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I’ve said this time and time again. Chicago winters are harsh in every sense of the word, especially when it comes to our skin. It also goes without saying that your summer beauty routine should not match that of your winter one.
Lately, I’ve been making the switch too so I figured I would share with you exactly what to do. Click read more for some exact tips and steps! And if you haven’t yet, read my old post on my exact skincare routine that I’ll be updating soon.
1. Invest in a humidifier.
A nice one! Make sure it fits the size of your room as some humidifiers are meant for smaller or larger rooms. Furthermore, do not use food grade essential oils in it as they will corrode the plastic of your humidifier, leaving it susceptible to bacteria. Speaking of bacteria, thoroughly clean the reservoir once a week with warm water and dish soap.
2. Switch out your moisturizer.
I have comfortable skin all over besides my t-zone which at times can get oily so I swear by Clinique’s gel moisturizer. It’s the best one I’ve ever used. However, in winter, I find my skin gets dry and cracks easily so I need a heavier duty one. I recently tried a sample of belif’s aqua bomb and I love it. It has definitely become my favorite winter moisturizer.
3. And your foundation!
You don’t want something as matte in the winter, otherwise your skin will look super dull. Be sure to get the proper color too or the winter light will show whatever error you make. I personally dislike fuller coverage foundations for winter and prefer something lighter like a BB or CC cream. Even drugstore ones like this are nice.
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4. Drink more water.
I used to be horrible about this until I received my Starbucks tumbler for Christmas! Now, I drink more water than I realize because of its size (24 fl oz) and drinking water with a straw is simply easier. I adore water bottles but sucking water out of a straw is actually better for you in the winter. I’m not sure where exactly I read that but I know I did!
5. Slough away dead skin.
Use a toner that contains alcohol or a super fine exfoliant that gently removes dead skin so that your skin products will be more effective. Both will remove surface dirt, deeply clean, and remove facial impurities. My personal favorite is Enza Essentials’ Fine Facial Polish! It’s incredibly refreshing.
6. Take your makeup off.
Your skin can’t breathe if you don’t take off your makeup! Whether you use micellar water or face wipes, you have to get it off your face before you go to sleep. Not only does it clogs your pores leaving oil trapped inside, but t it also leads to the build up of bacteria and breakouts.
I absolutely swear by all of the above tips to maintain healthy skin during the winters. Enza Essentials truly helps with that so I highly suggest checking out their products if you need skincare help! They will even put together a personalized skincare suite for you. If you purchase it, you get 30% off and free shipping. Check that out here.
What tips do you like for winter skincare? Let me know in the comments below so I can try them out soon!