Japanese and Korean skincare is well known for its ability to keep skin moisturized and hydrated. During the cold winter months, your skin can lose its precious moisture. One of the most essential skincare items for winter is a cream or lotion type moisturizer.

Moisturizers contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or polyglutamic acid, which helps to attract and retain moisture in the skin. Moisturizers also contain some kinds of emollient/occlusive, such as jojoba oil, squalene, safflower oil, to create a protective layer over the skin to prevent moisture loss when your surrounding is drier than your skin.

Other popular ingredients in Japanese and Korean skincare products for winter are ceramides, which also help to strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier, and panthenol, which helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss.

It’s also important to use a gentle cleanser during winter months, as harsher cleansers can strip away natural oils and damage your skin barrier, leaving skin feeling dry, tight, and sensitized.

Applying an essence or serum to deeply hydrate the skin and keep it feeling soft and supple is also important. It can help to replenish skin and provide an extra layer of protection. Finally, don’t forget to use sunscreen throughout winter, as UV rays can still damage skin even in cold weather.