With the weather turning colder, it is important to ensure you make some changes in your skincare regimen in order to keep up with the dropping temperatures. Colder weather causes much of the natural moisture on skin to decrease, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Here is a list of budget-friendly tips, tricks, and products to incorporate into your routine to keep your skin looking amazing and feeling healthy!
Depending on your skin type (oily, dry, combination, normal) the specific cleanser that will be best for your skin will vary. By now, it is common knowledge that it is essential to wash your face every day, optimally each morning and night, though once a day is better for sensitive skin types. Here are some cleansers that are perfect for the colder seasons:
Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser ($9.97)
This fragrance-free formula is perfect for sensitive skin types and is extra gentle on the skin to use throughout the day. It also does not strip the skin of essential oils or leave it feeling dry.
St. Ives’ Fresh Skin Exfoliating Apricot Scrub ($5.19)
For oilier skin types, an exfoliator can definitely help whisk away some of that unwanted greasiness from skin. St. Ives’ scrub leaves the skin feeling clarified and smooth, and at the same time does not drive out all moisture.
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam ($23.00)
For acne prone skin, Clinique’s formula provides a gentle, foamy, cleansing experience that will not irritate the skin. Not only does it help remove active acne on the face, but also prevents any new blemishes from forming. Clinique offers personalized cleansers for every skin type, and allows the customer to create their own system that will work best for their particular skin needs.
Quick Tip: To get a super deep clean, invest in a Clarisonic Brush ($150+). The electronic brush helps get deep into pores and scrubs, exfoliates and cleanses any dirt or impurities. A cheaper alternative is the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing facial brush, which serves the same purpose but sells for much cheaper at around $25.00.
When picking a moisturizer for the winter season, it is important to acknowledge your skin type, in order to select a product that will give you the proper amount of moisture, and not leave you feeling dryer or oilier than you prefer. However, remember that cold weather tends to leave skin in a dryer state than normal, so you may want to pick a slightly heavier moisturizer depending on your skin type. Here are a couple you may want to consider:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
Great for all skin types, Aveeno offers a moisturizing formula that is non-greasy and also helps even out your complexion, leaving skin feeling smooth and radiant.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($11.00-44.00)
For oilier skin tones, try Clinique’s moisturizing gel that will give your skin the hydration it needs, without a greasy residue.
Quick Tip: If skin all over your body tends to get dry, use a heavier oil-based lotion such as Vaseline or Lubriderm. For those who prefer the more natural route, small amounts of baby oil or olive oil are great to apply to the skin before bed to hydrate skin throughout the night.
When it comes to makeup, you may want to consider changing up the basics of what you use during the winter season, like the products you apply directly on the skin. These include primers and liquid foundations. Here are some options available at reasonable prices: