Winter Skin Care. As I have always had sensitive and dry skin for as long as I could remember, I have been looking for the right skin care products. Especially in winter, my face gets drier when the heater is on. With time, I have created my skin care routine with quality items at reasonable prices. I keep my routine simple with only 3 steps, cleaning, hydrating with serum and moisturizing with cream.
Winter Skin Care Step 1: Cleaning
The 1st step of my winter skin care is cleaning. I clean my face twice a day and I usually wash my face with water only in the morning. At night, I clean my face with Kao Biore Facial Washing Foam Moisture. The foam is pretty mild and I love ti. When I wear makeup, I wet the cotton sheet with Loreal Paris Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, and swipe it across my eyes for waterproof eye makeup. It doesn’t burn my eyes and removes heavy eye makeup thoroughly. I also use Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution to remove my face makeup. Bioderma is fragrance-free, alcohol-free and leaves my face feeling clean and hydrated.
Winter Skin Care Step 2: Hydrating
The 2nd skin care step in winter is hydrating with serum. I depend on dermatologists’ advice and tips a lot and I have perfected my skin care products with their top picks. After rinsing, I apply Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum. The texture of this serum is milky and goes on easily. It has a scent and I usually prefer unscented skin care products, but it does hydrate and work really good on my skin.
Winter Skin Care Step 3: Moisturizing
The 3rd step of winter skin care is moisturizing with rich cream. In addition to the serum, I apply the Stiefel cream as my last skin care step. Upon the advice of dermatologist Dr. Pin-Chi Chiu, who is the authority on dermatology in Taiwan, I started using Stiefel Physiogel lotion/cream a couple of years ago. Physiogel is gentle on sensitive skin as it contains no perfume, preservatives, alcohols and colorants. I have been using this product for many years and this works fantastic on my face. I usually apply Physiogel lotion in summer and cream in winter. On snow day, I use Stiefel Physiogel Intensive Cream for my extremely dry face. Another lotion that I also love is Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Cetaphil is recommended by a lot of dermatologists for dry and sensitive skin as it is also non-fragrant and non-comedogenic.
Winter Skin Care for Hands
For hand care in winter, I actually rarely applied hands cream when I was in Taiwan as the weather is pretty humid. But after moving to Boston, the winter is so freezing and severe that my hands get dry and cracked all the time. Now I use Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy every night before going to bed, and apply their All Purpose Balm for my drier elbows and cuticles. The All Purpose Balm is rich and infused with shea butter, softening my skin really well.