I have incredibly dry skin, and Cleveland winters do nothing to help that. Back in Pakistan, my skin was probably best described as combination skin; it even got a bit oily in the summers.
Here in the USA, however, it is usually drier than the Sahara, and painfully parched in the colder months.
So, to make sure I don’t get any lines, wrinkles, dry patches, cracked lips, pimples, and a myriad of other skin problems in the winter, I have devised this skincare routine to keep my skin looking healthy and hydrated. I have mentioned which products I use mainly at night.
Side note: I guess this goes without saying, but please drink water no matter what skin type you have. It does a ton of sh!t for your skin and body besides quenching your thirst. Thank you. PSA over.
1. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner
I have used the lavender and rose petal versions of the Thayers Witch Hazel Toner. It is very cheap, a bottle will last you ages, and this stuff is drugstore magic at its finest. I shake the bottle, and use a cotton ball or round to apply it all over my skin. It has an immediate calming and moisturizing effect on my skin. My skin instantly feels more soothed and balanced and hydrated because of this toner.
This toner is alcohol-free, and alcohol = dryness.
I have tried more expensive brands, such as the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence, and while I quite like that; at the end of the day I always come crawling back to Thayers.
I have written a lengthier review of the Thayers Witch Hazel Toner here.
You can find it at Target for $6.99.
2. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Now this shit is expensive. I ain’t gon’ lie. But it works. The name is perfect for it because the minute I apply this to my skin, it gets the kind of bright, radiant, dewy, glow that can only come from genuinely healthy skin. You don’t need much of this Caudalie Serum to achieve that glow, also. While it is lightweight, as it sinks into the skin, it imparts a noticeable layer of moisture to it. Quite impressive, really.
The downsides are that it costs an arm and a leg, it feels a bit sticky on the skin (takes time to absorb) so I wear it mainly at night, and the dropper is useless. (The bottle feels really bougie, though!)
Also, it has a scent, but honestly, I like the scent. My sensitive skin is not sensitive to it. It is a light, pleasant scent that fades away quickly, and is how I imagine sophisticated French women smell like.
You can get the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum at Sephora or B-Glowing. I suggest trying the latter, because they often have 20% off on items, which will make this serum a little less painful to purchase.
3. Laniege Water Bank Moisture Cream
I think I reviewed this last year in July, and while I considered it a nice, moisturizing cream, I wasn’t wowed by it. In July, my skin is somewhat normal. However, now, since October 2017, I have been slathering the Laniege Water Bank Moisture Cream all over my face and neck religiously, because it is the only thing that can seal my other skincare stuff in with a generous, quickly absorbed layer of moisture.
This cream makes my skin look amazing on its owner and under makeup. I highly recommend it to anyone who has dry or very dry skin. My review for it remains the same, except now, in winter, it wows the ever-living f*ck out of my parched skin.
Get the Laniege Water Bank Moisture Cream on Sephora for the reasonable price of $35.
4. Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
I discovered this and reviewed it a while back, and it has become a fast favorite. On days when I want quick but lasting hydration and don’t want to go through the whole she-bang, this creamy oil from Josie Maran is my go-to.
It has a ton of uses: It is a very hydrating face/neck/hand/body cream. It is a great eye cream/base for eye cream. It is wonderful as a lip salve for cracked lips. I stopped using it for a few days this past week and developed this dry patch on the side of my lips. Two days of slathering on this creamy oil, and the dry patch all but vanished. This Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil keeps my brow hair in place.
And it gives a lovely glow to the skin in the short and long term.
I love it.
Read my full review here, and purchase the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil on Sephora for $28 (you get 65ml!!!).
5. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream
This is my baby. I love it. If I had a desert-island skincare product, this would be it. I love, love, love the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream.
I have written an ode to its magnificence here.
It has so many amazing properties; where do I begin?!
- In summers, I would just apply this to my eye and mouth area at night, and because it is so thick and emollient, by morning it had spread all over my face and hydrated it all. Maybe you think that is a bad thing, but for me, a tiny less-than-pea-sized amount of this cream could hydrate my whole face overnight and make it last throughout the day. That, my friends, is magical to me.
- Also, in summers, I would use this every other night, and not even need any other eye cream between that time because this kept my under eye area hydrated for like 48 hours!!!!1111!!111!!!!!
- I started using my beautiful 15g jar in July last year. (One jar has a life of 12 months) It is now February of next year, and I have barely used up half of this cream. You pay what seems like a lot for it, but believe me, it is 100% worth the cost. You need the smallest amount for powerful results.
- Speaking of results, this cream delivers. It plumps up the under eye area and minimizes lines and wrinkles while keeping dryness far, far away from my precious peepers.
This eye cream is the best bit of skincare I have come across in years, and I adore it. I use it at night, because it is too emollient for even me to use in the day time. But using it at night keeps my eyes moisturized all day long, baby.
Get it the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream at Sephora or Ulta. ($60 for 15g).