One thing I don’t think I will ever get sick of? Skincare.
Since there isn’t a ton of excuses to actually wear makeup right now, the one thing that people seem to be focusing more on is skincare, and truthfully, there’s never been a better time to do so. There are so many amazing formulations out there, at all different price points, that it’s a great time to invest in your routine.
Now I know that it can be super intimidating trying to find the perfect products for you, and with so many different innovations out there, there really isn’t an excuse to have a bad skincare routine. I talk about skincare a lot on here and it’s because I truly love taking good care of my skin and also because I get in some amazing products.
Since the weather has been so cold here in Winnipeg, I’ve been pulling out more thicker moisturizers and more hydrating serums. If you are on the hunt for a little refresh in your routine too, then keep reading.
Dr. Belmeur Intensive Face Mask Cica Peptide and Daily Repair Cica Moisturizing Lip Balm
Something I do every Sunday? Apply a face mask of course!
I have masks of every single formulation out there and although I don’t really have a favourite, you can’t go wrong with a sheet mask.
As you guys may know, you can purchase The Face Shop brands through Avon and one of those brands is Dr. Belmeur, which is a Korean skincare line. They recently sent me a couple products which have come in handy for the cold, dry January weather, and with items like a sheet mask and a lip balm, these are two products which will always come in handy.
The Dr. Belmeur Intensive Face Mask Cica Peptide (C$6) is a sheet mask that helps to balance and support skin’s moisture barrier. Apply this mask to your face for 10 to 20 minutes to soothe troubled skin. This mask includes concentrated cica and peptides, which will reveal naturally glowing skin. I like to apply these after my cleanser and then pat in the excess serum in my skin before my eye cream and moisturizer.
Pair the sheet mask with the Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Cica Moisturizing Lip Balm (C$21), which is perfect for dry, sensitive lips. This lip balm is made with mineral oil and is perfect for whenever your lips are feeling dry and parched. It’s also fragrance free and safe for suitable skin.
Biotherm Lait Corporel L’Original
So speaking of dry skin, something you must have on handy during the dry winter months is a good body lotion.
The Biotherm Lait Corporel L’Original (C$39) is a daily moisturizer that smells amazing and instantly smooths skin. The brand calls this a body milk and is targeted for dry skin. Apply this all over your body to help rehydrate, improve elasticity, reduce flakiness, and restore the skin’s moisture barrier.
The texture of this cream is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving it feeling heavy, oily, or greasy. It also features a pleasant citrus scent.
I like keeping this at my desk for on-the-go moisture for my hands and arms. I love this moisturizer and although it is quite pricey, your skin will thank you for it.
Biotherm Blue Therapy Uplift Night Cream
So when it comes to moisturizers, I have one for day and one for night. Typically when it comes to night creams, these are sometimes thicker in texture, but are specifically formulated to repair skin as you sleep.
I love Biotherm’s skincare so I was really excited to receive their Blue Therapy Uplift Night Cream (C$94), which helps to deeply restore, envelop, and smooth skin as you get your beauty sleep.
Apply this before bed for smoother and more comfortable skin. The formula includes red algae to firm, tense, and restructure the skin, and collagen fraction peptide to boost all types of collagen synthesis essential to skin’s elasticity.
Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque
If you want heavy-duty skincare then take a look at Skinceuticals.
I’ve talked about the medical-grade skincare brand a lot on here and if you are looking for something to tackle redness and discomfort, then take a look at their Phyto Corrective Masque (C$72).
This mask can be used a variety of different ways and is ideal for those who have recently had procedures such as lasers, extractions, PDT, IPL, or other in-office treatments.
This mask contains highly-concentrated botanical extracts, dipeptide to calm skin, and hyaluronic acid to soothe and moisturize skin. This mask is cooling on contact and helps to comfort sensitive skin, helping to restore it back to its natural radiance.
You can apply this daily, weekly, or after a procedure. Other great times to apply it would be after sun exposure, after windburn from winter activities, or even after long travel on a plane. You can either apply it like a mask for 10-20 minutes and then wash off or even overnight for a more intense treatment.
IT Cosmetics Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-In-Cream
Finally, another one of my favourite brands in general is IT Cosmetics and when I saw they released their own version of a retinol cream, I was so excited to try it out.
The Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream (C$90) is a daily retinol serum-in-cream that helps to visibly reduce wrinkles and dark spots. This product is supposed to replace your moisturizer, but since it does have retinol in it, which can be drying, if you feel the need for extra moisture, you can apply another moisturizer over top. It is also only supposed to be applied once daily.
This products contains dual retinol, which is a blend of free and encapsulated retinol to exfoliate skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines; niacinamide (vitamin B3) to reduce environmental damage and minimize the look of dark spots and discoloration; vitamin E to soothe skin and balance the common effects of retinol usage; and Vitamin B5 to moisturize.
When using this product is it very important to apply an SPF afterwards. I use retinol at night so I always make sure to apply an SPF the day after (I apply an SPF everyday on my face, but if you don’t make sure you don’t skip this step). Also, make sure that you don’t apply this to your eye or mouth area, or on broken or irritated skin. If you have sensitive skin, or never tried retinol before, use this product gradually, so maybe only use it twice a week and then build it up from there. Also, like I said, if you want extra hydration, apply a thick moisturizer over top.
January is a finicky month since it’s the start of a new year, but also really cold out (depending on where you live of course). Typically I try to be really mindful of the types of products I am putting on my skin and lean more towards thicker and more nourishing products since it’s very cold and dry where I live.
I’ve have some other great recommendations coming up, but these are some great starters in building your winter skincare routine.
What’s your favourite skincare product for winter?
Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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