Winter Skincare Products You Should Buy (And Avoid), According To A Dermatologist

Cold weather and central heating can leave skin feeling dry and dull. This will help.

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It’s no secret that colder weather conditions can wreak havoc on skin health, leaving skin feeling dry, dull, flakey and sore if not properly cared for.

Knowing how to protect your skin in the winter months isn’t always easy as there’s always a lot of conflicting information.

To shed some light on the best approach to winter skincare, we asked a dermatologist what their top tips are for keeping skin healthy as the seasons change.

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Hydration is vital for healthy winter skin

Dr Daron Seukeran, group medical director at Sk:n, says that when it comes to winter skincare: “The key thing is hydration”.

“Due to the colder weather and exposure to central heating, the lower air-humidity can cause the skin to lose its natural moisture more quickly, which can result in flair ups of certain skin conditions – as well as cause dry skin in general,” he tells HuffPost UK.

“Keeping skin hydrated inside and out is key, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well as applying moisturiser to the skin to keep it hydrated and replenished.

Steer clear of fragranced products

When it comes to choosing a moisturiser for your skin, Dr Seukeran suggests using a non-fragranced moisturiser, as fragranced products can cause increased skin sensitivity.

He also recommends using a larger amount of product during the winter months, saying: “Carry on with your usual routine but perhaps consider using a little bit of extra moisturiser before bed and in the morning to combat dryness.”

Opt for products that have UV protection

It is also recommended that even in the colder winter months you continue to use UV protection to keep skin safe from sun damage.

“In winter we can easily forget that even in a cold environment, the UV from the sun can be high,” Dr Seukeran explains. “Especially on winter trips – such as ski holidays – make sure you use sun protection even in the winter months.”

Be mindful of skin condition flare-ups

From acne and eczema to rosacea and skin sensitivity, the colder weather can lead to flare-ups.

“Winter is a particularly difficult time for eczema sufferers as the condition can be greatly affected by dry air conditions,” Dr Seukeran explains.

“Cold weather can trigger atopic dermatitis which is when the skin gets dry causing dryness and itchiness, this is very common on the limbs.

“Usually, dermatitis conditions are treated with a combination of moisturisers but when severe may require a topical anti-inflammatory prescribed by your GP or dermatologist.”

Below, we’ve picked out some hydrating skincare products you may want to try for everyday winter skin complaints. Remember that all skin is different, so discontinue use if you think a product is irritating your skin and speak to a dermatologist about treatment for medical skin conditions.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Hand Cream
This rich hand cream is formulated with finely-milled oats and is designed to hydrate skin for up to 24 hours after use, making it ideal for skin that's prone to soreness due to the colder winter weather.

Get it for £3 - originally £5. .
Garnier Nutri Bomb Milky Sheet Mask
This vegan sheet mask created with almond milk is designed to be "intensely nourishing" and soothing for dry and uncomfortable skin.

Buy it for £1.75.
Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream
This Clarins moisturiser is a personal fave among some of the HuffPost team. It contains SPF15 and is designed for normal to dry skin. Worth the treat price tag.

Buy it for £31.45.
Elemis Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser
This rose petal-infused product is for you if your skin is simply looking a little dull this winter and needs some extra rehydrating.

Buy it for £17.15.
NIVEA MEN Sensitive Face Moisturiser
This Nivea Men moisturiser contains 0% alcohol, meaning it's kinder on skin than others on the market.

Buy it for £2.25.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Hydrating Face Wash for Dry and Sensitive Skin
This soap-free, fragrance-free cleanser is designed to gently cleanse skin without causing dryness or irritation, making it ideal for use during the colder winter months when skin is naturally more sensitive. Plus, it's dermatologist recommended.

Get it for £8.79 - originally £14.99.
NIVEA Sensitive Day Cream
This day cream from Nivea is perfume-free and made with sensitive skin in mind. An added bonus is that it contains SPF15.

Buy it for £2.15.
Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Lip Balm with SPF
It's not just your hands and face that need extra care in the colder weather, your lips also need a little extra love. This intensive moisturising lip balm with SPF offers the perfect amount of protection for your lips, helping to prevent soreness and chapping.

Get it for £1.85 - originally £2.25.
Cetaphil Daily Defence Face Moisturiser with SPF50+
Even in the winter months, the sun's UV rays can damage skin so it's important to use a moisturiser with SPF protection. This facial moisturiser is fragrance-free and dermatologist recommended, and it has SPF 50

Get it for £7.29 - originally £12.99.
CeraVe Moisturising Lotion
This dermatologist developed moisturising lotion boasts all-day hydration and is formulated with hyaluronic acid to help retain skin's natural moisture. It's also fragrance-free and non-comedogenic making it ideal for skin that's prone to sensitivity.

Get it for £7.12 - originally £7.60.