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Everything your dry skin needs for winter in 5 steps
When you do a google search about skincare for dry skin, you’ll get so many varying results it can be difficult deciding which routine to adopt. So I bring you a first-hand report on how to care for your dry skin.
Hello from the south side of France.
When it’s not raining these days, it’s foggy, with very few sunny days. This makes it very difficult to ignore the coming winter.
While we’re still deep into fall, and it won’t be winter before mid-December, I find that with every passing day, I get winter anxiety. Even though I have mixed feelings about the fall, apart from the fact that it announces the end of summer, it comes with the darkest and shortest days.
But there are also many reasons I love fall. I love the colors it inspires and the sound of dry leaves under my shoes as I walk. I love how my makeup sits pretty in the fall. I also love that it inspires layering and prepares for the slaying that comes with winter fashion.
A critical reason and motivation for updating your skincare routine is the change of seasons and the climate that comes with them. For instance, in the summer, our skin is exposed to scorching temperatures and burning sun on our skin, very humid air, and air conditioning inside. These are in contrast to the climate that accompanies fall: lots of wind, chilly temperatures and some rainy days, lower humidity, and more indoor heating.
So if you’re like me, fall is when you go skincare crazy. Fall happens to be the best season for manifesting self-love through skin care. Apart from the fact that fact I find myself indoors early enough to get cozy, fall is a great time to take your skincare seriously for some reasons:
To undo the summer damage: we spend a lot of time outdoors and under the sun, and we sometimes do not evaluate the damage done to our skin. Fall gives the perfect opportunity to get a skincare reset and undo the summer damage.
To curb the drop in humidity: Fall comes with a decrease in moisture which means less fuzzy hair but also less hydrated skin.
To protect against the coming dryness: Winter is coming. Put on radiators or any in-house heating or hot showers, and there’s your recipe for dry skin disaster. If you have dry skin like mine, you might even experience some itching and facial breakouts.
Luckily, there are plenty of skin care products for sensitive or dry skin that I have tried, so you don’t have to. Here are my 5-skin care must-haves for this winter.
5 Step skincare for dry skin.
Cleansers are the very first step in my daily skincare routine. Because they prepare our skin for the products to follow so, they tend to leave the skin dry. Please try to avoid foaming cleansers because they leave the skin very dry. Getting a moisturizing cleanser is getting the first step right.
I use the CeraVe moisturizing cleanser.
The second step to a great skincare routine could be a Toner. Toners should come after cleansing because not only do they finish the cleansing job, they also help with skin appearance.
Many brands propose different facial toners adapted for different skin types. Because I have dry skin, I found that toners with Glycolic acid are best adapted for my skin type. It exfoliates the skin, hydrates, and improves skin tone for a youthful appearance.
I use the Glycolic acid from the Ordinary.
3). A hydrating serum.
Dry skin types generally lack hydration and sometimes oil, and my skin lacks both. Hence, I like to use serums that contain ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin, like glycerin, sorbitol, and hyaluronic acid. If you have my skin type, these may be adaptable for your skin too.
These types of serums work to attract and retain water in the skin.
My favorite at the moment is Hyaluronic acid from The Ordinary.
4). A moisturizing cream.
If I get a dollar for every time I heard a skincare expert say hydration is essential for glowing skin, I’ll be a rich girl. It is crucial to lock in these products with a moisturizing cream while avoiding grease.
I have tried several hydrating creams and settled for Cerave’s hydrating cream. Its light, moisturizes, and is perfect for l dry skin.
SPFs, aka Sun protection factors, are the holy grail finish for every skincare routine. I wish someone had told me to use sunscreen earlier. One mistake people of color make is assuming we do not need sunscreen. You can imagine my shock when a dermatologist told me I needed one. My skin has drastically improved since I added sunscreen to my beauty routine. If you have dry and sensitive skin, use a lightweight sunscreen and use it religiously, yes, even at night.
I use La Roche-Posay’s lightweight and invincible SPF50
Lip balm: Moisturize your lips daily, every night, and every chance you get.
Retinol: I have heard the magic retinol does for skin appearance. Well, I haven’t had a great experience with it, even though I started with a 0.2% retinol. I use it with moderation, and sometimes I skip it.
If you have sensitive skin like mine, chances are you’ve had some irritation and redness after retinol use. Use Retinol in moderation if you have dry skin.