Winter is perhaps the most awaited season in the UAE because the weather is pleasant, the vibe is festive, but your skincare routine needs to level up.
The essential winter skincare routine to keep your skin soft and radiant
This is the first and foremost step to a proper skincare routine. It is important to clean your skin before proceeding, and you cannot do away with this. Use a mild face wash. This Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam from CLINIQUE cleanses even sensitive skin without drying it up.
Price: AED 115
In the evenings before bed, use a cleanser that is good for removing all the pollution you have been exposed to during the day. This evening detox cleansing water from THIS WORKS is a purifying and revitalizing cleanser that you can use in the evening.
Price: AED 160
Micellar milk is used to remove all traces of leftover makeup from the face without stripping the skin off of its natural moisture and nourishment. This hydra life micellar milk from DIOR can be used to remove makeup and impurities, leaving your skin perfectly clean.
Price: AED 163
Step 2 of a proper skincare routine would be toning. Toners are an essential piece to your daily face cleansing routine. Every toner has its own function depending upon the skin types and necessities. Some are for hydrating, some mattifying oily skin and some are for tightening pores. This Tonique Douceur Face Toner from LANCOME gently tones and refines skin without drying or depleting natural oils.
Price: AED 220
This multi-active toner from DERMALOGICA comes in a convenient spray bottle and helps hydrate and refresh the skin. It also conditions the skin, preparing it for proper moisture absorption when you spritz over the skin after cleansing.
Price: AED 190
This is the last step in a skincare routine. It is absolutely necessary to moisturize your skin after cleansing and toning. Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance, and it also reduces the chances of skin problems.
This Hydra Life Sorbet Crème from DIOR moisturizes, nourishes and rebalances the skin. Infused with mauve and haberlea leaf, it leaves the skin plump and radiant with long-lasting freshness.
Price: AED 273
Don’t forget to use sunscreen during the daytime. No matter how faint the sunlight may seem, stepping out of your house means getting your skin exposed to harmful UV rays. Use this Sunscreen Face Cream with SPF 50 from CLINIQUE for protection against the aging and burning effects of the UVA and UVB rays. It prevents signs of aging and is gentle enough for sensitive skins too.
Price: AED 186
You can also use this VIT C SPF Moisturiser from RODIAL which acts as a 2-in-1 moisturizer plus sunscreen.
Price: AED 467
Besides the basic skincare routine, you can also invest in face oils and serums for deep nourishing, moisturizing and smoothening of skin. They also help reduce signs of aging.
This Divine Youth Oil from L’OCCITANE contains 2x more antioxidants than Vitamin E and nourishes and firms the skin. It is suitable for all skin types.
Price: AED 489
This Anti-Blemish Serum from CLINIQUE has been developed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. Its gentle, hydrating formula helps treat acne without drying or irritation, leaving skin clear, smooth and youthful.
Price: AED 348
Also, eye creams can be used for getting rid of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. They also help keep the delicate skin around your eyes nourished and hydrated.
This Recover Eye Cream from PESTLE & MORTAR is a soft and lightweight eye cream formulated to diminish fine lines, improve skin texture and reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eye area.
Price: AED 215
Also, here are some more tips for these dry months.
Skincare from the inside is more important than skincare on the outside. So you need to be hydrated internally as well in order to face these harsh weather conditions. Drink lots of water and healthy beverages like fresh fruit juice and tea. Although hot showers may be tempting, especially when the temperatures are decreasing, it is best advised to go for lukewarm water. Hot water tends to dry up your skin very quickly leading to roughness and flakiness. Once you have taken a lukewarm shower, towel dry yourself and apply a moisturizer on your face and all over your body.
Choose your winter skincare products wisely
The products that suit your skin during summers may not be as suitable during winters. So it is necessary to make a few changes and additions to the products you use. If you use cleansers and toners containing alcohol during summers, use those containing moisturizers during winters, as alcohol tends to dry up your skin even more. Also, avoid face masks and peels.
Do not exfoliate your skin too much
Exfoliating your skin sure helps get rid of dead cells, but this means more moisture is getting lost. Since our skin is already dry during winters, exfoliation is required minimally or maybe just once a week.
Watch your diet
Like hydrating your body internally, what you eat will eventually affect your skin. So it is important to consume a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Have a lot of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Berries especially are a rich source of antioxidants. Besides these, include a lot of soups and salads in your diet for healthy and glowing skin all season!
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