We may have just welcomed sweet November, but make no mistake, winter is already knocking on our doors. The Indian summer threw us off track for a bit there, but after seeing the first winter coat and shawls walking down the street we become aware that – indeed, winter is coming. Therefore, just as you’ve probably already completed the transformation of your closet to fit the season, now is the best possible time to do the same with your skincare products. Just like that shawl that will be protecting you from the cold, great winter skincare products will be there to serve and protect your face, and make sure it’s healthy and nourished – to then welcome the beloved spring again. Don’t be caught off guard, prep and prime in good time.
More Important Than Ever – Exfoliate
Once temperatures drop, our pores get more susceptible to clogging and impurities build up. To prevent that from happening and to make sure the rest of your products get a chance to make a difference it’s paramount to exfoliate regularly. Three times a week is optimal during this season, but be mindful of one important thing; don’t use aggressive and harsh exfoliators. The skin goes through enough just be being exposed to the wind and cold, so make sure you’re gentle. Something along the lines of the Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste by Aesop is perfect for the season, because it’s both gentle yet powerful for removing dead cells.
Choosing just the right cleanser is crucial during this time, because this is a product that you use on a daily basis and it has the responsible task of removing your makeup and getting the skin ready for further nurturing. For the upcoming season, switch things up and instead of your regular cleanser, introduce something with nourishing oils that won’t dry the skin up, and the Detox & Defense Cleansing Oil by Pola skincare definitely fits the description. It’s nourishing, efficient at removing impurities and leaves the skin soft and smooth.
Bring in the Big Guns
If your skincare routine has been short of a serum up until now, it’s high time to rectify it. Serums are amazing because they contain more active ingredients than any moisturizer, thus ensuring your skin is super-hydrated (and they also fight signs of aging). The correct way to apply it is right after cleansing and before your moisturizer, so the powerful ingredients can do their work on a clear canvas. You need a serum in your life, because there’s no such thing as enough moisture when winter hits. Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum is great for serum neophytes, as it’s effective but doesn’t break the bank.
Make it thick
Light moisturizers are great for breezy summer days, but they will fail to do the job once the conditions aren’t as kind. That’s exactly why you need something far more powerful, and Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense is so great that it feels like it was designed to keep the winter blues away. This moisturizer is oil-free, but rich and nourishing nonetheless, and gives the skin that healthy plump look and feel. In addition to that, it has the ability to repair your skin’s moisture barrier which plainly explained means that the moisture stays in and all the bad external factors stay away.
Those dangerous UV rays never sleep, and you should be aware of that. For that reason, it is crucial not to forget about the importance of using sunblock all year round and keep the harm at bay. The best sunblocks are the ones that contain zinc oxide, so the next time you’re browsing for skincare products, make sure to keep your eyes open for this ingredient.
The lips are often overlooked, and unfairly so. They need the same amount of love and protection, so don’t forget to gently exfoliate them every so often. Mix a little honey and sugar and your lips will be plump, kissable and hydrated. Of course, always have a strong lip balm with you, and if you have a tendency to switch bags, keep one in each one so you’re never without one. If you don’t already have a favorite, give Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm a try. The price is reasonable, it’s tint-free and contains SPF 30 so even your lips will be shielded from the sun.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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