Winter means stocking up on moisturisers, oils, body lotions and lip balms to keep dry and flaky skin at bay. While these may offer temporary relief, a winter skincare regimen is not just abou loading up on moisturising products. There are a number of things to consider while building an effective winter skincare routine.

If you want to prevent dryness and retain that healthy glow, here are a few simple yet effective tips that will ensure your skin looks healthy and flawless all winter.

 

Strengthen your skin barrier

Strengthen your skin barrier

Any change in weather can have a negative effect on your skin’s barrier. The temperature fluctuations put stress on the delicate barrier and disrupt it. Signs of a disrupted skin barrier include tight, itchy, irritated and dehydrated skin. To strengthen it, add products that contain niacinamide into your skincare routine. The Pond’s Flawless Radiance Derma + Mattifying Day Cream SPF 15 boosts skin's cellular energy, thereby protecting your skin’s barrier.

 

Makes changes to your nighttime routine

Makes changes to your nighttime routine

At night when the body is at rest, your skin goes into repair mode. Including effective skincare ingredients in your nighttime regimen will accelerate the repairing process. Avoid ingredients that dry out the skin as these will cause irritation and disrupt the protective barrier of your skin. Instead, use Vitamin A and niacinamide to fight dullness and protect skin from dryness. The Lakme Absolute Youth Infinity Skin Sculpting Night Creme is infused with both these ingredients to repair your skin while you sleep, thus giving you younger-looking skin.

 

Reduce exfoliation

Reduce exfoliation

Exfoliation may seem like the only solution to battle dry, flaky skin in winter. But this can further irritate the skin’s barrier and invite more problems. Reduce exfoliation to once or twice a week and use a gentle scrub. Avoid anything that’s too grainy or harsh for your delicate facial skin. The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a mild exfoliator that accelerates cell renewal and leaves skin smooth and bright.

 

Load up on antioxidants

Load up on antioxidants

Antioxidants like vitamin C, E and niacinamide defend skin against toxins, environmental pollution, UV rays and blue light damage. The Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum removes dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin. It also helps reduce age spots and pigmentation. Apart from this, include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet like broccoli, spinach, nuts, avocado, berries, papaya and more.

 

Skip oils if you have oily skin

Skip oils if you have oily skin

Winter may seem like a good time to include facial oils in your skincare routine. However, do that only if you have dry or normal skin, those with oily skin may experience clogged pores that eventually lead to breakouts. You can use lightweight moisturisers with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerine. The Pond’s Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E is a non-comedogenic formula that keeps oily skin nourished without making it look greasy.