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Winter months usually leave my skin a bit on the dry side. Over the past few years, I’ve been trying out different types of products to help keep my skin hyrdrated during the winter months. This season, I have really noticed an improvement and wanted to share a few products and tips on how to prevent dry winter skin that have worked for me.
OILS – I’m a big fan of face oils year round. During other seasons, I try to use them about twice a week. For winter I doubled that with around 4 days of use. I apply them in the evening. I think this was one of the biggest contributors to my skin staying so hydrated this season. I have a few favorites, but my current one is this anti-aging one. I always think fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable when my skin is dry, so I figured adding in some anti-aging goodies would only improve the look of my skin during the winter.
HYDRATING FACE MASKS – I’ve tried a varieties of face masks during the winter months. My best results came from using a hydrating or moisturizing mask 1-2 times a week. One of my top hydrating masks is the Hydro Boost sheet masks. I rotate between the hydrating one and a purifying one for days I want a little extra cleaning. These suction to your face pretty well and stay in place. After I take the mask off, my skin feels so soft and smooth!
BEAUTY WATER – I switched out my microneedling tool for this beauty water during the winter months. Tatcha’s The Essence seemed to offer similar features as microneedling by helping your skincare products better absorb. I wrote a whole blog post about my experience with this product a few weeks ago if you want to read more! In addition to enhanced product absorption, the essence also gives a hydration boost. (Noticing a theme to my product faves – it’s all about hydrating!)
HYDRATING MOISTURIZERS – I switched out my morning face lotion for this gel one. It promises 72 hours of hydration! It’s super lightweight and feels more like a serum than a moisturizer when applying. I really like the lightweight feel, and I could also feel my skin soaking it in. I had no issues using this under my makeup. Once I switched to this product in the mornings, I noticed a difference in my skin throughout the day and definitely think it keeps my skin hydrated all day as promised.
HYDRATING SERUMS – On nights that I did not use an oil, I opted for this hydrating serum. You can use it stand alone or mix it with other serums to help lock them in. I usually use this with my retinol, but tried it out with a Vitamin C Serum with pretty good results.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING DRY SKIN:
Outside of adding in all the hydrating products to my skincare routine this winter, I also focused on taking a break from other items that could dry out my skin. One key product I passed on this winter was a retinol. While I think a retinol delivers great results, it can sometimes have a drying effect on my skin. Not a problem during the summer, but something I didn’t want in months when my skin is already on the drier side.
I also opted for gentler exfoliating products. Instead of exfoliating masks with beads, I opted for smooth charcoal masks. I did still want some kind of exfoliating, so a few days a week I would use a face brush in the shower with my face wash. It felt super gentle and left me with that smooth feeling I attain from masks with exfoliating beads. I used the face mitt from this set, but I found similar ones online.
Last, I made sure to drink plenty of water! It’s the ultimate hydrator! What tips and products do you use to prevent dry skin in the winter?? Share in the comments below!
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