Winter Skin

Since coming to college my skin has drastically changed. It’s still combination but since my campus is in a literal wind tunnel during the winter, it gets DRY. Having done my first full year in Boston, I had to adjust my routine in the summer, and now I’m preparing for winter because we essentially skipped fall. I’ve gone back to a lot of loved products and my skin hasn’t felt this good in a while. I try and streamline my routines because I like consistency and want a routine I don’t have to think about.

My morning’s have to be simple because I’m almost always running late. It’s three steps and works wonder.


Cleanse – Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

I’d heard great things about this cleanser and finally got to try it thanks to my Birchbox subscription. I savored every drop of it and finally repurchased at the Sephora VIB sale. It goes on so silky, washes off and leaves my skin feeling so clean but not dry. It allows me the perfect blank canvas for the rest of my products.

Treat – The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid + B5 serum

I used Glossier’s version of this product for a while, I’d repurchased it twice, but I’m trying to cut back on spending and this is a dupe (technically it came before the Glossier serum) and even with shipping is still less than half the cost of the Glossier serum. I love using it because it helps with the roughness I can get on my cheeks as well as work as a primer when I apply my makeup.

Moisturize – Avene Cleanance Expert

I discovered this product through Birchbox, and it changed my life the moment I used it. I’ll never go back to a different moisturizer because it makes my makeup so smooth and doesn’t break me out or feel heavy. It’s truly mattifying while also allowing some natural glow. I can’t rave enough.

For my night routine I try and slow down and use my skincare routine to unwind. It’s a little bit longer especially since I try and mask every night when I have the time (sounds crazy, but my skin responds well).


Cleanse 1 (not pictured) – Bioderma Sensibio H20 + Shiseido Facial Cotton

I love Bioderma. It’s the only makeup remover I have ever liked and I’ll repurchase forever. I changed the game by buying the Shiseido Facial Cotton. So soft and easy! Just a little luxury that I picked up at the VIB sale!

Cleanse 2 – Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser

This cleanser is so incredible. Tata Harper itself is an incredible brand because all the products are so clean and basically just plants. I feel so good about this product that I’m willing to splurge on. I actually only repurchased this product thanks to Credo’s Friends and Family sale and this product makes my skin so happy. It’s a scrub but I use it every night because it doesn’t strip my skin but gives me the right amount of exfoliation.


Tone – Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion

I don’t think this is necessarily toner, but it is incredible in every sense. I stopped using this product for a while, and my skin quality declined. I brought it back a few weeks ago and I saw instant improvement. It hydrates while also taking care of any acne scarring or discoloration.

Treat – Glossier Super Pure

This serum is my EVERYTHING. The acne I get isn’t constant, but I think that’s because I started using this serum, and it’s helped keep me blemish free. When I do get a pimple here and there, it dries them out so quickly. I get redness on my cheeks and this helps take care of that too. The Ordinary makes a dupe for this one, but I’ve heard it doesn’t work as well as Glossier so I’m staying loyal and willing to splurge.

Moisturize 1 – Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre

During the winter, I like a good thick moisturizer that seals it all in. I got a sample of this moisturizer from Birchbox, and I’m thrilled with it that the minute I used it up I dragged my best friend across the city so I could go get the full-size at Target. It’s so smooth but doesn’t leave excess oil. It’s really good. I’m a firm believer in French pharmacy between this product and my Avene moisturizer.

Moisturizer 2 – Herbivore Lapis Oil

This oil works wonders for my skin. In the summer, I can use it alone as a moisturizer but now in the colder weather I’m trying to conserve the product since it is pricey. I do 3-4 drops in my fingers, warm it up and then press it into my skin to seal in my moisturizer. This product balances skin and works so nicely with my serum and moisturizer to prevent breakouts while staying moisturized.

2 thoughts on “Winter Skin

  1. I love Ordinary products. Simple and effective. The price just makes them more lovely. I am using the checks and balance face wash too. And OMG, I just thinking to get the Herbivore Lapis Oil, and just see you talk about it hear. Do you think it worth the price? or Do you think it is better to look for alternative?

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