It’s so important to shift your skincare routine in the winter months. Who has time for that, though? Surprise, you do! A little extra self-care for your lips, face, and body will help combat dryness, cracking, and discomfort to reveal your glowing + hydrated skin this winter. Chances are that you already do some of these things already. Why not take a couple extra moments on the train or at bedtime to give your skin the nourishment it deserves?
You probably already have a ride-or-die lip balm that lives in your bag year-round. Amp up your protection against dryness and wind by applying a more nourishing product at nighttime. One of my favorites is Eucerin’s Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. I discovered this when I had a severe allergic reaction to hair dye and I actually used this in a light layer on my face! Now, I mainly use it in the winter months on my lips, elbows, and knees. They make an Aquaphor Lip Repair as well, if you’d like a smaller tube to carry around.
Bite Beauty makes an Agave Lip Mask that I am head-over-heels for! There’s a transparent one, but it also comes in colors, so I prefer to wear this one during the day. My favorite colors are ‘champagne'(a pearly rose-gold) and ‘smashed'(a sheer cherry red).
Another one I’ve seen everywhere lately is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. This one has hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to plump your lips and leave them soft in the morning! This is on my wish list–have you tried it? Is it worth the splurge just for a nighttime lip mask?
Since I have normal to dry skin, I stick to cream or oil cleansers. Even normal or oily skin types suffer from dryness in the winter. The first step would be switching up your cleanser. Are you using a foam or gel-based cleanser? I was using a wonderful natural foam cleanser with pomegranate juice that really cleaned my face, but I realized it was stripping moisture! Here are a few cleansers that are working perfectly for me this winter:
Olive + M’s Cleansing Oil is a fragrant blend of olive, rosehip, red raspberry seed, castor seed, lavender and bergamot oils. It smells heavenly! I wet my face with warm water and use 4-5 drops to spread it evenly over my skin. I like to simply wash my face with warm water and pat dry with a towel. This was the perfect amount to leave my skin soft and moisturized without having to remove excess oil with a washcloth. I like to use this oil at night as a first cleanse, or in the mornings on my no-makeup days.
Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser has a milky texture and is very gentle on the skin. This is especially effective when my skin is sensitive or red. They also make a Foaming Cream Cleanser that I haven’t tried, but it sounds a lot more gentle than standard foam cleansers.
Farmacy Green Clean was the first balm I tried. Balms are basically solid cleansers that turn into oil with the heat of your body. The consistency is slightly firm at first and it melts into your skin on contact. It’s effective at removing makeup and it left my skin feeling soft and moisturized. A tiny bit really goes a long way! Pixi makes a Nourishing Cleansing Balm that works fabulously also! You may want to check out Caroline Hiron’s Double Cleanse collaboration with Pixi. It’s a 2-step cleanse in one container. This is also on my wishlist–have you tried it? What did you think?
After cleansing every night, I follow up with a spritz of my favorite facial water or toner, then serums. Take advantage of the winter months to use up excess product you’ve bought throughout the year! You may find that certain products that’re too rich for summer months are perfect in winter. Pay attention to what your skin is telling you. Most of the year, I only use one or two serums, but in the winter my skin keeps drinking them in.
Staying inside to Netflix and chill? Apply a moisturizing mask to rehydrate your skin. There are literally hundreds of these; there’s no wrong way to go. Some standouts are Leaders Cosmetics and Dr. Jart+. Choose one that speaks to you and your skin at the moment and treat yourself! I recently discovered the site Facetory when I went to IMATS this month, and bought a stack of fun ones from their booth. Even CVS and Target are carrying these now!
As a last skincare step before bed, dot a few drops of face oil and pat into your skin to seal in moisture overnight. Many face oils have similar ingredients and I’ve found it really comes down to what blend and consistency work with your skin. I tend to favor oils that absorb easily and also smell good! I love using oils as aromatherapy–it’s a great reminder to calm my breathing before bedtime.
Replenishing moisture starts in the shower! It’s tempting to turn the hot water on full blast, but keeping it at a more moderate temperature will help maintain moisture. Add a few droppers of body oil to your bath water to soak in and replenish your skin while you unwind.
After showering, pat yourself dry(don’t rub!) and apply body butters with enriching ingredients like shea or cocoa butter. I’m really enjoying the aromatic scents from Pacifica’s Body Butters lately. Don’t have a body butter? Mix a few drops of body oil into your regular lotion to amp up the soothing effect.
Balms with natural oils like Meant’s The Absolute Balm work wonderfully to protect your moisture barrier. These can be a bit easier to use in the warmer months as they solidify at cooler temperatures. If they solidify, simply squeeze a little out into your palm and let it warm up for a few moments before applying. For annoying flyaways or on-the-go cuticle treatment, stash a vial of oil in your purse. Olive + M’s ‘Get Glowing Set’ contains 1/4 vials of their Cleansing, Face, & Body oils–perfect for taking on-the-go!
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Thanks for reading! Let me know what your winter skincare favorites are in the comments below!