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 Cleansing Balm.
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 Susanne Kaufmann. Then I usually follow with my favorite deep-hydration face mask: the Antipodes Aura Manuka Mask.
Cleanse deeply your skin with the Antipodes Aura Manuka face mask, which helps leave skin soothed and intensively hydrated. Manuka honey draws moisture to the skin, whilst helping keep skin super fresh and blemish-free. Manuka Honey acts as an anti-wrinkle agent and has antibacterial properties. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask cleanses the skin while intensely moisturizing tired skin and helps treat acne and blemishes. Smooth thick layers of this creamy mask over your face and neck twice weekly. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse with warm and pure water.
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.
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Hi, I'm Mathilde! I started my beauty blog in 2018 to share some of my favorites French skincare products, top makeup tips, and Parisian style inspiration. Leonce Chenal is a glimpse into my Parisian wardrobe, beauty shelf, and all things French of course! I'm originally from the French Alps, but I have lived in Prague and London for several years, now I'm based in Paris. - Enjoy!