5 Tips to Add to Your Winter Skincare Routine

Are you still following the same skincare routine in November that you followed in May?

Sis…this may or may not change your life, but I think it’s worth a shot to change it up a bit.

With the winter’s cooler temperatures, the air is bit dry. Certain skin conditions like eczema can flare up due to the low humidity. Due to the lack of moisture your skin is receiving from the dry air, it’s best to use products that hydrate your skin. And for those who have oily skin, you’re probably thinking that this may not apply to you. But it does, there’s a difference between hydrated and moisturized skin. For example, I have very oily skin but my skin also gets pretty dehydrated. So during the winter months, I go for moisturizing and hydrating products packed with fruit extracts and essential oils.

With the spring and summer, there comes sweat, humidity and increased exposure to the sun. There is a lot of damage that the sun’s UV rays can do our skin. Funny enough, my skin is dehydrated in the summer too and I use lightweight, gel-based products and lighter oils like almond oil or moringa to provide balance. I also tend to wear less makeup during the months of June- August as my skin is prone to breakouts during those months.


It’s important to understand that you can have dehydrated skin while being oily, combination or normal. Dehydrated skin is also a skin condition in which the skin lacks most of its water content. At the same time, your skin can still produce oil. There are even cases where your skin works to over-produce oil to make up the lack of moisture.

If you’re like me and hydration is problem for you all year round, here’s a list of ingredients that never fail me during the year:

1. Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally hydrating acid found in our bodies used to main our moisture level. It helps if you’re dealing with dullness, uneven texture and sensitivity. It’s also great for all skin types!


2. Honey. Honey is natural humectant so it locks in moisture and contains nutrients that your body can absorb easily. Honey also contains antibacterial properties to help rid the skin of toxins. I personally also use honey to soothe skin irritations.


3. Rose water. Can we first talk about the amazing and refreshing smell? While rose water is known its hydrating nature, it also has healing properties used to combat redness or irritation. I pick mine up from Trader Joe’s. I use it as a mist for my face during the day and also as a toner before I moisturize.


4. Oils oils oils. I am a huge fan of natural oils. Most of the time, It’s my go-to moisturizer. Over the past year, I’ve stayed away from heavy creams and opted for oils. Oils are gentle and nourishing to the skin as it provides additional nutrients to the skin as its maintains its natural oils. Oils like almond and jojoba oil are my favorite because they are non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t congest your pores.


5. Sunscreen. Now I just hopped on the band-wagon not too long but this is important! Trust me, I completely get it, black doesn’t crack. But I’m telling you, you aren’t helping your skin much by not protecting it from skin damage.  And good genes definitely play a role in how youthful you may look 10, 15 years from now but less than half of signs of aging can be attributed to genetics while most is dependent on your personal habits. And if you need more convincing, my fave Jackie Aina swears by sunscreen too! Supergoop has answered my prayers by creating a sunscreen oil. It is by far the best sunscreen I’ve used. It doesn’t leave you with a white cast and it’s lightweight. I started off with a small size for $13 so it’s definitely worth a try!

For the most part, adapting your skin care to the season is a way of paying attention to what your skin needs and wants. What may work from June- August may not work during the months of November – February. There may be a bit of trial and error but it’ll be worth it in the end when your skin is glowing and flourishing!

Comment and share with us some new things you added to your winter skincare routine. We’d love to know 🙂



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  • Akisha
    December 26, 2018

    This was really interesting to read because I always thought sunscreen was best used during the summer. I’ll definitely try out these tips and see how they impact my winter skin routine. Thanks hun <3

    • Tiggi
      December 28, 2018

      Let me know how the tips work out for you, or even what you’ve incorporated into your current routine, would love to know!

  • Chi Chi
    December 26, 2018

    Have always considered adding rose water to my routine now I know is the perfect time ????

    • Tiggi
      December 28, 2018

      Rose water is the best! Always have it on me!

  • Melina
    December 27, 2018

    I have super dry skin, but it wasn’t always like that! I used to have extremely oily skin, so it was super difficult for me to figure out what would work out best for my skin. Now I stick to hydrating products without oil (gel-like hydrating products, like you mentioned)! I’m really liking Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel. I then mix it with either my ole henrickson truth serum or the mario badescue vitamin C serum! I’m also so glad you mentioned rose spray, because I LOVE it! The smell is amazing, and it just feels so good on the skin! Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • Tiggi
      December 28, 2018

      Wow it’s like have the same skincare routine! I haven’t tried Dr.Jart’s but I will definitely look into trying it!

  • Twen
    December 27, 2018

    What do you do at night? Especially when the heater is on high and drying out your face?! How do you retain moisture without overly piling your skin/clogging those pores?

    • Tiggi
      December 28, 2018

      My daytime and nighttime is pretty similar. I just opt for a richer moisturizer instead of oil, but apply hyaluronic acid before I moisturize my face. Mario Badescu has a really good serum rich in hyaluronic acid!

  • Anaya
    December 28, 2018

    So I’ve actually added sunscreen and hydraulic acid into my routine in the form of a hydrating serum that I picked up at TJ Maxx. It is life-changing! When I wash my face, I pat the serum into my skin and then follow up with whatever moisturizer I use (and mix with sunscreen), So far, it has been great at keeping my skin hydrated. I need to start using oils again, can you recommend a particular brand? Thanks 🙂

    • Tiggi
      December 28, 2018

      If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I would suggest going there to pick up oils. Always try to opt for products that have minimal ingredients when it comes to oils. Whole Foods is an option or any organic store would do the job! There’s a brand called Now that you can get on amazon or local stores, I would recommend those as well.

  • Kimberly
    December 29, 2018

    This article was literally for me because I have oily skin but yet need hydration a lot!? Thanks for the tips

  • Janaya
    December 29, 2018

    Awesome read

  • Adiva Ablah
    December 30, 2018

    These are great tips. I will be adding the rose water to my winter regimen.

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