How to hydrate and protect your skin in winter

During the cooler months, it’s common to experience skin dryness, dehydration, dullness, or pigmentation including redness and rosacea. It can be frustrating to overhaul your skincare routine to overcome the challenges of winter skin, but luckily, a few small changes can help your skin to stay hydrated and appear vibrant and fresh, even during winter.

Why is my skin so dry in winter?

Winter causes all sorts of problems for our skin. The concerns we typically see at this time of year are caused by colder temperatures, stronger winds, dryer air, artificial indoor heating, and hot showers. These tend to draw the moisture out of the skin and deplete its moisture barrier, which in turn weakens the skin’s ability to protect itself.

How can I treat my dry skin in winter?

Moisturisers and balms can help to relieve some of the symptoms of dry skin and prevent further damage to the moisture barrier. However, the skin’s moisture barrier is delicate and needs to be properly restored to truly treat the symptoms we see in the cooler months.

Gentle exfoliation and a hydration serum are great tools to include in your skincare regime during winter, especially if you are starting to see symptoms of dryness, redness, or a generally dull complexion.

What skincare products should I use in winter?

Everyone’s skin is different. Some people might not know where to start with choosing the right products for their skin. Others experience dry skin all year round and already include moisturisers and hydration serums in their day-to-day skincare routine - so what should they do differently to give their skin a boost during winter?

If you need help rejuvenating and hydrating your skin or beating that winter dullness, our Skin Therapists welcome you for a free consultation to assess your skin and tailor your skincare regime to treat your specific concerns and skin type.

How can I hydrate my skin naturally in winter?

Skin therapies such as LED light therapy are a great adjunct to topical skincare products for healing and rejuvenating dry, red or dull skin. LED light therapy has powerful rejuvenation effects as it stimulates dermal blood flow and enhances the skin’s ability to heal, leaving the skin smooth and bright. The therapy is also used to relieve inflammation and can have a positive effect on your overall mood and well-being, which is great for beating the winter blues!

How can I treat skin pigmentation in winter?

Our Skin Therapists can provide a number of treatments for skin pigmentation. Our favourite (and most effective!) is Cosmelan depigmentation therapy, which removes pigmentation from your skin, restores smoothness and leaves a radiant finish. It is one of the only effective melasma treatments.
Using high strength formulations applied in-centre, Cosmelan depigmentation therapy helps to draw unwanted pigment to the surface of your skin and shed it away, revealing a brighter and more even complexion. The treatment follows a multi-step approach including at-home skin preparations prior to the deep Cosmelan peel.

Our top picks for addressing winter skin

Our favourite routine for hydrating and protecting the skin includes a microdermabrasion treatment and a medi-aesthetic peel to renew overall skin tone and texture, followed by a vitamin C mask to restore and strengthen your skin. A customised skincare prescription and treatment plan is always included!

If you would like to speak to a Doctor or Skin Therapist about your skin concerns, please call us or book your appointment online.

Written by National Skin Cancer Centres