Fall and Winter in Colorado can be very dry. Even combination skin like mine suffers from dehydration in this climate. Plus, the process of aging robs the skin of necessary moisture. So, while in the warmer months I may use skincare products with less oils, in the winter I tend to add oils to my routine.
I cleanse once in the morning. I use oil cleansers and gel cleansers – depending on the needs of my skin. If my skin is dehydrated I use Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser or Tacha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Both are pure bliss for dry skin! For congested skin I use Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser (added perk? this one is exfoliating) or her Purifying Cleanser.
For mornings when my skin is behaving I use Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser (this feels luxurious on skin), Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly (again – just lush on skin) or Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.
I use a facial mask about three or four times per week and mostly at night. There are a few I will use in the morning if time permits or, if the reflection in my mirror is really scary. Dermologica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque for all around help (cue the scary reflection), Nude’s Purify Deep Cleansing Mask for decongested skin, and Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask for extra brightness.
I use the toning portion of my routine for two reasons – 1. to exfoliate (remove dead skin cells and help turn over new cells) and 2. to add moisture back into my skin from the exfoliation. Those exfoliating pads generally mean business! I use Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads if I have hormonal breakouts. Ugh, I loathe those things – just sitting there looking ugly! Origins Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads provides some added brightness to dull skin. Pixi’s Glow Tonic – well, just bring on the glow!
After exfoliation I pat or spray on an essence or rosewater toner. The essences usually adds brightness or provides some anti aging effects and the rose water is hydrating and smells fantastic. I am currently enjoying Tata Harper’s Brightening Essence and her Hydrating Floral Essence, May Coop’s Raw Sauce (excellent under makeup), Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Murad’s Essential-C Toner.
Serum or Treatment
Serum or Treatment depends on my skin’s needs. If my skin is dry I use a hydrating serum. If behaving, I use something else that provides benefits for my aging skin. A few of my favorites are Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum and Boosted Contouring Serum for brightness and anti aging, and her Replenishing Nutrient Complex for hydration. Ren’s Radiance Perfection Serum provides hydration and brightness.
I don’t use a face oil every day in my AM routine. If I will be applying makeup I bypass the oils. I use oils for treatment or hydration or, in my PM routine. A few of my favorites for day time are Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil and Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Nude’s Rescue Oil, and Fresh Beauty’s Seaberry Moisturizing Oil. For my skin type a little goes a long way!
I rarely ever use a heavy moisturizer. I typically stick to gel or oil free moisturizers. One of my all time favorite gel based moisturizer is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Gel Moisturizer. I also enjoy Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer, Fresh Beauty’s Oil Free Lotion, and Ole Henriksen’s Truth Creme – a little heavier but does some good work when called upon.
A few weeks ago I posted my PM Fall & Winter routine. Read that post here: https://nicky919wordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/pm-fall-winter-skincare-over-40/