Winter Skincare Routine

Now that we are in the heat (or should I say cold) of winter, my skincare routine has changed due to the harsh weather. The cold air and temperatures below 0° are not some of my favorite things, and your skin isn’t too fond of them either.

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Catch me (always) in my comfy robe fighting off the cold.

During the winter it’s typical for your skin to get dry and flake due to the extremes that it’s exposed to. If you’re using any sort of spot treatment to deal with acne, you’re likely drying your skin out even more. So how do you keep your skin clear while also keeping it moisturized? Hopefully my current skincare routine for winter will give you some inspiration of products you may want to check out.

(While this is a modified skincare routine for winter, some of my favorite products overlap. If you want to read my post detailing my summer skincare routine, click here.)

Serious Skin Care Phyto Pumpkin Scrub:https://www.hsn.com/products/serious-skincare-super-size-phyto-pumpkin-facial-scrub/7251049

I talked about this product in my summer skincare routine and it’s still one of my favorites. I, like most people, have tried plenty of different scrubs and exfoliators for my face but none have come close to this one.The smell is of course to-die-for. The gentleness of this scrub is perfect for using on your face without irritating it. This scrub can also be used all over your body if you choose. During the winter more than ever, an exfoliator is necessary in order to get rid of any dry skin that is caused by the cold. I use this while I’m in the shower for added convenience.

DISCLAIMER: This is a seasonal product! I’ve purchased it from HSN and Serious Skin Care themselves but you may be able to find other vendors who sell it. I always try and stock up because the quality of this product is worth every penny.

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detoxify & Brighten Cleanser:

https://www.target.com/p/p/-/A-52323475

After I use my facial scrub, I use this cleanser to clean and brighten my skin. Using a cleanser after exfoliating is a great way to ensure any reminisce of dead skin and product is removed and not clogging your pores. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh and smooth.

Cocoa Butter Vaseline:

https://www.target.com/p/vaseline-cocoa-butter-petroleum-jelly-7-5-oz/-/A-13345371#lnk=sametab

Adding moisture back to your skin after cleansing is important because you’re stripping it of its naturally produced oils. If you don’t replenish some of that moisture, your body will start producing more oil to compensate causing you to breakout.

Never underestimate the power of one of the simplest skin regimens in the game. I swear by Vaseline. It’s great not just for moisturizing your skin but also your lips. Another added bonus is that it helps your eyelashes grow if you put a light coating on them.

After I shower I like to use Vaseline as my moisturizer if I’m hanging out around the house and not going out. I don’t recommend using it as your moisturizer it you’re going to apply makeup on top of it as it is oily and will likely cause your makeup to appear greasy (see below for my moisturizer recommendation pre-makeup), but if you have some time to hang around Vaseline is a pro at combating that winter dry skin.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion:

https://www.target.com/p/cerave-174-moisturizing-lotion-12-oz/-/A-13977969#lnk=sametab

As mentioned in my summer skincare routine, this lotion is great for moisturizing your skin without leaving it oily like Vaseline. This is perfect if you’re looking for something that will moisturize your skin but still allow you to apply makeup afterwards with no hassle.

Bag Balm Skin Moisturizer:

https://www.target.com/p/vermont-s-original-bag-balm-skin-salve-8-oz/-/A-50325531#lnk=sametab

If you’re looking for something heavy-duty to combat that dry skin, this is your guy. During the winter I get dry patches on my face on my nose and cheeks that irk me to no end. I discovered this product this year and consider it my holy grail for winter.

I will admit that this product has a medicine-like smell, but it’s something that I can look past for the results it gives. If smells are something you’re extra sensitive to, you may not like this. I use this on my face before going to bed to keep any and all dry skin away.

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment:

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I swear by this spot treatment and mentioned it in my summer skincare routine as well. Whenever I do have any sort of breakout this does the trick.

L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask:

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This is another product that was mentioned in my summer skincare routine that I don’t use nearly as much now that it’s winter. I find that many masks dry out my skin more due to them removing natural oils so instead of using this weekly I opt for bi-weekly.

Hopefully my skincare routine gave you some ideas of products to look into for your own! Stay warm this winter.

xoxo Nic

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