How to Change Korean Skin Care Routine in Winter?

What are good Korean beauty products to save your skin in cold and dry weather?

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Winter is already here! Hooray for winter sports! Boo-hoo for my skin. During the winter months, my skin really feels the negative effects of the cold, dry air. These easy-to-do things really made a positive change on how my skin feels through the winter. It’s better to protect your skin and start early in order to prevent it from feeling parched and fragile.

Switching to a Cream

The easiest way to combat the dryness is replacing my lighter moisturizer with a heavier cream one. During the winter months, my skin is much thirstier compared to the summer months so I’ll be moving from a lighter, gel-based moisturizer to a cream. I started using Urang Rose Ceramide Cream and my skin really loves the added natural ceramides and the boost in all-day moisture that it provides.  Ceramides are a helpful ingredient in winter as it helps maintain a healthy and strong natural skin barrier. This allows your skin cells to lock in moisture!

Exfoliating Regularly

Keeping your pores clear and regularly clearing away built-up dead skin cells helps prevent breakouts but also makes our skincare routine more effective at each step! This step should be included in your routine year-round, but I want to mention its importance in winter. For chemical exfoliation, I like using the Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner. It is gentle on my skin and highly effective. For a physical exfoliation, I love the Huxley Scrub Mask; Sweet Therapy. It uses natural exfoliants – walnut shell powder and sucrose to slaw away built-up dirt!

Face Mask More Often

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In an effort to provide my skin with as much hydration to overcome the winter dryness, I’m force-feeding my skin with nourishment and moisture. Face masking three times a week switching between Nature Republic’s Real Comforting Mask Sheet Hyaluronic Acid, The Saem’s Natural Aloe Mask, and Aromatica’s Sea Daffodil Hydro Charge Mask have really helped my skin feel supple and hydrated.

Before bed, I’m supplementing these sheet masks with Cosrx’s Ultimate Moisturizing Overnight Honey Mask. The extra boost in moisture I have in the morning really helps start the next day off right.

Still Applying UV / Sunscreens

Despite it being cold out, the Sun is still emitting UV rays. It is important to make sure that your skin is protected year-round from sun damage. For added benefits and to combat winter dryness, a hydrating sunscreen such as the Thank You Farmer Sun Protect Water Sun Cream is essential during the winter months! 

Lighter Face Wash

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It’s important not to strip away our skin of its natural oils. This becomes especially important during winter. A lighter cleanser helps your skin from drying out which you can really feel in winter. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser fits the bill perfectly. This mild cleanser works well without stripping or drying out my skin.


Not directly related to your skincare routine, but I found keeping a humidifier in my room and office made a positive difference. The added moisture in the air helped reduce the moisture loss from my skin. You may have one lying around unused at home so be sure to take advantage of this!

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