I would link up my winter skincare routine for your guys TODAY. So here it is. No frills, no fuss. Just a step-by-step with links. There are some steps here beyond my go-to skincare order that are specific for wintertime. I always keep Skincare section on my site updated with the current products I’m using!
If you want the bare minimum for good skincare it’s cleanse + vitamin c + sunscreen in the am and then cleanse + retinoid + moisturize in the pm.
However, if you want to take a deep dive, here are my current favorites for winter skincare!
Morning Skincare Routine
CLEANSE // I’ve been using this cleanser by Revision and have loved it!
EXFOLIATE // I have been exfoliating daily with these M-61 Power Glow Peels and swear that it has changed my skin along with the use of a steamer and BeautyBio (more on that in the nighttime section). I started three times a week and now do them every day.
If there is time here I will put on some eye patches! I love to keep these in the fridge & wear while I get my coffee.
TREAT // For my vitamin C I use SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF. I was using the C E Ferulic but found I was still breaking out. Phlorentin is better suited for people with acne but it doesn’t have as many anti-aging properties in it. This is also an excellent vitamin C! If you are going to splurge on one thing for skincare I would say do this and get a generic retin-a rx. I would also only buy from a reputable source because how a company stores vitamin C factors into the potency.
MOISTURIZE // I have been using this ELEMIS moisturizer lately and SWEAR by it for helping my skin retain hydration during the winter. It feels almost like a very lightweight gel lotion and seeps into your skin immediately. I love it. I also love this one by Obagi if you want something lightweight.
PROTECT // This is the sunscreen I wear every day! If I’m not dry and it’s not the winter then I will just wear this as a moisturizer and sunscreen in one.
Evening Winter Routine
In the winter, I will steam my face after I cleanse. I typically will stand over this steamer for 3-5 minutes while I’m brushing my teeth or scrolling Instagram. Steaming your face opens up your pores, allowing you to really get all the dirt out. But the real reason I do it is so that my Retin-A & creams can seep in and work harder! It also just feels awesome and is very relaxing! I think steaming has allowed my nighttime treatments to be even more effective.
EXFOLIATE // Once a week I double clean my face, make sure to remove any trace of makeup, tone and then dermaplane. Whenever I have time in the evenings, I will also use this GloPro here. I only added this to my skincare routine a couple weeks ago, but I think that this along with the M-61 Pads and the face steaming are really helping my skin this winter!
TREAT // At night I mix my retinoids (I use tretinoin, a generic retin-a). I started off at the lowest dose and now am up to .1%. You have to be prescribed the version I use and you can read more about retinoids here. Since I have discoloration and redness due to sun damage, I mix the retin-a with two different Obagi products on the back of my hand. The ones I use are an Rx form of this one and this one so the percentage of active ingredients is slightly more. A little dab of each will do!
MOISTURIZER // Winter is where moisturizer is most important to your skincare routine. I have been using this ELEMIS moisturizer at night as well but also love this one by Obagi if you want something lightweight. I also apply eye cream at night and eye serum if I have time. I love my eye serum from Tula but I also want to try this one! I personally can’t tell a huge difference from any of the eye creams that I have used but I do think that an eye serum helps a ton! Serums are thinner and can get into fine lines so maybe that is why! If I’m feeling really dry I will also sometimes sleep with this mask on!
I’m constantly trying new skincare products so it was hard to narrow this routine down but I have found myself using the products above consistently over the past few weeks of winter.