The arrival of Winter in the PNW means frosty treetops, twinkling lights and trips to Schweitzer - but it also means cooler temperatures, and you may notice your skin isn't feeling as great as it did a few months ago in the sunshine. Here are my favorite tricks and easy upgrades to your current skincare routine to help keep you glowing and hydrated all winter long!
Cleanser - As days get colder, even those with oily skin may notice a drier feeling due to a lack of moisture in the air. Switch your summer's foaming cleanser to a creamier option, like Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleanser, which removes makeup without stripping skin of its natural oils.
Hydrating Sprays - Swap your drying toner for a hydrating spray containing skin soothing additions, like Face Aperitif Rose Mist by Wondergloss, which keeps you glowing with moisture-locking ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Hydrating sprays can be used in between layering products, like after serum and moisturizer, or on their own throughout the day when your skin needs a pick-me-up.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate - Why is exfoliating so important? When your skin cells regenerate and turnover, the old dead cells will lay on the top of the surface of your skin. If you don't exfoliate, this layer of dead cells will prevent your skin from soaking up all of products you are putting on after you cleanse. In a nutshell: exfoliate 2-3 times a week and your skin will be able to drink up all of the hydration you're feeding it AND feel smoother! My favorite exfoliating mask is Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Mask. With bamboo stem extract to gently slough away dead skin cells and brightening Vitamin C and Niacinamide, this mask will give you a winter glow-up!
Layering - The secret to nurturing and protecting your skin in the cold weather is a lot like staying warm - layers! By layering a serum underneath your moisturizer and topping with a face oil, you're helping bind moisture to the skin as well as sealing new hydration in and creating a protective barrier. My favorite products to layer are Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum (binds moisture to the skin and helps with dehydration & redness), Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb (gives skin a burst of hydation), topped with Anfisa Lilou Radiant Hydra-Balm (provides anti-aging and barrier repair as well as helps with inflammation).
H20 - Our bodies are mostly water, and water is the cure to many a dehydrated skin! If you struggle to drink water throughout the day, throw some cucumbers and lemon slices into your water to keep things interesting and drink try herbal tea at night before bed.
Which products are you going to add into your current routine to winterize your skin? Share your favorites and tag me on Instagram - and don't forget to subscribe to my blog for more posts like these! Happy hydrating, babes!