Feb 3, 2015

Hello Hydration: Winter Skin Tips

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You know it's winter when the girl with oily skin starts talking about ways to keep skin moisturized and nourished. I'm the first one to use oil-free products in the spring/summer, especially here in Florida when the humidity becomes a force to be reckoned with. The winter, however, always leaves my skin begging for more moisture. I do a lot of hydrating with my night time skincare routine, which has the added bonus of helping rejuvenate and restore the youthful glow we all love.

After washing my face with my regular Zero Oil cleanser from Origins, I follow with my toner from the same line. Then, if I have any breakouts, I'll treat those with Clean & Clear, which honestly, is the best product out of all the ones I've tried. Next, I use an oil all over my face—I'm a huge fan of Josie Maran's 100% Argan Oil, but since having a trial size of Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum, I've been using that over the oil. It's still very rich and luxurious, highly moisturizing, but it's more of a gel serum consistency than it is oil, so it seems to sink into my skin a bit quicker. If I'm really feeling the need to indulge I'll use both (shhh, don't tell).

A normal person might stop with the oil on their face and call it a night, but not me. I will always layer a moisturizer over the oil. It may not be necessary at night, but my skin always looks amazing in the morning. So, I will continue to do it, always and forever.

The last product I apply at night is a super-rich eye cream. Keeping that sensitive area hydrated and supple helps reduce the onset of wrinkles, fine lines and sallowness. If that area is moisturized well, it also keeps your foundation, concealer or whatever makeup from settling in the tiniest of lines you may already have. Needless to say, eye cream can change your life. I use it day, night and in between if the skin starts to feel tight during the day.

Once or twice a week, depending on how dry my skin feels I'll also use an overnight moisture mask. I get claustrophobic if I have something too thick on my face all night, so I apply a very thin layer of the mask, and will rub it into my face a bit more, so it's not just sitting on my face. The nights I do a face mask, the only product I'll apply is eye cream, then I go straight to the mask.

Overall, any face oil or moisture rich lotion will work wonders for winter-beaten skin, and the more you do at night, the more likely you are to wake up to refreshed, glowing, hydrated skin.

Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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