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Skincare Routine for Winter

While dry skin types may bear the brunt of winter skin symptoms, everyone can experience dry, chapped, itchy prone skin during colder months. Owing to the external stress placed on skin, winter care for skin tends to skew towards replenishing moisture.

The right moisturiser however isn’t the only step required for an effective skincare routine in winter. Application of efficacious ingredients in serums, SPF and proper cleansing ensure that skin is cared for, nourished and protected. Beyond a winter face care routine, supportive body care is also necessary to maintain levels of moisture retention.

To discover how to change skincare routine for winter without replacing all your products, we’ve compiled a simplified and efficacious guide below. Find optimal winter skincare products for your skin type ahead.

winter skin routine


Features of winter weather like dry air and icy winds, and the use of indoor heaters, scarves and hot showers to combat those elemental conditions can compromise the condition of skin. These stressors draw moisture from skin (termed trans epidermal water loss), stripping it of essential lipids and moisture content. Also impacted is the skin moisture barrier. This helps to maintain hydration and protects impurities like bacteria and debris from penetrating the skin. Skincare in winter encourages optimal levels of moisture to enable bright, healthy and plump looking complexions. 


Effective winter skincare products include potent and nourishing ingredients that aid skin’s natural production of lipids. As those with sensitive skin can experience heightened dryness and redness in skin during cold weather, it’s important that winter care for skin is formulated with gentle ingredients. These substances, found in the Lipikar, Cicaplast and Toleriane range include:


  1. Niacinamide: A product of vitamin B3, this soothing nutrient helps stimulate the synthesis of oils within skin.
  2. Vitamin B5: Also termed pantothenic acid, vitamin B5 is a humectant, which means that it can draw moisture from air into skin.
  3. Shea butter: Sourced from African shea tree nuts, this plant lipid is rich in fatty acids and vitamins, which help to promote a healthy skin moisture barrier.
  4. Glycerin: Another humectant, glycerin attracts and holds onto moisture for hydrated skin. 
body care routine for winter


Dry or dehydrated skin often reoccurs during colder months. To mitigate this cycle and achieve hydrated radiance in skin, follow daily application of enriching winter skincare products. This skincare routine for winter can also be used by those with especially dry skin throughout the year.  


To address dryness and associated discomfort, skincare in winter features hydrating cleansers as the first step, both morning and night. Alongside the removal of impurities, winter cleansers should be rich in hydrating lipids.


Winter face care routine:

Opt for a gentle, hydrating facial cleanser. Toleriane Caring Wash Hydrating Cleanser has a soft milky texture and includes niacinamide, vitamin B5 and thermal spring water to gently remove makeup and impurities without causing friction to skin.

Winter body care routine:

To reinstate moisture to skin, a cleansing body oil can be used at end of day and again in the morning. Lipikar Huile Lavante AP+ Body Cleansing Oil is formulated for dry to very dry skin and contains prebiotics to help rebalance skin’s microbiome. Also included is niacinamide and shea butter to protect against the drying effects of winter. 

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Moisturisers in your skincare routine for winter need to be formulated with a thicker texture but should be non-comedogenic, so as not to block pores. To ensure proper hydration of different levels of skin thickness, opt for products that target specific areas.


Winter face care routine:

The area of skin around our eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of the face. Starting here, Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream For Sensitive Skin contains niacinamide and prebiotic sphingobioma for 24 hour hydration. For face, rich-textured Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm Barrier Cream includes vitamin B5 and madecassoside to reduce dryness, dry patches and rough skin textures. Another sensitive area of skin, lips can be protected throughout the day with Cicaplast Levres Moisturising Lip Balm.


Winter body care routine:

Deeply hydrating body emollient Lipikar Lait Body Milk Moisturiser can be applied to dry skin in order to reinstate a bouncy and radiant texture. The combination of shea butter and niacinamide strengthens the skin moisture barrier and provides 48-hour hydration. Hands are especially exposed to environmental stress – to support them throughout winter, Cicaplast Mains Hand Barrier Cream contains 30% humectant glycerin and 4% niacinamide. 

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Especially in Australia, sunscreen should be worn everyday. UV radiation is present year-round – so a sun protection skincare routine for winter is also important.


Winter face care routine:

Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ contains glycerin to maintain hydration and comfort throughout the day. Apply liberally onto face as the final step in your morning skincare routine.


Winter body care routine:

Non comedogenic and ultra light, Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Body Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ includes antioxidant thermal spring water to help provide comfort to skin throughout the day.


Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.


Additional winter skin care tips include:

Following evening routines to replenish moisture while you sleep

Avoiding drying ingredients like alcohol and fragrances 

Invest in a humidifier to further address dryness 

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