Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Weather Skincare

Most of us around the country have been experiencing some crazy winter weather lately.  True to form, Texas can't decide whether it's done with winter or not, so we've been swinging drastically back and forth between gorgeous temperatures in the 70s to brutal winds and temps in the 20s.  If you're not in Texas, you've probably just been experiencing cold nonstop!  No matter where you are, I guarantee your skin has not been loving this weather!

I have oily skin, so you'd think I wouldn't have huge problems with drying out during the winter, but this season has taken it's toll on my skin!  I've experienced a few really dry patches on my face, thanks to my allergies and constantly blowing my nose.  Moisturizing is one thing, but you need to remember how important exfoliating your skin in the dry months can be!

I recommend having gentle daily exfoliation in your routine, as well as a more abrasive exfoliating product that you use less often.  The easiest way to exfoliate daily is to use a face wash that contains exfoliation beads.  I recommend Mary Kay's TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser.  Not only does this cleanser have gentle exfoliation beads, it also will take care of 3 steps in 1: cleansing, exfoliating, AND toning!  Plus, it comes in two different formulas, one for dry/normal skin and one for combo/oily skin.  Adding in a cleansing brush can also bump up your exfoliation and help clean your skin more thoroughly.

On top of gentle exfoliation on a daily basis, you can add more exfoliation, as long as you're not over-doing it.  Your skin naturally exfoliates, but not evenly.  This is the reason you end up with dry patches here and more oily patches there.  Enter microdermabrasion and other spa and dermatologist-recommended treatments.  The problems with these treatments are numerous: who has the time and money to have microderm done professionally every few months? AND why strip your skin SO harshly a few times a year when you can do a more gentle version at home in just a few minutes? Yes, it's lovely going to a spa and being pampered.  But it's also really nice taking control of your skin and pampering yourself in the comfort of your own home, at a fraction of the cost.  I use Mary Kay's Microdermabrasion Set for just that reason.  It's the same grade Aluminum-Oxide Crystals that are used in spas and dermatologists' offices, but slightly more gentle so you can do it 2-3 times a week and you can also apply makeup immediately afterwards!

Have you ever exfoliated your lips? Guess what? It's the only skin on your body that doesn't naturally exfoliate!  This is why dry, chapped lips are such a problem!  Using Mary Kay's Satin Lips Mask and Balm can conquer this and give you smooth, moisturized lips all through winter!

Check out my other favorite products below!  Winter weather is all about exfoliating and moisturizing.  Work these products into your routine and I bet you'll set a dramatic difference!  Don't forget that your beauty routine needs to change with the seasons, just like your wardrobe!
Winter Weather Skincare


Do you have winter skin problems?  What is your biggest issue?  What are your favorite products?

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