Thanks to wild temperature swings, the bomb cyclone, and my crazy radiator, this winter has been brutal to my skin. In fact, for two+ weeks, my face was under siege, plagued with dryness/flakiness, dullness, general irritation/redness, severely chapped lips, a random hormonal breakout (that one really ticked me off – like seriously?!), the hyperpigmentation that followed said breakout (ugh!), and pretty much any other winter skincare issue out there. Fortunately, I found some new products (new for me, at least) that have worked miracles, and my skin is finally getting back to its regular ol’ self. As a bonus, these skin savers not only fix seasonal problems but nearly all of them fight signs of aging and boost inner glow too. (Happy dance time!)
Moisturizing is a crucial step in any skincare routine, particularly in the fall & winter. (For simplicity’s sake, I am lumping together moisturizers and face oils for this post.) Moisturizers hydrate and plump skin for a more youthful appearance, have anti-aging benefits, can reduce redness and balance skin tone. By their nature, they also prevent your skin from feeling tight and developing dry patches during the harsh winter months, which can make it practically impossible to apply makeup. (Seriously – have you ever tried to apply makeup over a dry patch? It flakes off, makes everything look worse and, in short, is beyond frustrating!) Another benefit? They seal in all the goodness from your serums and eye creams.