Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I am sharing all my clear and glowing winter skin essentials.
I am a huge skincare nerd and the result is that I (most of the time) have pretty clear and glowy skin. I still have a few hormonal breakouts here and there and will sometimes stress pick my chin, but otherwise, I’m happy with my skin! This has not always been the case. I had awful acne for a few years. Despite how frustrating that time was, I did learn a lot about trying so many different products. I used to almost exclusively use this super expensive moisturizer and thought all my products had to come from Sephora to be effective. It turns out, that’s pretty much the opposite of the case! Barring serious acne that needs a dermatologist’s help (god bless Retin-A), you can find excellent skincare products at the drug store.
My clear and glowing winter skin routine nowadays focuses on effective products that won’t break the bank. They leave my winter skin clear, hydrated, glowing, and the perfect canvas for the more luxury-focused makeup that I just can’t quit. All but one of these products can be found at Walmart, Target, or your local drug store. All (but one!) of these products are under $20 and never leave me missing my old $70 moisturizer, which is pretty much all you can ask for!
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or any sort of skin-health professional. Just a girl who has spent a really concerning amount on skincare that didn’t work that well.
Without further ado, let’s get to the products!
The Essentials for Clear and Glowing Winter Skin
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Before we get started, I feel like I need to tell you that this post is absolutely not sponsored by Cerave in any way. I genuinely just love their products and use them every day. My fiancé has really bad eczema and got me hooked on them when we lived in Arizona. My dermatologist also always seems to recommend Cerave products to me, and I would trust her with my life.
With that being said, Cerave products do make up the majority of my skincare routine. They are so versatile, hydrating, and so well priced! I started off using the moisturizing cream, which is what completely sold me on the brand. I put this on my face and my whole body. It leaves my skin smooth and hydrated! My next product was their hydrating cleanser, which I am fully obsessed with. It leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and ultra-hydrated. This new release also removes makeup!
About a year ago I was on the hunt for a good eye cream but didn’t want to spend $300. I really just wanted a hydrated under eye area. I don’t have any issues with puffiness, so I can’t speak to how well it works for that, but this eye cream will definitely hydrate your tired under eyes. I love that it comes in a squeeze tube so I’m not digging my fingers into the tub. I’m weird about germs and can’t think of anything worse than using a product out of a tub!
This Vitamin C & AHA serum is my latest Cerave discovery, and it is truly my favorite so far. If you want clear, glowing skin, pick this baby up ASAP. I use this in the morning, as Vitamin C helps protect your skin from aging (when combined with sunscreen!). Speaking of sunscreen, I will never use anything other than this gem from La Roche Posay. I’ve tried many a $50 sunscreen, and this $20 rockstar beats them all. My skin is super acne-prone and this is the only sunscreen under $50 that doesn’t break me out. The ultra-attainable price point also means that I don’t feel like I need to use it sparingly!
Since I use my Vitamin C & AHA serum every morning, I like to switch things up at night. This product leaves my skin ultra-smooth and hydrated. Thanks to this + the moisturizing cream, I never wake up with that tight skin feeling.
Speaking of waking up, this is what I use to remove my nighttime skincare products! I’m too lazy to wash my face in the morning, and this does this trick while also hydrating my skin. I also use it to remove makeup as needed.
Finally, I have to tell you about my absolute favorite product for Mask-ne. I picked this up over the summer and can’t imagine not having it in my life. Not only does it exfoliate and leave your skin even and glowing, but the BHA (salicylic acid) is great for my acne-prone gals. I fully credit this to clearing up my Mask-ne, even when I have to wear a mask for 8+ hours a day!
What are your favorite skincare essentials for clear and glowing winter skin? I’m always open to testing out something new!
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