Cold Weather Skin Saviors
As the weather gets colder, sweaters get cozier, and skin gets drier. It’s an unfortunate and inevitable fact about the season. Not enough moisture in the air for your skin to absorb means dryness and irritability for your skin, especially around your face. If you’re like me, and hopefully you’re not, you don’t have any oil to help combat this dryness. Not being able to produce oil gives a lot of pros (no acne, no greasy hair) and cons (flaky/dry skin 24/7) to consider, but it does mean one thing: I have perfected the art of adding moisture back into your skin with my cold weather skin saviors.
While for most this is a winter only routine, but for me this is year round maintenance to ensure I don’t leave a trail of dry skin wherever I go (trust me, it’s happened before). If this is too much moisture for you, have no fear, I’ve added in some alternatives if you have oilier skin as well as some cheaper alternatives.
Let’s start with the face wash: I’ve been using the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser for about 6 months now and I can’t get enough. It leaves my skin feeling clean without stripping it and making my face feel rubbed raw. A fully tested and loved skin savior tbh. It’s the perfect jelly-like consistency, hence the name, and with all natural ingredients, it’s the perfect sustainable option. For oilier skin, I recommend the Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Face Scrub. This face wash also acts as an exfoliant which is perfect for the winter.
If you’re more into an oil cleanser or if you’re into a double cleanse (a rant/defense on that is being saved for a later date) I have some options for you. I’ve gotten really into the Clinique Take the Day Off Oil Cleanser and the Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil.
Now onto a Serum: A lot of people think serums are unnecessary or a little “extra” and I used to agree with them. However, after interning in the beauty department of a magazine for a semester, I am now a total convert. I’ve been loving the Glossier Super Glow Vitamin C Serum. It has a very watery consistency that leaves my skin hydrated for an all day glow. I know what you’re thinking, enough with the Glossier products, but what can I say? If I find something that works and doesn’t irritate my skin I stick to it. Also a big fan of the First Aid Beauty Ultra repair Hydrating Serum.
Some others I’ve heard great things about, but have yet to try are the Pixi by Petra serum and the Drunk Elephant Hydrating Serum. The Dior Capture Youth collection is also incredible, but that one is rather pricey.
My personal favorite part, the Moisturizer: I’ve gone through my fair share of lotions and potions over the years and I’ve found quite a few that I love. First I’ll start with the DIOR Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme. Yes, it’s pricey, but I was lucky enough to get a sample while interning. This moisturizer transformed my skin in ways I can’t explain. A solid second is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream. This stuff is light and hydrating and works for me year round.
A great drugstore option is an all time staple, Cetaphil. Their everyday face lotion is perfect if you need lighter hydration and a moisturizer that will never irritate your skin. I tend to use this one in the morning before makeup and the heavier ones at night.
Everyone’s self-care favorite, The Face Mask: I’m a big fan of face masks. Sheet masks make me feel like I’m suffocating, but anything else, I’m good for. Honestly Target has great face masks, and so does Sephora’s house brand. If you’re looking for something fancier, Glam Glow, Glossier, and Origins are all excellent brands. I tend to stray away from recommending specific masks, because everyone’s skin reacts so differently. However, hopefully these brands lead you in the right direction.
Last, but never least, the Facial Spray: This is also a skincare step I found to be dramatically over-hyped, but don’t knock it to you try it. I fell head over heels for the Lumene Glow Refresh Hydrating Vitamin C Mist last year and haven’t looked back. I also think the tried and true Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray is great, but I haven’t had enough time with this one to give an accurately detailed report yet.
As always, drink more water, eat less salt, the usual. As cliche as it sounds, your skin will thank you.