Winter is such a wonderful time of the year (because it finally starts to feel like fall in the south). The holidays, post-season football games, the crisp, refreshing air – it doesn’t get better than that! But the down side is that as the air dries up, so does our skin, which can make skincare routines more complicated and intense.
As many of you know, I have chronic adult acne (see my post over my skin type here!), so on top of trying to keep my skin smooth and hydrated, I also have to tiptoe around certain products that might make me breakout.
HOWEVER, this winter will be different for me because after several months of contemplation, I finally discussed starting Accutane with my dermatologist. I’m excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this struggle I’ve had with my acne, but the major side effect is dry skin, which means I’m really going to have to stay on top of my winter skincare routine, especially moisturizing.
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e x f o l i a t e
This is probably the biggest no-brainer there is. Facial scrubs are the easiest go-to when it comes to dry, flaky skin which can get really annoying while trying to apply makeup during the wintertime. Plus, there are so many additional benefits to exfoliating – healthy glowing skin, minimizes pores, reduces acne, hides wrinkles, allows for better absorption of other products, and improves tans + even, balanced skin tone (BIOEFFECT).
Some of my favorite exfoliating products include:
- Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age-Defying Exfoliator
- St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub (deep) & Pink Lemon + Mandarin Orange Scrub (moderate)
- O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face
- Whish Renewing Mud Mask
m o i s t u r i z e
Another no-brainer. Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated is important if you want to avoid stiff, itchy skin. Moisturizer helps lock water into your skin, keeping your skin looking and feeling plump (it’s generally best to apply while your face is damp or you’re just out of the shower – this goes for full body moisturizing, too!) Taking proper care of your skin cells help ensure proper functioning which includes the formation of new, happy skin cells, which overall will help with aging (BirchBox).
Some of my favorite moisturizing products include:
- Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Lotion (Salicylic Acid 2%) – available in drug stores
- CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
- Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask
h u m i d i f y
The air itself dries out during the winter, and heaters + space heaters also blast out dry, warm air. Utilize steam and humidifiers during the cold winter months to moisten the air and help keep your skin from drying out (WebMD).
h y d r a t e
Dry skin can be a indicator of dehydration. Although it’t not sweltering outside anymore, drinking plenty of water can help rehydrate your skin and is still important for overall health (WebMD).