Revamping Your Winter Skin Routine: Essential Changes to Make

Winter Skin Routine | Aesthetics by Stephanie | Livingston | Bathgate

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Is your skin feeling tight, sensitive, or dry now that the colder weather is creeping up on us? Did you know our skin draws in moisture from the air around us? In these cold months, there is low humidity and constant temperature changes and it’s not just the cold and wind that contribute to these pesky skin concerns but our own need to stay cosy with central heating or fires.

Just like we change our clothes to fit the season we’re in, the skincare routine that would normally work throughout the year may also have to change.

To help you out, I’ve listed a few small changes that could be made to your routine that I hope will help over the winter months to keep your skin hydrated and fresh looking.

Winter Skin Routine Changes


1 – Cleansers

Oil or gel cleansers are a great substitute in the winter months when your skin is prone to chapping and irritation. These types of cleansers are not only gentle on the skin, but they are great for lifting dirt and makeup whilst still helping the skin to preserve the natural oils that the cold unfortunately helps to strip our skin of.

2 – Serums and Oils

You will know your skin better than anyone, so it is important to be aware of potentially irritating ingredients such as retinoids, exfoliating acids, and vitamin C. The aim is to add hydration to our skin, not strip it.

3 – Moisturisers

To keep it simple if you’re using a lotion try swapping to a cream. If you are already using a cream, it would be useful to look at one containing hyaluronic acid or adding this as a serum to your routine.

4 – SPF!

If I had £1 for every time someone said to me “but we live in Scotland, we don’t see the sun so what’s the point?” I’d be dancing my way to Mexico, SPF in hand! SPF is important all year round and this is because UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays are present all year round. UVA contributes to skin aging and damage to collagen.

It also penetrates glass and windows so working indoors is not an excuse not to wear SPF.

And Remember

The benefits of exfoliation—when done right—are no secret. Gentle exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells accumulated from dry winter air, leaving your skin looking more glowy and helping your post-cleaning moisturiser absorb better but please don’t overdo it!

While winter weather seems like the optimal time for a long, hot bath, resist the urge. Hot water can strip skin of its natural moisture, leaving you even drier. Take brief lukewarm showers no more than once per day, and immediately after the shower, while your skin is damp, apply rich moisturisers to lock in hydration. Use enough to leave your skin feeling well hydrated, which means you may need to apply more than in the summer months.

You’ve got this!

Carrie xx



Frequently Asked Questions

During the colder months, the combination of low humidity, temperature fluctuations, and the use of central heating or fires can make our skin feel tight, sensitive, or dry. This environment, alongside these practices, can strip the natural moisture from our skin. Moreover, our skin tends to absorb moisture from the air around us, and the lower humidity during winter reduces the available moisture for absorption.

To ensure your skin remains hydrated during winter:

  • Swap regular cleansers for oil or gel variants that are gentle and help retain the skin’s natural oils.
  • Be cautious with serums and oils; avoid ingredients like retinoids, exfoliating acids, and vitamin C, which can be irritating. Instead, focus on products that add hydration rather than strip it.
  • If using a lotion, consider changing to a more hydrating cream, preferably one containing hyaluronic acid. Additionally, integrating SPF into your routine is crucial, as UVA rays are present year-round and can cause skin damage.


Absolutely. Even in areas with reduced sun exposure, such as Scotland, it’s vital to wear sun protection. This is due to UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays, which persist throughout the year. These rays are known to cause skin ageing and collagen damage. Furthermore, UVA rays can penetrate through glass and windows, making it essential to wear SPF even when indoors.

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