It’s the dead of winter, the time when skin turns dull and dry just like the air outside. The leaves are gone, and the world is frozen over. It’s my least favorite time of the year. Christmas is over, but the bitter cold and snow remain, causing 3 (or more) months of being cooped up inside, wishing for the sun.
During this time of the year, skin can turn cracked and dry. But just because the world outside is dreary, doesn’t mean your skin needs to be.
Here are the products and tricks that I use in my daily skincare routine to bring new life to my sensitive skin and combat winter dreariness.
1. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
A French skin care essential – yes, micellar water really is a miracle product. I tried it one day and never looked back. This one doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes, or dyes. It doesn’t cause me to break out like other micellar waters can. It cleanses, removes makeup, and hydrates skin by 90% while packing it full of vitamins. I put some on a cotton round and wipe it all over my face when I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. I don’t rinse my face afterwards, which took me a minute to get used to, but now I love it. It hydrates so well that I don’t need to use lotion afterwards. Win!
2. Origins A Perfect World
Origins can’t go wrong. I’m a big fan of their products, and this is one in particular is my favorite. It’s an antioxidant moisturizer. Silver tip white tea protects skin against aging, and Edelweiss and White Birch hydrate and protect the skin’s moisture barriers. A necessity for winter weather.
3. Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Although not the original Pond’s formula, I can’t get enough of this cream. After putting it on, I notice that my skin looks different – less dull, more radiant. It contains an AHA called lactic acid. An AHA is an “alpha-hydroxy acid,” a natural compound that removes dead skin cells and increases collagen and skin thickness. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that improves skin health. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my skin since starting this.
4. Drink plenty of water
I know you saw this one coming. We’re mostly water, aren’t we? Water removes toxins from our bodies, and helps to break down nutrients from the food we eat and carry them throughout the body – including to our skin. It increases skin elasticity and enhances our complexion by keeping skin cells hydrated. Some argue that drinking water is more important than any of the creams or products that we use.
My hottest obsession right now is cold-pressed juice. It contains so many nourishing vitamins that are good for skin health. Vitamin C helps to produce collagen and heal damaged skin. Vitamin E helps to absorb the sun’s harmful rays. Vitamin K helps to speed up skin healing. Beta-carotene gives the skin a nice glow. Beta-carotene is the compound that gives some fruits and vegetables their color – it is what makes carrots orange, and tomatoes red. Have you ever heard of someone who ate so many carrots that they turned orange? This isn’t a myth… but this could actually benefit you. Oxford University found that eating fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene actually make you more attractive to the opposite sex by making you “glow.” See the discussion here.
6. Don’t shower every day
Overwashing your body and face and standing underneath hot water every day causes dry, damaged skin. It strips skin of its natural oils, which is the last thing you want to do in the cold, dry air of winter. If you can’t skip shower days, try lukewarm showers every now and then. Your skin will thank you.
If you’re on a budget and can’t afford these products, a cheaper option would be to use the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, a drugstore face cream, a cream or toner with AHAs in it (salicyclic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, or citric acid), and to drink lots of water, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and skip a shower every now and then. I recommend these products because I love them, but I know that buying products can get expensive. Healthy skin is possible on a budget too.