How to Combat Dry, Winter Skin

In typical millennial style, I tend to obsess over skincare and the best products to get me that youthful, healthy, glowing look. It’s no secret to my long-time readers that I’ve had dry, sensitive skin issues since I was a baby, but this winter in particular has been brutal on my skin. I’ve suddenly not been able to use products that I’ve been using religiously for years, and I feel as though I can’t keep my skin hydrated for the life of me! Sick of feeling like a reptile, I was forced out of my usual skincare routine to seek out new products and solutions to combat my dry, winter skin.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate // The first step in keeping your skin hydrated is drinking lots and lots of water. Studies show that you should drink approximately 64 oz of water daily, which seems like a lot; however, it adds up quickly if you are constantly carrying a reusable water bottle around with you. You can always find me carrying around my pink Yeti or my gold Swell bottle!

Upgrade your facial routine // As much as I hate to admit it, I really skimped on my facial care routine until I was about 20 years old (terrible, I know). When my skin suddenly had a reaction to the products I was using for years a few months ago, I spent a ton of time researching products to take it’s place. I ended up discovering OLEHENRIKSEN’s Vitamin C line through a recommendation from my aunt. As I mentioned in my previous post, I purchased the A Brighter Truth Brightening Essentials Kit by OLEHENRIKSEN, and I am OBSESSED. I’ve been using it religiously for about a month now, and have noticed a huge difference in my skin. Not only is my skin brighter and more hydrated, but these high-end products are set at affordable prices and smell amazing! I will definitely be purchasing the large versions of the products once these run out soon.

Cut down on shower time // As great as a super hot shower feels on a cold day, don’t do it! I’m guilty of doing so, and recently noticed that when I get out of the shower, my skin is red, blotchy and more dry than it was when I got into the shower. Now I try to keep my showers under 10 minutes, and use lukewarm-warm water.

Moisturize // Immediately when I get out of the shower and wake up in the morning, I moisturize from head to toe. I recently discovered NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion, and my skin has never been more smooth and firm. I noticed a dramatic difference in only two weeks!

What are some of your favorite tactics and products to repel dry, winter skin?

-K.

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Skin Care Routine

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For years I’ve struggled with finding the right skincare routine. Having eczema and dry, sensitive skin since I was just six days old is something that prevents me from using the vast majority of products out there. On top of this, nasty winter weather can wreak havoc on my skin. However, I’ve finally found a regiment that works for me and my extremely dry skin.

My process works as follows:

One // One thing I did not do enough in high school and college was wash off all of my makeup before bed. Usually because I believed I  was actually taking it off in the shower. Boy was I wrong! I did use Neutrogena products back then, but I found that while they did reduce oil, they dried out my skin terribly. Lately, I’ve been using Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water for waterproof makeup and I LOVE it! Just shake and drip a bit on a cotton round to take off your makeup. It does leave your skin a tad oily, but remember that this is just the first step. Sometimes (namely, when I fail to go through the rest of my routine when I get home late) if I just go to bed only using this step, my skin is softer when I wake up. You can find miceller water at CVS for only $8.99, and my latest bottle has lasted me a few months so it’s great for your wallet.

NOTE: If I’m traveling or stuck in a bind, I still carry my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. They’re the perfect quick fix, and they don’t dry out your skin.

Two // Recently I discovered Clinique’s 3-Step Process upon a trip to Ulta, and I must admit that I’m in love. This stuff actually WORKS! There are different levels for different skin types; I picked up the level 2 for dry combination skin.This is when I actually cleanse my skin with the first step of the program using the mild liquid facial soap. I wet my face and gently scrub my face and neck following up with a clean towel to dry before the next step. The 3-Step System trial package that I started out with is $19.50 at Ulta.

Three // Next I tone using the clarifying lotion, which acts and looks like a toner. This is where the exfoliation comes in. I apply it with a cotton ball all over my face and neck to sweep away dead skin cells. I take extra care to go over the particularly dry areas of my face a number of times during this step.

Four // The final step in Clinique’s process is the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. You guys, this lotion has worked WONDERS for me! I can’t rave about it enough. My skin is smooth, bright and radiant in the mornings after I put it on at night. I highly highly recommend this for anyone whose skin is as dry as mine.

Five // Finally, I apply Vaseline or my go-to Burt’s Bees to my lips, and the corners of my mouth which tend to crack in the winter over night.

So there you have it! What are some of your favorite skin care products?

-K.