Old Man Winter is on his way into town. Yes, the seasons are changing. So naturally, our skincare routines should change also. The cold, dry, windy weather during the fall and winter seasons causes the moisture level in our skin to decrease, resulting in dry and irritated skin. So now it’s time to ‘up the ante’ with our moisturizers.
I’ll start by encouraging your skincare routine to begin at night with exfoliation (best done at night because freshly exfoliated skin has less natural ability to protect from UV). This is such an important step in your skincare routine. As mentioned, skin becomes dryer in the colder months and dry skin doesn’t shed dead skin cells as well as hydrated skin does. So, it’s super important for you to add this step to your routine if you don’t already. Just once a week is enough and this will allow for skincare products to absorb more deeply.
If you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or even oily skin, choose oil or cream cleansers. These produce much more nourished and moisturized skin than traditional soap and detergent based facial cleansers.
Oil cleansers are a favorite because they are gentle enough to not strip the skins’ natural moisture barrier and cause further irritation. They’re also effective enough to dissolve the existing, hardened oil that is stuck in your pores clogging them up. Remember learning in science class that ‘like dissolves like”. We know it’s cold out but try to cleanse with cold or tepid water only. Hot water only dries the skin out more by stripping the natural oils.
Toners Follow Cleansers Why?
A toner’s function is to complete the cleansing of your skin—removing the dust, pollution, and impurities that can still be lingering after washing with a cleanser. It also rebalances the pH of the skin after cleansing. Do your best to select an alcohol-free toner to prevent drying out the skin. Hydrating toners are wonderful for calming and soothing the skin. Look for toners that are composed of active ingredients like Rosewater, Cucumber, and Aloe Vera. These help to energize and brighten the skin.
The Grand Finale: Moisturize!
There are a couple of ways I like to moisturize (with serums or oils). Serums are used to target specific skin concerns and their molecules are very small, so they absorb deeply in the skin to achieve a desired result. It’s best to layer your serum underneath your moisturizing cream because while they’re great at hydrating the skin, the hydration may not last if you don’t apply a rich moisturizer afterwards. The main purpose of oil is to provide intense hydration. They can be blended with serums or cream moisturizers or layered on top. Oils are particularly effective as they mimic our skin’s natural sebum production. So, if you’re fighting against a dull skin tone or dry, flaky patches…Oils are a great way to nourish a damaged and neglected complexion and add an instant glow and dewiness!