The Autumn/Winter season brings in cooler temperatures and drier air, which means that lightweight skincare products ideal for Spring/Summer may not be nourishing enough for the colder season. Harmonising your skincare routine with the shift in weather requires transitioning to richer products that hydrate and protect. From cleanser to moisturiser, here are our top picks for transitional winter skincare.
Choose a Cleansing Oil or Lotion
It’s important to start with hydration at the foundation of your routine. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils when it’s already dehydrated. Consider swapping the gel and foaming cleansers you use to rid of summer sweat and grime for a soothing cleansing oil, balm, lotion or milk. These nourishing formulas gently but effectively dissolve dirt and makeup while moisturising your skin.
Use Hydrating Toners or Essences
The first step of post-cleanse skincare is toner. Swap more astringent formulas that focus on removing surface oil and residue with more hydrating alternatives or treatment essences that leave a glow. In the cooler season, your skin will drink up these lightweight hydrating liquids like a glass of water, leaving it soft and supple and prepping it for more emollient products to follow.
Invest in a Winter Moisturiser
The winter moisturiser is the most pivotal skincare product for transitional beauty routines. Put your lightweight, oil-free gel formulas in the backseat for richer, nourishing formulas that cocoon your skin with essential and healthy fatty acids. These emollient moisturisers will create a replenishing barrier for your skin, locking in hydration while protecting it from the harsher elements.
Don’t Forget SPF
Sun protection is just as important in the winter. While your favourite summer SPF will work just as well in the cooler season, now is a good time to use a more moisturising formula that imparts a glow rather than an oil-free, mattifying finish that aims to banish sweat and excess sebum.
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