Q: My skin is drying out in my (cold, dry) new home, help! My skin care routine is basically non-existent. In my old city I used Cetaphil gentle cleanser a few times a week, and wore 100spf face sun block in the sun.
Here, I use Neutrogena sensitive skin foaming face wash 3-4 times a week, usually in my morning shower. I have some Oil of Olay face lotion that I use when I notice my face is dry.
I have never had problems with my skin. I use sensitive products and rarely have blemishes. Here, I am noticing some dry patches due to the dry climate and cold. I just don’t want to lose my youth and end up with leather face.
A: I think that when it comes to skincare, the biggest, most important thing is consistency. If you wash your face every night with some kind of gentle cleanser and moisturize both at night and in the morning (this includes eye cream), you should be good for a while.
Washing at night is way more beneficial than in the morning for a few reasons: Removing dirt/excess oil that’s accumulated all day is ideal. Also, applying moisturizer to clean, warm, still-damp skin is best for absorption, which is important because your skin dries out while you sleep. However, during sleep is the time when your skin repairs itself, so having good stuff on your face for your skin to absorb is a good idea.
There’s usually no need to wash in the morning, since your face will still be clean. However, you’ll need to rinse your face and reapply moisturizer. A basic moisturizer will do, but if you’re experiencing extreme dryness, that hyaluronic serum I told you about (PTR Viz-1000, Dermadoctor Wrinkle Revenge Serum) should be applied first. Because around the eyes is where we show our first signs of age (and products that are not formulated for the eye area can be too harsh on that delicate skin), you need an eye cream. Clinique has some good ones for $30, I recommend All About Eyes Rich. It’s really thick and hydrating, it reduces puffiness and dark circles, and the jar can last for 6 months to a year even with daily use.
If the dry patches really bother you, you’ll need to exfoliate a couple of times a week to remove the dry patches and ensure your skin is able to absorb your moisturizer effectively. Exfoliation is also a great way to look younger longer, b/c removing the top layer of dead skin cells makes you look smoother & more radiant. I like to use chemical exfoliants (aka acids or “peels”) rather than scrubs, because scrubs are abrasive which can cause wrinkles. For you, because you’ve probably never peeled before, a sensitive one like First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are a great option. You could also use Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel which is an exfoliator and night cream in one- good for people who don’t want to do too much.
Hope I didn’t overload you too much! Here’s a quick recap:
PM: Remove makeup > cleanse > (if you’re using Facial Radiance Pads do so now) > serum > moisturizer (which could be the Night Gel) > eye cream
AM: Rinse face with warm water > serum > moisturizer > eye cream.