Happy Saturday! Has your skin been crazy dry lately because of winter? I have a lot of tried and true favorite hydrating skin, body, and yes even hair products to recommend to you in case you are looking for a few new products or just need general advice! This post was originally going to hit all categories – skin, body, and hair but I was honestly going into more detail than expected SO I am going to address skincare and body + hair next week. Here are 7 products to use this winter for any and all skin types:
#1 Hydrating Cleanser
It is pretty common for people to use different cleansers in the summer vs winter. If your skin is dry and sensitive then I definitely recommend finding a cleanser that suites your needs. I have talked about Fresh Soy Face Cleanser a few times before and I would recommend it for any skin type (even sensitive skin!)
#2 Gentle + Nourishing Exfoliant
I find this step to be an important but is often neglected or miss-understood! Having a great face scrub on hand to use 1-2x a week is a necessary part of your routine in the winter. Fresh Sugar Face Polish is a physical exfoliator that sloughs away dead skin, leaving skin soft and smooth. The formula also contains citrus oils in it so it allows your skin to stay hydrated too. Anther perk of exfoliating is it allows your treatments to be more effective on your skin.
#3 Hydrating Serum
Do you use a serum? I know I never used one until I started working at Blumercury 3 years ago but I’ve found a few favorites and haven’t looked back since. Serums are highly concentrated treatment based products that help correct specific concerns. Most contain hero ingredients that will work to solve your major skin concerns whether its acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, etc. If dry skin is a major concern you should look for products that contain B5 and/or Hyaluronic Acid. Both ingredients provide a optimal hydrating while plumping the skin at the same time. Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is an oil-free formula making it a great formula for those with oily skin (I love this product to use in the summer as it is cooling and I sometimes use it as a replacement to my moisturizer). Skinceuticals H.A Intensifier improves moisture levels by 30% and also works to plump and correct wrinkles. I have been using this product this winter and have been loving it!
#4 Thick Moisturizer
Sometimes I find that with all the products I use in steps 1-3, I hardly need a moisturizer but alas moisturizers are great for not only providing hydrating but also ensuring that your treatment based serums are locked in for optimal results. I’ve tried a lot of different moisturizers and my favorites always tend to be the pricier ones but I love La Mer Creme de la Mer and Natura Bisse The Cure Cream for winter. For lower price points, I also like Skinceuticals Emollience and Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream.
#5 Facial Oil
Similar to serums, I don’t think oils are an understood beauty category to the average consumer. Let me tell you though- I LOVE oils. I just think they are little miracle workers for your skin to drink right up! I usually wear mine at night but you can also apply for day or mix with your moisturizer if you have really dry skin during the day. The first oil I used is Darphin’s 8 Flower Nectar Oil and it is still my favorite oil I’ve used so far. I am currently using Chantecaille’s Rose de Mai Facial Oil which I have been loving so far too. Both of these oils offers a lot of hydration and plumps fine lines and wrinkles. Another oil I recommend for sensitive skin that is redness prone is Darphin Chamomile Oil.
Ok, retinol. It is a pretty intense ingredient for some skin types but I don’t know who wouldn’t want to reap the benefits of the power of retinol (except those that are pregnant or breastfeeding of course). Retinol is a technical cure-all to most common skin concerns: hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne. Retinol is a Vitamin A that prompts your skin cells to turn over faster which essentially sheds layers of dark spots that cause hyperpigmenation and clears up clogged pore that cause acne. Additionally it breaks down the collagen deprecation process and strengthens your skin so wrinkles don’t develop. Your skin will be flakey and might break out the first come times you use it. I would use once a week and be causes of the strength of the retinol you are using. I would start with 0.5% retinol, start my applying 1x per week, and moisturize on top of the treatment to prevent harsher reactions. Once your skin starts to get used to it you can add higher percentages (pretty sure the highest is 1% for buying in stores…for more you need to be prescribed) and increase the amount of times you use it per week. Your skin will probably get flaky and break out the first few weeks you use it but your skin will begin to clear up and get used to it. I’ve been using and loving Kate Somerville’s Retasphere Mico Peel lately. I also really like Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair.
#7 Hydrating Sheet Masks:
Think of masks as something you use when you want give your skin a little something extra if it needs it. Similar to retinol, I would only use a mask a few times a week. I probably use 1 mask per week…but I always reach for different kinds of masks depending on what my skin needs. Hydrating masks is a category of masks that can be used all year round. Hydrating sheet masks are great because they are easy to use and travel with you easily. Using them in the winter time for not only hydrating skin but calming redness and inflammation. Many of the Patchology masks are ideal for hydration. The Patchology Hydrate Mask and Eye Gels are two favorites.
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