Hi beauties! Today I wanted to take some time and go over my winter skincare routine. I typically have normal-dry skin, with it being more on the dry side during the winter months. Living in the northeast of the US can be brutal to skin during these months; not to mention I have mild psoriasis which flares up during this time. Keep on reading to learn what I use/do to keep my skin healthy and hydrated.
- The most important thing to do is to drink water! I’m not going to tell you to have 8 cups a day because that’s ridiculous. You need to drink the appropriate amount to suit YOU. I typically have two water bottles at work and then two glasses at home (sometimes 3). Drinking water helps with your skins hydration and I personally find that it helps prevent cracking of the skin.
- Next I make sure to gently exfoliate 1-2 times per week. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin from the surface. I received a sample of Lancer’s skin polish but that’s sooo expensive! So what I also use is Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay (USD $27). This has jojoba beads which exfoliate the skin gently, and it is a mask with rose clay and other stuff that help tighten your pores all at once 🙂
- Cleanse! I love washing my face lol But you cant overdo it and you want to make sure that whatever cleanser you use is gentle and has no alcohol. Right now, I am HOOKED on the Purlisse Blue Lotus 4~in~1 Cleansing Milk (Full Size USD$36 and Travel Size USD $20). This is very gentle but works so well and has ZERO alcohol! I’m a huge fan of Purlisse overall, but this is definitely a top 3 product!
- Lately I have been using Witch Hazel to tone my skin. I spoke about Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel in my New Skin Care Addition post. This is optional but I love Thayer’s. It has no alcohol, is super gentle, tightens pores, reduces redness and gets rid of scarring without drying out the skin.
- Of course, you want to be sure to moisturize your skin! I use very hydrating primers under my makeup or a light weight moisturizer in lieu of a primer, and at night after toning I do go in with a moisturizer, if I’m not using my acne medication (which has moisturizing components as well). My favorite moisturizers include the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb because it is super refreshing and a little goes a long way, so I buy the smaller container for USD $22. I also love using the Tatcha Water Cream and Silk Cream (USD $68 and USD $120). These are pricer but since a little goes a long way I recommend getting gift sets that bring a mini size. Some of my favorite primers are the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (USD $32) as it is infused with coconut water, the Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray (USD $32 or USD $15) which is also infused with coconut water as well as vitamin B3, and Niacinamide (which is great for skin, let me tell you), and lastly the First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothing Primer (USD $28), it leaves my skin feeling hydrated but it’s not heavy. I’ve actually used this almost every day since the cold weather has started!
- Moisturize your eyes! The skin under your eyes is very thin and sensitive. I do not recommend using the same thing you use on your face on your eyes. When my eyes get super dry (and I mean flaky dry) I use vaseline or A&D ointment. I know this is heavy stuff but I’ve had my eyes flake, swell and get red because of my psoriasis and this is the only thing that helps. When my eyes are behaving, I use the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb (USD $38) to maintain them hydrated. To help with the bags, dark circles and teeny wrinkles I have recently fallen in love with the Caudalie Resveratol Eye Lifting Balm (USD $62), while it is pricey, it’s worth it (more details to come at a later post).
- For the body, I use Eucerin Skin Calming Natural Oatmeal Enriched Creme (USD $7) or the Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Feel Body Lotion (USD $10). These help so much with itchy, dry skin. I also really like to use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, it’s super creamy, smells amazing and is so hydrating.
I know that it seems like a lot but, it is so important to care for your skin. These products definitely help make winter much more tolerable. I hope that this helps in some way or another!
Until next post loves!♥♥
**pictures are a courtesy of sephora.com