Dry Skin Season

Alright everybody… it’s here! Dry skin season!

I wish this was a celebratory time, but we are all well aware of the dreaded season before spring. Not only is the weather annoying, but your skin also suffers during this time of year. Dryness, flakiness, and redness are among the issues that this chilly weather can cause. Twenty years young and I’m still searching for the perfect remedy for dry, flaky skin. I have not found the cure-all for this condition… but I have definitely discovered some products that help. I want to take the time today to explain my steps toward moisturized, healthy skin this winter.

#1… Water

I used to be really bad at drinking the standard 6-8 glasses of water a day… but I have come to find that the more water I drink, the better my skin looks. I know, this should be common sense. But honestly, I never thought something as basic as water could make such a difference. My complexion looks so much more alive and soft, compared to how fatigued and rough my skin used to look. I literally had to make myself chug glasses until it became a routine. So, if you have trouble hydrating enough on a daily basis like me, make sure to have a few extra glasses of water daily!

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Tea cups on deck. #stayhydrated

Peeling Gel 

If peeling and flaky, dry skin is a problem for you then you will be amazed at what a peeling gel can do for you!! I recently tried Peter Thomas Roth’s Firm X Peeling Gel and was absolutely blown away. You just apply a generous amount to your entire face and let it sit for a few seconds. Then, simply rub the gel in, and you will instantly see the dead skin peeling off right before your eyes (wow!). Wash your face after the gel application is completely rubbed in and a radiant, smooth complexion will be revealed!

Moisturizer

Having a reliable moisturizer is definitely a must in your skincare regimen. I typically use a drugstore facial lotion like CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, which is lightweight enough to be worn under makeup as well. The Cetaphil Daily Facial Moistuizer has a thinner consistency than the CeraVe, but basically moisturizes my skin just the same. I also like to use Clinique’s Moisture Surge lotion. I just love how it feels on my skin. It doesn’t leave my face feeling oily, only hydrated.

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It never hurts to go back to the basics. Here are all the products I mentioned above, plus Aquaphor (I use this on my skin when it’s REALLY chapped).

Hydrating Primer

After all of the cleansing and prepping of my skin, I will go on to prime my face for makeup application. I’ve recently discovered Hourglass’ No. 28 Priming Serum. This stuff is pure magic. It has 28 vitamins and minerals to help moisturize skin and add instant hydration. It also offers anti-aging benefits. It makes my skin look oily upon application, but it will soak into skin shortly after, I promise. Soon, a moisturized and healthy complexion will reappear! Seriously amazing. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, I would have to suggest trying out L’Oreal’s Magic Perfecting Base. This product won’t give you as much hydration as the Hourglass, but it will still serve as a moisturizer that will make your makeup last. Two great characteristics in one $12 jar. Sounds like a good plan to me.

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Here are some of my favorite products that I’ve been using to keep me feeling like it’s spring: Hourglass Primer Serum, Tocca Lotion in Simone aka Watermelon and Frangipani scented, and the new Tory Birch Jolie Fleur fragrances (sample size, of course).

As you can see… a lot goes in to keeping your skin looking fresh and moisturized during the winter season. Even by following this regimen, I still have days where I have a dry patch here and there. Sometimes even the best skincare product can’t fight against mother nature at 10 degrees. Regardless of that, drinking tons of fluid and making sure your skin is constantly moisturized will definitely make a difference. Try out my tips and products and don’t forget to stay hydrated (and warm)!!

Talk to you next time,

Alex B.

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