My Winter Skincare Edit

It's that time of year when the Chicago winter chill is excruciatingly unforgivable and all you want to do is snuggle up with your pup. I am prone to dry skin during the cold months, as you might know, but I've also had to manage my acne prone skin without using products that are going to overly scale and dry out my skin as most acne products do. It's the constant struggle, but I am loyal to the brands that I've been using and have mastered using small amounts here and there. I used to be the type of person to glop everything on and hope for the best, but piling on product can do much more harm than we think. 

Using a light, foaming cleanser has helped keep my skin hydrated and also helps gradually treat my acne. I have always heard praise about the Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser which has three percent sulfur to help with blemishes and doesn't overly dry out the skin either. When I'm looking for an even deeper clean, which I would say is once a week or so, I will use the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Red Clay Mask around my T-zone and the more oily-prone areas of my face. I love it because it is a gentle peel off mask to help get rid of pesky black heads! 
After my face is all cleansed, I have been using very light moisturizers so that I can regulate my skin's oiliness. I have always been a huge fan of Clinique because of my sensitive skin. The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is my go-to during the winter months. If you are trying to minimize pores, reduce acne, and also tackle dry skin, this is a great lightweight moisturizer for it! 

I can never leave out my dry eyes. I always have extremely dry eyelids in the winter because there's no humidity and there's nothing worse than not being able to open your eyes in the morning. It's the worst, itchy feeling, so I always make sure to have an eye cream on hand. I've used the Cera Ve Eye Cream, but at the moment I am using the First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Eye Cream that helps moisturize, firm, and get rid of dark under eyes. The perfect Zoom meeting savior. 
When I am really feeling like a self-care night, I will bust out the Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub to refresh and exfoliate my dry skin. It smells like a tropical vacation in a pot! With grapefruit oil, coconut oil, and avocado butter, it's the perfect, mineral rich product. It is coarse, hence the sea salt, so personally I would not recommend using it on your face (as it might scratch delicate and sensitive skin), I like to use it on my arms and legs the most! 

I love sharing the evolution of my skincare routine. Honestly, because I can recall what I liked and didn't like as my skin ages and also when the weather changes. I have had to become more mindful about how much I put on my skin, but also what I don't put on my skin. For someone who has combination skin that is sensitive and at times, uncontrollable, I have also been talking to a dermatologist since middle school and that has definitely helped with my hormonal acne. What are some ways you take care of your skin this time of year? 

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