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While winter certainly has many perks, being kind to the skin is not one. A look in the mirror may reveal that your skin is behaving differently as temperatures start dropping. 

If clients are walking through your doors with complaints of itchy, red, and dry skin, it’s time to whip out the best winter skin care advice you’ve got up your sleeve. 

To help you out, we’ve compiled the top winter skin care tips from dermatologists and researchers to hold you and your clients over until the warmer months return.

Let’s take a look.

The Top 4 Winter Skin Care Tips to Share With Clients

Winter is the best time to talk to your clients about looking after their skin better. Follow the tips below for expert advice and product recommendations such as Belotero, to help your clients achieve radiant and glowing skin all year. 

  1. Make Use of Hydrating Facial Masks 

The lack of humidity in winter air can strip off natural oils and moisture from the skin, leaving it dry, scaly, and itchy. Hydrating facial masks are an effective way to counter this. They help rejuvenate the skin by restoring moisture and soothing irritation for calmer, more refreshed skin. 

When recommending hydrating facial masks to clients, opt for those with extracts like aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, algae, and glycerol. For instance, the JALUPRO® MOISTURIZING BIOCELLULOSE FACE MASKS contain hyaluronic acid and essential amino acids like glycine, L-leucine, L-lysine, and L-proline.

The hyaluronic acid in these masks is medium molecular, making it exceptionally good at hydration. And the amino acids stimulate collagen production, as they are the building blocks of proteins.

A Kao Corporation study has also shown that moisturizers containing eucalyptus extracts are great in fighting dryness, so you can also incorporate these into your spa treatments. 

  1. Repair Skin With Chemical Peels

Dullness is another common winter skin care issue. A refining chemical peel can help remove dead skin and build-up, leaving your clients’ skin looking fresh and glowy. It also treats a variety of skin conditions, such as acne vulgaris, wrinkles, melasma, and actinic keratosis.

We recommend using the FERULAC VALENCIA PEEL, made from keratolytic and antioxidant ingredients, to refresh the skin’s surface. The keratolytic (“skin-breaking”) ingredients remove dull skin, while antioxidants protect it from free radicals.

Once the peel has worked its magic, use our FILORGA® POST PEEL to neutralize the acids in the chemical peel and prevent irritation. Suggest your clients follow this up with super moisture serum or face mask designed to condition, protect, and restore their skin. 

  1. Opt For Gentle Cleansers

Cleansing is an essential skin care step that removes buildup, makeup residue, and dirt from the skin before any products are applied. However, when cleansing your clients’ skin, be careful to avoid treatments that strip the skin of its natural essential oils. You don’t want them to walk out of your salon looking scaly and dry. 

This is why double cleansing using gentle cleansers—typically made of synthetic detergents called sydents—is the best way to cleanse your clients’ skin while preventing dehydration. 

Start with a cleansing oil that bonds with the skin’s natural oils to draw out any makeup, dirt, and pollutants, leaving the skin clean and fresh. Next, use a gentle cleanser that thoroughly cleanses, gently exfoliates, and returns hydration to the skin. 

When done right, cleansing can help prepare the skin for maximum absorption of any serums, creams, and mask treatments you apply, which is perfect for moisture-starved skin.

  1. Stimulate the Skin With Microneedling

In a season when skin is moisture-starved, cracked, and dull, microneedling is a great treatment to repair skin damage and improve its overall texture and tone. It’s a minimally invasive treatment where multiple tiny needles are used to puncture the skin and create micro wounds. 

This triggers the body’s natural healing process, flooding the treated area with new collagen and elastin, repairing skin damage, and making it look tight, fresh, and glowy. 

Microneedeling is also useful for treating facial scars, as researchers did during their study at the Meghna Institute of Dental Sciences. The procedure is typically pain-free, but you can apply a topical numbing cream to avoid causing your clients any discomfort. 

Microneedling is also a great treatment to start off a spa day. By creating tiny channels in the skin, you can help active ingredients in skincare products penetrate deeper and rejuvenate the skin from the inside.

You can offer microneedling to clients looking to treat sun damage, congested skin, or other stubborn skin care concerns.

The Best Winter Skin Care Tips by Dermatologists Simplified

With exposure to cold winds and drying central heat, your clients have probably already noticed changes in their skin. This is why it is the right moment to use your expertise to help them switch up their skincare routine. 

We hope you incorporate these winter skin care tips into your practice and help clients rejuvenate their skin by recommending the right products. Your customers will walk out of the salon looking radiant and happy—and keep coming back for more! 

Patients Also Ask

Here are additional questions patients ask this time of the year:

What is the best skin care routine for winter?

You can advise clients to continue their regular skin care regimen in the winter, as long as they make some small adjustments to suit the colder weather. Examples include:

  1. Avoid products with potentially drying ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and glycolic acid;
  2. Take shorter showers or decrease the number of showers to prevent dryness;
  3. Use lukewarm instead of hot water;
  4. Apply moisturizer to damp skin right after a shower;
  5. Use mild, gentle soaps that are fragrance- and alcohol-free; 
  6. Opt for hydrating cleansers and face masks; 
  7. Don’t forget about SPF in makeup and moisturizers.

What helps skin glow in winter?

The biggest secret to glowy winter skin is hydration. Advise clients to lock moisture in their skin by using deep hydration products, avoid skincare with drying agents, and use hydrating serums. It’s also helpful to keep the body well-nourished and hydrated because diet and lifestyle play an important role in skin health.

Which oil is best for skin glow in winter?

Argan oil is one of the best oils to counter dull and dry winter skin. Using it can help the skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation, and improve skin elasticity. You can recommend it to your clients as a facial night oil or under makeup for a glowy, dewy look. 


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