It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized the importance of switching up your skincare routine based on the seasons. It seems pretty fundamental, but I didn’t pay enough attention to do it. Now that this crazy weather on the east coast has finally decided to act like winter, I’ve made a few seasonal changes to my routine and have yet to encounter overly dry skin—that’s a feat for me! Below, you’ll find out about the changes I’ve made to my skincare routine and discover some ways you can update your own this winter.
Skip a morning face wash. Seems a little weird, and I understand some people just need to wash their face in the morning, but once the temperatures drop, I try to let my skin keep as much moisture locked in as possible and soak up all of my night creams, so I skip the face wash in the morning. Instead, I use micellar water, which is much more gentle than a toner, but still leaves skin feeling fresh. Right now, I use Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, but I want to try Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser.
Use an oil-based cleanser. When I wash my face at night, I use an oil-based cleanser. I love Cremorlab T.E.N. Cleansing Gel Oil, Tata Harper Nourising Oil Cleanser and One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover. Not only do I find these oil-based cleansers great at removing makeup gently, but they really help deep clean the skin without leaving it feeling dry after rinsing. I use a muslin cloth with my oil cleansers.
Hydrate throughout the day. I make it a point to spritz my face at least a handful of times throughout the day with either a moisturizing rose water spray or the more splurge-worthy (but worth every penny), SK-II Mid-Day Essence. I keep them in a tray on my desk so I don’t forget.
Exfoliate twice a week. It may seem to counteract all of the hydrating you’re doing by exfoliating when your skin is feeling dry, but it’s so important to get rid of those dry patches and dead cells to allow the moisturizing treatments you’re using to soak in! I try to remember to use an exfoliating scrub twice a week, but sometimes I forget. I’ve been using Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment for years and also like GlamGlow’s products, especially this FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment. I keep Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub in the shower and always use it on nights that I apply a mask.
Use moisturizing masks weekly. Speaking of masks, in the past, I’ve always used face masks to combat acne or oily skin or to brighten and tone, but last winter I started using moisturizing masks to give my skin a heavy dose of hydration when it was feeling really dry. Now I try to remember to do one each week. I use Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask and Alchemie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask—both do a great job at calming inflamed skin, too!
Heavy duty night balm. Finally, at least 20 minutes before I hit the sheets I apply a heavy-duty moisturizer to dry patches on my face (usually my cheeks), skipping my T-zone, which can get oily. I put it on and then read in bed so it has a chance to really soak in. I apply it on top of all my other products (toner, serum, oil) to seal everything in. If I’m feeling extra dry, I’ll first apply a lighter moisturizer like French Girl Organics Rose Créme Lumiére, followed by a balm. I use May Lindstrom Skin Blue Cocoon or Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream, but I also like One Love Organics Skin Savior.