We’re in the peak of winter, and while the cold never bothered me anyway (I’ll see myself out now) it definitely bothers my skin. Having sensitive skin in cold weather can lead to painful chapping, dry patches, and misery all around. Certainly doesn’t help when I get breakouts and makeup will not lay right to cover them. However, I think after a few years of being into this skincare thing and some trial an error I’ve found a routine to beat those dry-skin-scalies.
I always find prepping your skin the night before is the most important step in treating any skin issue. Your skin repairs itself as you sleep, so prepping before bed helps the skin do its best work.
For the winter I always go with moisturizing cleansers to avoid stripping my skin of the natural oils. If I’ve worn makeup that day I start with a double-cleanse, melting the makeup off with Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I follow up with Origins’ Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash or It Cosmetics’ Confidence in a Cleanser. (Here, I talk in-depth about the IT Cosmetics Confidence range, so check it out if you want to know more.)
After cleansing, and depending on how my skin feels, I’ll do a treatment mask. Masks are the key to keeping away the dryness in the winter. I prefer hydrating masks this time of year to treat any signs of dryness and protect against the cold. The Body Shop’s British Rose and Ethiopian Honey masks are great options, as is Tony Moly’s Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid sheet masks, and Boscia’s Tsubaki Sleeping Mask. All favorites and all do the trick wonderfully.
Once the mask is done, or if I skip it, I go into a serum. The Ordinary’s Hylaronic Acid 2% + B5 serum has been a life saver for the dry months. Hylaronic Acid is what makes up the moisture barrier in your skin, replenishing the barrier helps keep it strong and the skin moist.
Lastly, I follow with It Cosmetic’s Confidence in a Cream moisturizer. It’s thick, but not greasy and solved all my dry skin problems in one use, so I highly recommend.
In the mornings my skincare is definitely more simple. The trick is to prep the skin at night so you have less to do in the morning. All I do is wash my face with either the IT Cosmetics’ or Origins’ face wash, apply the serum, moisturizer, and a little La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 sunscreen and I’m good. No sensitivity, no dryness, just lovely plump skin.
What are your secret weapons against dry skin?
See ya next time!