Winter Nighttime Skincare Routine

I’ve mentioned before that I am diehard about my skincare. The whole aging process does not bod well with me and I’m gonna do anything to fight it… or at least do it gracefully. While I do love me some Botox, I understand that this is not an option that some can afford or even want. And regardless… you can get as much Botox as you want… if you are missing all the steps in caring for your skin, all Botox will do is freeze your face, not make it look better.

I have combo normal to oily skin, leaning towards more oily. If I’m not careful, my T-zone will legit look like you can fry an egg on it by mid day. It’s a blessing and a curse. Skin doesn’t get wrinkles as easily but the shininess is out of control.

While my skin care does stay fairly consistent, I do have to switch it up a tad during the winter to combat dryness around my mouth and chin. Add in Retinal to the mix and it can be a recipe for dry and oily disaster. Below is the skin care routine that I’m using nightly to keep everything under control during the winter months.

Almay Eye Makeup Remover – First things first… you have got to take off your eye makeup. Leaving it on can cause irritation and dry eyes. I tend to have very sensitive eyes and feel like I pay heavily when my eye makeup isn’t removed. (think red, watery, burning eyes where I can’t wear makeup and basically walk around looking like I’ve been crying for a solid 12 hours straight… not cute). I really like Almay. Makeup comes off great and it doesn’t irritate my eyes. This particular brand is drugstore so also a cheaper price.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes – before I wash my face I take off my makeup. There is no point washing your face and scrubbing makeup back into pores especially if you are using high end face wash. Wipes are everywhere with plenty of options. I usually go between Neutrogena and the generic store brand.

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel – I’m all about anti-aging. Honestly, I don’t think you really can start too early. I’m not ride or die with any particular face wash right now. I had one from the place where I get Botox that I used all of last year and loved. I decided to start trying a few different ones out though. This one is good, my face is clear and I really can tell when I’m in a rush and skip the makeup remover wipes that it does a good job of still cleansing my skin. I do feel that it does tend to take a tad more to get a good lather up which could be the deciding factor on whether to repurchase or not.

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment – I am ride or die for this stuff. I don’t know if you could really classify as a toner but I use it as one. Its thicker than a toner and definitely takes some getting used to it. But it gets off whatever left over residue my cleanser didn’t remove. It also doesn’t tend to dry out my skin like regular toner does which can create a disaster when using a retinol. Last year when I started using a retinol for the first time since high school, my skin was a HOT MESS for 2 flipping months. As soon as I added this to my skincare, within days the dryness was gone. Again, Ride or Die!

Revision Retinol – I can’t stress how important this step is for your skin. Now I’m sure you might be having flashbacks to high school when people got retinas from dermatologist for acne and your skin would literally peel off your face in sheets. Have no fear! Those days are long gone! Retinols are so much more gentle. Now don’t get me wrong, when I first started using it (and even now that I’m using a slightly stronger one) my face was D-R-Y. Bad dry. Like a scaly little reptile. And I started using it during winter which didn’t help. But as soon as I figured out the moisturizer, oils and my blue plasma treatment, that changed fast. The key to using a retinol is just suck it up for the first 2 weeks and then your skin will level out. But the effects are amazing. Your cells turn over faster which keeps your skin looking fresher, helps with wrinkle prevention, texture, and firmness. I can’t even stress how important it is to start using one. Sephora has plenty of options if you don’t have a spa or dermatologist to purchase from.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Night – Another Ride or Die product. I just started using this cream a few months ago and I immediately fell in love… so much so that I fully plan to start using the day cream once I’ve gone thru my current Origins cream. I feel like my skin drinks this up as soon as I apply it. It doesn’t seem to make my skin oilier. I love the texture of the cream, the way it smells, every single thing. I will for sure be trying out more Philosophy products after falling so in love with this stuff.

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream – Eye cream… kinda important to keep those fine lines and crows feet away. Even if you have oily skin, usually its only in the T-zone and not on the outside corners of your eyes. I personally am not loving this eye cream after using it for the last couple of months. I’m going to continue to use up the rest of this but won’t be repurchasing. Regardless though, an eye cream is critical in my skin care process. I’m still searching for my Ride or Die and when I find it, I’ll definitely share but regardless eye cream = prevention of fine lines.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light – Ride or Die. Period. This stuff is amazing. Yes I have oily skin. Yes I still use oil on my skin. This is so good during the winter. I do not use it as much during the summer months. But it is so critical during the winter. I do not use it in my T-zone. I take about 3 to 4 drops depending on how dry my skin is and apply around my mouth, chin, and lower checks up to and on my crows feet for extra hydration. When my skin starts getting dryer with the weather change along with the retinol, this product is also a huge must to combat the lizard skin.

Vasoline – Here’s a little secret… Don’t want dry lips? Tired of every lipstick drying out your lips during the winter, especially if it’s a liquid lipstick? Do your lips literally peel in sheets from getting so dry in the colder months? Vasoline is seriously the greatest product ever! I will get the worst chapped lips during the winter… Like I peel them to the point that they bleed. It’s a weird thing I have to do if they get dry and while intensely satisfying, not a cute look. I put Vasoline on EVERY SINGLE NIGHT after I brush my teeth and I never have dry lips. It doesn’t matter what lipstick I’m using, I don’t have to do a lip exfoliator before using, even with liquid lipstick. This is the cheapest trick with the best results. I do it all year long. I even have a small thing in my purse to use sometimes because its the best chapstick I’ve ever used and I don’t get that beady white lip buildup like a lot of chapsticks can tend to do.

So that’s my skin care for the evening. Seems like a lot of steps but I get a ton of compliments on my skin, have minimal breakouts, and am able to fight the dry skin patches during the winter. Skincare is critical. The better you take care of your skin at a young age, the more the payoff will be as your age.

What products do you use? Any recommendations for an eye cream?

Until next time…



The Penniless Princess



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