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.
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($8.99)
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.
- Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18.00)
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.
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:
- It wakes me up, especially on those dreaded and painfully early mornings.
- 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:
— 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.
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.
— 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 *gasp* actual skin again!
- Vaseline ($4.19)
— 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.
- Super Bounce ($28.00)
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.
- Super Glow ($28.00)
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!