Winter skincare tips for dry and flaky skin

The colder days have arrived here in the Netherlands and soon all of Europe will have to deal with the cold. If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, these colder days can be quite the challenge. As someone with the same problems and eczema on top of that, I have some good skincare tips for you. It’s very important to take care of your skin during the colder weather, since it has much more to endure. That’s why I’m sharing my winter skincare tips, so you can keep your skin beautiful during the fall and winter too.

Start with a serum

Many women tend to look over serums, but they’re so useful! A serum should be the first step of your skincare routine, because it gives your skin a good boost. There are many serums to choose from, but I would advise a hydrating serum for fall and winter. Many people think they should only hydrate their skin during the summer because it’s warm. It’s actually just as important during the winter, since cold weather can dry your skin out too. That’s why many people suffer from chapped lips and flaky skin during this season.

A serum contains more concentrated ingredients than your normal day cream. It can also boost the benefits of your day cream if you choose the right one. I personally have a few different serums in my beauty closet. I have one for hydrating, a glowy skin, tightening and brightening. Keep in mind that a good serum isn’t defined by money, it has to match your skin’s needs. One of my favorites serums is the Génifique by Lancôme. Chanel, Dior, Clarins, Sans Soucis, Ahava and Rodial also have amazing serums with amazing benefits.

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Hyaluronic acid

This ingredient is a must in winter skincare products, if you ask me. Most serums contain hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient we also have in our skin and body naturally. Some extra hyaluronic acid can help your skin to stay hydrated all day long. Mainly because this ingredient is good at holding on to water. That’s why many serums contain this ingredient. Apply a serum with Hyaluronic acid first, then add a moisturizing day cream. You’ll quickly see the difference and results, because it helps you fill up dry and fine lines.

Hydrating ingredients

Dry and flaky skin is hard to beat if you don’t hydrate your skin. That means drinking enough water, but also using a hydrating day and eye cream. It’s a good idea to invest in rich creams with ingredients like shea butter, natural oils, glycerin and almond milk. These ingredients are gentle and very good at keeping your skin hydrated. I prefer these ingredients over petrolatum or Vaseline. Mostly because Vaseline tends to close of your skin, which leaves little to no room for it to breath. It also lacks any ingredients that can help restore dry skin.

Face masks

I have to be honest and say I often forget about face masks, but they can give your skin a really good boost. It’s a good idea to schedule a face mask every Sunday, or any other day that works for you. I suggest you take a warm shower or use steam to open up your pores. Than scrub or use one of those facial brushes to clean them. This will help your skin absorb the face mask ingredients even better. After that you can use any face mask you like. Trust me, it will help you repair your skin faster.

I personally like face masks that contain a lot of natural oils. I truly believe it’s best to use ingredients that are gentle and natural, if you’re not allergic! Stay away from masks with eucalyptus, mint, tea tree oil and lavender. Those ingredients smell wonderful and fresh, but they can dry your skin out even more or cause an allergic reaction. If you want to keep it budget or simple, you can  use some fish or olive oil as a face mask. I’m telling you, when I had a lot of eczema, those oils would help even better than prepackaged masks.

When your oily skin might be dry

A lot of people with oily skin think they don’t have to hydrate. Well, that might be a big mistake! You see, your skin will produce natural oils to keep itself hydrated and protected. When your skin makes a lot of natural oils, it might mean it’s overproducing because it’s dehydrated. The moisture levels could be completely out of balance. Therefor it’s a good idea to start using hydrating products, even when your skin is oily. Because oily isn’t the same as hydrated.

To test this, you could start with a simple hydrating cream. My favorite is the Moisture surge by Clinique or any other gel-cream meant for hydrating. Clarins also has a good collection of hydrating products, which are also perfect for people with oily skin. Do remember that it can take your skin up to six weeks to adjust to a new skincare routine. Don’t give up immediately and give your skin a chance to stop producing too much oil. This will help your skin survive the winter without getting too oily or too flaky.

I know how horrible dry and flaky skin can be during the winter. That’s why I hope these winter skincare tips are helpful for you too. Let me know if this article helped you in any way, shape or form!

Stay hydrated,


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