Here is my complete French girl’s guide to the winter skincare routine! Living in the seasonal weather of Paris, the needs of my skin fluctuate throughout the year and the seasons. As temperatures fall during winter months, my skin gets drier, dehydrated and a dull skin tone can set in. I can feel my skin is less able to protect itself during winter.
That is why, every year I update my skincare routine for winter by using thicker moisturizers, more gentle cleansers, and softer exfoliators that protect the skin’s barrier and reveal a more radiant complexion.
In terms of skincare ingredients, during winter I always look for ceramides and hyaluronic acids. Indeed, ceramides are a family of lipids that are naturally in the skin and help to hold onto moisture. While hyaluronic acids enter into the skin and can absorb water giving a more radiant complexion.
How French Women Care For Their Skin In Winter
My winter skincare routine is a little bit more complicated than my usual French skincare routine. During winter months, I often use thicker moisturizers like the Crème de la Mer, the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, or the Avène Skin Recovery Cream. In case the weather is dry and super cold, I’m using the Clinique Moisture Surge.
In the winter, I love using cleansing balms to remove makeup and all impurities. Cleansing balms are such a pleasure to use: I just apply a thick layer and then I use a warm washcloth to remove it. I love the Clinique Cleansing Balm, Caudalie Cleansing Oil, Bioderma H2O Sensibio, or SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser.
Then, twice a week I use a gentle scrub before leaving a hydrating mask on for about 30 minutes. I love using Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, and the Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask, the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub and the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator. Then I usually follow with my favorite deep-hydration face mask: the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre.
During winter months, my lips are always super dry. So I make sure to add in my winter skincare routine some of my favorite lip care! Once a week I exfoliate my lips with the Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator by Fresh. Then, I try to use a lip balm frequently throughout the day as my lips tend to lose hydration very quickly. I love using The Lip Balm by La Mer, the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Nourishing Lip Balm, the Avène Cicalfate Lips Restorative Lip Cream, and the Avène Cold Cream Lip Butter.
For my hands, I use the L’Occitane Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, the Avène Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream, and the BY TERRY Baume de Rose Hand Cream. Each winter, my hands are always super dry, so I really need some super-rich and buttery hand creams. I have tried so many hand creams and these ones really work so well.
During the winter months, my skin is usually very dry so I love to use the L’Occitane Almond Smoothing Milk Concentrate, or the Avène Moisturizing Melt-in Balm, La Mer Body Cream and the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Fluide.
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