Winter Skin Care Products To Start Using Right Now

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By Jackie Ellin

For me, winter doesn’t make my cheeks nice and rosy as much as it makes them red and raw. Unlike summer, where you can slap on some toner, moisturizer, and spf, winter requires a bit more TLC, a winter weather upgrade.

Here are 5 products you should be using, but might not be, to help heal and protect your skin:

Face Oil

Sometimes regular moisturizer just isn’t enough to combat winter air. A good face oil, like the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, adds beneficial fatty acids to help heal, moisturize, and protect skin from pollution and the elements. Oils help protect and repair your skin’s moisture barrier which, when damaged, can lead to dryness, redness, zits, etc. I prefer to apply oil at night after my serum and before my moisturizer, as it is a little heavy looking on the skin. However, after taking a particularly hot (and long) shower (which I do way too often in the winter), I’ll apply it to damp skin and gently massage to return the oils that were stripped away, and it feels luxurious.

Healing Balm

Dry, chapped lips look as terrible as they feel and finding a holy grail lip balm is harder than it seems. Luckily, everyone’s favorite Millennial beauty company Glossier has created one of the best petroleum based balms in the Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve. This stuff is serious. It is so thick it’s hard to squeeze from the tube and a little goes a long way. Any extra that’s left after I apply to my lips I use on my cuticles. In my opinion, the rose scented version is even better than Smith’s Rosebud Salve, and lasts twice as long.

Acid Toner

With freezing wind and winter air, your skin is more prone to drying and flaking. Adding an exfoliant will buff away dead skin cells faster and more gently than physical exfoliants like scrubs.  When every product under the sun tells you that it’s the secret to instant, glowing skin, there’s nothing quite like finding a product that lays it it you straight and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel is everything. It is a BHA that is formulated to the correct ph so it exfoliates, smooths, and brightens skin. Your skin will thank you as your oils and moisturizers absorb more easily and your flakes disappear.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a superstar in skincare. It’s an antioxidant that is clinically proven to reduce redness, hyperpigmentation, and help smooth out the surface of your skin. Paula’s Choice has great Vitamin C products, but I’m currently using Glossier’s Super Glow, a water based serum (more like an essence in a dropper) and is relatively inexpensive. For more higher-end, Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment are top-notch. It’s a powerful, but temperamental, ingredient, so store it in a cool, dry place with limited light exposure to prevent the product from breaking down.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most powerful anti-aging product and you should never ever stop wearing sunscreen just because it’s cold outside. UV rays penetrate deep into your skin and snow can exacerbate it as it reflects off the surface and back to your face. Whether it be physical or chemical, make sure it offers broad spectrum protection. Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 (SPF should be 30 or higher) is a good choice, but the slight tint could be troublesome for some skin tones, though I find it dries so sheer I can’t tell (I’m very pale).  La Roche-Posay and Neutrogena also provide good options. If you’re feeling adventurous, research Asian sunscreen options (I’m currently using Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen) as they are a bit more technologically advanced than US sunscreens, which are classified as a drug, meaning innovation moves slower. It is possibly the most important part of your routine, and should never be skipped.


Jackie is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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