When the weather changes so should your skin care routine. The harsh winter dry weather will take a hit on your skin if you don’t make these swaps right away. Have you ever noticed your skin looking extra dry and flakey around this time? Add these skin care products to you winter skin care routine right now.
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Winter Skin Care Routine
Use a Cream Based Cleanser
If you’re using a gel or foam cleanser, make this easy swap to a cream cleanser. When you’re cleansing you skin, you’re also removing the natural oils on your face. A cream cleanser is more gentle and hydrating on your skin. Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser is a great creamy cleanser to use in the winter.
Use a Chemical Exfoliant
Seriously, if you’re not doing this step, START NOW! There’s not enough moisturizer that can hide dry, flakey skin. Physical exfoliants can be a bit harsh for the skin on your face, so use that more to scrub the rest of your body. Regularly exfoliating with a chemical exfoliant on your face will remove the dry, dead, flakey skin cells on your face, leaving it with the newer, glowing skin underneath. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend using the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2A% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. One of my favorites is the AHA and BHA Exfoliating Peeling Solution by The Ordinary. For less than $8 you can easily add this to your winter skin care routine.
If you’re not using a serum, your skin is missing out on some bonus moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. A serum packs a bigger punch, penetrating deeper into your skin for a more hydrating effect. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide will add an extra layer of protection against the cold winter weather. Use this right before you put on your moisturizer.
This is a step you cannot forget. It’s what’s going to lock everything in place and keep your skin moisturized. If you have the extra funds to splurge on a great moisturizer, I highly recommend the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. I love to pair this with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Oil. It’s so hydrating and leaves the skin looking and feeling amazing. If you’re looking for something on the affordable end, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream offers long-lasting hydration on the skin. If you’re looking for an affordable face oil, Derma E Vitamin C Face Oil is a great alternative!
Keep in mind that your morning skincare routine should always have SPF in it. Add your SPF product like this one by Super Goop right after you use your moisturizer and right before you apply your makeup.
Bonus Step: Sleeping Mask
If your skin is still quenching for more moisture, use this sleeping mask by Laneige before going to bed. This water sleeping mask is extremely hydrating and the gel texture feels soothing on the skin. Remember to not neglect your lips either. There’s nothing worse than waking up to cracked lips. Laneige has this lip mask that I also use as a chapstick.