Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winter Skincare Routine: Fight Your Dry Skin

When I say winter, you say? [insert answer here]...Hopefully it wasn't dry skin! If so I have some tips that will have you going from alligator to smooth operator (that was so corny...I just picture the eye rolls now). In all seriousness though if you are one of the millions of people that suffer from dry skin when the weather shifts to cooler temperatures you are not alone! Dry skin is very common especially when winter rolls around due to the drop in humidity. You may think if you just moisturize non-stop you'll be fine, and for some individuals this may work...but for others, this should be attacked as a holistic problem.

When I recently came back from Mexico I had gotten a nice tan yes, but my skin was peeling. And I know what your thinking...Morgan that's not good! But listen...It wasn't peeling because of the sun damage, it was peeling and cracking because when I got back the temperature change was so drastic. My legs are still recovering from this, but I have been moisturizing like crazy and staying hydrated and they are starting to heel. Dry skin doesn't just affect one area of the body and for some it can occur in multiple places. For instance, I suffer from facial and leg dryness that both present very differently. My face will have dry patches or start to flake off in certain areas (gross, and I know your probably getting Gold member vibes right now, but stick with me) and it's just not a good look. My legs on the other hand will start by looking almost ashy and then go full fledged alligator scales if the problem isn't attacked head on.

As a dry skin sufferer myself, I have developed some ways to reduce the dryness and get rid of it all together. Let's start with the face, because that is the first thing people see when they look at you and more importantly what is staring back at you in the mirror every morning.

To begin, especially in the winter months, I think exfoliation is key! If your skin can tolerate it a chemical exfoliator is a great option, but if your like me, I like to stick to more physical means of exfoliating. The two facial exfoliators that I am using at the moment are Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser and Loreal pure sugar scrub (the one I use is green and has kiwi seeds in it). The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a physical exfoliator is that it isn't too harsh or abrasive. I keep the Loreal scrub in the shower because I find it super easy to use and wash off quick. I love using the Clinique exfoliating cleanser in the morning to start the day off with a fresh complexion and prep my skin for the next step in my routine.

Once exfoliation is complete, I move on to cleansing, yes the Clinique 2-in-1 is a cleanser, but I like to double cleanse using the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser. I love the subtle smell this cleanser has and it makes my skin feel super clean. It is a liquid to foam cleanser and is actually soap free, which I think helps not dry out my skin.

After cleansing my skin sometimes if I need an extra surge of moisture, I will do a face mask. The ones that I love for hydration at the moment are both sheet masks and are the Tony Moly Master Lab Ceramide Moisture Care and the Soap and Glory Miracle Moisture Mask. Ceramide works in recreating the top layer of your skin which assists in building up your moisture barrier. The Soap and Glory mask has Hyaluronic acid, which works by grabbing on to moisture and keeps skin hydrated and "plump," it even says "Speed Plump" on the packaging. When I peel the face mask of I will pat the excess moisture into my skin, and if there is a lot will bring it down to my neck and wipe the remainder off.

If I used a face mask I will let the ingredients sink into my skin and become dry, and then move on to my next step, facial mist (if not I just move on to this step). The next item I use is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Once again I love the subtle scent and it just makes my skin feel refreshed and awake. The bottle states that it gives the skin radiance and tightens pores. Which I need because even though I have dry skin, ya girl has some honkin' pores on her nose!

After the facial spray, I will use a skin moisture booster. The product that I use for this and can't say enough good things about is the Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster. This product has literally changed  my skin, and I love how the gel-like consistency just sinks into my skin making it feel almost wet rather than greasy. This step isn't necessary but I love the extra moisture boost this product gives, and so does my skin!

Serums are something I have just started breaking into in my 20's and I have a new one that I have been trying for a while now by No 7. I have been using the Early Defense Glow Activating Serum and so far it has given me the right amount of moisture while offering a dewy complexion to my skin.

Moisturizer is key! The one that I have been obsessed with lately is by the brand Tatcha and is called  The Water Cream. The packaging is not the only stunning part of the product. The cream itself sinks into the skin so fast and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and dewy. I love that it comes with a spatula on the top of the product to keep the inside cream more hygienic.

After all is said an done, I also like to go in with a lip balm or hydrating lip product, I have been loving the Neutrogena lip soother at the moment.

Alright so lets recap, these are the steps to follow to go from dry skin to glowing and dewy, hydrated goddess.

1. Exfoliate!
2. Cleanse.
3. Mask (sometimes) least 2x a week.
4. Facial spray.
5. Moisture booster.
6. Serum.
7. Moisturizer!
8. Lip balm.

I follow all these steps, but I also make sure that I am drinking enough water through out the day. I drink a lot of coffee which can be dehydrating, so once I finish my coffee, I make sure I have water with lemon ready. I have so many water bottles and tumblers around the house and I make sure that I always have something to drink. Adding water heavy foods and healthy fats to your diet is also super important. I love salmon as a healthy protein and fat option and cucumbers and watermelon as water heavy vegetable and fruit choices. If you would like to hear about ways I thwart dryness on my legs, arms, or back let me know in the comments below. I would love to do another post about that too.


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