Planning out your skin care in the winter season may be easier said than done. As you figure out how to keep your skin soft, supple and glowy in the cool weather, you’ll likely come across a wide scope of advice. To help you sort out fact from fiction, we’re here to debunk 6 winter skincare myths

Myth 1: Skipping Sunscreen in Winter Is Safe

While there’s not as much sunshine in the winter, UV rays are still out during the colder months of the year. To protect your skin from sun damage, apply sunscreen whenever you go outside. Winter sports enthusiasts should especially remember to apply sunscreen when skiing or snowboarding  higher altitudes and UV reflections from surfaces like snow can lead to sunburn. 

Myth 2: Hot Water is Ideal for Winter Cleansing

When you’re reaching for a cleanser like Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Deep Pore Cleanser, rinse with lukewarm water, not hot water. During drying winters, hot water can further strip your skin of its protective oils and compromise your moisture barrier. Take a Goldilocks approach by rinsing with lukewarm water that’s neither too hot nor too cold. 

Myth 3: Exfoliation Isn't Necessary in Winter Due to Dry Skin

In warm weather, you might be more inclined to exfoliate because of sweat and other buildup on your face. Still, it’s a good idea to exfoliate in the winter, as cold, dry air can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells and, consequently, dull skin. Using a nourishing exfoliant, such as Desert Essence Gentle Stimulating Facial Scrub, helps reveal bright, smooth skin. Just avoid over-exfoliating, which can irritate your skin.  

Myth 4: Moisturizer Alone Can Repair Extremely Dry Skin

A thick moisturizing cream can be your best friend during the winter, but you may need to bring in extra reinforcements. In addition to lotions and creams, consider integrating a replenishing facial oil into your dry skin routine. Packed with fatty acids, facial oils, such as Desert Essence Balancing Face Oil and Restorative Face Oil, seal in moisture to soothe skin. 

Myth 5: Oily Skin Doesn't Need Moisturizer in Winter

Although your skin may be oily, it might not be hydrated because skin oil and skin hydration are separate concepts: Skin oil (or sebum) is a substance that supports skin’s barrier function whereas skin hydration is the process in which water gets absorbed into the skin’s layers. Without proper hydration, your skin may experience reduced elasticity and resiliency. 

To counter water loss from cold weather, use a gentle botanical moisturizer, such as Desert Essence Daily Essential Facial Moisturizer or Revitalizing Oils Facial Moisturizer, after cleansing.

Myth 6: Drinking More Water Will Automatically Hydrate Your Skin

Water is necessary for many body functions  after all, it helps blood carry oxygen and nutrients to your cells. You need water to maintain healthy tissues and organs, which includes, of course, your skin. However, water alone will not sufficiently hydrate your skin, which is why it’s important to stay on top of moisturizing in your winter beauty routine.  

Quick Winter Skincare Tips for Healthy Skin

  • Soothe irritated skin with an oil-based ointment. Along with its namesake oils, Desert Essence Manuka Oil & Tea Tree Oil Therapeutic Skin Ointment contains jojoba and sweet almond oils, calming dry, cracked winter skin. 
  • After showering, gently pat your skin dry. To make the most use out of your winter personal care products, blot your skin dry instead of rubbing it — this helps it lock down moisture underneath your lotions, creams and oils. 
  • Incorporate a balancing oil like jojoba oil into your skincare routine. Vitamin E-rich jojoba oil, which mimics the skin’s sebum, balances oily areas and hydrates dry patches without leaving a greasy residue.

When you plan your winter wellness regimen, skin care will be a major part of your focus. For radiant, supple skin this season, check out Desert Essence’s Skin Care Collection.