Winter Skincare Essentials & Routine


Since moving to New York in 2015 I have battled the world’s driest skin during the winter. Combine the dryness with sensitive skin and a tad bit of rosacea, I’ve never really been able to lock down a skincare routine that works best for me. Through a whole lot of trial and error, however, I have (mostly) nailed it. I think, at least.

While less usually is more, these aren’t the only products I use. But they are the products I use most regularly/everyday. If you check out my instastories, you’ll notice I love a good Sephora haul and trying new products. What are some of your go-tos? Have you tried some of these products? Would love to hear from you! 

  1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser | AM: Washing my face in the morning may be drying out the skin more, but there’s something about this cleanser that I can’t get enough of. It smells like (and I like to think it basically is) straight cucumber. It’s the tiniest bit hydrating and makes me feel über clean and ready to start the day.
  2. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser | PM: I’ve been using this cleanser for years and years. Neutrogena Naturals was the first “drug store” brand that I found that wouldn’t cause a breakout. I may break out and try other PM face washes soon for sake of changing it up, but part of me thinks if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. 
  3. Cerave PM Facial Lotion | PM: This is the go-to simple nighttime moisturizer I’ve used for a couple years, and it gets the job done. That’s it. It’s like having a white t-shirt in your wardrobe: everyone just needs it.
  4. Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream | AM: TLDR, this stuff is amazing and the best moisturizer I’ve ever had. In the winter my skin is extremely dry, and if there’s one thing you need it’s this. Peptides essentially help keep your skin firm and boost collagen growth, which helps keep ya looking healthy. If you want to get into the science of it we can talk about how they play a role in protein we can, but I won’t.
  5. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5 | AM & PM: I discovered The Ordinary products a few months ago when searching for a regular retinol (see number 6), and everything on the internet pointed to The Ordinary’s HA if you also need a moisture boost that won’t break the bank. Hyaluronic Acid can act as a moisturizer by itself and helps keep your skin look plump and also can reduce redness/even skin tone and reduce wrinkles.
  6. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion | PM: Although I don’t have wrinkles, I just want to do what I can to keep them at bay for as long as possible. My dermatologist prescribed a retinoid last spring and it was extremely rough on my skin, enter this stuff. Applying this at night helps manage breakouts, fight wrinkles, and is a gentle version of what your doctor may subscribe (obviously because it’s not as strong). Retinoid can cause irritation from the sun which is why you’re supposed to apply at night!
  7. Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque | Once Weekly, PM: The esthetician at HeyDay suggested this a while back, and I’m a sucker for it! Apply a thin layer once a week and rinse with warm water. Goodbye, dead skin.
  8. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Eye Patches | Once Weekly, anytime: Love these on days I feel extremely tired and also when traveling! They are honest to God simply refreshing and well worth the price tag.

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