Winter Skincare Routine

I turned 25 yesterday. I feel old. I am officially in my mid-twenties, not that my skin is aware because currently I am fighting a breakout that should have happened a solid ten years ago. So while my skin is misbehaving, I decided to show you all my winter skincare routine, which, turns out, is exactly like my summer, spring, and fall skincare routine, because I am lazy.

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Morning

I don’t shower in the morning, wrangling my post-shower/humid bathroom hair would add a whole half hour to my already rushed morning, so I wash my face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions cleanser bar. It costs just as much as the liquid, but lasts so much longer, and since it’s a solid bar, I don’t have to decant anything into a smaller container when I travel.

I follow the cleanser with Pacifica’s Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. This gets any remaining oil and gunk off my face, and is so super gentle that I can even use it around my eyes. It smells wonderful, and as a bonus, it’s cruelty free.

Then I moisturize. I don’t like feeling oily or like I have anything heavy on my face, so in the mornings I use a dab of Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream. It sinks into my skin pretty fast, and is so light. It’s also kinda cold, no matter where I store it, so it de-puffs my skin.

Around my eyes I use Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream. It’s very hydrating without being heavy, but one thing I will say is that it makes my eye area feel a little delicate after I put it on, so I do all this before I’m out of my pajamas so by the time I need to put makeup on, it’s worn off.

Finally, I put on Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, which is SPF 25. I like it because it dries matte, and isn’t overwhelmingly flavored or scented. I guess that’s because it’s marketed towards men and heaven forbid a macho manly man has glossy lips.

Also, throughout the day I use various hand lotions, my current favorite for dryer weather is this Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream. It’s not overly scented, and a little bit goes a long way.

Night

I shower in the evening, about an hour before bed, because it helps me relax and unwind, and I don’t like taking all the dirt and grossness of the day to bed with me. When I get out of the shower, while my hair is still wrapped up and out of the way, I put on Bliss’s grapefruit and aloe body butter. It’s super thick and smells so nice. I put it on first so by the time I’m ready for bed it’s absorbed into my skin.

Once my hair is brushed and put up in a big giant bun, I wipe off my face (that I washed in the shower) with the Pacifica micellar cleansing tonic again, and let it air dry. When that’s happened, I use a bit of Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Night Cream. This absorbs into my skin really nicely, and doesn’t feel greasy at all.

My eyes get Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless eye cream, I put it in my under-eye area, on my eyelids, and between my eyebrows, because I’m already noticing that vertical wrinkle (maybe I scowl too much?), and crepey eyelids run in my mom’s family. So that’s what I’m trying to avoid.

Finally, I slap on a lip balm, my current favorite is this Brambleberry Rose lip balm by the Rosebud Perfume Co., which are the same people that make the cult worshipped Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It’s basically the same thing, but I like this smell better. And it lasts for years.

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I don’t know how I survived winter without this.¬†

So in the winter, my skin gets super dry. Not cracked, but uncomfortably tight. And I hate how greasy lotion makes me feel if it doesn’t absorb right away.

And then I went to Nordstrom Rack with my mother, and found this massive tube of magic.

It is a super-sized tube of Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream, and it is wonderful. It’s super thick but absorbs surprisingly fast, and the scent is very light. I think it’s a little too heavy for using on my face, especially since I break out easy, but for the rest of my body it’s great.

I don’t really like traditional “wintery” scents like ¬†vanilla and other sugary stuff, and around this time of the year that’s all that’s in stores. However, I really like this candle that I got in Bath and Body Works a few years ago but never burned, called Snowed In.

I don’t know if they make the scent anymore, and if they don’t I kind of regret buying the tiniest one. It’s almost completely gone. It smells vaguely like men’s cologne, not like Axe but a very subtle masculine sort of smell. When I was in college, the girls living down the hall bought a spray bottle of Febreeze called Warm Winter Comfort or something, and after smelling it we promptly dubbed it Sexy Man Febreeze. This candle smells like a more subtle version of that. But it might just be more subtle because we’re not spraying it all over the place.

In addition to the lotion and the candle I am wrapped in a quilt, next to the space heater, wearing the cutest booties (more on those later) taking a study break and spending my snow day knitting a sweater (that’ll also be another post).

Stay warm! And remember, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @vrishalimk, tumblr at gradschoolblahg.tumblr.com, and for collaborations and Go Through My Stuff submissions, email me at thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.