Tonight on Insta-Stories I shared my Winter Skincare Routine (it will be saved to my highlights if you’re reading this after 24 hours!) I have acne-prone and very dry skin. In March of this year, I noticed my skin had developed red patches on either side of my face. After seeing a dermatologist, he determined my skin to be severely dry. He prescribed a hydrocortisone cream, and while I’m sure it would have helped had I used it for awhile, I wanted something more long-term. I went in search for skincare products that would help my skin get the hydration it desperately needed. A few weeks ago, I found THE product that has changed the game (see: Step Five). While on my search for hydration, I’ve also come across products for acne that have kept my face clear—even when I’m stressed!
I’ve never shared about skincare before, but since I’ve found these amazing products that genuinely work for me, I really want to share in case anyone is out there still searching for the right products. Skincare is a game of mix and match, and it takes a long time to find the right solution for your skin. While all of these products may not work for you, I hope at least some will help you along as you find your own routine!
I would love to know if you’ve ever used any of these products, and if not, please let me know what you think if you do try them!
P.S. These products would make great gift Christmas gifts! 🙂
(Nothing in this post is sponsored.)
Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes
Before I start with my skincare routine at night, I take off my makeup with these makeup wipes. I’d love to invest in a makeup cloth that can be machine washed, but I keep forgetting to look for one! I’ve been using these wipes for 15+ years and love that they make my skin feel hydrated while removing my makeup.
TULA “Keep It Clear” Acne Foam Cleanser
When I first tried TULA, I didn’t notice a difference on my skin because I was using the popular and standard products (describe which ones). I recently picked up the Acne Foam Cleanser from ULTA and I’m amazed at how well it works! My skin has stayed consistently clear since using it (almost) daily, even when I’m stressed!
Oatifix Mask from Lush
Each time I go into Lush asking for a face mask for dry skin, the employees always point me to this mask. And it NEVER disappoints. I try to use it every other night because it has a very short shelf-life due to it being so fresh. It’s highly recommended that you keep this mask in the fridge to maintain it’s freshness. I keep it on for 15 minutes and then wipe it off with a warm rag. It looks a little funky (see my InstaStory), but it definitely helps to restore hydration to my skin.
BeautyCounter Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner
This is my all-time favorite acne toner. I used it in the morning, and by the afternoon, my blemishes had almost disappeared!
BeautyCounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
I only use this product in the mornings, immediately after I apply toner and right before I moisturize with Step Five’s product. It’s meant to maintain hydration for your skin no matter the climate. I’ll probably use only this product as my morning moisturizer in the warmer months, but since we’re in the very cold and dry winter season, I’ve added a second moisturizer (next step).
BeautyCounter Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream
This is the product that convinced to me to share my skincare routine. I cannot get over how well this moisturizer works for the red patches on my skin! I use a little in the morning as my final step, and quite a bit at night (again, as my final step). The cream is thick, so you can definitely feel it on your skin, but I’ve put foundation on top of it and it works just fine!
If you’re also struggling with really dry skin on the sides of your face, make sure to keep your wet hair tied back and away from those places while your hair is drying. I wait for my moisturizer to really soak in and for my hair to just be damp instead of soaking wet before I put my hair back down.
The dermatologist also told me that using a good conditioner will help. He recommended Head & Shoulders, which I did use, but decided to go back to my old conditioner. One thing that can really help is if you make sure to condition this part of your hair and then rinse it out. People like to leave conditioner in their hair, but you really don’t need to, since the effects of the conditioner will stay even after you rinse it out.