How to Care for Your Skin in the Winter

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Winter can be tough on your skin. The cold, harsh weather combined with dry indoor heat can strip your skin of its natural moisture, leading to dryness, irritation, and a dull complexion. But don’t worry – with the right skincare routine and medspa treatments, you can keep your skin glowing all winter long. Here’s how:

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

The most important rule of winter skincare is to keep your skin hydrated. In winter, the dry air can dehydrate your skin, making it essential to moisturize more frequently than in warmer months. Use a richer, more emollient moisturizer than you would in the summer. Look for an oil-based moisturizer rather than a water-based one, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture. Consider ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which are great for locking in moisture.

2. Gentle Cleansing

Swap your regular cleanser for a gentler, hydrating version. Some cleansers can strip moisture from your skin. It’s vital to use a gentle, hydrating cleanser to avoid this. Avoid harsh, drying ingredients like alcohol and opt for cream or oil-based cleansers that help preserve your skin’s natural oils.

3. Sun Protection

Yes, even in winter! The sun’s UV rays can still cause skin damage, especially when reflected off snow. To protect your skin, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to all exposed areas of skin, 30 minutes before going outside.

4. Exfoliation – But Not Too Much

Dead skin cells can accumulate on the skin’s surface in winter, leading to a dull complexion. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, but overdoing it can strip your skin of essential oils. Opt for a mild exfoliant and limit exfoliation to once or twice a week.

5. Consider Professional Skin Treatments

Sometimes home care isn’t enough, and professional treatments can help rejuvenate winter-weary skin. Consider treatments like: 


This is a great winter treatment as it deeply hydrates the skin while also exfoliating dead cells. HydraFacial leaves your skin smooth, hydrated, and bright.

Chemical Peels

Winter is the perfect time for a chemical peel as you’re less likely to be exposed to strong sunlight afterward. Peels can help tackle dryness, uneven skin tone, and texture issues that often worsen in winter.


Microneedling can help in the production of collagen and elastin, which can be beneficial in the winter when skin tends to lose its plumpness and elasticity due to dryness.


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that gently exfoliates the surface layer of dry, dead skin cells. By removing the outermost layer of dead skin, microdermabrasion enhances the skin’s ability to absorb moisturizers and serums. This increased absorption can be especially helpful in winter, as skin needs extra hydration and nourishment.

Customized Facials

Consider getting a facial customized to your skin’s specific needs. Winter often requires a shift in your skincare routine, and a professional can provide the guidance and treatment your skin needs.


Remember, everyone’s skin is different, and it’s important to choose treatments and products that are right for your skin type and concerns. Consult with a skincare professional at your medspa to create a personalized winter skincare plan. With the right care, you can maintain beautiful, healthy skin all winter long.

Lee A. Kleiman a doctor at Anne Arundel ENT

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.