Winter Skincare: Hydration Tips for Cold Days

By McLean & Potomac Dermatology | Skin Tips 2024

winter skincare

As the winter chill sets in, maintaining healthy and hydrated skin becomes crucial. The cold weather can strip away your skin’s natural moisture, leading to dryness and irritation. Follow these tips to keep your skin glowing and well-hydrated throughout the winter months.

01 / DRENCH in Moisture

Start by opting for a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip away your skin’s natural oils. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to lock in moisture. Your skin needs all the moisture during winter. We recommend switching to a heavier moisturizer (yes, even if you have oily skin). While you’re at it, swap out your body wash, too. Using a shower oil over body wash will moisturize your skin without causing any dry patches or irritations.


winter cleanser

SkinKure Glow Cleanser

The non-comedogenic formula is great for acne prone skin but gentle enough for dry skin, effective at removing all makeup without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. 

winter moisturizer

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid

An anti-aging cream that improves the texture of skin while directly addressing age-related lipid loss.

winter shower oil

Bioderma Shower Oil

Invigorate dry and sensitive skin to reveal a luxurious, silky-smooth feel. PRO TIP: Swap your hand soap out for this to avoid dry, cracked hands during winter.

02 / Hydrate From Within

Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hydration starts from the inside, and it reflects on your skin. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day.

03 / Humidify Your Space

Indoor heating systems can contribute to dry air, affecting your skin. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home, helping your skin retain hydration.

04 / Warm, Not Hot Showers

We know you’re probably looking forward to a hot shower when it’s cold out. Keep in mind that a hot shower can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for warm showers and limit your time to prevent excessive drying.

05 / Protect With Sunscreen

Running outside for a quick snowball fight? Think again. Even in winter, UV rays can damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, especially if you’re spending time outdoors. Remember, makeup should never replace your SPF.



EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

Helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to discoloration and breakouts associated to acne and rosacea.


ISDIN Tinted Ageless SPF 50

Eryfotona Ageless is a fast-absorbing, ultralight tinted mineral sunscreen. 

By incorporating these winter skincare tips into your routine, you can combat dryness and keep your skin radiant even in the coldest weather. Remember, consistency is key for maintaining healthy, hydrated skin all season long.

To book an appointment with a skin expert at our McLean or Potomac location, text us at 703-215-2139!

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