Every year, winter comes along and I always think that my oily skin is prepared to take it on full force. Every year, I’m proven wrong. The cold, dry, winter air just dries out my normally hydrated skin SO much and leaves it in desperate need for moisture. I try to look like a radiant, glowing, dumpling à la Nam Vo, but end up looking like a scaly monster. Luckily, I have a few tried and true products that help retain my skin’s moisture barrier and keep my skin looking fresh and glowy even on the coldest of days – read on to see my top five products that are saving my skin from this winter!
As someone with typically normal-to-oily skin, the idea of slathering on a thick, emollient cream is the last thing on my to-do list. BUT, something about the dryness of winter has me craving something just like this product. Formulated without synthetic preservatives/fragrances, parabens, or phthalates, this all-natural, cruelty-free moisturizer does exactly what it claims.
After liberally applying Skin Food, my skin instantly looks glowy, plump, and well moisturized. It smells vaguely of orange juice(?) but in a refreshing, relaxing kind of way. The smell fades after it sinks into your skin, so don’t be alarmed. Depending on how dry my skin is, I will use this morning and night after letting my other products work. It’s very soothing and gentle, and I haven’t experienced any breakouts or clogged pores. Plus, for only $10 in a gorgeous green tube, it’s worth the try!
Formulated with 96% snail mucin, this product is like a drink of water for your skin. I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out! Snail mucin, extracted from the secretions of snails, “prevents dryness and makes the skin look dewy, with fewer allergenic ingredients than our current anti-aging armamentarium,” according to Anna Guanche, a cosmetic dermatologist. (The Strategist).
It sounds really weird, but I seriously rely on this product to help other products absorb into my skin. Since it’s an essence, I would not recommend using it as a moisturizer since it won’t provide that much hydration, but instead use it so that your moisturizer will sink in better to your skin and help achieve a glowy, dewy look!
We can’t forget about our lips in the winter – I don’t know about you, but having chapped lips is not only one of the most annoying feelings in the world, but also seriously gross looking. When I have chapped lips, I’m always so conscious that people are looking at them. This lip balm is super nourishing and hydrating and smells like roses with a hint of citrus. I love keeping one everywhere – my purse, my bathroom, and even on my nightstand so I can always apply when I need a little moisture or if I’m on the go.
Something that also helps with chapped lips is making sure to exfoliate the dead skin away – I always brush my lips with my toothbrush after brushing my teeth! This will make your lip balm apply more smoothly and help keep your lips looking supple and moisturized.
I picked up a sample size of this at the Birchbox store in SoHo two years ago. After the sample ran out, I kind of forgot about it but recently found it was being sold at Ulta and was stoked to give it another try. I remembered why I loved it – it’s super soft, creamy, and hydrating and smells really fresh and clean. It also helps that it gives your skin a gorgeous radiant glow and actually moisturizes your skin; a two-in-one makeup product is awesome for winter! I love wearing this alone or with makeup on top – you really can’t go wrong either way. I also love that it has SPF in it.
Growing up, my parents always used humidifiers in every room of the house once winter came around. Since coming to college, I always forget to use one and wondered why my skin always felt so dehydrated in the winter. I got this one from Amazon, but honestly, any humidifier that works for you will do just fine. I like this one because it changes colors, is a pretty wood color and can also hold essential oils – it really is a multitasker.
Humidifiers are great for your skin because they add much-needed moisturizer back to the air which will help keep your skin hydrated. According to dermatologist Dendy Engelman: “Low humidity levels degrade the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which can lead to flaking, cracking, and peeling,” (Allure), which is why you should be adding a humidifier to your Amazon cart, like, now.
There you have it – my top five products for maintaining glowy, dewy skin in the winter! I also suggest staying well-hydrated and getting enough sleep – the basis of any skincare routine. What are some of your favorite ways to beat the cold? Comment below!
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