Some of my favorite things to do during the winter months are cuddling up in cozy blankets, indulging in seasonal drinks from Starbucks (have you tried their new Toasted White Mocha? Delish!!), and taking long, hot showers. The latter is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. It’s one of those “my mind’s telling me no, but my body’s telling me yes” situations.
In all seriousness, I’ve learned that harsh winds and frigid temperatures can change my skin instantly and leave it looking dull and dry.
I’m big on taking care of myself mind, body and spirit. I try (though sometimes I definitely slack a bit) to keep things balanced and be mindful of what my body needs come weather changes. Our skin is our biggest organ after all, and we should definitely take care of it.
I always change up my body and skin care when temperatures start getting colder. I don’t go crazy and change everything – because my skin is temperamental – but I will begin to incorporate products that help my skin stay hydrated and flake-free. The goal is to nourish and repair so I wanted to share with you what I do in hopes it can help you prep your skin for colder weather too.
SHOP MY WINTER ESSENTIALS
Acrylic Tower: Container Store || Dry Brush: c/o EcoTools || Body Lotion: Bioderma & Kiehl’s || Hand Cream: L’Occitane & c/o Weleda || Body Scrub: c/o Simply Scrub || Coconut Oil: Trader Joe’s & Kopari || Facial Spray: Mario Badescu || Luminizers: c/o Buxom & c/o Marc Jacobs || Body Shimmer: Nuxe || Glow Face Oil: c/o Derma E || Face Oil: c/o Trilogy || Hydrating Serum: Caudalie || Hydrating Face Primer: Bobbi Brown
It should come as no surprise that I’m mentioning exfoliating first. Make it a habit to exfoliate your face and body on a regular basis to ensure you slough away dead skin that’s keeping other skincare from penetrating deep into your dermis and doing its job.
For the face I’d recommend at most twice a week and for the body anytime you shower. The best thing to do is listen to your skin and do what’s best according to your needs.
Sidenote: If it feels like your moisturizer is sitting on top of your skin, you’re probably not exfoliating enough.
I’ve been loving my dry brush and will take a few minutes before jumping into the shower to use it. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and is done by running a soft-bristle brush in an upwards direction on your dry skin. It leaves skin extra smooth, reduces cellulite and is a major body detox. There’s definitely a right way to dry brush so do your research before you try. I’ve been doing it for about a month now and I’m hooked!
In the shower I love to exfoliate with a gentle body scrub. Ingredients are the number one thing I look for and Simply Scrub is a collection that is 100% natural, organic, and chemical-free. I use the rose and coffee scrub. The rose leaves just the right amount of floral scent behind and my skin feels nourished and smooth – it’s definitely an experience. I use the coffee one when I want to feel energized and crave a little more exfoliation. The scent is a coffee-lovers dream and it’s mixed with coconut, jojoba and grape seed oils.
The types of products and ways you keep hydrated will vary depending on your skin type but without a doubt, you have to increase the hydration your skin’s getting during winter.
If you aren’t already, I recommend including a hydrating serum into your skincare routine. My favorite is this one from Caudalie. One pump is enough for my entire face and I always feel the results instantly. It feels like water so it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave a residue behind. Anyone can benefit from this serum, but especially my normal, oily or combination ladies. Another great option is this one from First Aid Beauty. The ingredients are top notch and you can’t beat the price.
Oils are incredible for hydration and maintaining the skin looking supple. I’ve seen a dramatic difference in the feel of my skin since I made it a priority to use an oil every night. My favorites are this one from Trilogy, this one from Derma E (I use it only during the day and just on my body and high points of my face for a glow), and this one from Drunk Elephant. Because my skin is normal-combination I don’t use a lot of face oils during the day but I do incorporate them into my nighttime routine. I speak a lot more in-depth in this post about face oils and give a ton more winter skincare tips if you’re interested.
In terms of body lotions, I interchange between this one from Bioderma and this one from Kiehl’s during the day. Both are great but I will say the Kiehl’s one leaves my skin a little more hydrated so I use it more during winter. I enjoy the Bioderma during summer months because it sinks in quickly and it’s not greasy. For night time, I don’t mind slathering myself with coconut oil to repair my skin while I sleep. Both this one and this one are great – I don’t prefer one over the other.
Fake the glow
You’re going to experience a lack of dewiness during winter and quick fixes are a must! I love this product from Marc Jacobs because it’s a gel consistency that not only smells delicious, it also really hydrates and brings a natural glow to the skin (no glitter!). With all my illuminators, I only apply to the high points of my face because I tend to get oily in my t-zone throughout the day. If you’re dry you might get away with applying it all over.
I’m also a huge fan of this Buxom liquid highlighter. OMG does it glow and gives the skin the most perfect shimmer. It’s a must, especially for the body! I love to add my Nuxe dry oil on top to give my skin a really hydrated finish. The two are a match made in heaven.
Another tip that keeps my skin looking fresh throughout the day is a facial spray. Sometimes no matter how much you prep, the skin will still start to feel dry throughout the day. I’m a huge fan of this spray from Mario Badescu and I make sure to keep a travel size in my purse at all times. It’s the best midday pick-me-up.
Use these months to give your skin extra TLC when it comes to repairing dark spots and uneven skin tone. For the most part, we aren’t in the sun as much as we are during the summer so products that help perfect our complexion will have the time to work more effectively and efficiently. I have a post coming soon on my favorite Vitamin C products so stay tuned!
There’s no need to buy an entirely different skincare routine when the weather starts to get colder, but it is important to adjust and introduce a product or two that will make all the difference.
I want to know about your skin type and what products you use to prep your skin for colder weather? Leave me your favorites below!
Happy Friday everyone!