Yes, You Need a Good Skincare Routine Even Though It’s Winter
I was in line to renew my driver’s license the other day and noticed that my skin felt more itchy and uncomfortable as usual.
After doing a quick recap of my beauty routine for the past few weeks, I realized I had been neglectful when it came to hydrating and moisturizing my skin.
Winter is a season where many of us tend to underapply our skincare products. People are more prone to think that their skin is safer because of the drop in temperature. Actually, this is quite contrary to the truth.
Skin damage can happen year round, rain or shine, hot or cold weather. The sun isn’t a lightbulb that we can turn off or on, it is a constant organic being, and we are still exposed to harmful rays on a daily basis.
Here are a few ways to keep your skin healthy and cared for during the winter:
- Switch out your moisturizer for a heavier bodied version. This is super important for all skin types, and especially if you have dry skin. The winter brings harsh winds wth less moisture in the air, so you need to amp up your hydration game. (Insert product here) . If you’re oily and prone to breakouts, find a formula that is gel based or non comedogenic. There are many choices out there for different skin types. For sensitive skin, I recommend Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream for Sensitive Skin, Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream for mature skin, and Evoluderm Mattifying Skin Care for oily skin. This is just a tiny sampling of the broad spectrum of products out there for various skin concerns.
- Continue to use sunscreen. An SPF is a year round necessity, not just for the summer. My top SPF pick is this Elemis Liquid Layer SPF 30. It does carry a beefier price tag than some of the other options out there, but Elemis products are top quality and deliver excellent results. I can cut corners on many things, but not my skincare.
- Exfoliate. By exfoliating on a regular basis, you help clear away dead skin cells and keep your skin primed to amply receive moisture. However, you definitely don’t want to over exfoliate, as you can run the risk of damaging your skin. I definitely recommend exfoliating twice per week. This is enough to ensure that you are sloughing off the dead layers of skin as well as not overdoing it. Some of my favorite exfoliating products are Eminence Bright Skin Licorice Exfoliating Peel, Evoluderm Exfoliating Cleansing Gel, and Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator. These are more on the high end spectrum of skincare, but they are among the best on the market.
Not sure what skin type you have or what to use? Mini sized skincare items are a great way to test drive a product to make sure it’s going to work with your skin type. Plus, it’s easier on your budget as well. Prestige brands have taken to creating more travel sized items, which I absolutely love. If the trial size works for me, the chances of me investing in the full size version are very good. Some skincare formulas I have tested in mini form and have gone on to purchase the full size version of include Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Custom Repair Moisturizer and Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti Aging Cell Power Creme, which are both quite costly when it comes to the full size versions.
It all boils down to you finding what works best for you and your tastes. The important thing is that your skin is precious and it’s important to take care of it!