OCTOBER 22, 2020 / Skincare
The Ultimate Winter Skincare Routine
Cold weather can be tough on your skin. You may experience dry patches, itchy skin, irritation, and small cuts. Avoid all these uncomfortable issues with this winter skincare routine.
An essential part of a winter skincare routine is hydration
Not only must you hydrate your face but your body as well. Just like you switch your facial moisturizer to a heavier one, you must change your body moisturizer as well.
Most body moisturizers on the market are thin water-based lotions.
Unlike my favorites listed below that are thicker creams great for the winter months.
Necessaire The Body Moisturizer This moisturizer isn’t too thick or thin. It’s just in between. It is formulated with antioxidants, fatty acids, and hydrating properties. Exactly what our skin craves come these drier months.
Necessaire The Body Serum Is impressive. You can use this under any moisturizer to kick the hydration up a notch. It is a hyaluronic acid-based serum also formulated with niacinamide, panthenol, and ceramides—all great ingredients for the skin.
La Roche Posay Triple Repair This is a thick slightly greasy in the best way moisturizer. This is my nightstand staple. Your dry skin will never be happier.
Gold Bond Retinol Overnight Body Lotion This and the previous one have to be my favorite for winter months. Although I do use this all year round at night, and that is exactly how I would suggest to use it as well, because of the retinol in it. Sun can degrade the retinol’s power. This contains so many hydrators as well as a little anti-aging factor in there with the retinol. I can say I’ve noticed smoother more hydrated skin for myself. I believe I’m on my 4th bottle, she’s a winner!
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream in the tub! I love this particular one because it comes with a pump. This is a fan favorite, and an oldie but a goodie for a reason. It’s thick, hydrating and soothing. It is formulated with ceramides, a hydrating and replenishing ingredient. The Necessaire Hyaluronic Acid serum would go nicely under this.
Tip- When applying moisturizer or a hydrating serum ether on your face or body, a good tip is to apply on clean dry skin. After your shower dry off and go right in with moisturizer to your entire self. Don’t wait too long after, it’s best to do shortly after bathing to ensure maximum hydration.
To keep more moisture in the skin, buy a cool-mist humidifier for your bedroom. With the heat cranking, there is hardly any moisture in the air. No more waking up with dry irritated skin.
Take Care of Your Hands and Feet
Taking care of your hands is very important, especially in the winter months, when they need a little extra TLC.
With or without COVID in play, washing your hands is always a must. But now, with the excess washing, it’s even more important to use a moisturizer after.
Keep a hand cream by the sink, so you don’t forget to use one after washing your hands. Nothing is worse than chapped, cracked hands. They’re painful and not cute.
If you’re looking for something lux, I love the Chanel La Crème Main Texture Riche. Glides like a dream and makes your hands super smooth. Although, I wouldn’t use this if you have cracks or chapped skin, the fragrance could cause irritation and stinging.
If you’re going to be outside, SuperGoop Hand Screen is a great hand cream with sun protection. Using an SPF hand cream daily will prevent signs of aging, like sunspots and discoloration, along with skin cancer.
Smooth, hydrated, clean feet are a MUST. If you don’t take care of your feet, we can't be friends..
First off, if you struggle with dry feet like me. Here are a few things you can do daily to keep them hydrated and soft.
DON’T walk around barefoot. It will build up rough spots and calluses on your feet and quickly dries them out. Always wear socks or slippers around the house.
My favorite foot cream is Dermatonics Foot Cream. I usually get the perfume-free one, but they have scented ones as well. This foot cream is my favorite because it’s thick, not like some little water-based lotion. It has urea in there which is hydrating and smooths rough patches.
If you have rough areas on your feet, like your heels or balls of your feet Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair is magic. Slather this on to rough spots and put socks on after. It will smooth out your feet so nicely! However, do NOT use this every day, about 3 times per week instead. This treatment has a high percentage of salicylic acid to eat away at that dead skin build-up. Wash your hands after, you don’t want the salicylic acid exfoliating your fingertips.
Saving the best for last, petrolatum, aka Vaseline, or my favorite CeraVe Healing Ointment is great to lock in moisture. Apply to your feet, then put on socks. You can do the same for your hands and apply cotton gloves. Game changer for extra soft supple skin.
We all know that feeling of parched chapped lips. The best way to avoid that is to keep a lip balm on you and right on your nightstand and apply it constantly like a crack head.
I usually buy a few and have them scattered about for easy access. Ditch the Chapstick brand and Carmex from the drugstore. Not only can the ingredients in here be irritating, but they also dry the lips out, forcing you to re-apply.
CeraVe Healing Ointment is a no-fuss straight to the point fragrance-free ointment. Vaseline and Aquafor are practically the same and equally effective. I mention this product all the time because it works and is so multi-purpose. If you’re sensitive to fragrance, this is great for you too. It will coat and hydrate chapped, irritated lips. You can use this everywhere! Knees, feet, eye cream, lip balm, cuts, you name it.
Stay on top of your skincare and give your skin the extra love it needs during the winter months! I hope you found this to be helpful, and maybe you found your new holy grail skincare product!