My Winter Skincare Routine

person holding a face mask

Sharing my winter skincare routine, is not something I thought I’d be doing. If you’ve followed Science and Skincare for a long time, you’ll know what my goal is. Simply, I just want to educate. My approach has always differed from other people in this space, in that I hate recommending products.

I don’t think telling you what I use, is going to get you the skin you want and deserve. However, talking about products and routines seems to be the easiest way for people to relate to my content.

Someone asked me to share my winter routine on Quora. Follow me on there here.

No matter how much I try, I cannot get away from these requests, so I’m giving in and sharing my winter skincare routine!

Just to preface this routine, here’s a little bit about my skin type. I have combination skin, which is very dehydrated. Currently, I’m focusing on how I can rebuild my skin’s barrier, after years of chemical exfoliation.

My winter skincare routine


Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

This balm is perfect for my skin because it is super creamy and soothing. My skin tends to feel drier and tighter in the winter. So, at the end of the day to take my make-up off, this is a god send.

I’m not a big fan of using two cleansers, mostly because I can’t be bothered. This is still great if you do like to double cleanse.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm


My toner is dependant on my mood. I either want to chemically exfoliate or I want to soothe my skin. To chemically exfoliate I use either Pixi Glow Tonic or Good Molecules Glycolic Exfoliating Toner. To soothe I use Dr Jart + Ceramidin Liquid.


I’m going to warn you now. There is a lot of Dr Jart + in this list because I genuinely love it. I think it’s great for all skin types. There are a lot of people looking to repair their skin barriers. The Ceramidin range from this brand is my favourite for barrier repair.

Hence, I love their mist, which helps to hydrate + soothe. It also supplements the other products I use from this range.


You guessed it, I use the Dr Jart + Ceramidin serum from the same barrier repairing range.


In all my years writing about skincare, the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, has been a reliable favourite. Every morning after putting it on, my skin looks so happy. It’s glowing, hydrated, the texture is flawless. I’ll always use this oil, it’s my go to.

The oil that never lets me down!


I think you know what I’m going to say. Dr Jart + Ceramidin Cream. I really didn’t want to make this list boring but this is really what I use. I like to use a lot of products from the same range, when I can, because I think it supports the overall function of the active ingredients.


Whether you use SPF in the winter or not, is your prerogative. I know there’s been a lot of discussion on it. Personally, I don’t think it hurts to use one on a particularly sunny day. I use the Skingredients Skin Shield.


Sheet masks aren’t a necessity but sometimes I use them because they come in my period subscription box. If you’re interested in this, get £20 off your first box with by clicking here. It’s a pretty cool concept, which is worth checking out.

Other than that, I sometimes use eye masks, which I get really cheaply from BodyCare (a bargain beauty store only available in the North of England).

Every now and again I’ll add some retinol but that’s it!

Where to buy my winter skincare

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