Ask Belle: Winter Facial Care
Oct 18, 2012
My skin gets really dry during the winter. My face starts peeling in October and I feel like it doesn’t stop until May. Do you use a face moisturizer that you can recommend?
Adjusting to winter weather and a drier climate can be very hard on skin, especially delicate facial skin. But keeping your skin supple and clear during the winter isn’t just about applying the right moisturizer.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat. You need to start getting your skin in winter shape, you need to look at your face soap. Using a harsh soap that strips moisture from your skin is the wrong way to go. I like Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel ($35) for every skin type because it washes everything off without drying out your face. If you have acne, I recommend Clarisonic’s clarifying cleanser ($27). And if you’re looking for a drugstore brand, look not further than Cetaphil.
Scrub-a-Dub. Once you cleanse, you need to exfoliate. Because during the winter months, it is even more important to make sure that the dead, rough skin gets scrubbed away.
As you know, I am a HUGE supporter of the Clarisonic device. Whether you go for the new Clarisonic Aria (priced at $199, with code TRICK20 it’s $160) or the less-expensive Mia (regularly $119, with code TRICK20 $97), if you have the means, I highly-recommend buying one. And make sure to choose the best brush for your skin type.
I once had a dermatologist tell me that no woman needed to be using a brush stronger than the sensitive one. So I would stick to either sensitive, delicate or– if you have problem skin like mine–the acne brush head.
I’m basically a Clarisonic crack dealer. That’s just how much I love this product. I even own two, so that I have a Mia to carry with me when I travel. If you want to read more about my unfettered obsession, including tips on cleaning and maintenance, click here.
If you want a cheaper method for scrubbing your face, a nubby wash cloth and some tepid water will do wonders or you can buy a true face scrub. If that’s the case, I recommend one with gentle scrubbers, not rough granules. Dermalogica Microfoliant does the trick, but it’s a bit pricey at $50. I also like the Aveeno Positively Radiant scrub ($8) for gentle exfoliation.
Moisturize. Now, after all that we get to moisturizer. The only brand I use on my face is Ole (pronounced ooh-luh) Henriksen. I actually own three different formulas which I rotate based on need. For really dry skin, I use the Vitamin Creme ($35) for every day use the Ole Henriksen Express the Truth cream ($65). (I buy it during Skinstore’s 20-percent-off sales, and stockpile it.)
If you need a drugstore version, you should look for something that’s natural, paraben free and pack full of antioxidants. My only suggestions would be shot in the dark, but if I were in the market for something cheaper, I’d look at Yes to Tomatoes Rich Day Creme ($15) or Neutrogena Naturals Nourishing Night Creme ($13).