This Winter Skincare Routine Will Hydrate & Balance Oily Skin

Woman applying face mask - Winter Skincare Routine

Wintertime can be super stressful for all skin types. Many people assume it’s only those with dry skin that needs to give their complexion extra attention and hydration during these colder months. While this is true, oily skin needs some love too.

Those with oily skin are probably super relieved once the colder months kick in and they don’t have to stress over the heat and humidity of summer that leaves their skin greasy and riddled with pimples. But whether you acknowledge it or not, the fall and winter months can be just as detrimental to oily skin.

Oily skin starts feeling dry during this season, which leads to many side effects, from dehydration to even greasier skin. That’s why it’s important to build a winter skincare routine that will balance and hydrate it. Here’s one of Vivo Per Lei’s favorite winter skincare routines for oily skin. 

Wash the Impurities Away with a Vitamin-Rich, Plumping Cleanser

Collagen Foaming Cleanser

The first step to any good winter skincare routine is a high-quality, nutrient-rich cleanser. Since you have oily skin, you should cleanse with a facial wash that thoroughly washes your skin but still plumps and nourishes it. After all, dull skin can be rampant in the winter. You want to avoid it at all costs.

A terrific vitamin-rich cleanser is the Vivo Per Lei Collagen Foaming Cleanser. It washes away all the excess oil and impurities from your skin without stripping it of its healthy sebum. It’s also enriched with vitamins A and E to make your skin smooth and bouncy.

The form of vitamin A used in this cleanser is retinyl palmitate, a gentler alternative to the usual retinoid. Retinyl palmitate is known to speed up cell turnover in the skin, which amps up collagen production and makes your skin look younger and renewed. 

Massage this cleanser gently into your skin as you wash to get the most out of the vitamins within it. Then, rinse with lukewarm water and move on to the next step.

Purify Your Face with Dead Sea Minerals and Niacinamide


Hydrate and balance your skin immediately after you wash it by following up with the Vivo Per Lei Purifying Facial Toner. This toner is full of skin-loving ingredients, such as Dead Sea minerals, niacinamide, and castor oil. They’ll purify your oily skin without making it feel dry.

Minerals and mud from the Dead Sea have historically been used to heal various skin conditions. They are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that calm flare-ups from acne and even psoriasis. In this toner, they soothe tired skin, making it feel refreshed. It leaves the skin glowing too!

This toner also contains niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3. It helps regulate oil production, making your face look less shiny throughout the day. It strengthens your skin barrier too, allowing it to retain more moisture during the winter months so you stay hydrated for longer.

Niacinamide is also known to minimize the appearance of large pores, which is a common problem in oily skin types.

Add a Layer of Hydration Using Aloe and Sodium Hyaluronate

Serum for winter skincare routine

Instead of sealing moisture into your skin right away with cream, add an extra layer of hydration to your skin during the winter months. It doesn’t have to be anything heavy; a lightweight serum will do.

One fab serum you can use in your winter skincare routine is the Vivo Per Lei Aloe Soothing Facial Serum. It’s infused with humectants like sodium hyaluronate and aloe vera to give your skin suppleness and instant luminosity.

Aloe is super hydrating since it’s made mostly of water. But it’s also incredibly rich in nourishing vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, helping to strengthen but also soothe the skin. These include vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and other nutrients your skin needs to beef up resilience during the cold, dry winter.

It’s also very useful when you have sunburns or acne on your skin that you want to soothe. Aloe vera is a cooling ingredient, which helps calm down any inflammation on your skin.

Meanwhile, sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of hyaluronic acid) is known to attract moisture from the air and pull it into your skin, boosting hydration levels. Together with aloe, it nourishes the skin deeply without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy.

Seal All that Moisture in With a Nourishing, Emollient Day Cream

Day cream

Next, you must use a cream to seal in all the hydrating goodness from your previous products. A great sealant is the Vivo Per Lei Moisturizing Day Cream. This cream is made with Dead Sea minerals to boost the health of your skin barriers.

It also contains shea butter and sunflower seed oil, two emollients that can lock moisture into your skin. They’re highly moisturizing and leave your skin soft and supple to the touch. These oils are also known to have anti-aging properties that can keep wrinkles and lines at bay.

When applying this cream, make sure you also spread it across your decolletage and neck. Those areas need extra love too, especially in your winter skincare routine. Your skin will feel as smooth as velvet afterward.

Pamper Your Skin Once a Week with a Hydrating Yet Lightweight Honey Mask

Face mask for winter skincare routine

Give your skin a treat once a week with a light yet deeply nourishing face mask. The Vivo Per Lei Honey Bee Mud Mask is excellent for detoxifying oily skin while leaving it hydrated and glowy. It’s non-greasy, so it’s perfect even for extremely oily skin.

It’s formulated with kaolin clay to help draw out dirt and grime on the skin, leaving it clean and purified. Your skin will then be ready to drink up all the hydrating oils and humectants within the mask for a soft, bouncy, and radiant finish.

The mask’s main ingredient is honey, an antibacterial humectant that hydrates the skin while cleaning out the pores. It’s great for those who have issues with acne because clean, happy pores mean fewer breakouts. Honey is also terrific for fading scars and hyperpigmentation.

This mask is enriched by other moisturizing oils, such as argan and babassu oils. These leave your skin glowy and nourished for longer.

Remove Dead Skin Cells from Your Face and Body

Vivo Per Lei skincare scrub

Dead skin cells are the nemesis of those with oily skin. They build up in the pores, forming clogs when they mix with sebum and dirt, resulting in a new pimple.

So, put a stop to this by limiting the number of dead skin cells that linger on your face. How? By exfoliating once or twice a week. There are several ways to exfoliate oily skin, but one of our favorites is the Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling. Not only will it prevent breakouts, but it has anti-aging properties too!

Exfoliation is a huge part of any winter skincare routine. But it shouldn’t be limited to your face; you should be exfoliating your body too.

The Vivo Per Lei Charcoal Mineral Mud Body Scrub buffs away dead cells on your skin while giving you a relaxing spa experience at home. It’s brimming with sea salt and mineral oils to exfoliate and hydrate the skin respectively.

But its star ingredient is kaolin clay, which is known to prevent pimples and absorb excess sebum in the skin to manage oiliness. It clears the complexion of impurities and dirt without being irritating on sensitive skin. And because it’s a gentle type of clay, it can be used as a mild exfoliant too.

Once or twice a week in the shower, apply a generous amount of this scrub to your skin. Massage your skin in circular motions to scrub away all the dead skin until the granules dissolve. Rinse with lukewarm water and feel how silky soft your skin is.

Finish Off with a Lightweight Lotion from the Neck Down

Woman applying body lotion

Here’s the last step to your full body winter skincare routine: apply a lightweight yet highly moisturizing lotion on your body. During the winter, your hands, heels, and elbows might feel cracked and flaky, so lotion will be your best friend,

Our favorite lotion is the Vivo Per Lei Glowing Rose Body Lotion, a rose-infused body cream rich with humectants to leave your skin hydrated from head to toe. It has been formulated with urea and rose flower extracts to soften the skin for a touchable silkiness.

Rose extract is excellent for calming red, inflamed skin, including acne, which can be common if you have oily skin. It has antibacterial and astringent properties that can prevent irritation and infection as well. It’s also high in vitamin C, which boosts collagen production for firmer, plumper skin.

What Happens to Oily Skin During the Winter?

Wondering why you need a dedicated winter skincare routine? Vivo Per Lei is about to explain…

Each pore in your skin has a sebaceous gland underneath. These glands are in charge of pumping out the oil called sebum that moisturizes your skin. This in itself isn’t bad. Sebum is good for you. Your natural sebum is essential for keeping your skin plump, radiant, and protected.

However, people with oily skin have overactive sebaceous glands that produce a little too much oil, making their complexion greasy and prone to breakouts.

The great news for people with oily skin is that during the winter, their skin doesn’t get that greasy and shiny. The weather is cold and dry, giving oily skin some breathing room for a few months.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all peachy just because the environment gets a little chillier. When the air is dry and people start turning on their heaters regularly during the winter, the skin is stripped of its natural oils.

As a kneejerk reaction to dryness, your oily skin might kick into turbo mode, producing even more sebum to compensate for the lost moisture. This can make you as greasy as a disco ball and more vulnerable to looking shiny in the middle of the day, as well as developing acne during the season. Yikes!

What Kind of Skincare is Best for Oily Skin in the Colder Months?

Vivo Per Lei Botanical Collection Products

People with oily skin often assume that the best way to care for their skin is to mattify it so it can stay shine-free. For many, that means skipping moisturizer and using oil blots at the first sign of oiliness. But this is more harmful to the skin, triggering it into producing even more oil.

The secret to caring for oily skin is to keep it moisturized without clogging and suffocating the pores. You can do this by hydrating the skin in lightweight layers. That way, it won’t be too greasy, but will still be plump and moisturized enough not to overcompensate with oil production.

Plus, oily skin doesn’t always mean your skin has a healthy, hydrating dew to it. More often than not, oily skin is a symptom of dehydration. That’s why you always need to replenish your skin with moisture, especially in your winter skincare routine.

Of course, looking for the right products is crucial when creating a winter skincare routine for oily skin. Stay on the lookout for products that aren’t too heavy for your skin. You’ll find plenty of them in the Vivo Per Lei online store!


Sure, it’s a huge relief when your usually-oily skin feels a bit more matte during the winter months. But just because your skin feels dry doesn’t mean that things are good. It could signal that your skin isn’t balanced and hydrated.

With the winter skincare routine listed above, you can help restore and rebalance sebum regulation in your oily skin. You’ll be able to nourish your skin just enough so that it doesn’t overcompensate during the colder months by producing excess grease and oil.

Focus on using high-quality products (like those mentioned in this article); formulas that won’t strip your skin but will help to balance out its oil production levels. Do this and you’ll be set for the season.

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