While December temperatures haven’t exactly reached frigid lows, dreaded winter weather will be here sooner than we know it. And as we begin to ward away the winter cold with indoor heat and bundles upon bundles of layers, our skin can become dry and chapped from the constant exposure to the drying heat, and not to mention the icy cold air.
To maintain healthy winter-ready skin, exfoliation is one crucial step to add to your routine. But as routinely you shed away dead and flaking skin, it’s also important to replenish your face with essential hydration as well. Failing to moisturize can only leave your skin dehydrated, and not to mention plagued with fine lines and wrinkles overtime. Yikes!
For better (and easier!) moisturization habits, it’s wise to introduce some hydrating creams and products to your daily regimen, being that they can keep skin supple, and not to mention buttery smooth. Not sure what kind of toners and lotions to invest in? Here’s seven hydrating essentials, sure to beat the winter chill.
For A Hydrating Cream
Unlike your spring and summer creams, which offer lightweight and effective moisture, winter creams are often thicker in consistency. So, to use such creams properly, you’ll want to layer them over serums and facial oils, throughout the day.
For an intensively moisturizing product that lasts for a complete 16 hours, the firming and hydrating La Prairie Time Release Moisture Intensive Cream ($127.99), can be applied on your face both day, and night.
For A Superpowered Toner
Even your daily toners can provide moisturizing benefits essential for healthy skin function. For a moisturizing boost that won’t irritate sensitive skin types, trust the Chanel Lotion Douceur Gentle Hydrating Toner ($48.99) to give skin that silky and noticeably smoother feel.
For Softening Serum
To give your creams a helping hand, the Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum ($89.99) brings nourishing aloe, antioxidants and Vitamins right to your complexion.
For A Moisturizing Facial Treatment
Aside from creams and serums, facial treatments like masks can perk up dried and dehydrated skin in no time. But being that dried skin can also be extremely sensitive (and painful), it’s important to treat your skin with caution.
For a mask that won’t leave your complexion sore and irritable, the Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment ($58.99) leaves your face glowing, and free of unbearable dryness.
For Softer Lips
Like most parts of our face, our lips are not immune from frustrating dryness. So to keep your pucker supple and totally kissable, use the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Tube ($22.99), for maximum protection at all times
Being that the skin around your eyes is the thinnest, it’s important to treat your peepers to some essential moisture. For an eye cream that both hydrates and protects your eyes from signs of aging, the La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($239.99) leaves the eyezone luminous and healthy.
For A Softer Body
While we’re so quick to treat our complexion to moisturizing products, it’s important to note that the skin surrounding our body can get neglected in the process. To treat your arms and legs to a burst of beneficial moisture, the Clarins New Moisture-Rich Body Lotion ($35.99) employs softening shea butter, to both smooth and treat dry skin.
Between the holiday season, great food and killer fashion, winter is undeniably one of our favorite times of year. But cuddly knits, get-togethers and long cuddle sessions aside, it’s no real surprise the dry and chilling seasonal air can also be pretty harsh on our skin.
And while we may slap on the thickest creams and moisturizers we can find, beating chapped and dry skin goes beyond daily moisturization. To properly give our skin some care and rehabilitation, bringing exfoliating scrubs and washes into your routine is always a smart move, being that such products shed away the dry and flaking skin.
To properly adjust your skincare routine to the cold and changing elements, here’s six essential exfoliators which will totally soften and smooth your skin in a jiffy.
For Softer Arms and Legs
While most people assume that exfoliation is crucial for a glowing complexion, it’s also essential to exfoliate your body as well, especially since dry and chapped skin call also appear on your legs, arms and knees.
And yes, you can use a loofah help buff away dead skin, but it’s best to add a skin softening scrub into the mix to give your skin some needed rejuvenation. To start, the Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator ($34.99) gently removes dryness and leaves the skin glowing and smooth.
Similarly, the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($68.69) uses gentle crystals to effectively polish skin without harsh irritation.
But if you want to step up your exfoliation regimen a bit, the Mama Mio Mio Double Buff Enzyme Exfoliator ($47.99) leaves skin buff and radiant, thanks to an exfoliating pumice, lava and bamboo formula.
For A Smooth Complexion
Like you would scrub your body, exfoliating your face proves to be a worthwhile task, being that it nips dry and dehydrated skin from becoming an overwhelming problem.
For some effective facial exfoliation, the Sisley Botanical Gentle Facial Buffing Cream ($68.69) easily improves skin’s texture and tone, courtesy of fine polishing granules. But, if your skin is on the sensitive side, use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($55.99), as it exfoliates effectively without unwanted redness and irritability.
However, if you’re skin is looking dull and lifeless, the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator ($45.99) works as fast pick-me-up, leaving your face looking luminous and healthy.
The fall season definitely brings about beautiful foliage and unbeatable fashion, but the changing elements can be hard on your skin, especially since the dry and chilling air leaves any complexion battered and damaged over time.
And unlike your summertime beauty regimen, which consisted of products guaranteeing lightweight moisture and sun protection, the newfound fall air commands for beauty essentials which instantly repair and remove dry skin upon an instant.
Tired of flaking skin compromising your beauty looks? Here’s six products to prep your skin for the autumnal chill.
For Gentle Exfoliation
Exfoliation is crucial to any autumnal regimen, as scrubs and exfoliating products help shed away dead skin, and promote new cell turnover in the process. And while you can surely invest in some effective facial scrubs, opting for exfoliating cleansers is another way to deep cleanse your skin, and cash in on some skin-enhancing benefits.
Great for when you’re pressed on time, we love the double duty Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser ($31.99), as it gently removes flaking skin, without leaving your skin dry or dehydrated upon use.
For Hydrating Oils and Serums
While moisturizing creams should already be apart of your everyday routine, sometimes our skin needs some extra help maintaining daily hydration. For skin boosters that enhance and work alongside your creams, adding some facial oils and serums can leave supple, without weighing it down.
To achieve healthy and moisturized skin, we like alternating between the Clarins Face Treatment Oil ($38.99) and the Clarins New Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase ($47.99) to keep hydration levels strong, and equipped against anything Mother Nature has in mind.
For A Deep Moisturizing Treatment
Easily taming breakouts and unbearable dry skin, using a deep treatment mask a few times a week is crucial to a maintain a flawless fall complexion. For an essential skin quenching treatment, the Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment ($87.99) soothes and treats dehydrated skin with a nourishing mud formula.
For Overnight Rehabilitation
Your skin naturally repairs itself while you sleep, so you’re definitely going to want to take advantage of this healing process, and perfect your skin while you snooze. Providing deep moisture overnight, both the La Prairie Cellular Night Repair Cream ($171.99) and the Dr. Jart + Water Fuse-Max Sleeping Mask ($57.99), leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth come the next morning.