In matter you forgot about the excitement of the autumn season and everything that comes with it, consider this your kind reminder: winter is coming. And although we may still have a few weeks until the official start of the season (December is the first day of winter this year), it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, especially when it comes to your daily skincare routine.

As with your wardrobe, some aspects of your skincare routine should change as you approach the cold months. With freezing temperatures, strong winds and excessive indoor heating, our skin tends to become drier, duller and generally more sensitive, which in turn can cause redness, irritation and even flaking. If this scenario seems familiar to you, do not worry, you are not alone. Fortunately, transitioning your skincare routine for the winter months is as easy as making a few minor adjustments. In advance, we described five of the most common mistakes in winter skin care that people make at this time of year, and the quick and easy replacement actions that you can take to fix them. Consider the harsh, dry skin of winter a thing of the past.

Mistake # 1: use cleaning foam

The solution: switch to a gentler cream formula

While it is important to cleanse your skin daily to avoid a buildup of dirt and impurities, you should also make sure that you are not depriving your skin of its natural oils. If you overdo it, there is a risk that your skin will not only become dehydrated, but also reddened, itchy and irritated. Simply put, it’s all about balance. You want a cleanser that resists buildup, makeup, and dirt, but is also gentle enough to use on dry, stressed skin. Your best bet? A more soothing cleansing cream. Compared to most foaming cleansers, which give the skin a firm, squeaky, clean feeling after washing, cream cleansers are often more gentle and moisturizing, which makes them perfect for winter.

One of my favorite cream cleansers is the luxurious skin softener Cream Cleanser from Revived, which is rich in jojoba seed oil and vitamin E to maintain the delicate balance of skin moisture. While this rich cream can remove a whole day of makeup at once, it also leaves my skin incredibly soft and moisturized, which is the key when you’re facing the dry, bitter cold of a New England winter.

For an even more soothing option, we love darphin’s Intral Cleansing milk, formulated with soothing chamomile. This is a particularly good option for those who are prone to redness or irritation.

Mistake #2: stick to a light moisturizer

The solution: switch to a richer cream

Your light daily moisturizer may be enough to keep your skin soft and hydrated throughout the spring and summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will last through the winter. Like an aggressive cleanser, numbing winter winds and sub-zero temperatures can strip the skin and adversely damage its barrier. Therefore, it is important that your moisturizer not only provides the moisture that your skin needs, but also provides a protective barrier so that it can retain this moisture in the long term.

If you have seasonal tightness or dryness, replace your light moisturizer with something richer. My personal reference is Chantecailles Rose de Mai Cream, whose unique gel-cream texture makes it perfect for those who, like me, prefer a lighter formula, but also want more nutrition at this time of year. In addition to the most intoxicating subtle rose fragrance, it contains a mixture of pre- and probiotics, plant extracts and niacinamide to instantly relieve redness and permanently protect the skin barrier.

For an equally pampering skincare, we also love the most popular moisturizer of the sea, the Crème de la Mer. Formulated with the brand’s legendary miracle broth – a healing elixir made from nutrient-rich seaweed and other natural ingredients – this luxurious cream with a distinct sweet rose scent is the skincare equivalent of wrapping in a weighted blanket. It envelops the skin with an intense layer of moisture, which instantly soothes and comforts even the driest complexion.

Mistake #3: skip the FPS

The solution: integrate FPS into your everyday life

Ask for the number one skin care tip from dermatologists, and it will be to wear a SPF every day. Contrary to popular belief, this rule applies not only to the summer months. While you may be spending less time outdoors, UV rays can be just as harmful in winter, which means that your skin is still at risk for sunburn, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Moreover, recent data suggest that pigment cells can be stimulated not only by the bright UV rays of the sun, but also by lower doses of ambient and infrared light emitted by computer screens and hanging lamps. For this reason, it is important to wear a broadband SPF of 30 or higher, which protects against UVA and UVB rays.

As someone whose skin is quite oily, I prefer a mattifying sunscreen like Supergroup’s smooth, non-porous matte Sunscreen SPF 40. This lightweight, non-greasy formula not only protects against all forms of UV rays, including sapphire light emitted by electronic devices, but also blurs pores and blemishes, making my skin look smoother and more radiant. I also love that it can be used as a makeup base, which has helped me shave a few extra minutes off my already long morning routine.

I also love Dr. Barbara Sturm’s sunscreen drops SPF 50. Perfect for those who have trouble committing to a daily SPF product, this innovative serum-like formula can be used alone or mixed with your existing face cream, so no extra steps are required. Sturm’s sun drops are packed with complexion-enhancing ingredients such as moisturizing hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich green tea extract, making them the ultimate all-in-one treatment for perfecting the skin.

Mistake # 4: Ignore Your Brown Spots

The solution: Stimulate skin cell renewal with a scrub

After enjoying the sun outside for months, you may have noticed that your skin is showing signs of dark spots and pigmentation. Do not ignore it! It is much easier to treat and get rid of pigment problems at the very beginning of their development, which is why it is important to jump on them in the winter, when your skin is likely to take a break from the sun. For a quick-acting treatment at home, we recommend chemical peeling, which helps to remove dead skin cells, stimulate skin cell turnover and fade discoloration, so that your skin looks more radiant and radiant.

One of my recent passions is m-61’s PowerGlow exfoliation, which combines glycolic and salicylic acids to improve skin tone, texture and clarity while reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores. I like to use these pre-soaked wipes three times a week to renew and clarify my skin so that it looks smoother and more even. As an added bonus, this one is formulated with chamomile and lavender to soothe and soothe unwanted irritation, unlike most other chemical peels.

For the ultimate spa experience at home, we love the Glo Skin Beauty Retinol + C smoothing scrub. Like a professional in-office treatment, this kit contains everything you need to lighten, replenish, renew and lighten your skin-all from the comfort of your own bathroom. Although a slightly more rigorous process, this multi-step exfoliation is packed with powerful ingredients such as retinol, niacinamide, witch hazel and vitamin C, making it one of the most effective treatments on our desks for some time now.

Mistake # 5: Forget to nourish your skin

The solution: Try a daily vitamin supplement

When it comes to achieving a youthful, radiant complexion, skincare routines are only half the action. As the famous dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank once told us: “there is some truth to the saying” we are what we eat “.”The fuel we put into our body will absolutely affect the functioning of our skin. This does not mean that if you eat too much or too little of a certain food, it can lead to problems such as acne or wrinkles. But there is no doubt that introducing the right foods into your body will help your skin to age as gracefully as possible.”

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