Should You Change Your Skincare Routine in Winter?

Should You Change Your Skincare Routine in Winter?

We all make the switch with our clothes once the colder months arrive, storing our light, short, summer numbers underneath the bed or stuffed in the back of the wardrobe until the warmer weather rolls around again.
But as we swap shorts for jumpers, it’s important that we make the switch with our skincare, too.
In this guide we’ll discuss the importance of adjusting your skincare routine when the weather gets colder, and recommend some of our top picks that’ll make the perfect addition to your winter skincare collection.

Why you should change your skincare routine in winter

Winter is very tough on your skin.
It’s often exposed to freezing cold weather outside, then promptly greeted by the warm flush of central heating, causing your skin to become dehydrated.
The cold temperature reduces your skin’s circulation, in addition to reducing the amount of sebum (oil) it produces.
This makes your skin less supple and more dry, so it’s important to introduce skincare products tailored to your skin’s specific needs during the winter.

Our top picks

Navigating the world of skincare can be daunting, especially if you’ve got sensitive or acne-prone skin.
That’s why we’ll make it as clear as possible if we think a product isn’t suitable for your skin type to prevent any irritation or a surge in breakouts.
So, keep reading to get to know your new winter skincare essentials.

Facial skincare 

If you’ve got normal, combination, dry or sensitive skin, try CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser.
This fragrance-free, allergy-tested and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores) formula contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture, essential during winter when your skin becomes drier than usual.
If your skin is on the oiler side or you’re prone to breakouts, CeraVe Facial Foaming Cleanser is for you.
This lightweight yet hydrating formula contains ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, so it fights any potential, pesky spots while keeping your skin hydrated. 
If you’ve got oily skin, it’s very important not to use products that dry out your skin, even though it’s tempting.
This is because your skin can actually produce more oil to make up for the lack of moisture.
The more you know, right?

Let’s move on to moisturisers, one of the most important steps in your skincare routine to hydrate and prevent dry skin.
If you’ve got dry, sensitive or redness-prone skin, try Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser.
This non-comedogenic and fragrance-free formula contains hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, perfect for everyday use. 
If you’ve got oily or acne-prone skin, you don't need a heavy moisturiser to tackle dry skin concerns, but it’s still very important that you moisturise your skin.
During the hot weather, you’d need an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturiser, but during the winter, the only thing that’s essential is ensuring that your moisturiser is non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores and cause acne.
Try CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion which includes SPF 25.
It’s tailored for normal skin, but during the winter, oily skin would benefit from the added moisture.
Why not add a hydrating serum into your skincare routine? Choose CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
Hyaluronic acid helps to draw and lock moisture into the skin and it’s suitable for all skin types, providing 24 hours of skin-soothing hydration.
Another top tip during winter is to exfoliate more often because your skin will hoard dry skin, taking on a duller, flakier appearance.
If you’ve got sensitive skin, however, don’t exfoliate more than once a week as it can aggravate your skin.


Although your face will be exposed to the elements and is prone to extra dryness, that doesn’t mean the skin on the rest of your body should be neglected!
We’d recommend E45 Moisturising Lotion that’s gentle enough to be used daily and is clinically proven to reduce redness and irritation in as little as two weeks.
It’s free from perfume, harsh irritants and is non-greasy, making it ideal for all skin types.
If your skin is very dry, give Dermol 500 Lotion a try - it’s also a great option if the cold temperatures flare up your eczema.
Dermol 500 Lotion is an emollient, which forms a protective barrier over the skin to stop moisture from escaping.
Try to focus on the driest areas of your body like your elbows, knees, and the creases of your arms and legs.


When the temperature drops, so does the moisture in your lips, leaving them cracked, chapped and sore.
It’s a good idea to store a lip balm in your bag, car or desk so you always have a boost of moisture there to save your parched lips when you need it.
We’d recommend Nivea Hydro Lipcare.
It contains SPF 15 and rehydrates dry lips in addition to soothing irritation with calming aloe vera extract.
You can never go wrong with a trusty pot of Vaseline, either - try Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe Vera to soothe your irritated lips with the healing properties of the aloe plant, or if you’d like a pop of colour, choose Rosy Lips.



Not only do the cold temperatures strip your skin of moisture, but winter is rife with cold and flu viruses. 
Odds are, you’ll be washing your hands more often than usual, sucking the last remaining oils from your skin.
This can make things worse if you’re using your hands all day, so why not try O'Keeffe's Working Hands?
This scentless, concentrated formula contains high quantities of glycerin which conditions and softens the skin, proven to boost moisture levels and create a protective layer on the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss.
If applying your hand cream in a balm isn’t for you, try Aveeno Skin Relief Restoring Hand Cream which helps to soothe and comfort dry or chapped hands. 
If your skin is feeling tight, rough, or very dry, this cream can provide the intense hydration you need to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and healthy. 


The skin on our feet is up to 12 times thicker than the skin on our bodies, so when they become dry and cracked during winter, it’s important to find a specific product that targets problem feet.
Our top-pick would be Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Foot Cream which hydrates dry or extremely dry feet. 
It provides intense moisturisation to leave your feet soft and smooth, while reducing hard skin and calluses.
The intense formula contains moisturising ingredients such as urea and ceramides and is clinically proven to deliver immediate and intense hydration.

Hydrated skin is happy skin, so what are you waiting for?
Don’t put off your winter skincare shopping like you may have done with your Christmas shopping - it’s time to save your dry skin and protect it from the cold this winter.
If you’re suffering from extremely dry skin and it’s affecting your daily life, always speak to your GP or pharmacist for advice.

Alexandra Moses - Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Prescribing Pharmacist
James O'Loan , CEO & Prescribing Pharmacist on 13 December 2021
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