Cold Weather Beauty Essentials

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream Review

My skin is very dry and it’s getting worse in fall and winter. During the cold season, I am dramatically changing my beauty routine and literally having a nourishing cream collection on me at all times. Today I decided to share with you some of my tips and tricks on how I am taking care of my skin during the cold season.

#1: In order to avoid making my skin even more dry, I am trying to wash my face less often. I skip a cleanser in the morning and just spritz my face with water, followed by Vichy Thermal Water. After that, I apply two of my favorite skincare products at the time: Clarins Double Serum followed by Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream. The latest is a bit thick so I wait a few minutes and then remove the excess of the product with a tissue.

#2: During late fall and winter I prefer staying at home for at least a half an hour after applying my moisturizer. I can’t really explain why, but many Russian women believe it’s the right way to go so I guess I am just following my mom’s beauty advice on that.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream

#3: I do use a primer and a foundation on a daily basis, and my favorite products at the time are Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Primer #4 Nourishing and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation. I also make sure to have Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in my handbag so I can fix my makeup during the day. The package of this product is very compact and cute and I love how it allows to camouflage any skin imperfections in a matter of seconds.

#4: When it comes to makeup, a mascara and a red lipstick are the most important beauty products for me. I also like applying a tiny amount of neutral eyeshadow so my makeup looks a bit more finished. I am currently using Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes or YSL Effet Faux Cils for lashes and Marc Jacobs Le Mark Lipstick in #200 Oh Miley for lips.

#5: My favorite eyeshadow palette at the time is URBAN DECAY On the Run Palette that I purchased a few weeks ago during Ulta Cyber Funday saleI don’t know why but I stopped applying blush daily, but if I do, it’s either Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach or Chanel Joues Contraste in Pink Explosion.

#6: I do take my face cleaning seriously and never go to bed with makeup. The first thing I do while getting ready for bed is remove makeup using Bioderma Miscellar Water. Then, while I am taking shower, I clean leftovers of my makeup with Philosophy Purity Cleanser. It’s a very mild product that makes my skin very smooth and moisturized.

#7: If my skin is breaking out, I also apply Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser on problem areas. Every once in a while I also apply Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment.

#8: After shower, I wipe my skin with Clinique 3 Steps Clarifying Toner For Dry To Mixed Skin and apply the same serum that I use in the morning, Clarins Double Serum. Then, I apply my favorite night cream that I’ve been using for years, Clarins Multi-Active Night Recovery Cream Dry Skin.

Cold Weather Beauty Essentials

#9: I also make sure to moisturize my body right after I am getting out of shower. My current favorite moisturizer is Dove Extra Dry Cream Oil Body Lotionit smells delicious and doesn’t feel too heavy.

#10: Finally, I do carry a hand lotion and a lip balm at my handbag, no matter how small it is. I have tons of products under this category that I switch almost every day (you can find the list of my favorite hand lotions here). For instance, today I have with me Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream and ChapStick Total Hydration in Fresh Citrus.

What is your current beauty routine? Do you change your beauty habits during the cold season?