Winter Skincare Essentials
Skincare has been a top priority of mine for the past year or so. I realized that I could no longer ignore my skin and maintain clear, glowing skin. For years, I would sleep with make-up on and avoid moisturizers but I never really realized how much I was doing my skin a disservice until I adopted a skin care regimen and saw the impact on my skin . It took while for me to finally find affordable solutions for combination skin and I also used the help of my dermatologist find what products are best for breakouts and hyperpigmentation.
For me, each season of the year requires a slight switch in my skincare routine but the important thing is to make sure you maintain a clean and moisturized face on a daily basis. Below I’ve broken down my day and night routines to better assist you in finding what might work for you.
Daily Skin Care Regimen
Cleanse: Since my skin has a mind of its own, I like to use an exfoliating cleanser that helps moisturize my skin. right now I am using the Clinique 7 day scrub cream because it doesn’t leave my face dry or oily. It also does well with shrinking my pores without being too harsh on my skin.
Tone: For a while I didn’t even know what a toner was nor did I care. But, after dedicating myself to total body health and educating myself on skin care, I’ve learned that toners are necessary. They work to complete cleaning the oils and other films on your face from your cleanser. I recommend splashing your face with cold water after you’ve applied and rinsed your cleanser then apply your toner. I usually go old school and apply Witch Hazel with a cotton ball to remove any dirt or make-up I may have missed with the cleanser. I am in love with this Witch Hazel. It’s like the skin care must have and it’s super cheap. After my Witch Hazel I love to use the Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner. It smells lovely and is known for its astringent properties.
Steam: I am not sure how necessary this step is but it makes me feel so relaxed especially after a long work day. I take a wash cloth and soak it in extremely hot water (don’t burn yourself). I then squeeze the excess water from the washcloth and place it over my face, letting the steam soothe my face and my soul. Its like a mini facial and breath of fresh air every morning and night. I usually let all my mental woes go at this point and prepare for a relaxing evening.
Hydrate + Moisturize: I am sure I don’t need to tell you that you should be drinking plenty of water and eating real food for healthy skincare. You’ve heard me say it enough on my home workout blog. No products can replace eliminating crap from your diet and drinking water. I also recommend a good moisturizer. I use Moisture Surge from Clinique before starting my make-up for the day. This instantly rehydrates my skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy.
Supplement: Some dermatologist will recommend you take a Vitamin A supplement to help you with hormonal breakout. I have decided to stick with my Hairfinity Hair vitamins which has 8150 IU of Vitamin A per day. This product does wonders for my hair and skin but I think they have supplements that are specifically for skin . I haven’t tried that yet. these hair pills work fine for me for now.
Nightly Skincare Regimen
My night routine is very similar to my day routine except I add an overnight moisturizer or mask and I use acid wipes to exfoliate the dead and dry skin cells. If I have lots of free time and the baby’s away, I will do a homemade scrub with a glass of wine and Netflix. I also recommend microdermabrasion at least once a month. Twice a month is what I aim for.
This regimen paired with a healthy diet has help my skin feel alive and glow. Try it and let me know how these products work for you by following me on Instagram at @Iam_kimf