An Uncomplicated Life Blog: December 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020

Winter Skincare Routine

Dry, cold weather calls for a change in your skincare routine. Here are my favorite products and how I use them in cold weather months to care for my skin

Winter is back. Again. My least favorite season. Growing up in Minneapolis, all I saw was snow for some 26 odd years and froze for at least half the year. I maxed out on winter from my tenure there. Anyway, low and behold, here we are again in winter and while I don't live in as miserable a climate now, there still are cold days down here in Dallas. And with colder days comes winter skin, no matter where you live. Cold, dry air unsurprisingly dries out your skin too. These are some of my favorite products for combating winter skin issues. A few slight product changes can really improve your winter skincare routine.

This is hands down my favorite product I own! It's so rich and lightly scented with lavender and primrose essential oils. When you've got dry winter skin - especially elbows, knees and knuckles made raw from so many hand washes/sanitizer applications. This product is extremely rich and nourishing. It's small enough to fit in your bag/purse and since it's in a stick, it's easy to apply whether you're getting out of the shower or applying it on your hands while stopped at a red light. Seriously, your winter skin needs this product! I'm not much of a "product pusher" in terms of what I blog about and endorse, so when I say something like this, I mean it. Get yourself this lotion bar. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me talk about this lotion bar a few times, and it's because it's THAT good. 

Second favorite product! This one is formulated just a tad differently for your face. It's rich, but it absorbs into the skin quickly. I put it on first thing out of the shower (or after I wash my face at night) and let it sit for about 5 minutes before I rub it into my skin. Then I apply my makeup (I don't wear much - check out this two minute makeup routine I have that simplifies your makeup and shortens your morning routine) My makeup doesn't go into my creases and I've gotten multiple comments from strangers that my skin was "glowing" after I started using this lotion bar.

This is a secret not many people know... But dry brushing not only helps you exfoliate your skin (extra important in the winter when the dry air causes dead, dry skin) but it's a circulation boost. That circulation and stimulation to your skin has been proven to reduce cellulite! Dry brushing your tummy, thighs and bottom is not only good for your skin, but it's a cost effective way to help reduce visible lumps and bumps to smooth out your skin. It's good for your body and far cheaper than liposuction (and um, far less invasive). I do it in a circular motion while my shower heats up, then I jump in and wash off any dead skin cells I brushed off. It's easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

Winter skin is notorious for being dull, and this serum helps brighten it up. The lotion bar helps to moisturize your skin and give you a glowing complexion, but this takes it to the next level by firming the skin, brightening it up, and leveling out the tone without clogging your pores or feeling greasy. I know I've broken out from a ton of serums I've tried, or they've just been too greasy to be able to apply makeup over. Not this one! Plus, it smells divine,

Winter skincare takes a bit  more time and planning, but you can easily have great skin year round if you put in a bit more effort and get the right products. Dryness is the major issue to combat, and if you're in a cold winter climate, you've got to stay on top of it to keep your skin healthy and keep yourself comfortable. Basic lotions don't work. Most of them contain water as the first ingredient, and that's only drying out your skin more. These winter skincare routine products don't contain ANY water - they're made from organic beeswax and are scented with botanicals and essential oils. They've made a world of difference for my skin. Try them and see for yourself!