What’s the Best Winter Skincare Routine?

February 14, 2024
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Winter skincare routine with skinbetter collection at Bodytonic Medspa in Ohio

A few small tweaks are all that’s needed to maintain glowing skin in the winter months.

Winter has its charms – cozying up in front of a fire and wearing chunky knitwear to name just a few! But the need for warmer clothes is only one part of adjusting to the drop in temperatures, because, as you undoubtedly already know, winter also has the potential to play havoc with our skin. 

Dry, irritated, patchy, red, blemished-looking skin is all too common in the colder months. But with the right winter skincare routine, it doesn’t need to be. 

The way to combat the harsher effects of winter on your skin is actually pretty simple when you know how. And the good news is that there’s no need to stock up on an entirely different stash of products to enjoy glowing skin in winter.

It’s simply a case of understanding how winter impacts your skin, and tweaking a few of your regular skincare rituals. 

Why is a winter skincare routine important?

Summer and winter each come with their own set of challenges for the skin, so it makes sense that we need to make a few adjustments to our skincare routines to reflect them.

While a summer skincare routine is typically all about extra sun protection and opting for lighter products to counteract the combination of higher humidity and excess sweating, winter is the prime time for skin to suffer from dryness and dehydration, so winter skincare is all about deep hydration, soothing, and nourishing our skin.

Dehydration is one of the worst things that can happen to your skin. Not only does dehydrated skin look dry and dull, but it feels tight and uncomfortable, is more prone to other sensitivities, and it’s a fast-track path to more visible lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. And no skin type is exempt from dehydration if it’s not looked after properly…

Investing in products like the SkinBetter trio moisturizer, which is specifically designed to provide heavy hydration, really lock in moisture, and deeply nourish the skin, is therefore the best way to keep your skin hydrated and glowing during winter, and is the number one “winter skincare adjustment” most people will benefit from.

However, it’s important to note that there’s no “one-best” winter skincare routine to suit all people or skin types, and there’s also no need to totally change your routines from one season to the next.

In fact, when it comes to skincare, consistency is key – so the best approach is just to make a few small tweaks to your normal routine, depending on what your skin is calling out for.

What causes dry or distressed skin in the winter?

Our skin needs moisture to stay happy and hydrated, and unfortunately, winter comes with lots of elements that actively strip moisture from the skin. 

Colder temperatures, lower humidity, blustery winds, and indoor heaters (plus the constant contrast between “inside and out”) are the main culprits behind dry, irritated skin in winter. 

Add to that long hot baths and showers – one of winter’s more enjoyable treats, but one which further strips moisture from the skin – plus the fact most of us naturally drink less water when it’s cold, and it’s no surprise that our skin is more prone to dryness and dehydration in winter. 
But it’s not only the cold and dry temperatures that are the problem. UV damage is just as prevalent in winter, largely because people often neglect their sun protection when it doesn’t feel as intense. But the winter sun, especially if you’re anywhere near the slopes and also contending with snow glare, has just as much potential to damage your skin.

What is the optimal winter skincare routine?

As we already mentioned, consistency is key when it comes to skincare so your winter skincare shouldn’t look too different to your summer routine.

Your skin type doesn’t change from season to season after all; only the elements it faces.

Your optimal winter skincare routine should therefore look much the same as normal: 

  • Daily cleansing and moisturizing
  • Regular gentle exfoliation 
  • Daily sun protection 
  • Using quality products suited to your skin type and condition that both protect and repair
  • PLUS a few adjustments to address the impacts that the winter weather is having on your skin

While most of us will experience dryer skin in the winter, other common skin concerns that are more prevalent in winter months include redness and rosacea, chapping, cracking, or flaky skin, and blotchy and uneven skin tones. 

So some of the tweaks for your winter skincare regime might include: 

  • Using products that are deeply hydrating and moisturizing to ward off any dryness
  • Avoiding products that have any potential to irritate, such as retinoids, if you have naturally sensitive skin
  • Using pigment inhibitors or products to reduce redness or uneven skin tone

If your skin is screaming out for help already and you want to skip straight to a full range of products that will make a difference, check out this recommended skincare regime from the SkinBetter collection that’s guaranteed to bring moisture and glow back to your skin this winter

What are the best winter skincare products?

When it comes to skincare, you really do get what you pay for, so if you want the “best” you should look at medical-grade skincare brands like SkinBetter Science®.  

SkinBetter is an award-winning brand loved by beauty experts, celebs, and more and more Americans every day, thanks to its scientifically developed skincare products that make a noticeable difference. We’re proud to work with SkinBetter here at BodyTonic, and genuinely believe using these products is one of the best investments you can make for your skin in the long term. 

Here are some of our favorite products from the SkinBetter collection that are ideal for combatting winter’s stressors on our skin:

Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment:

Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment at Bodytonic medspa

An award-winning moisturizer packed full of super hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, sodium lactate, glycerin, ceramides, and so much more. It provides heavy hydration without the weight to bring balance back to dry skin, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give your skin back a supple, smooth, hydrated glow. 

Even Tone Correcting Serum:

Even Tone Correcting Serum at Boodytonic medspa

An award-winning, lightweight multi-action serum that dramatically improves the appearance of redness, pigmentation, and discoloration, and brightens and evens the skin’s appearance. And the best bit? Its groundbreaking formula doesn’t include retinol or hydroquinone, making it ideal for people with more sensitive skin, without the need to compromise on effectiveness

Sunbetter Tone Smart SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact:

Sunbetter Tone Smart SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact at Bodytonic medspa

A 100% mineral tinted sunscreen that provides an extraordinary level of protection against both UVA and UVB rays, is tinted to give your skin a smoother tone and complexion if suffering from redness or other winter-related skin irritations, and it comes in a super handy compact with a mirror and sponge. Personally, we’re totally in love with this compact, but the full sunbetter range is exceptional, and includes both tinted and transparent options in various formats. 

While these products are perfect for your winter skincare routine, they’ll make an ideal part of your year-round skincare routine too, thanks to their lightweight formulas, UV protection, and non-irritating ingredients. So better still, there’ll be no need to switch these out through the year, and you’ll be protecting your skin against the winter weather well before it arrives!

There are plenty more products you’ll love in their collection too. You can check out the full SkinBetter collection here, or give us a call at BodyTonic for personalized recommendations of the best products for your individual needs. 

AM Products

➕ Cleansing Gel ⁠​⁠
➕ InterFuse Treatment Cream EYE​⁠
➕ Alto Advanced Defense and Repair Serum​⁠
➕ Techno Neck Perfecting Cream ⁠​⁠
➕ Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment ​⁠
➕ sunbetter SHEER SPF 70 Sunscreen Lotion​⁠

PM Products

➕ Cleansing Gel ⁠​⁠
➕ InterFuse Treatment Cream EYE​⁠
➕ Alto Advanced Defense and Repair Serum ⁠​⁠
➕ AlphaRet Overnight Cream ​⁠
➕ Techno Neck Perfecting Cream​⁠
➕ Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment ​⁠

Winter skincare at BodyTonic, Cleveland

Here at BodyTonic med spa in Cleveland, we know that glowing, healthy skin starts at home. So we don’t only offer the very best in cutting-edge non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments; we also offer the very best skincare products for you to use at home. 

Medical-grade cosmeceuticals are only available to buy from licensed providers such as BodyTonic, and we’re proud to work with award-winning brands such as SkinBetter, Neocutis, and iS Clinical

So if you’re based in the Cleveland area, come and see us this winter so we can help you curate your optimal winter skincare routine, and give you back your winter glow. 

We’ll start with a completely free, no-obligation consultation during which we use the 7th Generation VISIA® Skin Analysis System to analyze your skin at a deeper level, identify your skin's unique needs, and enable us to recommend you the optimal products, treatments, and services that will leave you with the skin you’ve been dreaming of. 

Book your free consultation today, and get ready to enjoy glowing skin in winter once again!

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