As the temperatures drop, we need to kick things up a notch in the skincare department! This time of year, the air is so dry, so we need to adjust our routines so that we don’t end up with tight, dry skin on our face. Here are a few simple ways I combat the winter skin blues.
#Tip 1- A moisturizing Cleanser
I firmly believe that you don’t have to spend a lot on cleanser. I love this Oil of Olay Regenerating Cream Cleanser–$6.99. It’s formulated with microbeads to aid in the skin’s exfoliation and cleanses without stripping essential natural oils. What I save on cleanser, I invest in my favorite cleansing tool that is totally worth it. I was introduced the Clairsonic Facial Cleansing brush a few years ago and it for real changed my life. Get your face wet, massage in your cleanser, and buzz your face with the Clairsonic. Rinse your face, and you will immediately notice a difference. It removes every last trace of makeup, and it stimulates cell turnover. Speaking of cell turnover…
Tip #2- Exfoliate
As we age, our skin cells don’t turn over as rapidly as they used to, and we need to help it along to keep our skin looking smooth and fresh. This liquid Exfoliant by PC (Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is my number one skincare product that I cannot live without. It literally takes a layer of skin off your face, and it leaves it feeling baby soft and silky. No stinging, no harsh drying, just gentle exfoliation, resulting in healthy, glowing skin. This product is great for all skin types, and it is seriously like a mini-facial in a bottle, at a fraction of the cost!
Tip #3 – Moisturize, including your lips!!
Our lips are often the most under-cared for part of our face. And you know, when our lips are dry, we don’t have a good foundation for our lipstick and gloss! I cannot recommend this lip mask by Laniege highly enough. I don’t know about you, but my lips can be so dry in the morning. You apply this lip mask at night, and it works while you sleep to reveal softer, more supple lips in the morning. Plus, it smells amazing!
Tip #4- Body Tune UP
While our faces are an obvious part of our body to care for, with immediate results that everyone can see, taking care of the skin on our bodies is more of an investment, but there’s also a mental payoff–if you’ve ever been to a spa, you know what I mean!**
Once a week, maybe it’s a Sunday night, take care of yourself and create a nighttime ritual:
First, start with a 20-minute bath soak: this relieves tension, and it does amazing things for your mental health–PLUS it prepares your skin for moisture.
I love AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salts with Muscle soothing Eucalyptus: Mineral salts are THE best way to treat yourself…this bath salt is infused with Eucalyptus and it is an AWESOME destresser. Eucalyptus is known for it’s relaxing properties, actually proven to relax muscles and release tension.
Next, while you’re still in the tub, exfoliate your body with Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish– My favorite way to wash the cares of the day away…relax in the tub and use this body polish to slough off the stress of the day. Coconut oil has been used for centuries in many cultures as a beauty balm, and of course, now we’re seeing a massive influx of coconut-oil inspired products—and for good reason! The natural anti-oxidants in coconut oil are great for our skin, and the moisturizing properties are gentle and effective.
And there you have it girls! My winter skin care routine. It all boils down to this- prioritizing ourselves so that we can better take care of our families. Cuz if mama ain’t happy…