You Need an Actual Winter Skincare Regimen
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As the seasons change from fall to winter, the moisture in the environment dissipates and it becomes much drier. Because of that, your skin’s moisture barrier is at risk which can affect your skin’s texture and complexion.
You might be asking, “Can’t I just use what I used during the summer? Won’t the products be the same?”. Yes and no. Technically, you can use your summer products during the winter, but because these products are so thin and light for the humid summer weather, they just won’t help in the dry weather that accompanies the winter months. And although products that are easily absorbed are great, you need something more substantial and moisturizing to keep your skin happy and healthy during the winter season.
Therefore, heavier products that are more moisturizing are often the better choice during this time. So if you need a winter skincare regimen, look no further. Here are my morning and nighttime skincare routines that I use and recommend.
Step 1: Cleanser
Starting with the Herbal Gentle Cleanser, this ultra-gentle cleanser is made up of licorice (which is great for hyperpigmentation and works as an anti-inflammatory agent) as well as calendula (widely known for its antifungal, antibacterial, and soothing properties) which is great for people with acne-prone and sensitive skin.
It offers a deep, but gentle cleanse so as not to overly-strip your skin without being too delicate.
However, if you have dry skin during the winter and you feel you don’t need a morning cleanse, I recommend that you skip this step and move onto the second step of the routine.
Step 2: Toner
Next is the Herbal Liposomal Toner. Made with calendula extract, sodium hyaluronate (a concentrated form of hyaluronic acid—known for its water retention abilities), and glycerin (a magnificent moisturizing agent), this toner packs a punch in terms of moisture and hydration. Pour some toner into the palm of your hand and then gently pat into your face, neck, and chest.
If you skipped cleansing, use the toner twice. First, use a toner-soaked cotton round and wipe everything down, and then you can follow the direction above. This way, you can “cleanse” and prep your skin to better absorb your products.
Step 3: Serums
Next, I recommend using the Herbal Vitamin C Serum to help brighten and protect your precious skin from free-radicals. Vitamin C is a great way to help with any hyperpigmentation or discoloration you may have as well as promote collagen production—one of the proteins in your skin and body responsible for elasticity—so your skin remains young and supple.
If you’d like to ease into using Vitamin C, I recommend using the Firming Antioxidant Serum. You’ll still get the benefits such as the stimulation of your skin’s metabolic activity, as well as protection against free-radicals without the higher concentration of Vitamin C!
Step 4: Moisturizer
If your skin is still a little dry, use the Herbal Antiwrinkle Moisturizer. It contains glycerin, shea butter, Vitamin E (an amazing free-radical scavenger), and ubiquinone (extremely effective in free-radical reduction and increasing antioxidant capacity—helping with aging skin), so it is amazing at keeping your skin moisturized while also fighting off free-radicals and pollutants throughout your day.
Step 5: Sunscreen
Finish with sunscreen to fight against the damaging UV rays that can cause aging and skin cancer.
Step 1: Cleanser & Toner
Whether or not you wear makeup, your skin needs a proper nightly cleanse since it develops oils and attracts environmental pollutants that dirty your pores. To prevent unwanted acne and accelerated aging use the Herbal Gentle Cleanser to get clean and happy skin.
Once you’ve cleansed, use the Herbal Liposomal Toner to prep step for your skin for the rest of your skincare products. Think of your skin like a sponge—it always absorbs products better when it’s already damp.
Step 2: Serums or Night Cream
While you can use your Herbal Vitamin C Serum or Firming Antioxidant Serum during this step, if you need something heavier, I recommend either the Ageless ND or the Ageless Boost cream.
These products aren’t just moisturizers. They have true anti-aging actives with high concentrations of NAD-forming ingredients such as Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) and Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN), which are essential in DNA repair, i.e. anti-aging. Not only that, but they also have ceramides—fatty acids that are essential for keeping your skin hydrated and happy. I recommend that anyone who is starting to see their wrinkles set in (around 35 years old and older) use this product to turn back the clock.
If you’re not super concerned with aging, but still want an amazing moisturizer that helps with some fine lines here and there, I recommend either the Sea Kelp Moisturizer to help your skin recover from the environmental stressors or the DÃNA Night Cream formulated with extravagant mango and cocoa butter for that much needed deep nourishment.
Step 3: Hydrating Mask
Last but certainly not least is the Blue Hydrating Mask. Rich with aloe vera (a well-known anti-inflammatory and moisturizing ingredient), hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and niacinamide (widely known to regulate oil, treat hyperpigmentation, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles to name a few), the Blue Hydrating Mask acts as an amazing moisture boost for your skin for those harsh winter months. Just mix this mask with your night cream or apply as your last step and wake up with supple and moisturized skin. Get the mask that works overtime so your skin doesn’t have to.
P.S. If you’re ever questioning in what order to apply your skincare, you should always go from the lightest to the heaviest product. This way each product you use can thoroughly soak into your skin.
Now that you know what to use and how to use them, you should be well-equipped to fight off the weather and your skin should thrive during these dry winter months. Happy skincare!