The Products You Need in Your Winter Skincare Routine
Updated: Jan 30, 2019
These cold winter days have been really brutal on my skin, as I am sure yours as well! It can be extremely frustrating dealing with the change of climate; which also means having to deal with the change of products! Your summer skincare products are probably just not cutting it on these drier days!
There is nothing more upsetting to me than waking up with dry skin. No matter how much water I find myself drinking, my skin is still craving hydration! Can we take a second to talk about those dry patches that happen to pop up out of nowhere? I could have sworn I didn't have those yesterday!
I have decided to share my current winter skincare routine with you all. These are my tried and true products that have been helping me combat the dry weather, dry patches, and dry behavior. Let's be real, there's nothing cute about applying makeup to dry patches. It's a call for disaster!
Lets face it... Getting into the ideal skincare routine isn't as simple as it sounds. It takes trial and error, but more importantly, it takes knowing and understanding the skin you're in. No two faces are alike, so understanding your ideal skin-type is key!
Around this time of year, my skin begins to change from normal to combination. Combination meaning, I get dry in certain areas (around my nose, chin and cheeks) while remaining normal in others.
The key to working with dry skin, is making sure you have a cleanser that hydrates your skin without stripping all of those natural oils it produces. Those oils are extremely important for a glowing healthy complexion! We need them!
My cleanser of choice for these winter months is the Exuviance Purifying Gel Cleanser. I use it with my Clarisonic Mia 2 daily! While I only use my Clarisonic in the evening (after a face of makeup), I use the Purifying cleanser twice a day.
What makes this cleanser so special you ask? Well for one, it is a soap free formula that leaves your skin feeling hydrated after cleansing, not tight and dry! I personally hate that tight feeling! Secondly, it exfoliates gently, removes any residual makeup I may have left behind, while helping balance the texture of my skin! SCORE!
Keep in mind, I only use the Clarisonic in the evening because that is the only time I need that extra deep cleanse.
So step 1 is done! That was easy enough right? This next step doesn't need to be used daily, but certainly included in my winter routine. With all this dry skin nonsense going on, exfoliation is KEY to keeping my skin baby soft!
Lets talk about why I love the Skin Ceuticals Micro- Exfoliating scrub so much. This scrub is extremely gentle, and allows me to exfoliate that dead skin, WITHOUT feeling like my skin is peeling off of my face. Although, chemical peels feel great, this is not one of those times that I want to feel an aggressive peel.
What's also great about this scrub; although it is gentle, it is extremely effective, leaving me with instant gratification! Who doesn't want that?
Now that the cleansing phases are done, lets get into the good stuff! I love a good prep as much as the next person, but the hydration is what a girl needs in her life!
Through these months, keep in mind how important is is for your skin to be properly prepped for the products to come! Your skin needs those open pores to close up after that deep cleanse, in order for the rest of the products to do their job. It doesn't matter which toner you decide to use, just make sure you are using one!
My personal favorite toner at the moment is the Exuviance Soothing Toning Lotion. I apply the toner to a cotton round, then apply to my face. Using a cotton round ensures that I reach all parts of my face with the product, while preventing overuse as well. There's nothing worse than going through a product sooner than anticipated. I know we've all been there! Try this technique... you'd be surprised how little product you actually need!
I then follow up with my personal favorite part of my regimen, Serum! I don't know when I began to love a serum so much, but without it, I truly notice a difference in the hydration of my skin! I like to think of Serum as the first layer of moister to my skin.
I switch between these two serums. The one on the left, Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic is an extremely potent serum that brightens and and enhances the vibrancy of my skin. I enjoy using it more during the winter due to the optimum results I get. When using a potent vitamin C serum, it is important to stay out of the sun. Lets be real, there's no sun on these cold winter days for this chick! That's for sure!
The serum on the right, I use more consistently and daily. The Exuviance Total Correct + Sculpt serum! Boy, do I love this serum! I like to consider this my multifunctional life saver. Not only does it leave my skin feeling hydrated, but it tightens, firms and brightens my skin as well. Now thats a WIN WIN!
After a great serum, I use a moisturizer to lock that serum into place. This helps to add another level of moisture to my skin. Unfortunately, this is where I have to address the dry patches I tend to get around my and T-Zone. Yuck! For years I felt like there was no moisturizer strong enough to combat this issue! I was layering and layering products without luck, until I found this bad boy!
Girl, when I tell you that this saved my life this winter, there is no exaggeration there. I was struggling to get the deepest level of moisture to my skin, while keeping the unnecessary flaking away. Rosa Artica is used to visibly minimize lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. It is formulated with Rosa Arctica, a rare “Resurrection Flower” that is able to survive up to 31 months of extreme dehydration! Also greatly used for all skin types. Now, that's what I call a powerful moisturizer.
Furthermore, last but certainly never the least; eye cream! Regardless of what time of year it is, eye cream is always a necessity in my daily regimen.
My go-to eye cream at the moment is the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream! I love what it does to hydrate, smooth, and de-puff my under eyes! It leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready for my day (or night).
Through trial and error, this combination of products have kept me going through these cold winter days. More importantly they have been working together to keep my skin happy, healthy and hydrated!
Taking care of your skin all year around is extremely important! It took me time to understand which combination of products were going to help combat my issues. All I can say is that I am very happy to have figured it out!
Let me know in the comments section what products are working for you this season! Let me know your thoughts and if you have other skincare topics you would like me to touch on! If this was helpful for you, please share with those in need of a seasonal skincare pick me up!
- LadyChebli xo