OCTOBER 22, 2020 / Lifestyle
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 face 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 but not light. It’s just in between. It is formulated with antioxidants, fatty acids, and hydrating properties.
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.
Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief This is a thick balm great for small cuts on feet and hands. This balm can also be used on super dry areas.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream This is a thick cream. It is formulated with colloidal oatmeal, great for soothing itch and irritation, as well as super moisturizing shea butter, my fave!
Aveeno Eczema Therapy Is a non-greasy fragrance-free moisturizer.
This moisturizer contains colloidal oatmeal, which helps calm inflammation: glycerin adds hydration, and ceramides are naturally found in the skin and help replenish it. Great for people with eczema but also just dry skin that’s irritated and itchy.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream in the tub! I love this particular one because it comes with a pump. This is a fan favorite for good reasons. It’s thick but not too thick. It’s hydrating and soothing. It is formulated with ceramides, which is always a great ingredient. This moisturizer is straight to the point and gets the job done. Love it. The Necessaire Hyaluronic Acid serum would go nicely under this.
When applying moisturizer or a hydrating serum ether on your face or body, a good tip is to apply it to damp skin. Doing this will lock in the surface water and increase hydration. If using a serum on your body, follow it up with a moisturizer to seal in it.
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.
Keep it in your bedroom, and let your skin sleep happily. Cool mist humidifiers are great if you suffer from eczema. Little things here and there add up and help.
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 boujie like me and want something fragranced, I love the Chanel La Crème Main Texture Riche. Glides like a dream and makes your hands feel super smooth.
Although I wouldn’t use this if you have cracks or chapped skin, the fragrance could irritate it more and make it sting.
If you’re going to be outside, the Eucerin Daily Hydration SPF 30 is a great hand cream with sun protection. The hands are exposed to the sun more than any other part of your body.
Using an SPF hand cream 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're not 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 smoothing to the skin.
If you have rough areas on your feet, like your heels or balls of your feet Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair is magic, I say magic! Slather this on to rough spots and put socks on after. It will smooth out your feet so nicely! You can use it about three times in a row, depending on how much treatment you need.
However, do NOT use this every day. This treatment has a high percentage of salicylic acid to eat away at that dead skin build-up. Wash your hands after using this because you don’t want the salicylic acid exfoliating your fingertips.
Straight up petrolatum, aka Vaseline, or my favorite CeraVe Healing Ointment is great to lock in moisture. Apply to your feet, then cover them with plastic wrap and put on socks.
If you’re looking for something with scent to maintain soft feet, the Babor Feet Soothing Balm is a rich cream with a classy, clean smell. For those days when you’re feeling a little extra.
We all know that feeling of chapped, cracked lips, no fun. The best way to avoid them 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.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Has been one of my favorites for some time now. I prefer the one in the tube. I find it to be thicker and coats the lips longer. Even though the applicator isn’t ideal, I apply it straight from the tube rather than putting it on my finger then lips, which is a recipe for transferred bacteria.
It is thick and makes your lips so juicy and healthy while also hydrating them. If you apply this before bed, you will wake up with it still on.
CeraVe Healing Ointment is a no-fuss straight to the point fragrance-free ointment. I mention this product all the time because it’s so multi-purpose. If you’re sensitive to fragrance, this is great for you too. It will coat and hydrate chapped, irritated lips.
I use this stuff 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!