Cold weather can wreak havoc on our skin. That dry, flakey feeling is a far cry from the smooth, bronzed glow of the summer. And for those with sensitive skin, the winter can be especially daunting.
My skin has always been a challenge. It’s sensitive and acne prone. I’ve posted before about products that I (and my skin!) have tried and love, but I am a firm believer in having a skin care routine.
The most important thing to note if you have skin like mine is to always keep it clean. Yes, that means removing all of your makeup before bed and washing your face with a gentle cleanser.
1. Remove makeup with Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes. I have been using these for years, and they work very well. They take off my foundation and eye makeup, have a mild fragrance, and leave no residue on my face.
2. Wash face with a mild cleanser. After removing my makeup, I follow up with either Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash or Stila’s Coming Clean Revitalizing Gel Cleanser. Both work well, but I have been relying on Stila’s cleanser for the past year — and it is amazing. Sulfate-free and ideal for sensitive skin, it has a delicate aroma and leaves my face smooth and clean.
3. Finishing touches: Now that my face is clean (and getting dry with the cold weather), I like to use a moisturizer before bed. It took me a while before I discovered one that did not make me break out, but Stila’s Face the Day Moisturizing Gel Cream has worked wonders. It gives me the moisture I need but avoids the greasy feel that will clog my pores.
My morning routine consists of washing my face with Stila’s cleanser before applying my makeup. If my skin needs an extra boost, I mix Stila’s moisturizer in with my foundation.
One of my favorite finds is Aveda’s Outer Peace Cooling Masque. This is a great plant-based mask to use once or twice a week to help calm irritated skin and remove redness. Whenever I use it, it makes me feel as though I just had a facial.
That’s my regimen for keeping vibrant skin all winter long. I would love to hear what works for you and what your skin care routine includes!