I spent the first 25 years of my life living mostly in warm, balmy, tropical climates along the Caribbean coast (in Barranquilla, Colombia, and then Miami), and my skin was so happy about it. I didn’t really realize what a difference a humid environment makes for skin (hair, too!) until I settled in Vermont for my first winter. Let me tell you, it caught me by surprise. Waking up on January mornings to -8 degree weather is no joke! Not only did I quickly learn to invest in cashmere socks and long-underwear layers, but I learned to adapt my skincare choices, too.
I believe that consistency with a skincare regimen is really important for seeing the best results. The notion that our skin adapts to a certain regimen and becomes “immune” to the results is crazy – instead, the skin loves consistency, and using the same products month after month allows the ingredients to truly deliver the results as they’re intended. Anyways, to get back to our point, I don’t switch around my regimen too much when the weather changes; I stick to a core routine that works year-round.
That said, I do switch up my special skincare treatments, additions to my routine that help maximize moisturizing results. It’s no secret that in the colder weather, the more hydrating your skincare routine is, the better. Here are my favorite winter skincare products that help me achieve the glowy, luminous look I love… no foundation necessary!
1: The Nourishing Oil Cleanser is my go-to makeup remover in the winter months, because it does double duty, both completely clearing off makeup and impurities from the skin’s surface while reinforcing the skin’s healthy moisture barrier. After a chilly day spent playing outside in the leaves with the kids, I pump it onto a cotton round and swipe it over my skin. Or, I put it into my palms, massage onto dry skin, and then rinse thoroughly. Voila – soft, happy skin.
2: The Boosted Contouring Eye Mask is my new obsession. When we formulated this product, we packed it with ingredients that delivered an instant lifting, firming and tightening effect. The results are incredible, and even though we recommend using it just a few times a week, I can’t help but use it every day! The reason I love it in the winter is that it provides an extra layer of environmental protection for the eye area’s delicate skin, reinforcing the strength and resilience there.
3: Confession! I have five Rejuvenating Hand Creams, and they come in extremely handy: one for my purse, one on my desk, one next to my kitchen sink, one in the bathroom, and one in the glove compartment of my car. You never know where you’re going to be when you realize ugh, your hands have that uncomfortably tight and dry feeling. This Hand Cream delivers moisture, of course, but it also strengthens that skin to keep it plump and healthy!
4: The Moisturizing Mask is one of those products that slowly but surely becomes indispensable in your beauty routine. After a chilly day, I layer this on over my serum, and head to bed. When I wake up, my skin is soft without a dry spot in sight. I’ve even been putting it on my hands and feet at night – why not!?
5: The Redefining Body Balm smells like heaven, and it provides the most powerful body moisture I’ve ever experienced. Like I said, the more moisture the better, so this is one that I keep close at hand in the bathroom as soon as temperatures start to creep below the 30’s. I like to apply it to the areas on my body that need softening: elbows, knees and feet. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to reinforce the strength and elasticity of their skin.
6: Last but definitely not least is Very Illuminating, our little luminizer. On cool winter weekend nights, there’s nothing better than sporting a complexion that looks like you just stepped out of a tropical sauna and have the glow to match it. I like to put it on my cheekbones and my brow bones; it catches light in all the right areas. I’m not one to contour and highlight every day, but I love Very Illuminating for providing a pretty accent for a night out.
So, there you have it! The items that make my life 10x better as soon as the winter cold rolls around. What about you – what are you thinking about adding to your routine this season? If you have any questions about what skincare choices would yield the best results for your skin, definitely ask in the comments below!
Author: Tata Harper
I want to create beauty products that meet the standards of the modern woman: luxurious, effective, and nontoxic.