If you’re like many of our clients, your skin is ready for winter to be over – the dryness, the flakiness, the sensitivity. Here are our tips to layer your products for maximum moisture to get our mugs through to spring.
Start with a cleanse. Even if you have very dry skin, there are creamy cleansing options, oil cleansers, and cleansing waters that will help add moisture while still sweeping the slate clean. Why is cleansing still important in winter? Removing the product and everyday buildup from the surface of your skin allows your serums and moisturizers to better penetrate the skin and do the good work they’re supposed to do there.
Bonus points: Mist or tone after cleansing. Aside from giving your skin just a bit more of what it needs (whether that’s a dose of extra hydration from a hydrating mist or oil balancing from a more astringent toner why) these products tend to help finishing serums and moisturizers spread and penetrate over the skin. Totally optional but can add to your routine and extend the use of your other potions.
After a mist or toner layer your products thin/lightest to heavy/thickest: usually serum, facial oil, then moisturizer. Items like facial oil or serums, which only require a few drops, can be awkward to apply at first (because how am I supposed to get these two drops all over my face?), but there are two methods. First, you can add those drops of oil to your serum or moisturizer and blend them together before applying to face in one step. Yes, mix the products together! Or, two, to go the true ritualistic layering route with a facial oil, warm your 2-3 drops of facial oil between your palms (it will get warm and spread it evenly), then press the oil into your skin before moving on to moisturizer.When you’ve finished with your mists and serums and few drops of oil, apply a moisturizer with an SPF and you’re layered for maximum winter hydration.
For the rest of the winter season, we suggest the following routine, generically speaking:
Day: cleanse, hydrating mist, hydrating antioxidant serum, SPF moisturizer
Night: cleanse, hydrating mist or balancing toner, brightening serum + 2-4 drops facial oil, regenerating moisturizer for your skin type.