How to Achieve Dewy Skin in Winter – Best Tips & Product Picks

By Katarina V.| Last updated on April 12, 2024
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⏱️ 7 min read

Here’s the deal: dry, dehydrated skin is out, and dewy, supple skin is in. In 2024, there’s no time or place for irritated skin with dry patches.

To start this year on a good note, we’ve collected all the tips and tricks you need to achieve dewy skin in winter. So, get a comfy blanket, and a warm beverage of choice, and let’s get into the basics of winter skincare for glowy, healthy skin!

Frosty Essentials: The Perfect Skincare Routine

Hearing the words hydrated and winter in one sentence is a rare occasion, but fear not, it’s definitely possible.

Aside from drinking a lot of fluids, getting your beauty sleep, and eating healthy, your skin needs some extra love during these cold, dark months.

Creating a good step-by-step routine tailored to your skin’s needs and staying consistent with it is the best way to get dewy skin in winter. But (and this is a big one), which products to use? In what order? When?

Fortunately, we’re here to answer your burning questions and explain all the steps to achieving Hailey Bieber-like skin!

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The first step to achieving this dewy delight is to pick a cleansing oil and then follow up with a moisturizing face cleanser.

If you happen to be a fan of Korean skincare trends, then you probably know of oil cleansers.

This method became popular only a few years ago and it got people raving on social media. They are extremely good at removing makeup and debris from the skin, leaving it baby-soft.

They come in balm and oil-like forms, so you have the freedom to choose the product that feels right for you. The best thing about an oil cleanser is that it provides that additional hydration we badly need in winter.

When you wash your face with an oil-based cleanser, it’s time to follow up with a cleansing face gel of your choice. This process is called double cleansing and it has been a backbone of Korean skincare for ages.

By double cleansing your face, you will get rid of all impurities and prepare your skin for the following steps without disrupting its protective barrier.


Mastering that glow from within during winter definitely comes from this step. As the temperature drops, our skin tends to become dry and dull, making regular exfoliation a game-changer in the pursuit of that coveted dewy look.

Exfoliation works wonders by sloughing off dead skin cells, revealing the fresh, radiant skin beneath. This process not only enhances the skin’s texture but also allows moisturizers to penetrate more effectively, combating the harsh effects of winter.

Choose a gentle exfoliator suited for your skin type to avoid irritation. Whether it’s a mild chemical exfoliant or a nourishing physical scrub, incorporating this step into your routine 2-3 times a week can make a significant difference!

Also, be aware that retinoids are a form of exfoliation too, so make sure not to overdo it with this step. Don’t use both retinol and acids on the same day, you can alternate and create your own schedule based on your skin’s needs.

Essence & Toner

In the winter skincare arsenal, the next powerhouse combination after exfoliation is the tandem of essence and toner.

These two skincare heroes work harmoniously to prep and rejuvenate your skin, ensuring a hydrated and radiant canvas despite the winter chill.

Essence is a lightweight, nutrient-rich liquid that penetrates deep into the skin, providing intense hydration and essential nutrients. During winter, when the air is dry and unforgiving, an essence helps fortify your skin’s moisture barrier.

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Look for essences with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or botanical extracts to keep your skin plump and dewy.

As for the toner, it helps balance and maintain your skin’s pH balance. In the winter, opt for a hydrating toner to replenish moisture and soothe the skin. Ingredients like chamomile, rose water, or aloe vera can provide a calming effect.


Keep your essences and toners in the skincare fridge to make your skin extra dewy and supple! Also, this is a great tip for prolonging their shelf life.


As we go deeper and deeper into the layers of this frosty routine, the spotlight turns to the potent elixir that is the serum.

Serums are formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients, such as antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides.

Layering your favorite serums during winter is essential for that glass skin look. In colder months, when environmental stressors are elevated, a well-chosen product becomes your ally in maintaining skin resilience.

For hydration, look for serums with hyaluronic acid or glycerin. If you’re targeting signs of aging, opt for serums containing vitamin C or retinol.

The key is to tailor your serum to address your unique concerns and enhance the effects of your winter skincare routine.


As we wrap up our winter journey, it’s time to lock all the dewiness in with a hydrating moisturizer that will give your face that beautiful sheen.

Most people go all in when it comes to moisturizer in winter since cold air can aggravate the skin and make it red and irritated.

When the air is dry and unforgiving, a good moisturizer acts as a protective barrier, locking in hydration and ensuring your skin stays supple and radiant.

A well-formulated product will ensure you don’t lose all those nourishing ingredients you applied before moisturizing. Look for a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or shea butter.

If your skin tends to be on the drier side, consider a richer, creamier formula. For those with oilier skin, opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to avoid clogging pores.

Never Forget: SPF

A crucial step that should never be overlooked is definitely sun protection. Don’t let snow and cool air fool you – make sure to apply SPF every single day during winter!

Although the sun isn’t as intense during colder months, the UV rays still penetrate your skin through clouds and damage it. Protecting your delicate skin with SPF is a year-round essential for maintaining a healthy and dewy complexion.

Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If your moisturizer or makeup contains SPF, it’s still advisable to use a dedicated sunscreen for additional protection. Cover all exposed areas, including your face and neck.

Honorary Mention: Facial Mist

The secret to dewy skin, according to makeup experts, lies in face prep. Layering your hydrating skincare products and spritzing the face with a facial mist is what actually seals the deal.

A quick and refreshing burst of hydration, it not only revitalizes your complexion but also helps lock in moisture, keeping your skin dewy and resilient in the face of the cold.

Facial mists are formulated with hydrating ingredients that instantly quench your skin’s thirst. In winter, when indoor heating and harsh winds can leave your face feeling dry and tight, a well-timed spritz of a facial mist provides instant relief.

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Opt for a mist with ingredients like rose water, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid for an extra boost of hydration. Consider a mist with antioxidants to help protect your skin from environmental stressors.


Set your makeup with the same mist for the ultimate dewy look!

Dewy Skin in Winter: Final Thoughts

As we wrap up our final thoughts, it’s evident that not only is dewy, healthy skin in winter possible, but also delightful!

By incorporating exfoliation, essence, toner, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, and a sprinkle of facial mist, your skin is well-equipped to face the winter chill with resilience and radiance.

Remember, skincare is a self-care ritual, and winter offers the perfect opportunity to pamper and nourish your skin!

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