Hey there! Now that winter's in full swing, I figured it would be appropriate to share my favorite beauty products that get me through this drying time. Disclaimer: I have pale, sensitive, and combination skin. Some of these products might not work for you if you have more acne prone or oily skin, but the concepts are all still the same. The main goal of my winter skincare regime is to keep my skin from getting too dry without being too oily either. It's all about balance.
Rule #1: Always, always, always take your makeup off at night. My issue with leaving it on is that it makes my skin more oily in the morning, which is the opposite of what I want. I use Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water to cleanse and remove makeup at night, and it has done wonders for my skin. The French know what they're doing in regards to skincare. Rule #2: Try and moisturize twice a day, once at morning and once at night. I typically use two different moisturizers that serve different purposes. The ones that work best for me are Embryollise Lait Creme Concentrate in the morning and Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refresher Gel-Cream at night. The Embryolisse is famous for its awesome smoothing qualities, and it's perfect for moisturizing before I put my makeup on. Garnier's gel moisturizer is great to put on before bed because the gel is oil-free and keeps my skin clean overnight. Rule #3 (last one!): Keep a face spray with you at all times to keep your skin refreshed throughout the day. If you have sensitive skin like I do, try my favorite Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray. You won't be able to stop spritzing your face a couple of times a day. If I'm feeling stressed, I spay my face and feel instantly better. Rose water is so calming, it's addictive.
Bonus: Do a couple of masks every now and then, and also exfoliate at least once a week. Scrubs are vital to getting rid of dead skin, which can build up and cause acne, oil, and basically all of the things you don't want to happen to your face. A mask is like food for your skin, they are usually packed with nutrients to benefit all aspects of skincare. Also, always have hand cream on your person in the winter. Just do it, seriously. No one likes dry hands.