Blogmas day 17 peeps! If you’re a fellow bag of skin, aka human. This post is for you. Winter skincare tips!
Libby, how the hell does this tie into Blogmas? Okay, so maybe not totally on theme. However, if you’re thinking of a gift someone will use, skin care is always a safe bet.
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My experience in skin care
Something you may not know is that I used to work in skincare. After graduating from makeup school I took a job with Biotherm, a popular skincare brand under the L’Oreal luxury umbrella. Working there, I went through a lot of training about skin, it’s needs, how to read skin types and how to assess others.
Being someone who had horrible acne for many years, skincare is really important to me. When I was younger and my breakouts were really starting to get to me, my mom bought me Proactive. Let me tell you, that stuff destroyed my skin. Making it much worse than it was. It’s hard enough being a teenager, add crappy skin to it, huge self-esteem killer.
Natural is best
When I was fresh out of high school, a coworker introduced me to Lush. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a company based in Vancouver, Canada who make food fresh, skin care products. What does food fresh mean? Basically, they make everything from real fruits and vegetables. It’s so safe that you could probably eat most of their things, not that you should, but you could. Lush was a game changer for me. I quickly found out that my skin needed natural products and was very sensitive to chemicals.
I know what you’re thinking, oh great, a post where someone is going to shove a brand down my throat. Not the case, I’m not a paid affiliate of Lush. While I’d love to be, I’m unfortunately not. I’ve been using their products for the better part of the last 10 years and am a huge lover of them. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you I recommend them bar none to other brands.
Back to winter skincare
Everyone’s skin is different. You also have to factor in your climate, the change of seasons and so much more. Which is why winter skin care is so much different. Depending on where you live your needs could be much different.
Some things to consider:
- You get a lot of snow, the air is probably dry where you are. This means you will need more moisture.
- It rains more than it snows where you are, you may not need as much moisture.
- You live in an old building with old pipes. Old pipes may have sediment which will affect your skin. Adversely, a newer building’s pipes would have different effects.
- You have well water vs city water. Well water can be hard, or too soft, depending on the water in the ground. City water can have too much chlorine, or be great.
- If you live in a smaller city, you may have different water treatment than larger metropolis cities. Not that your water is bad, just that there are other factors.
Surroundings make a difference
Case and point. When we were living in Vancouver, it rained all “winter” long. My skin was usually on the oily side all winter because of this. While in the summer, it was very dry and I needed more moisture. Now we’re back on the east coast, Let me tell you, winter’s here in Halifax are dry as a bone. My lips, face, body, and everything are so damn dry all winter. Once summer humidity hits, I’m pretty oily. So, as you can see, where you live, your climate and the weather make huge impacts on your skin.
Winter skincare tips
Told you I’d eventually get here. Just needed to give you some background first. You know how I do.
Adopt a routine
- Wash your face
- Serum *optional
- Moisturizer for your skin type
- Makeup primer *optional
- Body lotion
- Usual makeup routine
- Setting spray *optional
Night time routine
- Remove makeup *I use coconut oil and micellar water
- Serum *optional
- Body lotion
My pro tips
Pro tip #1: Always moisturize skin that’s just been washed. It will absorb what you are putting onto it faster and much more effectively. Not to mention that wet or damp skin moves lotion further around meaning you will use less. Save money and time.
Pro tip #2: Never ever, ever, sleep with makeup on.
Pro tip #3: Do an overnight face mask as needed to give you more moisture overnight. Much of your nighttime ritual will end up all over your pillow so be aware! If you’re in an oily climate, do a clay face mask as needed through the week.
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Pro tip #4: Use a satin/silk pillowcase. Why? Because of a) it prevents wrinkles b) it is smoother on your skin c) it will not wick the moisture away from your face.
Pro tip #5: Exfoliate regularly. This will remove dead skin cells which are blocking moisture from getting to where it needs to go. It will also help remove skin cells which are clogging pores and creating breakouts. Don’t overdo it though, over exfoliation can lead to redness and sensitivity.
Pro tip #6: Drink lots of water. Moisturize from the inside out!
With these tips and tricks, you should be well on your way to wonderful winter skin. Be sure to pay attention to its needs. Don’t change your whole routine all at once. If you end up having bad results it’s easier to find out what’s working and what isn’t if you introduce one thing at a time.
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Do you have any winter skincare tips that help you out during the cooler months? Share with us below in the comments!
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