Your skin in the winter and in the summer is not always the same and I am shocked when many people tell me they use nothing all year. I am addicted to lotions and creams but I understand everyone is different. I would say though you need to use some kind of moisturizer on your face to keep it hydrated :)
I think winter is a time to really add more to your normal routine and take care of your skin. People spend tons of money during the year to buy makeup to cover up the skin and make it look good, but a beautiful look starts with the perfect skin. You need to first prep and prepare your skin to be healthy. Your skin needs the food from good products to keep it healthy and looking great.
You need to start off your skin care routine with a with a good cleanser. Cleansing the skin is very important to keeping a health skin. Some of my favourites are the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Ole Henriksen On the Go cleanser, and Josie Maran Cleansing Oil. These face washes are great for all skin types and even for sensitive skin. It will break down dirt, oil, makeup and will not make your face dry or irritated after. When using cleanser around the eye, do not scrub as hard and be more gentle!
Once to twice a week, you need a good exfoliator. Exfoliators scrubs out the dead skin and helps the skin by making it brighter, smoother, and softer that will allow products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Exfoliators gets rid of the dull and flaky texture, finishing off in a softer feeling but do not use it more than twice a week. I love the Laura Mercier face polish, Fresh Sugar Face Polish, and Origins Nature’s gentle dermabrasion. These I have used and Love them all :)
After washing the face you need to prep the skin and some of my favourite toners are the Clarins Toning Lotion, Caudalie Grape Water Spray and Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner. A toner balances out the skin, hydrate and calms the skin.
You could add a serum for your face after the toner for different face concerns. Serums can be used to help fight with aging, brightening, dark spots, scars, etc. One product all skin types and concern can use is the Dior One Essential Serum which eliminates toxins and boost your other skin care items. It helps your skin to be more luminous, smoother and healthier! Ole Henriksen truth serum contains vitamin C and it other great serum to help brighten the face and even out the skin tone. I have seen a glow after using my first bottle!
The most important step is keeping the skin protected, hydrated and balanced. Finding a good moisturizer is key for the skin. Some of my favourite moisturizer include Josie Maran Argan oil, Dior Hydra Life Youth Comfort Cream, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial (use every other night) and Ole Henriksen Nurture me moisturizer. These moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and protect it. All skin types can use these products.
My favourite eye cream is B. Kamins Nia-Stem Eye Cream. It can be used for all skin types. This moisturizing eye cream uses niacin and plant stem cells to help skin’s aging defence to prent with minimizing the appearance of under eye puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles. It immediately becomes tighter, lighter and brighter. The amazing park it that this eye cream will last me about a year!!!
You have to use any skin product for about 4-6 weeks to start seeing a result. Do not expect to see changes after a few uses. Use them as per instructions! All of the products I mentioned are products I love and have used but there are many more options out there that will work depending on skintype and concern. If you have any questions let me know?
Stay protected this winter! It is cold out there :)