Why Exfoliating in Winter Is So Important, According to an Expert
There are plenty of things to avoid during the winter (with the cold being at the top of our list). Exfoliation, however, isn’t one of them. While it’s true your skin-care routine should see some changes during cold weather months, exfoliation isn’t something you’ll need to put 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 and find out why winter is the best time to exfoliate, according to our skin-care experts.
Two Reasons Experts Say to Exfoliate in the Winter
Reason to Exfoliate #1: Your Skin Is Drier
As winter goes on, chances are you’ll notice your skin isn’t quite the same as it was a month or two ago. You have the season to thank for your dry complexion. According to dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Joshua Zeicher, MD, “In the winter the skin tends to be more dry than it is during the summer because of cold weather and low humidity.” While it’s true you can exfoliate any time of year, the dry skin that comes courtesy of the winter sometimes needs extra exfoliating attention. By using an exfoliator, you can remove patches of dry skin to reveal softer, smoother-looking skin.
Reason to Exfoliate #2: You Won’t Ruin Your Tan
If you exfoliate with chemical exfoliators, you have to be careful with when you choose to exfoliate. During the summer, the tan you worked so hard to achieve might be no more after a good exfoliation session. L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John says of winter, “This is the time to use your peels, this is the time to use your exfoliators, because you’re not going to want to use them in peak tan season.”
How to Exfoliate Your Skin in the Winter
The first step in exfoliating your face in the winter is picking the right product for you. In need of a good product recommendation? We share a few of our favorite physical exfoliators ahead.
For a luxe exfoliating experience, this rose water and sugar scrub duffs 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.
If you have sensitive skin, this scrub will help you achieve a smooth complexion without causing you any discomfort (because skin-care should never be painful). It has a refreshing water-gel texture that’s free of any harsh ingredients like alcohol or parabens.
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.
Tight on time? You can combine the cleanse and exfoliation step in your skin-care routine with a two-in-one exfoliating daily cleanser. This one is gentle enough for daily use while still allowing you to see results of smoother skin.
Exfoliating Step #1: Cleanse Your Skin
You shouldn’t be exfoliating through a layer of makeup, you’ll want to begin with a clean canvas. Use a gentle cleanser to wash off any makeup or dirt from the surface of your skin, then gently pat your face dry.
Exfoliating Step #2: Start Scrubbing
Use dry fingers to apply a small amount of the scrub to clean, dry skin. Then, 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.
Exfoliating Step #4: Moisturize
Exfoliating won’t be enough to diminish dryness on its own — you’ll need to moisturize too. Smooth on an easy-to-apply, rich cream after exfoliating, per Dr. Zeichner’s recommendation.
Exfoliating Step #5: Repeat Weekly
Don’t exfoliate once at the beginning of winter and call it quits. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you should exfoliate at least once a week (more if your skin can handle it).