I have notoriously sensitive skin. In the Winter, my skin maintenance almost doubles because the cold can be so harsh and sometimes even painful. Over the years I’ve cultivated a set routine for the colder months that keeps my skin hydrated and healthy. Below are the items I have come to rely on from December to March:
Daily Face Wash: A daily face wash should be one step up from soap. It’s gentle and just enough to clean your skin and give you a fresh start for the day. I’ve been using Clearasil since, literally, middle school. I’ve tried varying a couple of times but I always come back to this old faithful.
Daytime Face Moisturizer: Even though it’s Winter it’s still important to use a daily moisturizer that has an SPF. I love the Garnier Skin Renew because it’s a light moisturizer that covers really well, so it will last a long time and you get more bang for your buck.
Body Butter: It’s not just my face that I have to maintain, it’s everything. The Kiehl’s Body Butter is an awesome option because it’s incredibly hydrating without leaving my skin oily and greasy for hours like a lot your typical lotions.
Eye Make-up Remover: It’s one of the cardinal rules of feminine skin care: NEVER sleep in your eye make-up. The skin around your eye is much more sensitive than the rest of your face so having a make-up remover specifically for your eyes is crucial because they typically will have additional ingredients specifically for the eyes. NOTE: most make-up removers don’t remove eye make-up completely.
Make-up Remover/Exfoliant: Now that the eyes have been taken care, let’s clear out the rest. I swear by the Olay Regenerist Cleansing Cloths. They remove make-up, exfoliate, and clean all at the same time. Plus they are anti-aging. How can you resist?
Lip Scrub: If you were lipstick as much as I do, you have to maintain your lips. Now you can easily find a DIY to make your own lip scrub or you can try the Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Scrub. Basically this is an all natural scrub that exfoliates the lips and leaves them soft and ready for hours of lipstick fun.
Eye Cream: Like I said before, the eyes get special treatment. Your night creams are no different. A good eye cream should firm, be anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and renew skin. It’s hard to find anything better than Lancome’s Renergie Eye line. Eye cream is the one point where I definitely don’t want to skimp, so while the Lancome can be a bit pricey, the results just can’t be beat.
Night Face Mask: I know a night cream is something we tend to think only older ladies have to use, but think of this more as a preemptive strike. I use a little known product called Nerium AD that acts a bit like a cream and a mask. This isn’t a product sold in stores, definitely isn’t budget-friendly, and you have to sign up in order to purchase a bottle (sort of like Mary Kay or Avon). I think of this as the Cadillac of night creams because it does everything. I was a little skeptical myself when I first tried it, but I started seeing a noticeable difference in my skin in 5 days.