Why Exfoliating in Winter Is So Important, According to an Expert
There are plenty of things to avoid during the winter — the cold outdoors being at the top of our list. Exfoliation, however, isn’t one of them. While it’s true that your skin-care routine should undergo some changes during cold weather months (find out how to transition your regimen here), don’t put your exfoliating products on the back burner. In fact, winter is one of the best times for exfoliation. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. Keep reading to find out why and how to exfoliate in the winter, according to a dermatologist.
The Benefits of Exfoliating in the Winter
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant, “In the winter the skin tends to be more dry than it is during the summer because of cold weather and low humidity.” By using an exfoliator, you can remove patches of dull, dry skin to reveal softer, smoother-looking skin. Doing so can also help your moisturizing products penetrate better, resulting in a more hydrated complexion.
How to Exfoliate Your Skin in the Winter
Use a gentle cleanser to wash off any makeup or dirt from the surface of your skin, then gently pat your face dry. If you’re using a physical scrub, wet your fingers and use them to massage the scrub over your face. Once you’ve worked the exfoliator into your skin in small, circular motions, rinse using lukewarm water and pat your face dry for a final time. If you’re using a chemical exfoliant, follow the instructions on the pack. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you should exfoliate at least once a week.
Exfoliating won’t be enough to diminish dryness on its own — you’ll need to moisturize too. Smooth on a rich cream after exfoliating (check out our favorite winter moisturizers), per Dr. Zeichner’s recommendation.
Our Favorite Exfoliating Products for the Winter and Beyond
This serum features a combination of 10% pure glycolic acid, tranexamic acid, lipo-hydroxy acid and vitamin B5 to chemically exfoliate without irritating or drying out skin. In addition to brightening and smoothing the complexion, it helps reduce the look of dark spots.
Reap the benefits of chemical and physical exfoliation in one step with this cleanser. With glycolic acid and micro-pearls, it helps improve skin texture and tone as it removes impurities.
For a luxe exfoliating experience, this rose water and sugar scrub buffs away dead skin cells in a gentle way that won’t irritate dry skin. It gives your complexion a radiant, rosy (get it?) glow when you rinse.
Exfoliating not only helps reveal brighter skin, but also decongests pores to keep new breakouts from forming. This scrub contains hydrated silica, glycerin and aloe extract to slough away dead skin while also promoting a healthy skin barrier.
Gently buff away dead surface skin cells and flakes with this refreshing scrub that contains apricot seed powder.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn