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Oh, winter–my skin’s least favorite time of year! I’ve been on the hunt for some new products to keep my skin hydrated in the cold, dry air, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips when trying a new winter skin-care product or routine.
KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE AND HOW IT REACTS
Think back to last winter: How did your skin react to the change in temperature and humidity? And how is it responding this season? Not every winter is created the same (this year, we’re having El Nino rain in San Francisco; last year, it didn’t rain at all!). Your skin-care from last winter may need to be updated to help prevent this winter’s skin issues.
TRY OUT TRIAL SIZE
If you’re trying to find a new brand of skin-care for your regime, consider finding a brand with a trial-size or travel-size set so you can test out a brand before spending a pretty penny on it. The Beauty Concierge at Target recommended this Laneige trial-size set to me for my recent trip to Chicago. Knowing that my skin was going to experience way different weather than what it’s used to (yikes….7 degrees?!), I like being able to snag products perfectly formulated for my need. My Target Beauty Concierge recommended this Laneige set for my cold-weather trip because it packs a lot of moisture into your skin—crucial for cold winter air and drying indoor heating. Plus, if you’re looking for a travel kit, this one is already packed and TSA friendly!
GIVE PRODUCTS A CHANCE
I’ve been guilty of this one before. When a product is recommended to me, I think of it as a miracle product and expect it to change my skin overnight. Wrong! Many skin products need a chance to work their magic—one of the reasons I’m not the biggest fan of single-use samples. How are you supposed to even see what the product does for you? Give yourself a week to try any new skin-care product or routine to see how your skin reacts to it. Obviously, if a product causes a rash or major irritation, use your best judgement about continuing to use it.
DON’T FORGET SPF
And last but not least! Protecting your skin from the sun is just as important in January as it is in July. The weather may be cold, but the sun still has strong rays to protect ourselves from. Opt for a facial-formulated sunscreen that won’t clog your pores and provides 35 SPF or greater.
How many of these tips do you already do? What other ways do you save your skin during the winter months?
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