenishing Oil

 

03. A soothing moisturiser

03. A soothing moisturiser

A moisturiser is your skin’s top defence when it comes to protecting against winter harshness. Make sure to include emollient products to help soothe dry, irritated skin. Emollients are even good at treating itchy, red and cracked skin, which is a common issue when it is super cold outside.

BB picks: Pond’s moisturising cold cream

 

04. A protective SPF

04. A protective SPF

Did you know that your skin is usually more prone to sun damage in the winter as compared to other seasons? And using the wrong SPF formula, like mattifying products, can result in dry patches and white cast. Use a lotion-based SPF to keep the hydration levels of your winter skin up!

BB picks: Lakme Peach Milk Moisturiser SPF 24 Sunscreen Lotion

 

05. A multipurpose lip balm

05. A multipurpose lip balm

When we say multipurpose, we mean a nourishing lip balm that also protects against sun damage. Tinted lip balms that provide long-lasting hydration are perfect for keeping flaky, bleeding lips at bay; and an SPF of minimum 15 will get the job done!

BB picks: Lakme Lip Love Gelato Collection

 

06. A softening hand cream

06. A softening hand cream

Your hands are often the most overlooked part of your skincare routine. This is because we live under the impression that they already get enough products, which you apply on your face. But you are also constantly washing them and using them to touch surfaces, which can lead to dryness and tightness in the skin. So, make sure to place a good hand cream near your work desk this winter!

BB picks: Dove DermaSpa Cashmere Comfort Hand Cream