Each season seems to have a few slight differences in its makeup and skincare routines. Fall and winter, I think, are more radically different from spring and summer because of the drastic change in humidity and temperature, at least where I live. It’s been a while since I did a makeup/skincare post, and since our weather has changed a lot and I’m using different products, I thought it would be fun talk about the items I’m using this time of year. Our weather, especially now, has been incredibly dry (we’re actually in a severe drought which is really unusual as it normally rains 3-4 times a week) for a month and a half so it’s been an interesting transit to using products that provide more moisture.
I’ll start with my evening routine. Each night when I’m washing my face in the shower, I use three products: almond oil, cleanser, and a daily exfoliant.
I start out with a small amount of almond oil to remove my makeup. It works so well on getting off eye makeup, even waterproof mascara, that I don’t even use a makeup remover. Buying natural almond oil is probably a more expensive alternative to cheap makeup remover from Walmart, but as long as I use a small amount, it lasts a long time. I also find that if I use oil to remove my makeup I end up saving money in the end because one product acts as two: moisturizer and makeup remover.
After removing my makeup, I wash my face with a foaming face wash. I used to buy Yes to Tomatoes’ gel face wash, but I learned how to make my own about a year ago and haven’t gone back to store-bought since. It’s really easy – I just fill up the soap container half and half with castile soap + water and add essential oils like lavender, tea tree, and ylang ylang.
Next, after washing my face, I use a gentle everyday exfoliant. This can also be made at home with aloe vera gel and sugar (plus essential oils of course) but I’ve been busy recently so I am just using Yes to. I do make sure that my exfoliant is marked for daily use because it can irritate my skin if the particles are too harsh.
Once I dry off my face, I apply a weekly mask. This mask I make myself with bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. I just mix one part clay + two parts vinegar and leave it on my face for 15-20 minutes. It dries and then I take it off with hot wet cloths. Bentonite clay is really good at removing toxins and is very beneficial to the skin. One thing about it, though, is that it does dry out your skin some, so I always apply moisturizer afterwards. The moisturizer I use is Yes to.
However, if I’m not using a mask, (which would be 6 days a week), I will spot treat my acne with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar. Afterwards, every day I apply an acne serum that my mom makes. This has aloe vera gel in it which gives just the right amount of moisture. This works really well on my acne and helps me achieve clear skin.
So there is my skincare routine for fall and winter! One last thing: It’s so very important to use a form of moisturizer this time of year, even if your skin is naturally oily. In fact, oily skin could even be a sign that your skin isn’t hydrated enough, which I explained more in depth here.
What are some products you use a lot this time of the year? Have you gotten any rain recently?