It’s essential to care for your skin at at night as that is the time when the skin regenerates most.
The winter months are a great time to switch to milky, creamy cleansers if you have normal, combination or dry skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try an oil based cleanser formulated specifically for breakout prone skin. It’s essential to choose a formula designed for problem skin to prevent your skin from breaking out.
When it comes to wintertime exfoliation, I recommend avoiding scrubs and prefer AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) but if you love your scrub, try mixing it with your cleanser to soften its effects. AHA’s work by dissolving “the glue” that holds skin cells together whereas scrubs slough cells off. Scrubs can scratch and tear the skin, leaving tiny lacerations that lead to sensitivity and dehydration. My favorite AHA is Lactic Acid. It’s the most gentle and hydrating of all the alpha hydroxy acids and has additional brightening benefits.
After cleansing, apply a serum targeted for your specific skin condition followed by a moisturizer. If you’re using an oil, make sure to apply your moisturizer on top or mixed into your moisturizer. This locks in the moisture from the oil, preventing dehydration, remember oil dissolves oil.
My top winter serum recommendation is one with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid helps with dehydration and the look of fine lines by plumping the skin. After applying your serum and moisturizer you still need to wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days.
Extra Credit: To keep your skin looking plump and dewy, add a hydrating mask to your skincare ritual to help prevent flakiness. Another way to increase hydration is by using a humidifier in your bedroom, increasing moisture in the air. This is a great remedy for those with oily, acne-prone skin who don’t want to buy a rich moisturizer that could potentially lead to breakouts.
For specific product recommendations please leave your questions below. It’s an honor you have stopped by, I hope this post helps keep your skin balanced and hydrated through the winter.