When the weather is cold, changing up your routine might be necessary for a healthy complexion. Here are five winter skincare swaps to make this season.

Love it or hate it, the chilly weather is here! And this change in season is notorious for bringing out the worst in our skin. For many, the icy wind and indoor heating can result in dry, dehydrated skin, redness, and chapped lips. If this sounds like you, making some swaps to your winter skincare routine can be an enormous relief.

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The cold weather is finally here after a long, hot summer.

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And while we might love hot chocolate, chunky knits, and cozy fireplaces, our skin is less fond of the seasonal chill. The humidity in the air, drops significantly in winter and the water created by your skin to stay plump evaporates more quickly because of it.

A survey conducted in 2019 revealed that 60% of Americans have more skin troubles in the colder months of the year. This has been informally named ‘winter skin syndrome’. Fortunately, there are ways to combat the itchy, flaky side effects by changing up your winter skincare regimen. Here’s what to add to keep your complexion comfortable all season long.

  1. A cream cleanser

Gel and foam cleansers are great at removing excess oil during summer. But this can be too drying during the winter months. Instead, swap it for a cream cleanser that will add, rather than strip or take away, moisture.

  1. A rich moisturizer

While a light lotion is generally enough to keep skin supple in the summertime, they aren’t enough to protect it from the dry winter air. Keep your skin barrier intact by using a rich moisturizer infused with lipids and ceramides.

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  1. A chemical exfoliant

Using harsh, physical scrubs on skin that is dry and compromised is not a good idea! Exfoliating regularly, however, is still necessary to prevent dullness, so opt for a gentle chemical exfoliant to maintain your glow.

  1. A thick lotion

It’s not just our faces that struggle during winter, but the rest of our bodies, too. After stepping out of the shower, seal in moisture by applying a thick layer of lotion, paying special attention to dry spots like the feet, elbows, and hands.

  1. A nourishing lip balm

A crucial product to add to your winter skincare routine (and your purse or pocket!) is lip balm. The thin, always-exposed skin on our lips is prone to dryness and flaking, and lip balm forms a barrier to protect them from the harsh elements.