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.
Best Skin Care Products French Use For Winter
My winter skincare routine is a little bit more complicated than my usual 3 steps French skincare routine. During winter months, I often use thicker moisturizers: the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater, the Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer by Tata Harper or the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream. In case the weather is dry and super cold, I’m using the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense.
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 Take The Day Off or the Elemis one.
Then, twice a week I do a gentle scrub/polish before leaving a hydrating mask on for about 30 minutes. I love using Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, and the Enzyme Peel by Suzanne Kaufmann. Then I usually follow with my favorite deep-hydration face mask: the Antipodes Aura Manuka Mask.
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 or the Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment by Kiehl’s.
For my hands, I use the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, L’Occitane’s Shea Butter hand cream or the Aromatic Repair & Brighten Hand Cream by Aurelia. 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.