(Closed) Dry Winter Skin ALREADY–what is your skin care routine?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

K just hear me out for a minute – cause this goes against what marketing for beauty products tells you – use oil.  i live in an extremely dry climate and i get chapped skin, eczema, redness for 6 months out of the year if I don’t do this… weirdly enough, I have oily skin.

If you don’t want to go to natural products, go to sephora or whatever cosmetic store you can find vitamin E or C oil – straight up oil you apply with a dropper.   You can mix this right into the moisturizer you use.

A friend of mine uses rose hip oil, I use olive oil – straight on, at bedtime massage it into your face.  You don’t need to cleanse first, use about a teaspoon and massage it into your face and neck and then steam it off with a hot wash cloth – soak it in hot water, wring it out, repeat.

Baby smooth skin, I swear, and it doesn’t get oily, just make sure you get all the excess oil off.  As you apply, its great for your hands and nails too!  You may think that oil wil make you break out but it actually matches the natural oil of your skin well, it will dissolve the oil on your face and remove it and seal in moisture.



Post # 4
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

For winter (and summer) moisturizer I’m a huge fan of Guna Natur 4 Face… it is hands down the best moisturizer I’ve tried.  It does have a light fragrance to it but you get used to it.  I also use Face Oasis by h2o plus, but not as often since discovering Guna.

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I use Aveeno Positively Radiant mosturizer and the matching cleanser. Lots of things I’ve tried irritate my skin, but it works great for me. And while I’ve never tried it, I know that Cetaphil is also super popular for dry skin.

For my body I use Vitamin E body butter from The Body Shop. I’m pregnant and trying to avoid stretch marks if at all possible (though I know creams don’t make a difference for everyone), and since this body butter has cocoa butter and shea butter I decided to give it a try.

Post # 7
20 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I also use olive oil as a moisturizer, and I use a combination of oils to clean my face in the evening, and I use honey to clean my face in the morning.  It’s a bit hippy-dippy, but it’s cheaper and easier than expensive creams and I’ve had better results with it than anything else I’ve tried!

Putting oil on your face should not make you break out – your skin naturally needs oils, and if you’re cleanser/toner is depriving it of that, it may try to produce to much oil on its own.

I learned a lot more about the oil cleansing/moisturizing from http://www.crunchybetty.com/, if you’re curious!

Post # 8
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I have sensitive skin and live in a super dry climate and this is my routine:

Cleanse with Philosophy Purity Made Simple, follow up with Philosophy Help Me and moisturize with Philosophy Hope In a Jaf. For my eyes I have a night eye cream from Lancombe.

Post # 9
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

DHC has a cleansing oil that is awesome – you can follow up with their olive oil as well.

Jojoba oil is also a good match for skin.

I apply a lot more hand cream in the fall/winter.  After I apply hand cream, I pat my face with the excess.  It seems to help.

I recently switched from Neutrogena’s Combination Skin lotion to Cereve.  That’s helped a lot as well.

Post # 10
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bella128:  I tried this, and all it did was exacerbate my acne. I’ve tried the oil cleansing method (olive oil), vitamin E, argan oil, etc. Awful.

I have dry, sensitive, reactive skin that’s acne prone. I don’t change my routine, other than using extra moisturizer and using warmer water when it’s colder. I use a non-lathering facewash for acne and exfoliate with a wet washcloth twice a day, and then a gentle exfoliating acne wash twice a week. I used a facial brush (like a Clarisonic, but not) for a while, but it was way too harsh on my skin. I was exfoliating too much and using products that were too harsh before, which led to drier, flaky, dull skin (and acne from the irritants and comedogens). I use a good moisturizer on damp skin, and then more if I feel like I need it. 

When you go outside, COVER YOUR FACE. I know it looks dumb, but trust me. Get a warm mist humidifier and run it in your bedroom while you sleep. 

I use Target brand cocoa butter lotion for my hands and body, and exfoliate with a sugar scrub once a week.

Post # 11
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I usually just bust out the humidifier  in the winter months.  I don’t have to change anything else when I do that.

Post # 12
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t change much for my face other than use my ‘night time’ (not specifically nightime just is a heavier moistuizer) moisturizer during the day as well. For my body I ALWAYS use Dove (I also prefer the bar soap but they also come in body washes). Right now I’m just using the cucumber one… but in the winter when I start to dry out I switch to the ‘winter care’ or ‘nourishing care shea butter’ I personally like the winter care one better.  when I use lotion (which is a lot less now that I switched) I use St. Ives Vitamin E




Post # 13
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

I also dont’ really change much in the winter other than run a humidifier in my home, but I also have made the switch to all products with no dyes or fragrances, which has made all the difference!

Post # 14
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief for my dry and breakout prone skin.  I have a hard time finding something for my super dry hands.  I used like Burts Bees Hand Creme, Almond Milk but I think they changed the formula.

Post # 15
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@bella128:  I’ve recently started oil cleansing aswell. My skin used to be quite oily & prone to stress induced breakouts

 @vorpalette:  Have you tried mixing the olive oil with mineral or castor oil? They tend to be less comedogenic. That’s what I use.

Every other evening, before bed. I rub my face with 1/4 oz of castor oil. Then I take a warm washcloth, leave it on my face for 5 minutes & wipe off the extra. It’s actually increased the moisture on my skin but it doesn’t look greasy.



Post # 16
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@bella128:  would baby oil work?

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