Winter skincare: The ultimate AM-PM routine

Arushi Sakhuja 
It’s a well-known fact that a different summer and winter skincare regime is essential. While summers are more sultry causing your skin to get oily, winter calls for extra hydration given the dryness. Your winter skincare routine should vary from morning to night. When you wake up, the focus should be on protecting your skin from the pollution and sun. In the evening, switch gears and apply regenerating ingredients that help repair your skin overnight. As you catch up on your beauty sleep, your skin revitalises and rejuvenates itself, making products like serums and face oil more effective. However, other products like sunscreen and moisturiser are an unmissable step when you’re starting your day. Below we’ve put together the ultimate AM-PM winter skincare regime. 
AM Routine 
Cleanse 
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Cold winters strip off the natural moisture of your skin which is why it’s essential to apply skincare products for winter which are deeply moisturising. The first step in your morning routine ought to be the basic CMT cleanse-moisturise-tone. Begin by cleansing your face with micellar water or a milk cleanser and follow it up with a facewash – foam or liquid.
We recommend: Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi Action Foam Cleanser / Purifying Mask
Tone
After you’ve tap-dried your face, apply a hydrating toner and especially keep a look out for ones with ingredients like glycerine, aloe vera, rose water, ceramide and hyaluronic acid. 
We recommend: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic
Vitamin C 
Since mornings are for repair, adding a glow-boosting Vitamin C serum that works well to protect the skin from free-radical damage and lightens any dark spots. This is also a great addition if you live in a city that is highly polluted. Vitamin C is known for its glow-boosting properties.
We recommend: Pixi Beauty Vitamin-C Serum
Moisturize
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With the mercury dipping, it’s essential to make a switch to creamy moisturiser. Moisturiser works as the final step to lock in the benefits of the other products while leaving your skin soft, supple and hydrated. However, it is imperative to pick a moisturizer based on your skin type. Products infused with ingredients like shea butter, Vitamin E, ceramides, squalane and glycerin are especially more beneficial.
We recommend: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream Light
Sunscreen
The last and most essential step is sunscreen. Apply it 30 minutes before stepping out of the house and don’t forget to re-apply it every few hours. Sunscreen prevents your skin from harmful UV rays which cause premature ageing and damage to your skin.
We recommend: iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 40
Lip Balm or Lip Oil 
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Lastly, nourish your lips. For soft supple lips, ensure you always have them in your winter skincare kit. From lip balms to the new Zara Beauty Jelly Lip Oil that glides on seamlessly with a hydrating effect; Lip nourishers are a must-have!
We recommend: Zara Beauty Jelly Lip Oil 
PM Routine
Evenings are all about repair, so spending time on skincare every night is non-negotiable (no matter how lazy you may feel!)
Cleanse
After a long day, it’s essential to cleanse your face and remove all the makeup and dirt particles from your face that can often clog pores causing acne. So the first thing to do is repeat the process of cleansing and follow up the routine by washing your face with a gentle face wash. And if you want that coveted glow use a product with Poly Hydroxy acid which contains cleansing properties.
We recommend: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Serum 
Your PM beauty winter routine should be all about hydration and face oils that can work overnight to give your skin a soft and supple glow. While picking out a serum or facial oil you must take into consideration your skin type. Apply moisture-attracting serums to clean skin, such as ones containing hyaluronic acid and then smooth a facial oil to seal the deal. Because winter skincare means extra hydration!
We recommend: LĂ“ccitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil
Anti-ageing cream
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Finally, complete your routine with a moisturizing night cream or anti-ageing cream (depending on your need) to seal in all the benefits of the products. For winter, the embryolisse cream is an ideal pick. And on days, when you wish to give your skin some extra TLC, throw in an overnight facemask.
We recommend: Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer
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