Skin Care For Your Winter Skin - Cleansing & Treatment
Winter Skincare: Cleansing & Treatment
I normally take pictures and can see the oil slick on my face ready to wipe out a coastal beach. But for some reason this winter, my skin has been the most dehydrated and problematic it has ever been(well, not counting teenage acne of course...but I digress). It has been so off-kilter that all my normal products haven't done a damn thing to fix my challenges. So when my skin gets weird, I always go to Amanda. She's our lead makeup artist and resident product junkie....I mean skin care expert. She's not only knowledgeable about products and their ingredients, but she does her research first hand by actually trying out a number of products for first-hand feedback. She's a wealth of knowledge folks! So I figured I probably wasn't the only one having skin issues this winter and that some guidance from Amanda could help to get you on track to being the perfect canvas for your spring and summer makeup looks. Ready to dive in?
Hey! Amanda here!
If you’re anything like me, you’re likely going from single digit temperatures outside to warm, dry heat inside several times a day. These extreme temperature fluctuations are wreaking havoc on your skin, leaving you dull and dehydrated, wishing for a tropical vacation to bring some life back into you. While I can’t help you with trip to the Caribbean, I can certainly offer up some suggestions to help you look and feel more nourished and radiant.
Now, this is a lot of info and I have no intentions of overwhelming you here. So I'll lay out prep and skin care products here. Stay tuned for part two with sunscreen and moisturizers to round out you winter skin care regimine. Alright, let's go!
One of the things I’ve noticed this winter is how dry my eyes have been. With little to no humidity right now, dust has been floating freely around my house no matter how much I Swiffer or vacuum. Add in frigid winds and my eyes become irritated and watery. Eye drops have been a saving grace for me. I personally love the Rohto Cool Max eye drops. These are very cooling and work to rehydrate my dry eyes which keeps them from over-producing tears and ruining my mascara throughout the day. They also reduce redness for up to 8 hours making you look more healthy and awake. I apply these before washing my face in the morning to give them time to start working.
My favorite face wash at the moment is the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser. It’s a very gentle cleanser that does not foam and contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help protect and moisturize your skin. An oil cleanser is a great option for all skin types. Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil works to remove dirt, makeup, and excess oil leaving your skin balanced and hydrated without leaving behind any residue.
Exfoliation is an important part of your skincare regimen and should be done a minimum of 2 times per week. I prefer a chemical exfoliator over a scrub since they tend to be more gentle while still powerful. Abrasive scrubs can cause micro cuts in your skin which allow bacteria to enter and cause irritation and even wrinkles. Some of my favorite chemical exfoliators are the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads, Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, and Sonia Roselli Sex A Peel.
One of my favorite things that I’ve been incorporating into my skincare as well as my skin prep for all of my clients is Hyaluronic Acid. I personally use the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 by The Ordinary. It’s a very powerful humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) that can attract up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. What this means for you is that when applied, it works to draw moisture from the air into your skin leaving you hydrated without being greasy. Hyaluronic acid is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetic fillers like Restylane that literally plumps skin from the inside out. I like to apply it to the face, wait for it to sink in for about 5 minutes and then spray a hydrating mist like Mario Badescu Rose Water which contains aloe and other herbs and smells absolutely divine.
Feeling a little less like sandpaper? Good. I thought so.
So look out for part two coming up soon to moisturize you and protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. In the meantime, here's a cheatsheet to download of all the products we talked about here. Shortcuts? Yes please and thank you!
Back soon ladies!
Erica + Amanda ~