Ugh, y'all. Just... ugh.
The temperatures are officially dropping, which means that my skin has already started suffering. Maybe it's having to do with growing up in Florida for the first 18 years of my life, and generally being conditioned to endure warmer weather throughout the seasons, but my skin is always the first to dry out as soon as the temperature drifts south here in New York City. It hasn't even fallen below 55 degrees, and I already feel colder, dryer, and totally flaky. Since moving up north over eight years ago, I've had to let my body adjust in it's own time to the seasonal temperature and weather changes - but learning how to care for my skin properly throughout these frigid months has helped me more than anything else.
First of all, I'd like to preface my below list with one bit of food for thought: everyone's skin is different. If you're unsure of what will work for you - try it for a few weeks, and see what happens (sounds so simple, no?). Whenever I feel like I'm in need of a refresher, I just reach for the latest product I can find at the beauty counter (enter Sephora, what every beauty dream is made of). Each individual has their own unique way to take care of their face and skin - but I encourage you to try a few new products and discover something that makes you glow!
Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque from One Love Organics ($12) - the sweet pea flour soothes skin while fresh pineapple enzymes polish your skin to absolute perfection.
Get toned. Yes, I use a toner as a makeup remover on lazy days and nights. But on top of being cleansing, toner also helps prepare your skin for serums, creams, moisturizers, lotions, and oils so that their effects can get reach down under the surface. Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner ($16) makes my face feel clean, but not tight. And, because it's alcohol-free, it's great for sensitive skin while the herbs and cucumber extract are soothing and calming.
Maybe it's time to invest in a cleansing oil that you've been hearing all about. Oils are ideal for the transitional season because they cleanse perfectly without losing basic moisture. When you scrub up with a harsher face wash in the cold weather, you can lose all the essential oil on your face that keeps you from drying up and / or breaking out. But cleaning oils bind to the bad oils on your face, making this product a real skin savior, especially when prepping your skin to endure dropping temperatures. Philosophy came out with Purity Made Simple Mineral Facial Cleansing Oil ($25) which removes dirt, makeup, and pollution while retaining all those lovely friendly oils that keep your skin moist and fresh.
Speaking of, moisturizing is where it's at. In my personal routine, I've always believed that more is more when it comes to moisturizing. When the cold weather comes around and hangs out for a while, skin dries out quickly and easily in the new frigid temperatures. Layering a serum with a lotion adds a double boost of essential moisture while also helping to repair past summer sun damage. Also: get an under-eye cream. It's a different type of skin, people! It needs it's own TLC. I swear by Skyn Iceland products, like the Arctic Elixir with Raspberry Stem Cell Complex ($60), Pure Cloud Cream with Arctic Berries and Peptides ($65), and the Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with Cotton Powder ($45), which are all pricey, but 100% worth it.
And while we're here, hippies, please don't skip the SPF like we talked about in this original post. Sun damage can happen even on the cloudiest of days, so it's important even in the fall and winter seasons to wear sunscreen.