Cold weather is a treat for us tropic-dwellers since it’s so hot most of the year. I, for on, love traveling to colder climes—or at least, experiencing the cooler temperatures in Manila that last from December to February. It’s fun to layer up our clothes, right?
But have you thought about how the skin is affected by the temperature? Cold weather means drier air, and this sucks up the moisture from our skin. It may become scaly and itchy. It may even break out from stress caused by the change in weather! These are the reasons it’s important to tweak our skincare routine to match what the cold has to throw at us. Whether you’re traveling or staying here, you’ll love how these products will keep your skin in the best condition!
Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam. The Japanese are crazy about this facial wash for a good reason: it cleanses thoroughly without leaving skin dry and tight. When used properly, it builds up into a luxurious foam that feels like a treat as you wash with it. Cream cleansers like this are perfect for dry (or drying) skin!
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream_EX. Skip the alcohol-based toner if your skin is thirsty for moisture. Go straight to a heavier cream moisturizer like this one from Laneige! It’s a more hydrating version of their cult fave, the Waterbank Sleeping Pack, which comes in a gel formula. The original is already pretty good if you have oily skin but drier skin would need something like the Moisture Cream to keep it in check.

What’s great about it is that it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all. Plus, very little goes a long way! I find myself gravitating to this moisturizer particularly at night since my skin feels so refreshed and plumped up when I wake the next morning.
It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm. Don’t forget to mind your lips! Our puckers in particular are most sensitive to the effects of the cold. Keep them from chapping by judiciously applying lip balm. Balms keep the moisture from escaping the surface of the lips. You may also apply a bit of your cream moisturizer for deeper hydration.
The Souq Naturals Really Good Hair Oil. As for the rest of the body, I highly recommend using oil. Oils give your skin, nails, and hair the moisture they need while nourishing them with needed vitamins. I love the Souq’s oil because it is indeed a really good hair oil; it keeps the tips of my hair from drying out and splitting. What’s more, it can also be used on the hands and body! It has a pleasant coconut scent and a not-too-greasy texture.

Do try out my recos and let me know how they work for you! I would also love to hear about your go-tos in colder climes.

Photos by Liz Lanuzo