The winter months come with frizzy, static hair and dry skin. A true joy. Here’s how I combat the throws of winter.
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Cleanser: Apply one pump on dry skin and rub it into the surface of your face, avoiding the eyes. Then wet your hands and lather. It has an amazing cooling effect and wakes me right up.
Vitamin C Serum: I use this every morning post-cleanse. Vitamin C is great for brightening dull skin which is the story of my winter skin. I’ve seen a difference in the evening of my skin tone.
Day Lotion: This brightening lotion has diamond dust in it and is free from toxins, fillers, artificial colors, artificial fragrances, all synthetic chemicals, and GMOs. It also has age-defying agents that smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sun Screen: Speaking of age-defying, the best defense against aging skin is sunscreen – something we often forget about in the winter. UV rays can still get to your skin even on cloudy days. Making a habit out of ending your morning skincare routine with sunscreen will pay off big time in the long run.
Makeup Remover: This is the best makeup remover I’ve ever used. When people ask me what Glossier products they should start with, I always tell them the Milky Jelly Cleanser. I’ve reordered 5 times. Which I think I a record for me in reusing product. Apply to dry skin, rub into skin, and rinse off. It looks like your makeup is melting off of your face – weird but satisfying.
Cleanse and Treat: Another tried and true. I have used this product since it came out. And often double order since they run out of stock so often. My skin is a bit sensitive, so I only use it at night. If you have especially oily skin I suggest using it both morning and night. I love it because it makes my skin feel ultra clean and gets any makeup I might have missed the first time around cleansing. I suggest integrating it into your routine slowly because of its stripping agents or only use it on your oilier areas, like the t-zone. Be sure to moisturize after this product.
Lactic Acid Treatment: This product is worth the hype. I need lactic acid in my routine because it clarifies and smooths my skin. This product is likely so expensive because of the dense amount of lactic acid. The good news is that it lasts so long and you see the results quickly. Although lactic acid is an exfoliant that helps clean clogged pores, this formula is rather soothing. I also love how I can feel it working on spots I know are clogged, like acne flare-ups.
Night Cream: After all of this stripping of the pores, I like to use a heavy moisturizer so I don’t get flakey. I’ve been loving Glossier’s lately. The smell is heavenly! I layer this thick in the winter time as if its a sleeping mask. When I wake up in the morning my face is clean and so plump from all the moisturizer.
Exfoliation from SkinCeuticals: When my skin is dry and flakey or I have an especially oily spot I can’t get rid of, I use this exfoliant to scrub away stubborn skin. I love this formula because it uses tiny microbeads instead of the larger exfoliating beads you typically see in exfoliants, which is much more efficient and easier on the skin.
Drying Lotion from Mario Badescu: My zit killer!! This formula is amazing if you know how to use it. Despite what your instincts tell you, and based off of the separation of fluids, don’t shake this bottle!! Just stick a q-tip directly into the bottle, getting the pink mixture at the bottom of the tip. Then spot-tread your zits. I am telling you they will be gone after a good night’s sleep with this zit cream on.
Glam Glow Mask: This mask is amazing for hyperpigmentation which basically means your skin tone is uneven. It has lactic acid and vitamin e to brighten your skin as well as salicylic acid for acne-prone skin.
Brighten Mask from Herbivore: this natural, vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free mask is another good one for brightening skin tones. Gentile enzymes from fruit like papaya and pineapple exfoliate the skin while aloe vera, rice powder, and rose distillates soothe and brightens.
Shampoo: No Frizz shampoo is a necessity in the winter. I love the smell of Living Proof and I love how well the products work together. Which is why my winter hair care routine consists of all Living Proof products.
Deep Conditioning Mask: Every other wash, I use this hair mask. I apply it all over from root to tip and squeeze out excess water. I typically leave it on for enough time to shave my legs and wash the bod. Be sure to thoroughly rinse to avoid looking greasy. I love this mask because it restores your hairs natural moisture levels.
Leave-in Conditioner: The days I don’t use the mask, I don’t use conditioner at all. I know that sounds crazy in the winter time, but this leave-in conditioner and hair oil (below) combo gives me just the right amount of moisture. I apply a dollop to wet hair right after the shower.
Hair Oil: I apply the Living Proof Nourishing Oil to the tips and middle of my hair. Be sure to comb through once these moisturizing products. I let my hair air-dry and the result is strong yet silky-soft locks.
Second-Day Hair Saver: This product is crazy. I use it on second-day hair that needs added shine. It smoothes frizzy, static hair and also protects against UV rays (so it will last you till the summer). I save this product as a finishing touch, perfect for the post-turtleneck-sweater static hair.