Winter Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

6 Tips from Esthetician, Renée Rouleau

Corrie D.
ByCorrie D.

As beautiful as the winter season is, it can be harsh on the skin. With the cold weather can come dry, flaky, and irritated skin. Simply adding an extra layer of moisturizer may not be enough to combat the cold so we got some top tips for you from celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. Trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée has spent 30 years researching skin and developing her "9 different skin types" philosophy. Below we share Renée’s pro tips to get the best skin for the upcoming winter season.

1. Don’t Skimp Out on The Sunscreen

Regardless of the temperature outside and spending more time indoors, the UV rays are just as strong as they were in the summer. UV rays can even penetrate through clouds and windows, causing damage to the skin. It’s important to continue to use SPF every day of the year to protect the skin from damaging rays.

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Renée’s Tip: Try using the Weightless Protection SPF 30 – this formula is perfect for all skin types and provides the ultimate protection for the skin!


2. Don’t Over-Moisturize With the Wrong Moisturizer

One would think applying an extra thick layer of moisturizer would take care of the winter dry and flakey skin. Doing so can actually be wasteful as the skin can only absorb so much moisture. Skin is like a sponge, it takes what it needs and the rest sits on top.

Renée’s Tip: Find the right moisturizer for your skin type, one that has effective hydrating ingredients that prevent water and moisture loss. Some ingredients to look for in a moisturizer for the winter are safflower, soybean, sweet almond, carrot, borage, and sunflower oils as well as ceramides and linoleic acid.

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3. Be Sure to Update Your Skin Routine as Needed

The skin is constantly changing, especially when there is a severe drop in weather temperature. To get the best results for your skin, be sure to change your skincare products to adapt to your skin's needs. For example, switching from a gel-based cleanser to a cleansing lotion.

Renée’s Tip: Try giving the skin some TLC with a hydrating gel mask or a cream mask to give maximum moisture, like the Rapid Response Detox Masque.


4. Lock in That Moisture, FAST

Did you know there’s a "60-second window" after cleansing to seal in moisture while the skin is damp? Follow cleansing immediately with your next product - toner, serum, moisturizer, or even a mist. 

Renée’s Tip: Be sure to follow the “Golden Minute” rule. Within a minute of cleansing, apply an alcohol-free toner to deliver water to thirsty cells followed by a serum and moisturizer. In doing this, skin never gets an opportunity to become tight, dry, or dehydrated as a result of osmosis


5. Lather On The Lip Balm

The cold winter air not only affects the skin but also the lips – causing them to become dry and flaky. Licking your lips may provide temporary relief with moisture, but can actually leave the lips drier.

Renée’s Tip: Use a well-formulated, conditioning lip balm and apply it to the lips throughout the day. This locks in moisture and keeps the lips from becoming flaky.

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6. Don’t Forget The Top Coat

There is no quicker way to give the look of moist, glowing, and radiant skin than with the application of an oil. When used regularly, they can dramatically repair a damaged moisture barrier and bring the skin back to a healthier state – perfect for the cold winter season!

Renée’s Tip: The best way to use a skin oil is as the very last step in a routine, so the largest molecule is on top. Anything applied over oil may not be offering many benefits to the skin and could be a waste of money and product. For drier skin types, massage into the skin. For combination and oily skin types, pat into the skin to avoid excess oil which can cause breakouts.

What are your tips for keeping your skin healthy and happy during the cold season? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author
Corrie D.
Corrie D.
Former Influenster. You can see my reviews and product insights on my OG Influenster account: @corriedavidson. Follow me on Instagram @CorrieReviews, YouTube @CorrieDavidson, tiktok @CorrieDavidson.