If you're not in NY right now, you're lucky. I have literally never experienced anything like it in NY and I've been here uhhh, forever. I went outside yesterday with a pair of long johns under my lined snow pants, with a long sleeve and a hoodie plus obviously a floor length puffer jacket and yes, I was still cold. My phone went from 70% to dead because it was so fucking cold. Anyways, this weather isn't kind on skin. So I'm here to provide you with what I've been doing to my face to keep that summer glow in the depths of an east coast winter.
I'll start my routine with the early morning. So I rise and shine for work right, half asleep I use a organic cotton pad with Witch Hazle to prep my face for everything about to come. I have used the lavender, rosepetal, and cucumber Witch Hazel toners.. I liked them all, I liked cucumber the best. I don't exactly know why I just do. Also, be sure you're getting the alcohol free toner as the astringent can be super drying to your skin. Unless you have oily skin, then maybe it'll be better. Who knows. After I clean my face with the Witch Hazel I spray it with Rosewater. I've started to use the Rosewater with Glycerin because I've found it makes my skin glow and look a little more.. youthful. I then hop in the shower and when I get out I use my favorite thing in the world...
My holy grail of all products is this Vitamin C lotion I got from Whole Foods, I've been using it religiously for probably a year now. It's by Avalon Organics, it's called intense defense. It's a thicker cream, but doesn't leave my face oily or anything. Usually I use it before I go to sleep, and it's been great for getting rid of acne scars. However, during the winter I've been putting it on in the morning to keep my skin from flaking. When that product soaks into my skin, I use some Farsali drops on my skin to further create a barrier between my skin and the cold. I don't wear make-up during the week, but when I do I mix these drops with my foundation.
That concludes my morning routine. So I work work work all day, if my skin feels oily I use NYX blotting papers. Love. Then I get home and wash my face. If I had make-up on, I remove it with a micellar make-up removing wipe. I use some Drunk Elephant No.9 Jelly Cleanser, and this stuff is so gentle and leaves my skin spotless. About every other day, sometimes every third day: I massage the cleanser with my Foreo Mini. Which I LOVE, it stays clean and really helps exfoliate. My boss told me not to use it everyday per her facialist, so I listened. When I've washed that stuff off my face, I use my Witch Hazel toner again.
After my face is nice and clean, I apply my new holy grail product. I got this product from Sephora as a sample and I literally went out a bought it after. It changed the texture of my face and finally gave me that poreless look. My skin is thankful for Sunday Riley Good Genes. It helps exfoliate dead skin and when I have a break out, it literally fades within a couple of days thanks to this stuff. After I apply Good Genes, I follow it up with the brightening water cream by Sunday Riley.. I've never used this by itself so honestly I can't say exactly what it does but I do wake up in the morning with glorious skin so I guess it's not too bad.
That's my whole routine, and my skin has really thanked me for it. A little extra; when it's that time of the month and I'm breaking out I apply Mario Badescu drying lotion to my pimples and that combined with the Good Genes clears up my skin almost instantly. My skin never flakes, it's hydrated, and on the weekends it holds make-up well. Also, I've been using Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm and it literally creates a shield against the cold, no chapped lips live in this house.
I've had problem skin for years and finally shit is getting under control. At the height of my outbreaks I stopped washing my skin with water and that was the first step to resetting my skin, so if you're really going through it maybe start there. Also, cutting out dairy will change your skin. Don't know why but it does. I'm always down to talk about skin care and products so feel free to DM me or leave a comment if you have any questions or comments or anything.
Stay warm friends.