New York winters are nothing to play around with. With the temperatures dropping and fall weather moving out. It’s time to winterize our skincare routine.
During the summer my skincare routine is pretty simple. But during the wintertime, I have to bring out the super moisturizing and hydrating products to help combat my dry winter skin.
If you have acne-prone and dry skin in the wintertime. Then this post is perfect for you!
Step 1: Cleanse
I cleanse at night and during the day. I use the Shea moisturize african black soap bar for acne-prone skin, or the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Depends on what my skin needs.
In the summer I just use the black soap, but in the winter I need something more moisturizing for my winter skincare routine. So I use both.
If my skin feels tight and a little dry, I go with the CeraVe. If my skin is breaking out, I go with the African black soap.
The African Black soap is a little drying for my skin so I don’t use it too often during the week unless I’m breaking out.
Both products have been working amazing for my skin.
The African black soap is also great for when I want that clean and refreshed feeling after a long day outside. It’s also great for removing makeup. Usually, If I put on a full face of makeup I end up washing with the black soap to get a deep clean.
The CeraVe isn’t stripping at all and very moisturizing. Sometimes, I wonder if it is even cleaning sometimes because it’s so gentle. There are no suds and it almost feels like I’m just wiping around lotion on my face. It’s super moisturizing. So there is no refreshed or clean feeling but I end up with baby soft skin after using the CeraVe.
Step 2: Tone
I like to tone my face using Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner.
This stuff is great for promoting bright, even skin and less visible pores. It is also alcohol-free. Niacinamide specifically is great for calming down acne-prone skin and good for evening out skin texture.
I pour a little bit of this stuff into my freshly washed hands and gently pat it into my skin.
Now usually when I think toner, I automatically have flashbacks of stinging burning sensations. I have sensitive skin so things easily irritate my skin. But this stuff is so soothing.
My skin absorbs it easily and there is no burning or stinging sensation at all. Just soft skin.
Step 3: Treatment
Now for the treatment step, I use two products. Both by the Good molecules brand.
This first is the Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum, which does a lot of the same things as the toner does. This serum is a more refined and concentrated version of the toner.
To apply, all I do is dot this serum on my forehead and cheeks, then pat the product into my skin.
TIP: patting over rubbing because patting pushes the product in the skin. While rubbing just smears on top of the skin.
Next, I go in with the Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum. According to Good Molecules, it is formulated with tranexamic acid and niacinamide which helps with the appearance of age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.
Personally I have found great results with both serums. They melt into the skin easily and give me such a nice glow after using them.
And over time my dark spots did lighten up, but unfortunately hormonal acne and my inability to be consistent ruined the results.
Also, I would just like to say that this post IS NOT sponsored by Good Molecules at all. I just love their products.
One of the amazing things about their products is that almost all of their products are made up of 70% water.
Their prices are great too!
Step 4: Moisturize
I like to moisturize with Cerave daily moisturizing lotion. If you have dry skin then I’m sure by now you have seen or been recommended a Cerave product already.
They are pretty widely known and affordable. Plus, they work.
This product is just an overall bomb moisturizer for acne-prone dry skin. No complaints. It’s lightweight and sinks into my sink easily.
I use a dime-size amount of this stuff because with all the serums and toner my skin is pretty well moisturized at this point.
At night time to add a little punch to my routine, I add the Good Molecules Ultra-hydrating face oil.
This product is super small, like a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be, but a little goes a long way. And surprisingly it last a very long time. I ran out of all my other products way before I ran out of this little oil.
To use, I dispense some drops of the oil directly onto my skin and then press the product into my skin.
TIP: Make sure to press the oil into your skin for better results. This helps the product penetrate deeper into your skin. So no rubbing or patting, but pressing it into my skin.
Step 5: Sunscreen
My friend has drilled me into the importance of using sunscreen daily. Her skin went from very acne-prone and discolored to even and clear. And she attributes all this to sunscreen.
Sunscreen is vital for fading dark marks on the skin and preventing sun damage. The one I use is actually by a Korean brand called Purito, and it’s their Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen. It is essential oil-free, calming, and moisturizing.
And you will happy to know that it leaves absolutely NO white cast. It doesn’t add to acne and is water-based.
And I know that sunscreen is usually boosted as a ‘just for summer’ product but it should be used year round. And it’s a great addition to my winter skincare routine.
I buy mine from amazon and it ships within two days with Amazon prime.
And that’s it for my winter skincare routine!
EDIT: I have heard that the sunscreen actually doesn’t have that much SPF in it. It claims to have 50 SPF, but in reality after some testing scientist have found it to only have 19 SPF. But as a brown skin person I naturally have a SPF if 7, so I still saw results. Purito has made a statement on their IG regarding these claims and is currently looking to improve the product. So use the product at your own discretion.
Winter skincare Routine Misc.
I’m not really big on exfoliating, but I use a washcloth to wash off the cleanser and that seems to exfoliate my skin enough.
And I know washcloths are pretty yuck, but I prefer to use them. I have gone without using a washcloth and I didn’t really notice a difference in my skin. So, I just make sure to switch them out pretty often.
Also, in the past, I used to use a sheet mask to help seal in moisture after I finished my cleansing routine, but with all these amazing products I don’t need a sheet mask anymore.
If you are interested in switching up your products to upgrade your winter skincare routine. I highly suggest the products I mentioned in this post. Lastly, I also have a post titled How to get Soft, Glowing, Skin for Winter that’s all about how to get your body nice and moisturized! So check it out!
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