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Winter can come with some unique skin challenges. The season’s cold, dry air is quite harsh on the skin, often causing things like dryness, redness, and irritation. But you can fight this dry, skin irritating weather by adjusting your skincare routine. Here’s how you should switch up your winter skincare regimen to get your skin looking its best.

Cleansing: Don’t Dry Out Your Skin Further

The key for getting good skin during the winter is hydration. And keeping your skin hydrated doesn’t mean only using a different moisturizer— it’s also important to make sure you aren’t accidentally drying out your skin with your cleanser.

Cleansing is an essential part of proper skincare during any time of the year. But during winter, make sure you are using a gentle, non-drying cleanser. During winter’s harsh weather, a moisturizing cleanser will help your skin stay hydrated.

Consider Switching Your Toner in the Winter

Toner can be a great way to control your skin’s oil but for people with combination or dry skin, traditional toners can be far too drying in the winter. If you usually use a toner and are noticing dry skin during the winter, consider switching to a hydrating toner.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisturizing is crucial for getting your skin to look its best during the winter. And the type of moisturizer you need during winter is different than the one that might work for you during the rest of the year. In the hot summer months, a light moisturizer might be all you need. But in the winter, go for a rich cream moisturizer.

Tip: If you don’t like the feeling of a heavier cream moisturizer during the day (or don’t like how it looks under makeup), try switching to a cream moisturizer only at night and wearing something lighter during the day.

Try a Hydrating Treatment

If you have dry skin in the winter, try giving your skin a serious moisture boost with a hydrating treatment like a professional hydrating facial. At the Z Center for Cosmetic Health, we have a facial specifically designed to fight dry skin. This facial includes a hyaluronic acid treatment that locks moisture deep into the skin and a prescription strength Vitamin C Serum that gives superior antioxidant protection.

A hydrating facial is particularly helpful for those who have dry skin all year long yet find that winter makes it even dryer. Even one treatment can make an enormous difference in your skin all winter long, as you’ll be deeply treating your skin in a way over the counter products just can’t do.

Sunscreen: Essential All Year Long

Many people use less sunscreen during the winter— or sometimes skip it altogether— but this is a big mistake. While it may feel less sunny in the winter months, the UV rays from the sun can damage your skin during any time of the year. And if you live in a snowy climate, the snow can actually amplify the sun’s harsh rays, causing you to be even more exposed. So, as your final skincare step during the winter, make sure you use a high quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin.