Welcome to March… and my February vlog. I decided to do something different this month. Throughout February, Hubby and I were doing the same things we did in January. Skiing, walking, cooking, eating, reading. And I’ve talked about all those things ad nauseum. But what I haven’t talked about is the toll that winter activities seem to take on my skin. And I’m assuming on yours too. And how I’m trying to combat the ravages of winter with my skincare routine.
I mean, everything I do in winter is hard on my skin. Even the healthy pursuits. Skiing on cold, snowy days makes my face red and my rosacea worse. And on sunny days I need an extra layer of sunscreen to protect against the sun’s rays bouncing off the snow. Even sitting indoors reading a book has its perils. The air in the house is super dry in winter, especially when one cozies up next to the wood fire. I drink a ton of water, and my room humidifier does a good job, but neither of those change the fact that winter is murder on the skin.
A new wrinkle to the challenges my skin is facing this winter is walking. That’s because my buddies and I wear masks when we walk the trail. I know we’re outdoors, but there’s no way we can maintain a safe distance between us, so we wear masks. Frankly I’m surprised that no one else we encounter on the trail does the same. But we’re taking no chances, and are erring on the side of being extra careful. The thing is that walking for over an hour in below freezing temps in a mask creates tons of condensation inside the mask. By the time I get home, I feel great from the exercise and the companionship, but my face is well irritated. Not to mention the seemingly permanent redness I now have on the bridge of my nose.
So, yeah. Winter can be rough. I’m doing my best to protect and pamper my skin this winter with some new additions to my skin care routine. But I’ll tell you all about that in the vlog.
Pour yourself a second cup of tea and let’s chat about winter skin care, shall we?
I hope you enjoyed that, I want to follow up the video by saying that I am not a skincare expert. I have no formal training. And I don’t know what’s best for you and your skin. I wanted to say that because the other day I listened to a skincare expert rant on a bit about all the so-called experts on YouTube who are not really experts.
So I am NOT an expert, but I do know what has and hasn’t worked for me. And I am always learning. And that’s what I wanted to chat about. As I said in the video, I have sensitive, dry, aging skin. And I’ve tried a ton of products over the years that haven’t worked for me, despite the hype that they may have generated. As well as lots of products that I love. I’ve learned so much over the years talking to women who’ve sold me creams and oils, and who’ve given me facials. As I always say, I am not necessarily loyal to any one brand. But I am very loyal to women in the beauty business whom I’ve come to trust and who have taught me loads over the years. And I’m still learning during lookdown from some of the women I now follow on YouTube.
So I just wanted to make that clear. Not an expert. Always a learner. Who just happens to have strong opinions about what I like and don’t like. Ha.
Now it’s your turn, my friends, to express what you have strong opinions about. What do you do to care for your skin in winter?
P.S. I have linked below the products I use in my skincare routine, and which I talk about in my video. These links are affiliate links. That means if you make a purchase after clicking my link, I will make a commission.
For skiing or walking: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV rehydrating SPF-30 lotion Or for going to town: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Evening: Vichy 3 in 1 sensitive skin cleanser. Vichy Pureté Thermal sensitive skin toner. Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil for dry to very dry skin. Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Resurfacing Cream with Fruit-Derived AHAs.