My Winter Skincare Routine Step By Step
Turning 24 earlier this month has opened my eyes when it comes to skin care. It seems like I’m noticing more wrinkles and creases than I did last year. I’m also in an awkward between stage because I also still get acne. My skincare routine is pretty simple, although I wanted to share with you how I take care of my skin. I also understand how unhappy it is to be uncomfortable in your skin. Hopefully, this post will help someone out there!
About My Skin
I have combination skin, but generally, it is more on the dry side. I have very fair skin, so I tend to get redness around my cheeks. My acne scars and scarring on my forehead are super noticeable. My skin can also be sensitive.So, you know I have a great time in the winter. *rolls eyes*
Step 1: Makeup Remover
For me, something feels wrong about putting a cleanser to a full face of makeup. I like to use makeup wipes or even coconut oil to remove the paint first. I highly recommend coconut oil because most wipes and other removers dry out the skin as they contain high amounts of alcohol.
Step 2: Cleanser
I remember using this cream cleanser by Clean & Clear back in high school and loved it. Since Winter has started, running in the cold has taken a toll on my skin. I switch my facial wash up and use a more gentle formula in the morning. The Aveeno ultra-calming cleanser is awesome for sensitive skin. I use the Clean & Clear at night, especially if I have makeup on. This cleanser goes on creamy and oily but doesn’t wash off greasy. Even if I notice a pimple or two, a few washes with this cleanser and they are gone.
Step 2: Exfoliant
No matter what skin type you have, you should be exfoliating at least once a week. This helps prevent breakouts by getting rid of dead skin cells, dirt and oil. I am using an apricot scrub by St. Ives. You can also use something as simple as sugar to scrub your face with a few times week.
Step 4: Toner
I used to be incredibly confused about toners. But they are actually pretty simple and give your skin lots of benefits. I use an astringent after I cleanse and exfoliate to remove any excess residue the products leave behind. Toners also stimulate blood circulation and balance pH levels of the skin.
Step 5: Moisturizer
My favorite moisturizer is the Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming. It’s lightweight enough for day and night time use. It spreads on my face smooth and hydrates any dry areas.