If you’re anything like me, you’d like your skin to stay Summer glow-y and radiant all year round (but without, like, the sweatiness). This becomes increasingly difficult as dry skin emerges and our noses start to resemble Rudolf. After years of working as a makeup artist in the frigid New York City winters, I’ve built an arsenal of my must have tips and tricks to battle the winter skin woes. Here’s a list of my fave products and tips to help combat the frigid temperatures.
1. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
It’s right around October when cleansing your skin becomes a delicate balance of removing makeup and grime while keeping your PH balanced and not stripping your skin of its natural oils. This is where this creamy gel cleanser does its duty. It’s got a blend of 5 skin conditioners and is gentle enough to use on your eyelids. Pro tip: Don’t over cleanse your face! Make sure to wash all of your makeup off at night and in the morning if your skin isn’t too oily, just a splash of lukewarm water can be enough cleansing necessary.
2. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
The often overlooked serum can make a WORLD of a difference when it comes to skin care. Vitamin C helps to retexturize skin and reduces visible signs of aging. It also contains sodium hyaluronate and collagen to brighten skin and rehydrate wrinkles. Pro tip: Add a drop of serum to your foundation before mixing and applying. This sheers out the foundation slightly and gives a dewy finish.
3. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
This moisturizer is the holy grail of dry skin fixes. It contains aloe vera and shea butter and is well loved in the beauty industry by makeup artists and models alike. Pro tip: Slather this creamy concoction on before cleansing and wipe clean to remove makeup without stripping your skin.
4. Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water
The winter months typically bring loads of holiday celebrations and lots of festive cocktails with it to boot. Keeping your skin refreshed gets trickier when the champagne starts flowing! Stay hydrated with hydrogen water. Hydrogen water is simply water that, through several means, has extra hydrogen gas added to it. It supposedly works like this: When you ingest the hydrogen gas, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and a portion of the hydrogen molecule has antioxidant activity. Pro tip: Have a little TOO much to drink? Drink some Pedialyte (yes, the one for kids!) before bed and wake up with less of a headache!
Sometimes things are classics for a reason. Vaseline is a mixture of mineral oils and waxes that helps the skin to retain moisture and heal. Best of all, it’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores. Slather some on chapped skin, lips, dry noses, elbows, etc. Pro tip: If your makeup is looking cakey or settling into hopelessly dry skin, apply a thin layer of Vaseline onto your face for a more radiant look. Apparently, Marilyn Monroe wore Vaseline on her face everyday and we all know how gorgeous she looked!