By Kristine Koch

Most of us are aware of the harsh, drying effects of cold weather and indoor heating on our skin. Fortunately, achieving a healthy and radiant glow during the winter months isn’t all that complicated, and only requires making some simple adjustments to your skincare routine.

Embrace Natural Ingredients. Products that contain natural ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile, green tea, or rosehip seed oil help replenish moisture, soothe irritation, and provide antioxidant protection to give your skin the TLC it deserves.

Hydration, Hydration. Combat dry winter air that takes the moisture out of your skin by drinking plenty of water and herbal tea to stay hydrated. Also, incorporate hydrating serums or facial oils into your routine. Ingredients like jojoba and argan oil, or hyaluronic acid work wonders to nourish and plump your skin.

Protect Your Skin’s Barrier. Shield your skin with a rich, emollient moisturizer using natural shea or cocoa butter, which create a protective barrier while deeply moisturizing your skin.

Gentle Exfoliation. Exfoliating is essential for removing dead skin cells, but be gentle to avoid stripping away essential oils. Using gentle enzyme-based products results in smoother, brighter skin without causing irritation.

Soothe and Repair with Masks. Treat yourself to a weekly face mask session for deep hydration and repair. Choose masks with ingredients like honey, aloe vera, or oatmeal for their soothing and healing properties to replenish moisture, reduce redness, and restore your skin’s natural radiance.

Try Slugging. Consider the popular new “slugging” technique by applying a thin layer of natural plant-based oils or balms as the final step of your evening routine to lock in moisture overnight. Just make sure to choose non-comedogenic products (which don’t block pores) that are suitable for your skin type.

Lip Love. Don’t forget to protect your lips from the winter winds. Keep them soft, smooth, and protected with lip balms made of natural ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, or shea butter. Choosing a lip balm with a mineral SPF will also shield your lips from harmful UV rays.

Mindfulness in Skincare. Take time to relax and focus on yourself during your skincare routine by practicing deep breathing, meditation, or indulging in a gentle facial massage. This mindful approach nourishes not only your skin but also your well-being.

Nourish from Within. Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fats, berries, leafy greens, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids like walnuts and flaxseed to help rejuvenate your skin.

As a skincare enthusiast, I have learned that simple and natural skincare techniques and products can help you achieve a healthy and radiant complexion throughout the winter season.

Kristine Koch is a licensed esthetician and the owner of Nickel City Skin Spa + Boutique. Visit to learn about skin services, massage, eyebrow waxing, sugaring, and upcoming events. Visit to explore or purchase products online. To schedule an appointment with Kristine, call 716-768-2089.