Do I Need To Swap My Routine Seasonally?

Winter Routine 101

Winter Routine 101

Do I Need To Swap My Routine Seasonally?

Skincare routines should be altered from season to season to ensure skin stays balanced year-round. As the temperature and humidity drop in the winter, skin becomes dry and irritated from water loss. Dryness disrupts the skin's barrier leading to skin sensitivities, allergies and even infections. This is especially true for people suffering from eczema, rosacea or sensitive skin.

We forwarded your seasonal skin questions to board-certified dermatologist Jennifer Trent, MD, FAAD, for her expertise. From how to winter-proof your routine to when you should start to see results, read on for the answers to your skin FAQs.

How To Create A Winter Skin Care Routine?

Winter skin care routines should include extra hydration to combat the water loss caused by lower temperatures and less humidity.

  • Cleanse daily with Tolérance Extremely Gentle Cleanser, a no-wash cleanser that gently removes make-up, dirt and oil without harsh water.
  • Exfoliate with a gentle product, such as Gentle Exfoliating Gel, once or twice a week depending on skin sensitivity. Never scrub your skin. As skin gets dry in the winter, the dry, dead skin cells must be removed to keep the skin healthy and radiant.
  • Treat skin daily with a serum that combines hydration with antioxidants, such as Hydrance INTENSE Rehydrating Serum.
  • Moisturize with a nourishing, rich cream to help restore moisture and barrier protection, such as Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream.
  • Protect daily with broad spectrum sunscreen to prevent sun damage even in winter. Try Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+. UV damage from the sun is constant throughout the year. The UV index, which measures the amount of radiation hitting your skin, may become lower in some parts of the world during winter. However, when combined with the reflection of the sun’s rays off the snow, it can double the UV index.
  • For extra hydration, use Thermal Spring Water throughout the day to soothe, soften and calm the skin.

How To Create A Winter Body Routine?

Refining your body routine during the colder months is just as important as for the face.

How Long Until A New Skin Care Routine Becomes Effective?

On average, it takes 28 days for skin cells to turn over and regenerate. As people get older, it takes longer for cell turnover to occur. Typically, it takes 30 days, or longer with advancing age, to see the results of any skincare product. Other factors that impact cell turnover include hormones, inadequate sleep, stress or excessive sun exposure.

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