It’s that time of year, my lovelies! Time to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and hot cup of chocolate, while a fire crackles in the fireplace. Time for shorter days and brisker air, and also for drier skin, for most of us. In today’s post, we will be discussing how to transition your skincare routine to the colder season, to protect your skin from winter’s icy winds and to keep it looking fresh and youthful all season long.
1. Layer More Steps In Your Skincare Routine
Whereas in the summer you may have gotten away with just a toner, a serum, and a moisturizer, in the winter, feel free to go all out in adding steps to your skincare routine. There’s no rule against using multiple toners and serums, so add as many as you need to keep your skin plump and soft. Generally, use products in order from thinnest to thickest. So start with a thin toner or hydrating first essence, and follow that up with your thicker toners, essences, and serums.
2. Use The 7 Skin Method With Toner
Watery hydration is often underestimated in Western-style skincare but is essential to a K Beauty skincare routine. This is where hydrating toners come in. You can layer a single toner several times using the popular “7 Skin Method” that has gained a following in Korea. Simply pat one layer of toner over your skin, wait about 30 seconds, and then pat on a second layer, and so on three, four, or more times. This method forces the moisture to absorb deeper into your skin, resulting in a plumper, smoother, and more hydrated complexion. Be sure to seal in that moisture with a good cream afterward!
Try: Swanicoco Refine Ferment 1st Essence
A first essence is a kind of watery toner that contains tons of fermented extracts (see our post about Ferments for more info on these super-hydrating substances). A super fast-absorbing liquid, the Swanicoco Refine Ferment 1st Essence is the perfect candidate for the 7-Skin Method because you can layer it multiple times without any stickiness. Start your skincare routine with a few layers of the 1st Essence, and then follow up with heavier toners, serums, and creams.
3. Look for Ceramides
Ceramides are lipids that are naturally found in the spaces between your skin cells. Ceramides naturally provide much of your skin’s protective barrier function. Products containing ceramides support your skin’s own ability to protect itself, which is essential in the dry cold of winter. There are 9 forms of ceramides available in skincare products, known as ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, ceramide NG, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, phytosphingosine, and sphingosine.
For best results, look for products with multiple forms of ceramides as well as cholesterol and fatty acids, which are also essential to healthy skin.
Try: Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
This fan favorite is a luxurious white cream that moisturizes skin with pure honey extract, nourishing oils, and ceramide 3. Although highly nourishing, this cream is suitable for all skin types and does not leave a sticky or greasy residue.
4. Use A Protective Cream
If you were fine using a gel-cream during the summer, you might want to look into a richer and more occlusive (sealing) cream that will protect your skin and keep the moisture in. For dry skin, creams with natural oils and shea butter, as well as skin-supporting ceramides, will nourish and keep your skin supple during the winter.
Try: Whamisa Organic Flowers Nourishing Cream
This intensely rich cream, featuring mango, cacao, avocado, and shea butter, absorbs deeply into even the driest skin, nourishing it from within. Fermented extracts and aloe moisturize and hydrate the skin. With all of the plant lipids in this emollient cream, your skin will feel restored and protected no matter what the season.
5. Add A Facial Oil
People who are new to facial oils often fear that they will feel greasy and clog the pores. In reality, while there are certainly comedogenic oils, many facial oils are very light and feel almost dry once applied, not greasy. Even if your pores clog easily, you can do very well with non-comedogenic argan, camellia, rosehip, and sea buckthorn oils. Facial oils have a host of benefits besides naturally moisturized Korean skin cream — many of them contain potent antioxidants and other healing compounds that make your skin glow.
In general, you can use a facial oil after your cream to seal in all the moisture from your routine. Or, you can mix it into your moisturizer to give it an extra boost.
Try: Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil
This richly protective facial oil blend softens and protects skin from the elements with the star ingredients, argan and camellia oils. Whamisa’s fermented flower complex nourishes and hydrates skin while evening primrose, carrot seed, and other botanical oils nourish the skin and improve elasticity. Use as the last step in your skincare routine on top of your cream. Try putting a layer of this on before going outside to protect skin from harsh winds.
6. Finish With A Sleeping Pack
Dry air, especially with indoor heating, can sap your skin of moisture overnight. Prevent water loss by finishing your skincare routine with a sleeping pack. These creams and gels form a protective film over your skin, preventing moisture from evaporating overnight. You can double them up on top of a cream for extra moisture and protection. Check out our post All About Sleeping Packs for more tips on how to use sleeping packs.
Try: Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
This creamy sleeping mask features nourishing rice extract as well as sunflower and palm oils to soften and protect your skin. You can use this fluffy mask on its own as a moisturizer, or wear it on top of your cream to supercharge your skin’s moisture overnight.
I hope this gives you some ideas as to how to change your winter skincare routine so that your skin will stay soft and supple all season! Till next time, beauties!
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