Should You Change Your Face Wash In The Winter?

Well, it's officially November, which means fall is ending and winter is coming whether we like it or not. Some parts of the world are a little slow to get the message (New York's 75-degree weather, I'm looking at you), but soon enough it'll be freezing in most parts of the Northern hemisphere. Winter means your skin changes as well, so you're probably wondering if you should change your face wash in the winter.

The votes are in, and experts agree you definitely need to change up your skincare routine when the weather gets colder. Dr. Peter Matravers, who works for Arbonne skincare company, told The Loop "the particular changes may not be the same for everyone, but there are some key points to consider during the winter when cold air and wind set in."

So what are those changes? Stick to washing your face once a day to avoid drying your skin out, and always use warm, not hot or cold water, according to Prevention . Exfoliate regularly to slough off dry winter skin. And above all, switch to a more gentle, creamy cleanser in the winter. Your skin will already be dry enough, so you want to avoid stripping it of moisture. Here are some of the best winter-perfect face washes on the market.

1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $14.49,

This is a cult classic for a reason. It's ultra-hydrating and won't strip your skin of oils. Plus, it's fragrance-free, which is basically a must during the winter months.

2. Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser, $7.99,

This cleanser is designed to be gentle, and it lives up to its promises. It's a creamy foam that's surprisingly hydrating, plus it's super inexpensive.

3. SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, $70,

Beauty editors swear by this (pricey) cleansing oil, but the splurge might be worth perfect winter skin. A little goes a long way this oil as well.

4. Shiseido Benefique Hot Cleansing Oil

Shiseido Benefique Hot Cleansing Oil, $49.40,

I recently read about this warm cleansing oil, and after hearing the description, I'm so tempted to drop $50 on a bottle. Apparently, you put it on dry skin, and the oil slowly warms up as you wash your makeup off. It's completely gentle, and what sounds better after a long winter day than washing your face with a warming cleanser?

With these cleansers (and the proper face washing techniques), your skin will survive and thrive the cold winter weather.

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