Cold Weather Skincare Routine and Essentials

How to Transition to a Cold Weather Skincare Routine

While pool weather is long gone, there’s a lot to look forward to as we transition into the colder months. For many, this includes indulging in the typical fall fashions- leggings, leather jackets, booties, and let’s not forget, the perfect vampy lip color.

While we’re switching up our wardrobes and trading in green teas for lattes, we might also consider switching up our skincare routine. As the cold weather rolls in, our skin will develop different needs and therefore require different products to stay healthy and hydrated.

How Does the Weather Affect My Skin?

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Cold weather tends to strip the skin of it’s natural oils, resulting in dryness, flakiness and irritation. When it’s cold, we also tend to stay inside more and turn on the heat which draws moisture out of the air. If you work in an office setting, you likely have a personal heater which can make your space even more dry. On top of this, we enjoy taking more hot showers and baths which in combination with the elements above, can leave our skin feeling dry, cracked and irritated.

How to Adjust my Skincare Routine?

Just as we layer our sweaters and scarves in the colder months, we should do the same thing with our skincare. As the weather gets colder, our skin will need more protection and nourishment.


As it gets colder, you’ll want to use a creamier, more hydrating cleanser than you used during the warmer months. It’s best to start off your skincare routine with hydrating products so less work is required to keep your skin balanced and moisturized. You’ll want to use a cleanser that is gentle and will keep your skin’s natural oils intact. If you wear makeup, it’s best to use a cleansing oil or balm to remove your makeup before cleansing. These products help to remove even the most stubborn makeup without stripping the skin.



A toner acts as a second cleanser and refresher for your skin. A good toner also helps to prepare the skin to absorb products. In the colder months, your toner should be less of an astringent and more of a hydrator. Therefore while a toner helps to clean the pores and get rid of any impurities left on the skin, it should also help to restore your skin’s moisture balance. Look for a toner that contains hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and glycerine which help your skin to absorb and hold on to moisture.



While you have likely been using lighter products during the summer, now is a good time to swap them out for something more substantial. During the colder months, you should look at moisturizers like you do clothing- layer it up! While cold air and strong winds tend to strip your skin of moisture pretty quickly, you don’t want to weigh your skin down even in the colder months. Therefore it’s best to layer your products from lightest to heaviest. This will allow your skin to better absorb the moisture from your products. Start with a hydrating toner, add in a serum, a creamy moisturizer and seal everything in with a face oil.


Face Oils

Face oils have become extremely popular and practically essential in any skincare routine. These oils tend to be multi-tasking in that they nourish and protect the skin, while also brightening the complexion and calming acne.¬†Face oils are also an excellent treatment for any skin type. Their light texture mimics the skin’s natural oils helping to control excess sebum production. They also tend to have anti-aging and restorative properties, aiding in the prevention and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Below I have listed the best face oils for taking on multiple skin issues.



Consistent exfoliation during any time of the year is vital to achieving a clear complexion. During the colder months when your skin might otherwise become dull, you’ll want to slough away dry, flaky, dead skin while also providing moisture and nourishment. Therefore choose a face scrub that contains moisturizing ingredients such as essential oils and butters. These ingredients will help to sooth and protect the skin, especially during harsh weather.



Incorporating masks as a regular part of your skincare routine will help to transition your skin from summer to fall and into the colder months. Because it is so easy for your skin to lose moisture when it’s cold, you’ll want to choose masks that are particularly moisturizing and nourishing. Think of a mask as a skin recovery treatment after a long day in the elements. At night, your skin cells are working hard to produce collagen (responsible for elasticity and firmness), fight environmental damage and repair the protective layers of the skin. Therefore using a mask before you go to bed will help supply your skin with the nutrients it needs to recover and rejuvenate overnight.


I hope you found these tips helpful in adjusting your skincare routine to the cold weather. Identifying how the weather affects your skin is the first step to creating a healthy skincare routine. I believe once you address your skin’s needs as mentioned above, you’ll notice a clear difference in both the look and feel of your skin.
To learn more about how to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, check out my blog on sheet masks, the new skincare phenomenon!
Check out my cold weather skincare essentials from head to toe here!

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