I’ll be the first to admit I never appreciated the seasons before. I grew up in California where it’s 70degrees and sunny year round, Ok, not really, but it never gets below 40degrees and only rains occasionally. That all changed when I moved to the Northeast 3 years ago. Now, I understand why people always talk about how winter destroys their skin. When winter comes around, I have to totally change my skincare routine to account for cold weather and dry air. Not to mention the fact that I constantly have my heater on drying my skin out even more. Here are some tips to update your skincare routine to survive winter.
Switch to an oil-based cleanser. I don’t usually like oil based cleaners as I feel my skin is left with an oily film. However, I’m loving this oil cleanser in the winter because it doesn’t strip my skin and leave it dry and tight, like some traditional face washes might. That’s because oil cleansers remove impurities, including any makeup you applied as well as dead skin and dirt, but maintain the protective oils to maintain the moisture barrier of the skin. Yes, those of you with oily skin can also use oil cleansers! Since these cleansers won’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils and instead leave it hydrated, your skin won’t have to provide excess oils to keep it hydrated. I like this cleanser from Boscia Cool Cleansing Oil because it also removes makeup, making my entire routine one step shorter.
Exfoliate regulatory. Between the cold air outside, and the hot dry air inside, your skin really takes a beating. This causes dead skin cells to accumulate which leads to dry, flaky and patchy skin. To combat that, the first step even before moisturizing, is exfoliation. Exfoliation is an important step because it not only gets rid of those dead skin cells that leave your skin looking dull, but it also prepares allows skin to absorb serums and moisturizes more efficiently. While you may be tempted to exfoliate multiple times a week to keep skin smooth, don’t! Over-exfoliating will just irritate and dry your skin. I love the derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub because it’s gentle enough to use once a week, but it also is very efficient at getting rid of those dead skin cells.
Moisturize. The final and most important step is moisturizing. It’s very important that you moisturize immediately after washing, while your skin is still damp, to look in the moisture. First, I warm 2-3 drops of the Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil in the palms of my hand and apply it all over my face. This oil contains rose hip and pomegranate oils for intense hydration and antioxidant protection to promote a more radiant complexion, which is definitely needed! In addition to an oil, I use a moisturizing mask 1-2 times a week. The Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask is packed with ingredients to not only plump the skin with hydration, but also reduce fine lines and hydrate, but also plump and even out and brighten the complexion. As a final step, I keep the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil by my bed and use it for extra moisture anywhere I need it- elbows, hands, face- anywhere!
How do you change up your skincare routine for the winter? Any must have products you recommend?