My skin is sensitive all year long, but more so during the winter months. When the weather is consistently cold, my skin tends to dry out and become flaky. I also get a lot more redness than usual, especially around my nose.
Because of all this, treating my skin right is more necessary than usual; I can’t ease up on my routine the way I sometimes do during the summertime.
Obviously, great skin starts from within (i.e., eating healthy, drinking tons of water, avoiding alcohol whenever possible, etc.), but skincare is a close second.
I start with a gentle cleanser like Glossier‘s Milky Jelly when my skin is in need of some extra TLC, then I’ll go in with a soothing face mist. I am obsessed Mario Badescu’s Facial Mist with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. All three of the main ingredients are incredibly calming, and the mist itself gives my skin a little more moisture.
Not only does Milky Jelly Cleanser get the job done gently with a cleaning agent commonly used in contact solution (making it safe for the eye area), it smells amazing because 1/4 of the formula was replaced with soothing rosewater.
Next is a natural toner. I am obsessed with Lush’s Tea Tree Water Toner; pretty much everything from Lush is great for sensitive skin. Tea Tree is great for treating acne and redness, while the watery formula feels amazing on dry or irritated skin.
I am a serum junkie! There is a serum out there for any skincare dilemma or skin type. For dry, tight winter skin, a formula with hyaluronic acid is a must! Glossier‘s Super Bounce is a trustworthy option because it never causes me any irritation. In addition to hyaluronic acid, it also has skin-suppling Vitamin B5.
Moisturizing is essential–especially for dry, irritated skin. When a buildable, everyday moisturizer won’t do the job, I go for Glossier‘s Priming Moisturizer Rich.
If I’m in need of extra comforting moisture, I’ll do a 15- or 20-minute sheet mask before moisturizer. My sensitive skin responds best to formulas with green tea, hyaluronic acid, collagen or snail mucin. The best part is that great quality sheet masks are super affordable, so I always keep a few on-hand.
Even during the cold winter months, I don’t skip sunscreen. Low temperatures can be deceiving, but UV rays are strong this time of year. Glossier‘s Invisible Shield is alcohol-free, so it doesn’t irritate the skin at all. And in addition to being, well, invisible, it feels completely weightless.
When my skin is *super* irritated, I ditch makeup all together; I don’t want any more products than necessary. But when my skin *can* handle makeup, I’ll go in with a few trustworthy and gentle products.
Bali Body’s BB Cream is loaded with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine collagen and green tea (plus, it’s got SPF 15).
For extra coverage, like around my nose where it tends to get red and irritated the most, there’s Glossier‘s Stretch Concealer, which, unlike a lot of other concealers on the market, never gets dry or flaky. The buildable formula stays dewy. And it *actually* stretches over blemishes (hence the name).
To brighten up my face in a couple easy steps, I combine Glossier Cloud Paint and Haloscope. (My favorite combos are Cloud Paint Beam and Haloscope Topaz, as well as Cloud Paint Haze and Haloscope Moonstone).
I’ll dab a little bit of Cloud Paint on the apples of the cheeks, then tap with the ring finger to blend. After that I’ll apply Haloscope to the orbital bone around they eye, the brow bone, the tip of the nose and the cupid’s bow, then tap around the edges to blend.
Tinted lip balm is the best for sensitive skin that’s in need of a fuss-free beauty routine. Glossier‘s Balm Dotcom in Cherry and Birthday are two of my must-haves, in addition to Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm.
When it comes to the body, I am super picky about moisturizers (maybe even more picky than I am with my face). I can’t stand that sticky, greasy feeling or perfume-y fragrances. c. booth’s 4-in-1 Body Lotion is a great choice because a) it’s extremely affordable, b) the ingredients are great and c) it never, ever leaves my skin feeling gross, no matter how much I use.
I also love the huge bottles they come in because that means I don’t have to restock so often. The 4-in-1 formula exfoliates, hydrates, nourishes and firms.
If my skin is feeling extra dry, add some unrefined coconut oil to my body lotion. Just scoop the waxy coconut oil from the jar, warm between your hands to liquify it, then rub onto your skin the same way you would lotion.
Glossier‘s Body Hero Duo is another fabulous choice. The Daily Perfecting Cream has a light, baby-like scent that leaves your entire bod with a Glossier-worthy glow (without any stickiness or greasiness); it absorbs super quickly into the skin and lasts all day.
Daily Oil Wash has a to-die-for orange-neroli scent that I can’t get enough of. It’s light, frothing formula is such a nice alternative to lathering up in the shower; plus, it’s oil-based so it never leaves skin feeling stripped.