I love when Fall hits and the temperature starts getting cooler. Not only does it mean that I can start breaking out all my boots and live layering, but it also means that I can cut back on my skincare and follow my trusty and very affordable winter skincare routine.
What I mean by “cut back” is that I can stop using certain products that my combo/oily skin needs in the humid heat, but so much in the cooler days of fall and winter.
The most basic skincare needs three core steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. It took me a few years, but I eventually found a simple and very basic skincare routine for normal skin.
Cleanse – In the colder months, I don’t really have to worry about finding products for oily skin, because my skin is more on the normal side. So, I take a break from my cetaphil and use a regular bar of Dove soap. Yes, you can use bar soap on your despite what commercials and old wives tales have told you, but it has to be the right kind of soap. If you have normal to dry skin, stay away from ‘antibacterial’ soaps, because they are very drying. However, Dove soap is great, because not only is it gentle for most skin types but also very moisturizing. Any extra touch of moisture for your skin in the winter is great.
Tone – I always keep a bottle of witch hazel in my skincare stash for those days when I run out of my trusted toner which I preferred product in the summer, this is always the next best option. However, in the winter, when my skin is normal and doesn’t need the extra oomph of my summer toner, I reach for my Dickinson’s witch hazel. It gently wipes away any remaining dirt and make-up that didn’t get removed in the cleansing step and also helps calm and balance my skin without over-drying it.
Moisturize – Coconut oil is seriously my BFF, because it always my back. I buy a large ja of coconut oil and ration it off in various size containers to put in various sots around of my house. I keep a medium size container in my bathroom cabinet to as a deep moisturizing mask for my hair, I keep a small jar in my purse for random moments of dryness on the go, and I keep a small jar on vanity to use as a moisturizer for my skin. Plus, a little goes a long way.
This is my go-to easy, inexpensive, and simple skincare routine that I can actually use all year that consists of products that I buy almost anywhere and anytime (thanks to 24 hour Wal-Mart) Feel free to list some simple and inexpensive skincare products for winter below.