Skincare is not something I change up often, but in the dead of winter my skin has new needs. I have sensitive, dry skin and experience hormonal breakouts. It has taken me awhile to understand practices that are good for my skin type. I used to think dryness needed abrasive scrubbing or lots of cell turnover to reveal skin underneath. I thought harsh products would do something to my hormonal breakouts. Now I’m starting to understand that my skin needs moisture and less this time of year. I can do things like chemical exfoliation in the warmer seasons, but right now it’s all about hydration. Here are some products I’ve been using and liking.

Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel

I’ve been using this for removing makeup at night. I wet my face, lightly rub it in, and remove with a wet black washcloth. This cleanser has hyaluronic acid in it, which brings in moisture to the skin. It doesn’t leave a film, and it doesn’t strip my skin. If you’re looking for something really conditioning, I recommend Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser.

Tatcha Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Cleanser

I still like exfoliation, and this one is more gentle than using my Clarisonic, scrubs, or chemical exfoliants. It comes out in a powder that you mix with water to create a gentle foam. You can feel the exfoliation, but it’s far from abrasive. I’m using the classic version, but the sensitive one also sounds nice. This product is a splurge, but the powder formula will last longer than a similarly sized standard scrub.

CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

I use this in the mornings. I like something gentle to remove my nighttime skincare. This is really basic and does the trick.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

This mask can come in handy in the summer with sunburns or just wanting to cool off. However, it’s also is great for dull winter skin. I’ve been wanting a more moisturizing mask and this one has helped my skin chill out. I still need to get my hands on a thick, creamy mask too.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer

This is my favorite moisturizer ever. I’m sure I could find a thicker formula for this time of year, but the gel is surprisingly balmy. It’s unscented and great under makeup.

Tower 28 S.O.S. Facial Spray

This is a soothing spray. I use it morning and night after cleansing. I haven’t noticed any drastic results yet, but it feels nice. It kind of smells like a swimming pool, which makes me feel like it’s going to do great things for my skin (obviously not a professional take).

Too Faced Hangover Rx Spray

I like this for a hydrating primer and setting spray. I’m not sure if it’s really the formula or if the cute packaging makes me feel that way to be honest.During the week I usually only use it to set my face. On the weekends I have more time to get ready, so I’ll use it to prime, too. It feels nice. I unfortunately don’t love the smell. I’m a huge fan of coconut, but for some reason this smells like antiques. I don’t know how to explain it better. If you’re sensitive to scent, I wouldn’t recommend. I picked up a sample size for that reason, and so far I’ve been okay. Max Fx+ is still my favorite.

As always, SPF is a need all year long. My favorite is the Dermalogica, and right now I’m testing Drunk Elephant’s.

How do you change up your skincare for winter? Let me know!

Xoxo,

Kirsten