19 Sep

New Season, New Skincare Routine – How Do I Prep My Skin for the Colder Days?

Let’s wave sweaty upper lips and ice-cold drinks goodbye and welcome dry patches, cracked hands and pumpkin spice lattes. It might not be as noticeable right now as we’re still experiencing summer weather while Halloween is around the corner (hi global warming), but the colder seasons are upon us and we need to prepare our skin for that upcoming weather switch.

Not only is it important to switch up your skincare routine according to what your skin needs, it’s also a great time to change things up a little and try out new products. New skincare routine, who dis?

Hold on tight to that SPF

Summer’s over so you can skip SPF, you say? Even though the sun is nowhere to be seen, your skin still risks getting damaged by UVA and UVB rays. So, don’t make this rookie mistake and make sure you protect your skin even during the colder months. Are you an ‘I like to just slather one product on my face and leave the house’ type of gal? Then you can still opt for a moisturizer with SPF in it. It’s easy and it’s quick, no excuses.

Quench that skin’s thirst

You know how in summer your face is a sweaty, oily mess by the time you’re done getting ready? Well, all that extra sebum goes on a little holiday during the colder days. Store those gel-based moisturizers and try something that is a little bit ‘heavier’. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you probably cringed at the word ‘heavier’. Yet it’s important to give your skin the moisture that it needs, otherwise you’ll over-dry your skin which leads to it creating even more sebum. Stay away from ingredients that will clog your pores like coconut oil and opt for a quality, non-comedogenic moisturizer that’ll keep your skin baby-soft. If you like to experiment with different skincare steps, you can think about introducing oils and serums into your routine. This way you can still keep your products light if that’s what you prefer, but you can layer different moisturizing ingredients, this way your skin still gets what it needs.


Did you know that there’s a difference between dry and dehydrated skin? Dehydrated skin lacks water and a great way to soothe this issue is by implementing a hyaluronic acid-based serum into your routine. If your skin is dry, it’s an indication of lack of oil, and that’s where a good moisturizer comes in. Know the difference between these two, because even though your skin is well-hydrated, it can still feel flaky and dry if it’s not well-moisturized.

Cleanse gently

Choosing the right cleanser for the wintertime goes hand in hand with the topic we discussed earlier. During the summertime you want a foamy cleanser that will get rid of all the oil and make up buildup that has been on your face after being out in hot, humid weather all day. As the days get colder and your skin gets slightly drier, you might want to stay away from foamy cleaners as they’re extremely stripping and leave your skin feeling too tight. You don’t want to damage your skin barrier so it’s better for you to opt for a creamy or oil-based cleanser. These will still remove all the makeup and dirt, but won’t strip your face of its essential oils.

You’ve probably noticed that winter is all about keeping your skin quenched. Indulge in overnight masks, quality face oils and slap on a sheet mask once in a while. Dealing with dry patches and dull skin is not an easy game to play, so prevention is key. And last but not least, apart from your face, don’t forget to give your hands and lips a bit more TLC. This winter we don’t do cracked or dry-looking anything.


Photo credits: Tom Newton, Pauline Suzor

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