Who doesn’t love winter? Giving us respite from the monsoon as well as the October heat, winter is practically our favourite time of the year. From bringing out our comfy sweaters to swiping on those gorgeous plum lippies, we can‘t wait to do it all.

The only thing we’re not looking forward to is dry, parched and patchy skin that often sneaks in along with the cool weather. Thankfully, we’ve gotten our skincare essentials ready early this year. To help you do the same, here are some super moisturising winter skincare goodies that need to replace your summer ones if you want happy skin this season.

 

1. Cleanser - Swap your gel face wash for a cream face wash

1. Cleanser - Swap your gel face wash for a cream face wash

Gel formulated facewashes are super lightweight and leave the skin feeling absolutely squeaky clean and refreshed. But unfortunately, gel face washes can also leave your skin feeling extremely dry and patchy in the winter months. This is when you need to switch your gel-based face wash for a cream-based cleanser. A cream-based cleanser can help balance your skin, so it doesn’t overcompensate by producing more oil.

BB recommends: Dove Beauty Moisture Conditioning Facial Cleanser

 

2. Body lotion – Swap your regular body lotion for a richer body lotion

2. Body lotion – Swap your regular body lotion for a richer body lotion

Winter skincare isn’t just about the face; it extends to the rest of your body too. You may have noticed that the skin all over your body feels tighter and itchier than usual, and this is your cue to moisturise well. Just like your face moisturiser, switch to a creamier and richer formula during winters Look for a product that not just moisturises but also repairs skin damage. Bonus points if it smells amazing too!

Pro Tip: Apply body lotion as soon as you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, to lock in moisture.

BB recommends: Pond’s Juliet Rose Body Lotion

 

3. Makeup remover – Swap your makeup remover for micellar water

3. Makeup remover – Swap your makeup remover for micellar water

While your average makeup remover does the trick on most days, winter calls for special care. You don’t want to use a product that dries out your skin and leaves it parched. So, if you haven’t already tried the beauty junkie favourite, now’s the time to give micellar water a go! It removes makeup like a dream and hydrates your skin too. The perfect solution for winter, we think.

BB recommends: Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water Hydrating Aloe

 

4. Toner – Swap your toner for a hydrating mist

4. Toner – Swap your toner for a hydrating mist

It is really important to have a toner in your skincare routine, but winter demands a change in formula. As the air gets drier, limit the usage of a toner to the bare minimum. Instead, switch to using a face mist after cleansing your face as usual. A face mist will not only rejuvenate your skin, but also provide total hydration. The best part is you can use it over makeup as well for an instant freshen-me-up!

BB recommends: Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist

 

5. Scrub - Swap your face scrub for a chemical exfoliant

5. Scrub - Swap your face scrub for a chemical exfoliant

Regularly exfoliating your skin is extremely important even in winter as this helps slough away dead skin cells and makes your skin glow. But using physical exfoliants can prove to be too harsh for already vulnerable winter skin, resulting in further dryness. Instead, try chemical exfoliators to gently dissolve the top layer of dead skin and wash it away. This is a much kinder exfoliation method for dry skin and won’t lead to more flakes.

BB recommends: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant