The cold, bitter, dry air that accompanies winter months can wreak havoc on your skin. The winter air can cause your skin to be dry, flaky, and itchy; dry skin leads to a layer of dead skin cells that clog pores and decrease the flow of sebum. If you are prone to these ailments, don’t think you have to suffer. Your skin can GLOW in the winter too. The secret is MOISTURE! 

Here are 7 tips on how to get your skin to retain as much moisture as possible during the winter months:

1. Use a moisturizing cleanser

The surfactants in cleansers can have a drying effect, especially if the cleanser does not contain any moisturizing ingredients. To be sure your face is being moisturized and cleansed at the same time, choose a cleanser that contains moisturizing oils and/or humectants. 

Moisturizing oils with cleansing powers:

  • Coconut oil

  • Castor oil

  • Avacado oil

  • Sunflower oil

  • Apricot oil

  • Grape seed oil

Humectants with cleansing powers:

  • Honey

  • Aloe vera

2. No oil-free products

Those with oily skin have the misconception that oil-free products are beneficial, they are actually extremely drying and the winter air is drying enough. Using the right oils can actually be beneficial to those with oily skin; oil attracts oil and can dissolve an excess amount of sebum. Use products with non-comedogenic oils.

Non-comedogenic oils listed from least comedogenic:

  • Argan oil

  • Hemp seed oil

  • Sunflower seed oil

  • Safflower oil

  • Rosehip seed oil

  • Castor oil

  • Grape seed oil

  • Calendula oil

  • Sweet almond oil

  • Olive oil

  • Jojoba oil

  • Tamanu oil


If you are trying to retain as much moisture as possible, you must moisturize. Never skip moisturizing, morning or night, during the winter months. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp so your skin can absorb and hold the moisture. Don’t be afraid to pack on a little extra moisturizer and use one with a thicker texture, either a balm, soufflé, or whipped moisturizer. Make sure the moisturizer contains a non-comedogenic base butter.

Non-comedogenic base butters:

  • Shea butter

  • Mango butter

  • Kokum butter

  • Beeswax

4. Use a serum

Serums, although not moisturizers, contain moisturizing ingredients and help skin retain moisture. Serums contain smaller active ingredients that are readily absorbed into the skin. When choosing the right serum, look for one with a moisturizing humectant.

Moisturizing humectants:

  • Hyaluronic acid

  • Plant based glycerin

  • Aloe vera

5. Exfoliate

Exfoliate to treat dry skin and lessen the build-up of dead skin cells. Not all exfoliants are created equal, especially when combating dry skin. Look for exfoliators that contain oils and gentle exfoliants.

Gentle exfoliants from gentlest to more abrasive:

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Oats

  • Baking soda

  • Rose clay

  • French Green clay

  • Bentonite clay

  • Sugar

6. Invest in a humidifier

Heating systems can further dry skin, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

7. Hydrate


The amount of water consumed during winter seems to decrease, during the colder months don’t forget to drink the suggested amount of water.