Winter is upon us, and that means I’m thinking about my skin. If you’re like me, as soon as the temperature drops and the air becomes drier, you notice a change in your skin. Now that I’ve passed the 35 mark, I know it’s even more important to keep up a good skincare regime – loss of collagen and elasticity is no joke! I’ll admit it’s not that bad while I’m still here in California, but I know from living in Denver for 10 years that when I get back to Colorado, it’s going to be rough on my skin. And now that I’m 8 years older, I’m not going to take any chances with my skin. Since skincare is on my mind, I wrote up a list of my top skincare products for moisturized & glowing skin in winter.
I can not stress this enough. It’s important all the time, but especially in winter. Cold, dry air and wind will dry your skin out faster than my kids leaving the room when I mention the dishwasher needs to be filled. And dry skin means deeper wrinkles! Although moisturizing products are key, you also need to be sure you’re drinking plenty of water. I am super guilty of drinking more coffee than water in the winter, but it’s so important to hydrate your skin from the inside out too.
I love The Ordinary – I was super worried when they went through some next level drama this year that ended with the CEO being fired. I didn’t know if I would be able to order high quality but super cheap skincare! Luckily things smoothed out and you can still get The Ordinary products. Hyaluronic Acid is fantastic for retaining moisture in the skin. This serum is super affordable and absorbs quickly – I layer it under my moisturizer in the morning.
The Pantry is a small batch, Reno, Nevada based apothecary. I love stopping by their beautiful shop to stock up when I’m in Reno, but you can also order online. The products are so affordable and I love them. This moisturizing spray is perfect in the morning and throughout the day to refresh skin.
I don’t like heavy moisturizers, especially under makeup. This one is a very light formula that feels super hydrating but also super light! It’s similar to Belif’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb, but way cheaper – $20 vs $38. I does have a light scent, which I’m not sensitive to – but if you are, The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a great option!
This is a very creamy and powerful undereye cream that you can use for both day and night. It’s formulated for dark circles and puffiness as well as wrinkles – And it lasts forever too. It’s formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, & Phthalates too.
Exfoliating your skin helps reduce dullness and lessens the appearance of wrinkles. It also helps keep pores clean and clear. However, you want to exfoliate carefully, without harsh abrasives. A lot of products that scrub and scrape the skin are too harsh IMO. I like to use a chemical exfoliator like Glycolic Acid, as well as enzyme exfoliators which “eat” the dead skin cells instead of scraping them off.
Glycolic acid is an excellent chemical exfoliator. I’ve used a few types and this one delivers great value for money. Glycolic acid can be irritating, but this one has not made my skin red or sensitive. It’s best to use only once a day, at night, to avoid irritation. I dab some on a cotton pad after I’ve washed off all my makeup and sweep it all over my face before applying night moisturizers. If you’re just now using a Glycolic Acid, you should ease into it – try it every 2 days for a week and check for irritation.
This enzyme peeling gel is a great way to remove dead skin cells without harshly scrubbing your skin. At $48 a tube it’s not cheap, but it works great and it lasts forever – you only need a little bit. It has a gimmicky effect – the gel contains cellulose which balls up as you rub it across your skin – and the marketing says that this is visible proof of all your dead skin coming off. While this isn’t strictly true, the stuff works fabulously and it makes my skin super smooth.
Inevitably, the sun, pollution, wind, picking at acne and other factors do some damage to your skin. These are the products I rely on to help keep my skin in great shape, even if I’m not always the best at wearing sunscreen and I pick at my face sometimes.
In my opinion, everyone 25 and over should use a retinoid. I started using retinol products in my late 20’s and I have seen a definite difference in my skin. Retinoids are the only ingredient proven to reduce wrinkles. It’s a long game strategy – you see full results in 2 years after using a Retinoid product – but it’s worth it for long term skincare results. The wrinkles between my eyes and on my forehead have not only slowed in progression, but lessened since I started using a Retinol product. The Ordinary’s version is a gentle formula, which is great because these products are notorious for causing sensitivity and irritation. Sunday Riley makes a super expensive oil based Retinol, which I’ve used – and I have to say, this inexpensive option is just as good. Use at night only – I put it on under a moisturizer.
I was told when I was a teenager that my monthly breakouts would go away when I was an adult. Well, I feel personally victimized because I’m almost 36 and I still get breakouts once a month. Admittedly, they aren’t that bad – but it’s still annoying. And like a teen, I still pick at my breakouts occasionally. It’s a bad habit and these little acne healing patches are a lifesaver for me. The really work – I just put one on each blemish before bed and in the morning, they’ve disappeared! Like magic! And for less than $5 too!
One of my favorite ways to relax (especially in winter!) Is to take a hot bath and use a sheet mask. Masking is great for delivering a big dose of treatment to your skin. I’m loving this variety pack of sheet masks that Jeff got for me – there are a bunch of different types for all kinds of skin issues, and I’ve loved them all. As a matter of fact, I’m going to go take a bath and use one as soon as I’m done writing this blog post!
The winter months can be tough on us all – the chill and lack of sunlight hours definitely takes a toll! I try to take extra time to pamper myself – I love beauty routines and skincare and it always makes me feel better to take the time out of my day for girly things.
Especially since I’ve gotten older, taking care of my skin has become more important to me. I love makeup, but you need to have a good canvas to start with! I’d prefer to wake up in the morning without bags under my eyes and dull looking skin – and then put my makeup on for fun!
If you’re feeling the effects of winter on your skin, I hope some of these skin care tips can help you out! Let me know if you have any questions, or if you have a favorite skincare product that really helps you get through the season!