Now that the chilly days are all around us, it’s only natural for one to want to amp up their TLC routine and plunge into the world of winter skin care. And this transition, def makes it time for you 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 - and it’s no secret that we beauty girls hate that! Which only gets worse owing to air conditioners and heaters that suck the moisture out of 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 alterations in your winter skincare routine and pick products that are thoroughly moisturising, nourishing and conditioning. So, scroll down for we’ve got you and your dermis all covered with the best picks in town. 

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

Winter Skin Care Products to Add to Your Routine  

Add these to your cart and ensure you’re looking all glossy and glam!  

1. Cream-based cleanser  

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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 for all your winter skincare needs. 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! So, get winter ready and hop onto the supple glow bandwagon with this facial cleanser - ready to be added to your skincare arsenal!  

 2. A moisturising toner  

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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 the winter skin care star, a moisturising 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 thick moisturiser  

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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 - just something your winter skin care demands. 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 moisturising 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 winter skin care moisturiser nourishes your skin from deep within and keeps it extremely soft and supple.    

4. Gentle exfoliator  

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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, improves skin texture and is exactly what your winter skincare needs. It also helps calm and soothe itchy and irritated skin.  

5. A lip balm 

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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 moisturising 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.  

FAQs about Winter Skin Care Products   

Before the summer sun is overhead again, here’s all are your winter skincare questions answered 

Q1 What’s the most essential winter skincare product? 

While we’ve listed the most essential ones, we can’t miss out on serums. These little babies are brimming with potent ingredients and therefore help address a lot of common skincare woes quickly and more effectively. We suggest, nothing but the famous and loved Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum. Tbh, I swear by this one! 

Q2 What other changes can I make to ensure my skin is great during the winters? 

Choose fabrics that are kind to your skin as a part of your winter skincare routine. We mean, no jute or itchy fabrics - stray towards the lighter side; cotton, silk or linen. This will ensure you’re increasingly airy and cool.