A few months ago I wouldn’t even need to write a post about winterizing anything because New York was having the warmest winter I’ve experienced in my lifetime as a New Yorker. But oh how the tables have turned and the 60 degree Christmas is a figment of my imagination, and blizzards are all I currently see. So with the sudden change in weather my skin care regimen needs a facelift to keep my skin in tip top shape. But since I’m saving for all of my upcoming excursions, everything I’m doing will be with a budget in mind. Even when it comes to winterizing my skin care regimen… I’ve got to do it with one thing in mind: ease and affordability. So that is what this list consists of 4 easy steps to winterize your skin care regimen on a budget.
4 Steps To Winterize Your Skin Care Regimen On A Budget
1. Upgrade Your Moisturizer: The same moisturizer you’ve been using in the spring, summer and fall months isn’g going to cut it when it comes to winter months. The cleanser you use is also going to need adjustment to avoid harsh detergent like drying affects that can often occur. The winter months specifically are going to require your skin care products to contain intense moisturizing qualities and a much thicker consistency for the most part. During the winter I opt to use pure Shea Butter or thick lotions/creams that contain of Shea Butter and Coconut oil. For cleansing purposes I use the Dove White Beauty Bar. My sensitive skin needs extra TLC during the winter so I go for the mild unique blend of ingredients that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Because the beauty bar contains 1/4 moisturizing cream this helps with the next part of my skin care routine easily. And at 3.79 for a 2 bar pack it doesn’t get much easier and budget friendly than that.
2. Apply Moisturizer in the shower: After you have cleansed you are going to want to seal in the moisture that was left behind by your cleansing process. You not only want to use a cleanser that is going to leave behind clean skin without over drying but you want to make sure your skin is in good shape to having the moisture sealed in. This means you should add your moisturizer within a 2-3 minute window after you have finished cleansing. Why? The longer you wait, the more moisture has had the chance to escape. It is just like the LOC method for your hair ladies, seal in the moisture you have just added with a thick moisturizer. Like I said before I use Dove White Beauty Bar because it leaves my skin soft and smooth after my shower, but then I throw on some Shea Butter & Coconut oil to seal that soft smoothness in. Time is definitely of the essence, and the price is still right. Shea butter generally runs about 4-5 bucks for a generous amount, while coconut oil runs for about 5-10 dollars depending on the size of the container.
3. Exfoliate Regularly: Exfoliating in the winter may sound counterproductive because it would appear that your skin would become drier and itchier. Not the case. You should still be exfoliating in the winter months 1-2 times a week. When you exfoliate you are removing dead skin cells making it easier for moisture to seep into your skin and stay there. With the dead skin laying on top of the “new skin” like a barrier it can be extremely frustrating trying to moisturize properly. You can also follow up your exfoliation session with an organic toner to help brighten the skin as well. I use witch hazel, but have also heard great things of people using Rosewater, and Apple Cider Vinegar as well (haven’t worked my way up there yet the smell is too much for me)
4. Choose Simple Yet Effective : The best advice I can give in winterizing your skin care regimen is to choose simple methods over the complex ones. I know that sounds easier said than done, or something that should be a given but sometimes people get caught up in the hype of a name brand, or a particular method. Expensive doesn’t generally mean that it is good and will work. Using plain basic prodcuts has been effective for me, while others may benefit off using big brand names. You must listen to what your skin tells you it wants and needs. Choose the best aspects of what works for you and amplify it to make it useable in the winter months. But most of all make sure you to have fun taking care of your skin and yourself.
In what ways are you winterizing your skin care regimen? And what are you doing to make sure you stay within budget.?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.