If You’re Prepared Your Skin Will Survive the Winter
For the most part, I appreciate living in an area of the country where we truly have four seasons. I love summer but I also enjoy crisp fall weather. Spring is super unpredictable but I get so excited when the ice melts and the days get longer. Winter is what scares me the most. However, I’m not just talking about the fear of walking or driving on ice. To but it bluntly, I live in fear of winter skin. Before I knew better, my skin suffered the consequences of winter weather. One particular year, the impact to my skin lasted longer than the season itself as it took months for me to figure out what was going on and how to correct it. Actually, it was my dermatologist who got me on the right path after I finally broke down to visit her in May of 2012.
I’m not here to give winter a bad rap because this is the time for cozy sweaters, fun tights, and fashionable boots. However, by this time of year, I am truly missing my summer skin. I’m not bragging but I love how pretty my skin looks in the summer. I don’t actively tan but, like most of us, I still benefit from a natural sun-kissed glow just from being outside running errands or commuting to work. I’ve always had dry skin but the older I get the drier it gets. Arrrrghh! But in the summer it doesn’t seem to matter because the humidity helps to keep it hydrated. In the winter, however, the dryness is exacerbated.
After last year’s relatively mild winter, experts are predicting a brutal 2016-2017 season for the northeast. Yikes! Although we have yet to experience freezing temperatures where I live, I’ve already modified my daily regimen. Moisture. Moisture. Moisture. This is the key to protecting the skin from the drying heat inside and the cold air outside.
8 Products for Moisture-based Winter Skin Care
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. My dermatologist recommended CeraVe a few years ago and I have used it ever since. I don’t like the feeling of “stripped” skin. Although I understand that many find this feeling to be a sign of clean skin, I find it to be very uncomfortable. With CeraVe, I don’t have to compromise. My skin feels cleansed but still soft and hydrated. I typically cleanse at night when removing my makeup and in the morning I simply rinse with water.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramiden Liquid. I discovered this gem about two years ago. It’s one of the best serum values you will find. One bottle can last nearly a year and I use it morning and night right after cleansing (or rinsing) and while the skin is still damp. This helps protect the moisture barrier and soothe tight-feeling skin.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 15. This is my favorite day cream with SPF protection. It’s a great moisturizer that I’ve recommended to women of various skin types. They all fell in love with this cream. I promise that it will hydrate deeply while boosting your skin’s radiance. I just wish that I could get the same benefits but with SPF 30 protection.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I mostly use this as a night cream. However, if I’m going out after sunset, I’ll wear this under my makeup. This product is remarkable because it hydrates without feeling greasy. It absorbs into the skin quickly and it’s a product that all skin types can appreciate.
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream. I only use this at night because it would interfere with my makeup during the day. I’ve been using this eye cream for years. I’ve tried others but I always come back. The texture is luxurious and very moisturizing. I feel pampered when I use this product.
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. I’ve tried so many primers but this is my holy grail. I’ve been using it for nearly five years. I try to leave it just because I get seduced by what’s new. However, I always come back to it. I use this over my moisturizer on days that I wear foundation. I like this primer because it’s very hydrating and it gives my foundation a boost in terms of appearance and staying power.
MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance. Yes, I use two primers in the winter IF I plan to wear foundation. I apply this over the Clarins and just before I apply my foundation. I don’t rub it in completely and I do not wait for it to settle before applying foundation. Although I use the Clarins year round, I only use this product during the winter. It provides the enhanced moisture and radiance benefits that I desperately need during this time of year.
MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. Face and Body is a fluid foundation that I only use during the winter. It provides another layer of moisture along with a very natural boost of radiance. But this is a low-to-medium coverage foundation so you may have to build it. As such, it may not be for everyone.
Josie Marin. I have a few Josie Marin products including the 100% Pure Argan Oil and the Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil. Typically, I do not use them daily for longer than a week. I tend to use these products when it’s really cold and dry and I need extreme treatment to calm the skin. On occasion, I will also add a drop of the oil to my foundation (note: not with MAC Face and Body) which results in a very polished radiant finish.
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. I added this to my collection a year ago but it was months before I finally used it. WOW! I love the aqueous gel texture. It’s so refreshing on the skin. When I first purchased it, I couldn’t wait to use it every night. I was obsessed. I will change things up throughout the season and use this as a night cream instead of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Mist. There are multiple uses for this product. I may spray it on my face just before applying foundation. Or I might mix it with my foundation on the back of my hand. Finally, if I’m going out after work, I’ll do a quick mist all over my face to refresh the skin. It really helps hydrate and it keeps makeup from looking cakey.
That’s it! These are the key products that help me keep my skin looking and feeling good during unbearable winters.
How about you? Does your beauty regimen change by season? Do you switch it up? What are your winter essentials?