Winter Skin: How To Layer Products

Winter Skin: How To Layer Products

A guide on how to layer your skincare products during the winter season.

Confused about whether to apply serum or moisturizer first? Here’s a guide to layering your skincare to get maximum results during the winter months. 

The change in season demands a change in your skincare routine. Winters are marked with a lack of humidity in the air that automatically dehydrates the skin, no matter your skin type. The products that work for you in summer, might not work for you in winter, as the cold temperature and dry air sets in. The key to effective ingredients is layering products in the correct order in order to maximize their efficacy, and this is especially important during this time. 

Four basic Rules of skin layering during winter:

  • The simple rule of thumb for skin layering is to apply products from the thinnest consistency to the thickest. The logic behind this is simple—thinner products (often water-based) are unable to pass through the thicker products (often oil-based).
  • During the winter, avoid alcohol-based toners, face wipes or soaps, as alcohol is overtly stripping and can make your sebaceous glands reactive. This prevents normal oil production in your skin and leads to added dryness. Products that have hyaluronic acid or ceramides work wonders in colder temperatures as they have excellent moisture-locking properties for skin.
  • Retinol can sensitize skin when in the sun, so winters are an ideal time to use it and reduce the sun damage that your skin sustained during summers. Smart pairing of ingredients is also necessary for effective skin layering. To tackle flakiness, you can apply a vitamin C product with a vitamin E infused sunblock, since they play off of each other and don’t affect efficacy when mixed.
  • Almost all over-the-counter and prescription acne products have either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acids, which are highly effective in reducing pigmentation and kills acne-causing bacteria. These useful agents should be avoided in winter skin layering as they are very drying. Exfoliate once a week and always follow it with moisturizer. 


  1. Cleanser

Cleansing removes the dirt and dead skin cells. It gives you fresh and clean skin to work with. During cold months, opt for a cream-based cleanser. 

  1. Toner or mists 

Hydration is just as important as moisturization in winter, so you must add toners or mists to your skincare regime. These products also help you balance the skin’s pH. Opt for soothing ingredients like jasmine or rose, which are packed with natural antioxidants to fight environmental stressors. Try the Ranavat Royal Tonique - Jasmine Hydrating Mist.

  1. Serum or oil

Use concentrated and non-comedogenic serums to get the needed moisture without clogging your pores. Victim C serums have a brightening effect on all skin types. Try the Ranavat Radiant Rani Brightening Saffron Serum, which is gentle enough to be used morning or night and helps to even the complexion.

  1. Moisturiser

Add moisturizer next, as it locks in all products that you have applied before and aids your skin is soaking them in. 

  1. SPF

Just because the sun is weak does not mean you do not need sunblock during the winter. Use SPF 30 and apply it after a moisturizer. 

  1. Lip balm

Cold weather can aggravate chapped lips, so make sure you use a thick layer of balm every few hours. Lip balms made of argan oil, rosehip oil, or petroleum jelly are recommended. 


  1. Double cleanser

Start with a cream-based cleanser, like the Ranavat Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser, which will pull out grime, pollutants, and makeup. This should be followed by a lighter gel/water-based cleanser (or micellar water) that will remove any remaining impurities. 

  1. Active Ingredients

After cleansing, you can use high-powered products like retinol or bakuchiol, or glycolic toners.

  1. Moisturizer/oil/mask 

Finally, end your day with a hydrating cream, oil or a luxurious sleeping mask. These products must have humectants.

  1. Lip mask

Low temperature is particularly damaging for your lips. So use an overnight lip mask to restore its lost moisture. 






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