how to // treat dry winter skin
This is the time of year that my skin is at its absolute worst. I’m not sure if its the change in temperatures and seasons, or that its had just about enough of winter, but every February like clockwork, my already dry skin becomes extra dry. I’ve spent years searching for the right skin-care routine and best collection of products to maintain a reasonably healthy winter complexion, and I think I’ve finally found my regimen.
HYDRATING SERUMS, OILS, AND NIGHT REPAIRS
Serums and oils have become a huge part of my skin care routine. In the past I’ve done the classic cleanser-toner-moisturizer combo, but I’ve learned that as we get and into our 20s and 30s, it becomes increasingly important to use serums as well. I start my routine with a moisture-rich creme cleanser, followed by a toner and then I apply serums and oils.
- Joisie Maran Argan Oil (Sephora): I use this day or night when I need extra moisture. Its 100% natural and organic, and (bonus!) you can use it in your hair too!
- La Mer Hydrating Infusion Serum (Holt Renfrew): I mostly apply this in the mornings under my moisturizer creme so my skin stays extra hydrated. This serum also helps smooth and condition my skin.
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex (The Bay): I’m in love with this serum! I apply it at night to help repair any damage that was done during the day. It hydrates the skin and evens out skin tone. It is so good at hydrating that sometimes I don’t even apply a moisturizer afterwards.
Moisture it key in the winter! I’ve tried about seven million different moisturizers, and after countless disappointments, I’ve found 3 that I absolutely adore.
- Creme de La Mer (Holt Renfrew): My absolute favorite moisturizer is pretty expensive, but it has exceeded all my expectactions. Despite a thick consistency, it applies smooth and light, never feeling heavy on the skin. Other moisturizers have left me feeling dry as the day wears on, but with La Mer you stay super hydrated all throughout. It’s always on my gift list for birthdays and Christmas.
- Clinique Youth Surge (Sephora): I love this moisturizer for during the day. It leaves skin looking glowing and feeling hydrated with protecting against pollutents, UVB and UVB rays.
- Chanel Hydramax Gel Creme (Chanel counter at The Bay): I love the consistency of this creme, and the feel is out of this world. I use it for morning or night, and it performs well in both cases.
Exfoliating is a must in the winter! Besides sloughing away dead skin cells to prepare your skin for the serums and cremes, it also will help your makeup look more smooth and natural. Aim to exfoliate 3 times a week depending on how sensitive your skin is.
A moisturizing mask is another weapon in your arsenal against dry skin that I highly recommend trying out. I’ve included my favorite in the picture and description below, but if you’re looking for a less-expensive version, I recommend the Heating Mask from The Body Shop.
- H20 Sea Mineral Scrub Exfoliate (H20 Store)
- Lancome Hydra-Intense Masque (Sephora)
DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR LIPS
Lips can get especially dry in the winter, so don’t forget to treat them too! Exfoliate by simply using your toothbrush after you brush your teeth, or by using a dedicated lip scrub. Doing so will eliminate dry flaky lips and can even prevent cracking if you are diligent in your routine. After I exfoliate, I slather on lip balm and wear it to bed. After soaking in moisture all night, my lips are soft and smooth and ready for the day ahead!
- Rose Bud Strawberry Lip Balm (Sephora)
- Lush Mint Julips
I spent this past weekend in Alberta visiting several of my closest friends, and I’m happy to report that my skin has never survived the bitter dry cold as well as it did during this trip! Having said that, I’m sure I’ll keep tinkering with my routine and product line-up, as there always seems to be something new and improved out there. Also, I’d love to know what YOUR must-haves are for winter skin maintainance; include your routine in the comments below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!