Winter is well-known for wreaking havoc on our skin. The cold and the wind dry and chap our faces, causing flakiness, dullness, redness, irritation, and more. Fortunately, there are easy skincare solutions that will ensure your skin stays smooth, radiant, and healthy this winter. Here are some tips to ensure that the transition from fall to winter is easy on your skin.

Don’t neglect sun care.

While it’s true that the sun doesn’t shine as bright during winter, that doesn’t mean you should forgo sunscreen. Protecting your skin from UV damage is important all year round. Keep using sunscreen throughout the winter months, and your skin will thank you for it. To get the best sun protection, it’s recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that has both UVA and UVB protection. Find a sunscreen that is also formulated for your skin type. For example, an anti-aging sunscreen if you have mature skin, or an oil-free sunscreen if you are prone to breakouts. Find an extra-gentle sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Use a generous amount of sunscreen when applying, to ensure that every area of the skin receives adequate protection. A sunscreen from Exuviance fulfills those requirements, while also providing other great benefits including antioxidants and green tea extract, which help your skin to repair itself and stay youthful.

Consider your skin’s changing needs.

Our skincare needs simply don’t stay the same for the rest of our life. One is likely to have oily skin in their teenage years, normal skin in their adult years, and dry, wrinkling skin when they get older. It’s a good idea to always make sure your skin’s needs are being met. If you’re starting to get wrinkles this year, start the winter right by maintaining an anti-aging skincare routine. Pretty much every kind of skincare product is also available in an anti-aging formulation. Ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial plants such as bamboo or green tea, are all important ingredients to look for when shopping for anti-aging skincare products. For example, you can use an anti-aging cream from Babor, with four different active ingredients to firm up your skin and give it a youthful glow. Or, consider a serum from iS CLINICAL, which will repair your skin using proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, and more. It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin, so why not start this winter season?

Stay hydrated.

The colder air and harsh winds of winter tend to dry out many people’s skin. For this reason, it’s important to keep your skin well-moisturized to combat the drying effects of the cold. Sometimes, your regular moisturizer might not be enough. A moisturizer that works well for you the rest of the year might not be rich enough to protect your skin from the cold. Look for ingredients such as beeswax, glycerin, dimethicone, and natural oils such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, and sweet almond oil. These are all ingredients that help moisturize and protect the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, consider a rich moisturizing cream such as this moisturizer from Dermalogica, which also contains vitamins, antioxidants, and plant extracts to keep your skin in the best condition possible. Moisturize at least once a day to maintain supple, smooth skin that doesn’t flake or itch.

Get into the spirit of winter.

One of the best small joys about the changing of the seasons is new seasonal fragrances. There are many things associated with each season, from colors to plants to foods. Incorporating seasonal scents into your life is a very simple way to get the most out of the experience of the seasons. Spring is associated with fresh floral scents, summer is often represented by fruit or citrus fragrances, and fall is exemplified by the scent of pumpkin pie. Try using products with winter-themed aromas, to enjoy the full experience of winter. Peppermint is one such wintery scent. There are many peppermint-scented beauty products out there, including this exfoliating body balm from REN Skincare, with peppermint and Tuscan olive oils to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. Other popular choices might include peppermint lip balm and peppermint shampoo. Why not add a touch of winter joy to your day?

Skincare isn’t just for the face.

Although it’s true that the skin on your face is what people see first, that doesn’t mean you should neglect the skin on your body. The skin on your body is just as prone to wrinkles, sun damage, dryness, and for some people, blemishes, as the rest of the skin. Help your entire body keep its radiant glow this winter by staying on top of your whole-body skincare routine. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize on a regular basis, as well as using sunscreen every morning on any areas of exposed skin. Ways to exfoliate your body include using a tool such as a bath brush or loofah, using a body scrub, or using a moisturizer with AHA. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin from getting dull or rough, especially on areas like your elbows and knees. Moisturizing your body after exfoliating will lock in moisture to prevent dryness and wrinkles. Try getting a specialized body moisturizer such as Body Therapy by PCA Skin, which moisturizes, exfoliates, brightens, and fights aging all at once.

Don’t settle for less-than-perfect skin this winter. By staying on top of your skincare routine, you can ensure that your youth and radiance won’t fade away.