Winter Skincare Must-Haves
Winter... the most magical time of year! The season of peppermint mochas by a fireplace, cute sweaters, cozy scented candles, and unfortunately flaky dry textured skin. Nine months out of the year, my skin type would be considered “oily”, with enough natural glow to go around. But for three months out of the year, my skin is dull and dying of thirst. A change of seasons requires a change of skin care routine! I have compiled for you a list of the products I use daily to combat the inevitably withered skin of winter. You can click on any of these product photos for a link to purchase.
The first thing I change when winter comes around is the cleanser I am using. I reach for something soothing and moisturizing. This year I went for Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion. This stuff is pretty reasonably priced and packs a hydrating punch of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the nectar of cold weather goddesses everywhere. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it is a moisture binding ingredient. It does this scientific-y thing where it makes your skin plump to the point of eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. I will be expanding on my love of hyaluronic acid later.
The next thing I’ve been using is Sephora's Charcoal Exfoliating Wipes. These little wipes can remove makeup quickly. But best of all, they have tiny little nubs that work away whatever crustiness you’ve got going on. I like to use one on my lips before applying lipstick to achieve a smooth application.
After that, I moisturize. I usually go for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. I’ve been using Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for a few years now with no complaints.
But recently, I am have been stepping it up by first applying Nature’s Reward Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Remember when I said hyaluronic acid is a humectant aka a moisture binding ingredient? Without getting too technical, the key functionality of a humectant is to form hydrogen bonds with molecules of water. Some humectants are capable of holding up to 1000 times their own weight in water. Hyaluronic acid chemically binds the water molecules in my moisturizer to my face, which means equals maximum absorption of moisture.
You may not consider this as a part of your skin care, but I really find a humidifier to be a necessity in the Winter. I keep mine right next to my bed, and fill it up every night before I go to sleep.
My last and final Winter skin care must have is Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. This is a lip mask intended for use over night. You will find that it has a juicy watermelon berry scent, a light shine, and the slightest hint of pink tint; making it totally suitable for daytime wear.
Hopefully some of these suggestions will help you achieve the dewy Winter skin you've always dreamed of! Stay warm!
xo Tarin Sara
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