Winter Skincare Routine

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Winter Skincare Routine


Ever since I got my first zit, I became an avid believer in a good skin care regime. I typically have what Clinique would call oily combination skin, but during the winter I end up leaning to dry combination. It's no secret your skin needs more moisture during dry winter months.

1: Makeup Wipes

I rarely ever wear very much makeup. Due to my complexion being mostly clear, I typically just stick to bronzer, lipstick and curled eyelashes. However, I still regularly clean my makeup brushes every week and use a makeup remover wipe every night.

2: Miracle Worker

Despite not fitting into the age demographic for anti-aging products, I'm a sucker for them. Especially in the winter months when the wind is harsh and the negative temperatures are harsher. Nothing will ever treat your skin kinder than anti-aging products. Many drug store cleansers have been too harsh on my skin so I opted to try a higher end brand. Miracle Worker not only strips away any makeup you might of missed but it moisturizes your skin and doesn't leave it with a tight feeling. Surprisingly it combats acne just as well as any acne treatments, although it does take a little longer to see an effect. There's no fragrance so it won't irritate sensitive or dry skin and the bottle will last months. (Cost is $35)

Dupe: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

I originally received this as sample from Ulta and I was presently surprised how well it worked. The formula is a non-foaming formula that almost instantly tightens skin and reduces redness. Within a week I saw my pore size, oil and redness decrease. After two weeks I had glowing and almost clear skin, with the exception of 2-3 breakouts. I typically use this cleanser in the summer/spring months when I don't need extra moisture. But at over half the price, it's definitely a dupe of Miracle Worker. (Cost is $14)

3:Skin Perfecting 2 BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I originally received this product last May through BzzAgent in a Paula's Choice campaign. As someone who has large pores and combination skin, I was surprised it actually worked. Paula's Choice promises it'll get rid of any unsightly blemishes, reduce redness and discoloration, shrink the appearance of pores and get rid of acne. Although it didn't shrink my pore size at all, it did everything else. To this day I have yet to find a toner that does any of those things, let alone almost all. A trial size bottle will last about a month and a full size bottle will last anywhere from 2-4 months depending on use. (Cost is $26).

4: Clear Regular Strength Acne Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

Once again I received this in a Paula's Choice BzzCampaign. And once again I was presently surprised it worked so well. The treatment promises the same things as the BHA liquid and once again followed through on all of those, except shrinking of pores. The trial sized bottle lasts for about a month, well the full sized bottle typically lasts around 2-3 months. (Cost is $17)

5: All About Eyes

Once again, I'm an anti-aging junkie.But this cream is a good nights sleep in a bottle. It will make your eyes look awake, alert, depuff them and help diminish dark circles. The product can be used twice a day, but I only use it once a day in the morning before I put on my makeup for the day. All About Eyes isn't oily or heavy or feels thick, but rather just glides on. The application however should be with a q-tip, lightly dabbed in the container and then on each end of the eyes, then smoothed in with your fingers. Rather than just slathering it on. I haven't gotten through a full container yet, but the Clinique associate told me it typically lasts customers 3 months, if they use a q-tip. (Cost is $31)

Extra

 Water

Everyone will tell you the best way to get good skin is to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, this does not mean you can drink coffee all day, although that would be lovely. The amount of water you drink depends on your enviroment and your lifestyle and there is some debate to the topic. But everyone can agree for clearer skin, you have to cut out sugar filled soda's and juices and replace them with water.

Facial Masks

Everyone and their grandmother is addicted to facial masks these days. There's hundreds out there to choose from and it's hard to say which is the best. My favorite is the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask. It heats up as you apply it and once again as you take it off. I use it once-twice per week to get rid of any dead skin I may have and brighten up my face. The mask however is incredibly messy and will get all over your sink and counter (and maybe even the floor). And it does require a bit of elbow grease (a good 2+ minutes of scrubbing), but the end result is beyond amazing. (Cost $4.20)

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