Winter Skincare Superstitions

Winter Skincare Routine

It’s officially the beginning of February, and while I’ve been waiting for winter to be over since before it even started, I acknowledge that we’ve got at least another month of it left. As I’m sure you’re all well aware of (unless you live in the tropics or SoCal), winter does not arrive without notice. From the ungodly weather to the dry skin and chapped lips– it’s a season that is certainly hard to ignore.

This is precisely the reason why I figured there is no time like the present to make a post detailing my daily skincare routine as well as some nifty little tricks and tips I’ve picked up along the way to combat dry and flaky skin. Winter may come and go, but it doesn’t have to get the best of you or your skin.

I will disclaim that I have very, very dry skin… and what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Additionally, I have never been acne prone and these tips are geared towards those looking to keep their skin glowing during the winter instead of specifically combating acne. Everyone is different– but if you happen to have dry skin, I would encourage you to read on!

— Superstition #1: Double Cleansing —

Everyone knows that going to sleep with a full face of makeup is bad, bad, bad. The cleaner your skin when you to go sleep, the fresher it will be in the morning. As an avid makeup enthusiast myself, I couldn’t help but notice most makeup removers don’t really remove every single trace of makeup from your face unless you double up on cleansers or scrub extra hard. IMO, the former is much better than rubbing your skin raw every night.

Before I go to bed, I make sure to use a gentle foaming cleanser to remove the first layer of makeup, followed by a second cleanser to revitalize the skin and ensure that every trace of makeup has been completely washed away.

Think of it this way– we use conditioner after shampoo to keep our hair sleek and shiny after stripping it of its natural oils during the shampooing process, right? It just makes sense to use a gentle cleanser after a harsher one to keep your face fresh and soft too.

PRO TIP: I would not recommend using any cleanser that doubles as an exfoliant or contains beads, sand, sugar, or other rough textures. Repeated nightly use of rough exfoliants can actually damage the skin and leave it feeling raw and irritated the next morning.

Products Used:

This is, hands down, my favorite cleanser for removing any difficult foundations or brow pomades. I often wash my face with this cleanser twice before slathering on the “rehabilitation cleanser” as detailed below, just to ensure all makeup has been removed. The best part? You can find this cleanser at just about any drug store for a low price of $8.99.

Man oh man, don’t even get me started on Glossier. A makeup and skincare line that has quickly earned a spot on my list of all time favorite brands, Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser changed my life. My skin has never felt so soft since the day I was born.

This is an amazing, amazing product for those with dry skin, and Glossier even uses saline solution as an ingredient to eliminate the amount of harsh chemicals coming in contact with your skin. Its worth is at least $40… but retails for $18. I would say out of all the products I am about to list, this is the one you absolutely need in your arsenal of skincare supplies.

— Superstition #2: Quadruple Moisturizing —

Call me crazy, but my skin can never get enough moisture… especially during the winter months where the frigid air sucks every ounce of H2O from my skin. Prior to applying any makeup, I always make sure to moisturize my skin a) after I wash my face, b) 10 min later, c) 5 min before I put on any face makeup, and d) right before I am about to apply foundation.

**As an aside, I tend to use moisturizer as a makeup primer, and then go to town with my foundation. It leaves my skin looking dewy and soft, and often creates a wonderfully smooth canvas to lay my foundation on. It’s a total win-win.

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Yes ladies and gentleman, I am well aware I use body lotion on my face. Do I care? No. Does it work? Yes.

 — Superstition #3: Fanatically Washing My Face with Cold Water —

A habit I adopted when I was thirteen, I make it a point to wash my face with cold water for two reasons:

  1. It wakes me up, especially on those dreaded and painfully early mornings.
  2. It leaves my skin feeling tight and revitalized.

Since hot water can actually dry out your skin, I try to minimize the damage where possible… especially since I have a major weakness for steaming hot showers. On those mornings where I forego the shower altogether, I still wash my face with cold water.

— Superstition #4: Post-Shower Moisturizing Session —

Keep that skin soft and moisturized. As I mentioned above, hot showers dry out the skin like nobody’s business. Always, always moisturize post-sudsytime. Your skin and your body will thank you.

Here are some products I like to use before I go to bed to keep my skin hydrated:

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You can also find a more in depth review I did of Tarte’s Hydrating Boost Moisturizer here.

— Superstition #5: Abstaining From Foundation —

I hope I’m not the only one to say this, but I love when I am able to see and feel the natural texture of my naked skin and be totally okay with it. In the beauty blogosphere especially, I feel as though covering up any physical imperfection is almost a given– but I also feel we should do more to promote loving the skin we’re in. We only get one body in this lifetime, so why don’t we spend more of our time appreciating it instead of trying to pretend it doesn’t have its own little flaws & imperfections?

I know it’s sort of a no brainer, but I’ve discovered that the less face makeup I wear, the happier my skin and I both are. Because of this, I try to wear BB cream in place of foundation where possible.

Products Used:

One reason I use Tarte’s BB cream is because I know that Tarte is a company that likes to promote the use of natural ingredients over other harsh chemicals unlike competing companies (like MAC, for example). However, I do admit the price tag is a bit unreasonable for the small amount of BB cream you get, so if you happen find a cheaper alternative that works for you, by all means, use that instead. This is simply a product I’ve found that works for and with my skin type.

Winter Skincare Routine

— Superstition #6: Steaming —

On the occasions where I have blackheads and whiteheads galore, I usually like to steam my face in the shower or over a bowl of hot water before applying my dermatologist prescribed adalpene gel. This helps to open up any clogged pores and allows for any acne medications (including over the counter) to work in full effect.

— Superstition #7: Utilizing Vaseline for Dry Skin —

This is a tip I’d only recommend in the most dire of situations– where you’re feeling your face and discover a scaly, dry patch of skin so rough to the touch it feels like a sheet of sandpaper. A quick, overnight fix is to apply a thick dollop of vaseline on it before bed and when you wake up, your skin will feel like *gaspactual skin again!

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— Superstition #8: Hand-Face Contact Only —

Another weird one… but I almost exclusively wash my face with my hands. I’ve found that my skin responds better to the softness of my own hands rather than the harsh texture of a face cloth, and it really has done wonders when it comes to keeping my skin touchable and soft as opposed to when I used to use face cloths only.

— Superstition #9: Before Bed Showers —

Not only do showers help me unwind for the day, they make me (and my skin) feel all clean before I hop into bed for the night. It also reminds me to moisturize and hydrate before I go to bed. So along with applying my Glossier face products, I also drink as much water as possible before I really settle in for the night.

Products Used:

My favorite nightly touch, every time I use Super Bounce, it feels like an indulgence. As Glossier claims on its website,”Super Bounce is an integral part of the Supers squad: three concentrated serums to refill your skin’s deficiencies, strengthening it day after day.” After using it, I can’t say I disagree.

Infused with Vitamin C, Super Glow is perfect for when you may be feeling especially hollow (both inside and out) and need a little pick me up. I usually save this formula for the weekend as my skin is especially apt to sag and feel sallow after a week’s worth of assignments, stresses, and more.

So there you have it! A little rundown of my daily skincare routine! I hoped that this helped shed some light on what you can do to protect your skin from the dearth that is winter. Thank you for stopping by!

♡ Questions for Y-O-U ♡

Now I want to know– what does your daily skincare routine look like? Have you ever tried any of the products listed above?

Let me know in the comments below! 

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16 Comments

  1. February 9, 2017 / 3:27 am

    I’ve heard so much about Glossier products! And they’re doing a pretty god job! I’m just not sure where it’s available here in the Philippines. So i’m gonna go google it already. Haha!

    xx, The Diary Queen

    • February 9, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Oh man, I hope there’s a way for you to get your hands on the products! Glossier is a great brand and really does make you think about beauty in a different way. Best of luck babe! xx

  2. February 9, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Great tips, I do most of these but I really need to start double cleansing, I’ve hear many people saying it makes a big difference

    Technicolor ♥ Heart

    • February 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      I didn’t even realize how good double cleansing is for the skin until I noticed not all my makeup was coming off when I washed my face and started to cleanse twice in a row. Every time I wake up, my skin just feels so fresh and clean! Would definitely recommend it… and it’s so easy to do, too!

  3. February 9, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    No matter what season it is I have to be very careful with what I use on my face. Anything with beads or rough textures is very damaging to my skin. You have shared so many wonderful tips on winter Skin Care thank you

    • February 9, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      I totally agree. I really don’t see the point of rough exfoliants as they often do more damage than good. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you found this post of a little help! 🙂

  4. February 9, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I have super dry skin as well. I am SO ready for the winter to be over with.

  5. Chanelle Lynn
    February 9, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Lovin’ these tips! I never wear any foundation on my skin.. so I keep it natural with just a little eye makeup and NEVER go to bed with makeup on! (the worst). I always rinse my face with cold water too and I stick with coconut oil 100%. You got it girl!

    http://www.imagineyourart.org

    • February 9, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Ah yes! Finally someone who doesn’t give me shifty side eyes for the cold water in the morning! Rock on babe, keep it up too!

  6. February 10, 2017 / 1:47 am

    Great tips, Heather! I always make sure to cleanse my makeup before hitting the bed at night. So true that not all makeup remover helps in eliminating makeup traces fully so definitely yes to the cleansing part. 🙂

    Beforbeauty.com

    • February 10, 2017 / 2:14 am

      So so important! It’s easy to skimp but then way easier to regret come the next morning. Glad this proved to be of some help! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. February 10, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I need a skin care routine I don’t have one right now. This looks like a great skincare system!

    • February 11, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      I’ve found it can clear up your skin like THAT… and double cleansing does wonders! 🙂

  8. February 15, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Such an amazing post, I do a good few of these already but I am definitely going to try the ones that I don’t! I am loving your blog too, you should be really proud of all your hard work! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

    • February 16, 2017 / 2:27 am

      Yay! I’m so glad these tips were helpful to you! Thanks so much for the kind words! It’s receiving comments like these that make it all worth it! 🙂

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