As the temperature drops and the wind picks up, you’re constantly exposed to contrasting environments, from the biting cold air to the central heat system. Your skincare routine needs a weather-appropriate revamp! You need more protection, hydration and deeper-penetrating products to ensure your skin isn’t stripped of moisture or battered by the weather. Make time for these essential skincare steps – your skin will thank you.
Step 1: Wash Your Face with a Creamy Cleanser
Swap out light, gel-based cleansers for creamier formulas during the cold months – we like Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser, which contains a creamy, hydrating formula that leaves skin feeling smooth and conditioned (while also exfoliating to uncover healthy-looking skin). When washing your face, rinse with lukewarm water rather than hot. It can be tempting to wash your face vigorously to ensure you remove all traces of your makeup, but this can tug at delicate skin around the eyes, damaging it and leading to extra fine lines. Take your time, be gentle and work the cleanser into your skin in circular motions. Then pat dry to prime your skin for moisturizers.
Step 2: Select a Winter-Specific Moisturizer
Due to the dryer air, you lose more moisture from your skin during the winter months. To prevent dry skin, pick a moisturizer with ingredients that both attract and hold moisture in your skin. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream contains a combination of hyaluronic acid and skin conditioners, which strengthen your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Step 3: Don’t Neglect Your Eyes
The skin under the eyes is incredibly delicate, and when the forecast includes harsh winds, driving rain, hailstorms and snow – sometimes all in one day – you need to take extra care to nourish and protect it from becoming cracked, dry and sore. Wave goodbye to light, gel-based eye creams. You need something rich and packed with hydrating ingredients like peptides, which increase cells in the skin, producing more collagen to soften lines and repair skin cells. Supercharged with peptides and vitamins, Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream renews your skin’s surface over time and reduces puffiness by massaging onto the skin. Formulated with Olay’s color-correcting technology, it also acts as a touch of concealer that matches all skin tones.
Step 4: Brush up on Your Exfoliation Routine
At a time of year when we tend to wear a little more makeup and are exposed to plenty of pollutants – particularly on those cold, crisp days with little wind or rain to drive out pollution – sloughing away dead skin cells is important. Use the Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System at night before you go to bed, and then finish by applying a nutrient-packed night cream so it can work its magic while you sleep.
Step 5: Protect Your Skin
UV rays don’t disappear as soon as the temperature plummets. Snow and ice can bounce the sun’s harmful rays toward your skin in the same way as white sand does during the summer. To protect against the sun’s harmful rays, wear a moisturizer that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer is lightweight enough to sit under makeup and contains SPF 15, too!
How do you care for your skin in the winter? Share your tips in the comments section below.