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How to Adapt Your Skincare Regimen for Colder Weather: Fall and Winter

Moisturizing skincare products for colder weather

As the seasons shift and the weather cools, it's important to recognize that our skincare routines must adapt to the changing climate. The transition from warm and humid weather to colder, drier conditions can significantly impact our skin. 

Why Should You Review Your Skincare For Colder Weather?

Colder seasons bring unique challenges for our skin. The combination of lower humidity, chilly winds, and indoor heating systems can wreak havoc on even the healthiest complexions.

During the fall and winter, the air becomes much drier, increasing moisture loss from your skin and translating into dryness, flakiness, and a compromised skin barrier.

In addition, by stripping the skin of its natural oils, cold winds, and harsh weather often trigger irritation. Therefore, proper skin care can act as a barrier to combat that, shielding your skin from these elements.

A skincare makeover helps prevent skin issues like eczema and acne, which can exacerbate during cooler climates if you neglect your skin.

Adapting your routine can help you achieve and maintain a healthy, radiant complexion despite the challenges posed by colder weather.

Cold Weather-Friendly Skincare Ingredients for All Skin Types

Certain select ingredients can supercharge your skincare regimen and address specific concerns associated with colder weather. Here is a brief highlight of potent ingredients to look out for in products: 

Glycerin—A natural humectant that attracts water molecules from the environment and binds them to your skin. Glycerin imparts a balanced protective barrier, preventing moisture loss and leaving your skin soft and supple.

Hyaluronic Acid—This naturally occurring molecule has a remarkable capacity to hold water, between 1000 and 10,000 of its weight. About 1 gram of HA can bind between 1 and 10 liters of water! So, it is perfect to infuse your skin with a surge of moisture

Shea Butter—Emollient ingredient rich in fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants. Shea butter has deep moisturizing properties for sealing in moisture and soothing irritated skin.

Cacao Butter—Derived from cocoa beans and rich in antioxidants, it not only quenches your skin's thirst but also defends it against harsh winter conditions.

Castor Oil—Rich in fatty acids, it's an excellent moisturizer, making it the perfect ally for cold-weather skincare. Its antimicrobial properties can help combat the occasional acne flare-up caused by cold, dry air. 

Argan Oil—Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, it rejuvenates and hydrates your skin, leaving it radiant and revitalized.

Ceramides—Natural lipids (fats) found in the outermost layer of your skin, serving as the brick-and-mortar structure that keeps your skin barrier intact. They replenish and strengthen your skin's barrier, helping it retain moisture and stay resilient in harsh conditions.

General Skincare Tips for All Skin Types During Colder Weather

Regardless of your skin type—whether you have dry, normal/combination, or oily skin—some general adjustments apply to everyone in colder weather conditions. Here are seven rituals to implement, especially in winter:

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Invest in a richer, more hydrating moisturizer for fall and winter. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and shea butter to lock in moisture.

2. Don't Skip Sunscreen

Even on overcast winter days, UV rays can still penetrate your skin. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from sun damage.

3. Stay Hydrated

Hydration starts from the inside out. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin well-hydrated. 

4. Exfoliate Gently

While exfoliation is important, it should be done more sparingly in the colder months. Opt for a milder exfoliant to avoid over-drying your skin.

5. Protect Your Lips

Chapped lips are a common issue in colder seasons. Use a lip balm with SPF to keep your lips soft and shielded from the elements.

6. Avoid Hot Showers

Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils. Opt for lukewarm water to prevent excessive dryness when cleansing your face and body.

7. Use a Humidifier

Indoor heating systems can further dry out the air in your home. Placing a humidifier in your home can help maintain the right moisture level for your skin.

Skin Type-Specific Tips for Colder Weather

  • Dry Skin

  • Individuals with dry skin may be more vulnerable, and face heightened challenges, potentially leading to irritation and other conditions linked to dryness, including eczema. As such, employing suitable solutions to face cold weather is imperative to mitigate its adverse effects on already dry skin.

    Lotion may not suffice to seal the moisture, so doubling down on moisturizers is the approach to care for your skin. 

    We recommend our Advanced Soothing Creamy Ointment to boost your skin’s protective barrier. 

    It is enriched with cocoa butter, shea butter, soybean, coconut, castor, almond, and argan oil for a super hydrated skin experience. You can also use it on your face and scalp for all-around hydration.


  • Normal/Combination Skin

  • We recommend you switch from the normal/combination skin to the dry skin type regimen. 

  • Oily Skin 

  • We recommend you switch from the oily to the normal/combination skin type regimen.

    What Else Can You Do to Care for Your Skin in Colder Weather? 

    In addition to selecting the right skincare ingredients, don't forget the vital role of lifestyle adjustments in preserving your skin's health during colder seasons. 

    Maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, managing stress, and ensuring a consistent sleep routine all contribute to overall skin wellness. 

    Moreover, consider making professional dermatologist check-ups a part of your skincare regimen, especially if you have specific skin concerns or conditions. Your dermatologist will offer personalized guidance, identify potential issues early on, and provide peace of mind, ensuring your skin is well-prepared for cold weather challenges.

    Conquer Your Skincare in Cooler Months Now!

    As the weather changes, so do your skin’s needs. By following these skincare tips, you'll be well-prepared to face the challenges of colder seasons with healthy, glowing skin. If you want to address personalized concerns beyond a basic skincare routine, you are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. Thrower!


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