How to Winterize Your Skin in the South
In New England, they have their harsh winter winds, gentle as a brillo pad to your cheeks. On the West Coast, the land of perpetual light jacket weather, December is synonymous with damp, some might even say bone-chilling. While the rest of the country may think it’s all palm tree wishes and sunshine dreams down here, the South also has a unique blend of winter issues, the main one being humidity and dryness occurring all at once in days that turn from 60 degrees to freezing in a few hours. As you can imagine, picking an outfit that lasts through an entire day is a fool’s errand, but that’s for another conversation. Today, we’re here to talk about your face.
Is it simultaneously dry yet oily? Have you cursed to the heavens in front of the mirror at least six times this month? You likely suffer from what Assistant Editor Katherine Owen has dubbed, Southern Winter Combo Skin. But help is here. We’ve found the perfect skincare regimen that will last you through camellia season until, when as sure as the azaleas bloom, we will start complaining about the heat.
Weleda Skin Food
Buy It: $8.07; amazon.com
If you buy only one product mentioned in this post, let it be this. Yes, it’s thicker than buttercream frosting, which may send up flags for anyone used to dropping the “sensitive skin” card. But applying it both as a night and day cream will not only keep your face flake-free, it also acts as glow-giving primer that keeps your skin moist all day under your makeup or on its own.
Glossier Soothing Face Mist
Buy It: $18; glossier.com
Yes, perhaps this product appears the most frivolous. I too was one of those people that scoffed at spray bottles filled with questionable elixirs, but then I was saved by the grace of Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist. Used right after exfoliating, it calms and hydrates. Used when your e-mail inbox looks like an actual downtown city trash can, its rose scent will transport you to a new mental state, if only for a few minutes. Checking out the Glossier site right now? Buy a tube of Boy Brow while you’re at it. You’ll thank us profusely later.
NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon
Buy It: $18.55; amazon.com
Think of these Korean-made discs as luxurious sheets of lemon-scented sandpaper that keep your face smooth and bright like a newly varnished pine table. Use one in the morning and anytime you don’t feel like the sparkly unicorn you are.
Nelson's Pure ad Clear Gel
Buy It: $8.50; amazon.com
With the dreaded Southern Winter Combo Skin comes the inevitable breakouts. If you don’t own a tube of this innocuous gel you’ve likely seen in health food stores, you may wonder where it’s been all your life once you see it in action. If a dab of this doesn’t all but nearly erase any sign of a blemish by morning, it will at the very least calm any swelling or redness to a point where you don’t feel irrationally upset. This gel also magically creates a seal of sorts so putting any product or concealer over it doesn’t become the world’s worst game of paint by numbers.
Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion
Buy It: $24; amazon.com
There’s always time for sunscreen. Especially this one from French girl-favorite Eau Thermale Avene that is totally non-greasy and seems to ever-so-slightly blur pores and imperfections. Pro tip: layer it under your moisturizer.