Here in the northern hemisphere, it's winter (as if you couldn't already tell by the snow pounding outside your window--okay, it's just my window). But when Frosty arrives, outfitted with that vibrant orange nose, my complexion can't boast the same joy; it throws a fit. Dehydration is one of the principle causes of havoc graced upon my complexion, then over exfoliation holds a firm second.
So, while we're now in February, I think I've figured out how my skin likes to be treated when the thermometer drops below freezing and humidity is an nonexistent prize of gold.
One of the first things I do after downing breakfast and snuggling with my ceramic-housed, piping coffee, is go in with a cleanser. My recent love is the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap which seems to be a bar of surprises; it's non-stripping, deep cleansing, packed with oily goodness from coconut and olive oil, and turns out to be a more wallet-friendly version of my previous REN obsession (which is a title it deserves considering it's the only cleanser I used all last year).
Then, I tone with the Derma E Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Toner with Papaya--a chemical exfoliating potion that rings a wake-up call for my complexion. Luckily, the blend of witch hazel and glycerin also gives my complexion a good dose of moisture, as well.
And, if you're anything like me, you this wake-up ring also equals eyes puffed like a croissant--except they aren't as delicious. I've been using the Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes for a handful of months now and it always reduces the size of my peepers like baking soda (obviously, I've been on a cooking kick...).
And before I begin throwing on my daily garb, I pump two dollops of the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer Daily Hydrator which gives an extra dose of hydration along with some skin calming powers.
At this point, you may be scratching your chin and inquisiting why there's no sight of an SPF. Well, it's winter people and I rarely get a catch outside and the sun doesn't either.
Four products, and a whole morning routine; I wish I could say the evening counterpart was just as simple.
I always double cleanse at night, beginning with the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser which gently removes makeup in a non-disturbing action and also packs a dose of hyaluronic acid; but, for removing waterproof mascara--these formulas always require some extra attention--I snatch a splodge of coconut oil and massage it around my eye area, et voila--panda eyes (which quickly wipe away with a flannel).
For the second cleansing step, I use the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap--again; luckily, the price tag means non-guilty cleansing. As for the application of this bar, I wet my hands, and slip it around my hands a few times, then massage onto my dry face until it because frothy (ironically, not because of sulfates) and milky.
After the cleansing is finished, I dry my face and splash some rosewater (at the moment, I've soaking on the Heritage Store Rosewater) for some additional nutrition. A few drops of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum--what else?--goes on top, followed by the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend. Believe it or not, the carbon dioxide extraction method means this vibrant potion packs loads of Trans-Retinoic Acid--a form of retinoid--which, in addition to banishing scars and spots, also exfoliates the skin. When was the last time your oil was exfoliating?
Unfortunately, I tend to go a bit overload with the oil, applying
As for treatments, I'm still establishing that subsection of my routine, but whenever I slap this load of products on my complexion, I know it's going to be a good skin day; and sometimes, it's even a snow day, too.