I don’t know about you, but it seems like I have 2-3 holiday-related events each week right now – from the kid’s school plays and parties to festive cocktails with friends and dinner parties with the hubs. It’s seriously nonstop. Let’s just be honest though, it’s also cold, and I’m exhausted, which means my winter skincare routine is rushed and I just don’t have that warm-weather glow that I love so much.
Weather and crazy schedules aside, the holidays are a time to sparkle and shine – and that includes our skin. Here’s my quick and simple winter skin refresh routine I use to add a little shine to the season (and my skin) and get ready for the festive and fun holiday events. Hint: this isn’t just for the holidays. After a short night, a long flight, or a few days under the weather, this routine can give you that little boost of hydration and glow you need.
Controversial, but true, shaving the peach fuzz off your face is a fast and easy way to get an instant just-got-a-facial glow. You don’t need fancy products for this, use a man’s razor and your face wash as a lubricant.
Now that the peach fuzz is gone, it’s time to deal with glowy-skin enemy #2, dead skin cells (gross, but I had to say it). With the mix of cold weather outside and heat inside, your skin dries out and dies faster in the winter. Before you invest in a new collection of products for a new skincare routine, exfoliate and see an immediate difference. A few of my favorite exfoliators:
Rodan & Fields Microderm Paste: this has a mix of oil and superfine microderm beads. It’s honestly amazing, and it comes in a huge jar that lasts forever. Be careful if you have sensitive skin.
Clinique Exfoliating Scrub: a classic and great for travel
Now that you got rid of that layer of dead skin, it’s time to really clean your skin. Clarisonic is still the best for this. Use your standard face wash and give your skin a deep cleaning.
I bet you’re already swooning over your dewy, glowy skin, and we haven’t even gotten to products! For products, treat yourself to a skin oil. I love this one by Guerlain. But choosing the right winter face oil boils down to skin type. FutureDew by Glossier is a combination of oil and serum and is incredible for all skin types.
Use it morning and night. Double it up in your winter skincare routine. That delicate eye skin needs extra hydration, especially during the cold weather season. Try this one by Shiseido.
Before you put on your makeup, you’ll want to use a hydrating primer. It may seem counter-intuitive, but because winter weather dries out the skin, your foundation can often accentuate those dry patches rather than hide them. A primer not only helps your makeup stay on, but it softens dry skin, pores, and fine lines. Hourglass is the best, and their Veil Mineral Primer is great for almost all skin types.
There you go! Use these six quick steps to refresh your skin this winter, and you’ll look like you just walked out of the spa in St. Barths. Get glowing and get festive, my friends. Xx