How’s your skin getting along this winter? Mine’s been acting up in a big way recently. My skin has been crazy dry, and I can’t pinpoint the reason. It could be cold weather or heat in the house or air travel or hotel air conditioning (we visited Austin two weeks ago) – or a combination of all.
Winter’s Partner: Dry Skin
Winter is typically a time that our skin takes a beating. We need extra TLC during the cold months. We all have our secret “weapons.” Mine, pictured above, are a significant number of Beautycounter products! After arranging them all together, I was surprised to visually see how many things I use on my face, most daily, and a few once or twice a week.
I’ll share my routine and what’s been helping during this particularly annoying time. I’d love to hear yours.
My Skin Care Routine
I’m pretty attentive to my skin care on a regular basis. I typically use a complete regimen in the morning and night. This includes cleanser (I use oil based facial cleansers – which helps with dryness), toner, serum, and moisturizer. Although I have my standard products daily products, I add masks (charcoal mask for cleansing pores and balancing skin, and a smoothing Alpha-Hydroxy mask – both are quick ten minute masks). I also use an overnight peel (it’s a lotion) once or twice a week, however, with my drier than usual skin, I’ve been setting it aside until things return to normal.
Dry Skin Rx
When I began experiencing unusually dry skin on my face about a month ago and realized it wasn’t resolving on its own, something needed to change.
Enter facial oil.
If you haven’t yet incorporated facial oil into your skin care, consider it. I’ve been using facial oil, along with my usual daily moisturizers, for about a year. Facial oils have many benefits:
- they strengthen the skin barrier to trap moisture and hydrate the skin,
- they penetrate easily and deliver nourishment, antioxidants, and other beneficial ingredients,
- they do not clog pores,
- they’re very moisturizing and soothing to dry skin,
- they can be calming to reactive skin.
I’ve found a lot of relief from my dry skin with by applying facial oils morning and night, as well as gently patting oil on my face even on top of makeup.
Note: Any new skin care product should always be patch tested before integrating it into your routine. Even though a product may have clean, non-toxic ingredients, it could still contain in its formulation an ingredient that can be inflammatory to certain people, for example, coconut oil or citrus.
In addition to the focus on facial oil, I’ve been replacing my usual cleansing oil with an oil-based cleansing balm and using it as an overnight moisturizing mask (this balm product does double duty!). Additionally, I’ve been using a new AHA smoothing mask that, surprisingly, is very moisturizing.
Exfoliation sounds counter to remedying dry skin, but periodically sloughing off dead skin cells helps moisturizers absorb more effectively. Over-exfoliation can disrupt the skin barrier and cause increased dryness and irritation, so once or twice a week is enough. Exfoliate with a humectant (retains or preserves moisture) like glycolic or lactic acid.
I found this to be true when I used the AHA mask. The surface dryness was much improved and my skin felt very moisturized.
Don’t Forget Those Kissers!
Along with faces, lips are exposed to the elements 100% of the time. Keeping lips moisturized creates a protective barrier and keeps them covered (like a little blanket). It’s important to choose carefully and use a lip balm that has healthy ingredients. Some of the most common and well-known lip balms have ingredients that actually make lips feel drier and can be irritating.
Sunscreen in Winter? Oh Yes!
I know this isn’t news to you: Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. It’s just as important to protect your skin at this time of year as it is when the sun is beating down. Faces and hands are what are generally exposed during cold temps, so be sure you don’t forget about the sun protection. I use a face sunscreen as a base before I apply makeup. Additionally, I always apply sunscreen to the backs of my hands with a sunscreen stick. This is something a lot of people forget, but if you don’t yet have age spots on your hands, daily application of sunscreen may keep them spot free. Keep a stick in your car or in your purse so it’s easy to remember.
What Goes First?
When using a number of skin care products in a morning or nighttime routine, it’s often confusing to figure out which product goes on first.
The rule of thumb: Apply lightest weight products first, and then layer on the next heaviest/thickest. Think liquid to cream.
Also, first use the products with ingredients that are most important to penetrate the skin (like serums) and then finish with products that sit on the skin (like moisturizers and sunscreen).
Here’s the order I apply my products:
- Mineral Essence/Toner
- Facial Oil
If you’re interested in a more detailed account of my day and night anti-aging skin care routines, check out this post.
Beautycounter – Full Disclosure
I love Beautycounter skin care, no doubt about it, and for a lot of reasons. In the spirit of transparency: I’m an independent Beautycounter consultant. I do use 95% Beautycounter skin care products, but, believe me, if they didn’t perform, I’d be using something else.
I don’t talk about Beautycounter very much on this blog. But now and then I love to share about it because the products are amazing and the company is too. Read about what Beautycounter does, that no one else in the industry is doing, in addition to making safe and luxurious products here. Their reach goes far beyond formulating safe products, including advocating for better laws, supporting the planet with environmental initiatives, batch testings all formulations, and committing to be carbon free in a few short years.
If you’re interested in knowing exactly what products I use for my over 60 skin, I’ve listed them below. All products are linked so that you can learn more about how to use them and check out ingredients. With Beautycounter, you don’t have to wonder if what you’re using is safe – it is.
The products are available for purchase through my consultant site if you’re interested. If you’ve never ordered Beautycounter before and you want to, you are eligible for a 20% discount on most products with the code CLEANFORALL20. I’m happy to help with questions. Just comment below.
Interested in the products from this post? Here they are:
- Countertime Anti-Aging Line:
- Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm
- All Bright C Serum
- Facial Oils:
- Charcoal Facial Mask (not pictured but one of my favorites!)
- Overnight Resurfacing Peel
- AHA Soothing Facial Mask (available soon)
- Daily Sheer Defense for Face SPF 25 sunscreen
- Calendula Lip Conditioner (also available in Peppermint)
- Hydrating Body Lotion in Bright Grapefruit
- Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
Self Care Is Not Selfish
We have a bit more winter to face (no pun intended!). Make sure you are doing all you can to protect your skin.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on products. You can simply use natural products, like coconut oil, to safely care for your skin.