My Winter Skincare Routine, Part 3: Moisturizing and Protecting
Okay okay, I know I use lots of Shiseido products. I swear that I am not sponsored by or affiliated with Shiseido. I also have never worked for them in my life. Shiseido, however, is a brand that my grandmother and mother have been using for years, and their products have been working incredibly well for them. I picked up Shiseido skincare products when I was in college, loved the results they gave me, and always went back to them when I was dissatisfied with other brands. Not all their skincare and makeup items are great and they might not always work for everyone, but the ones that I mention here (and my other skincare posts) are products that I've repurchased over and over again.
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream [DAY & NIGHT]: I've used this night cream for a very long time now, and it's my go-to moisturizer for colder months. This is meant to be a night cream for extremely dry skin; however, I use this both in the night and day time because the winter here in Minnesota and our indoor heaters make my skin brutally dry. Without a good moisturizer, my skin gets flaky. Luckily for me, this moisturizer seals all the serums I applied so that my skin does not feel dry or dehydrated at all by the time I come home from a long day. As a result, my skin has been flake-free and healthy-looking. Because of how emollient this is, I only suggest it to people with very dry skin and those living in cold (like below freezing) and dry climates; someone with normal skin living in a humid climate might find this product too overwhelming. Another reason why I like this moisturizer is because it has vitamin C and a few other ingredients to help with cell-turnover. You can easily find this at almost any Shiseido counter, Nordstrom, and Sephora.
Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream [DAY ONLY]: I recently wrote a review on this, expressing praise for this. You can head over to my post here. Long story short, this does a brilliant job de-puffing and brightening my eye area and it wears so well under my concealer.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 Eye Contour Cream [NIGHT ONLY]: At night, I need a much more emollient eye cream. This has worked incredibly well for me; it has hyaluronic acid to keep my eye area hydrated. It has also helped to minimize puffiness and dehydration lines by the time I wake up. Luckily for me, I haven't had any clogged pores from this, though I can see how this can be too heavy for some people. The reason why I only use this at night is because it wears terribly under concealer and it leaves a somewhat greasy film. Thus, I only use this during the winter when the environment is incredibly dry. You can purchase this at almost any Shiseido counter, Nordstrom, and Sephora.
Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream in SPF 40 [DAY ONLY]: Sun care is a must for me, even during the winter, because I walk and take the bus to work almost every day. I use this daily over my moisturizer. This cream is non-drying and feels slightly thick, which I think actually helps to protect my skin from the harsh winds. Despite its thickness, it works great as a primer for my BB cream/light foundations and is non-sticky and non-greasy. The only downside to this is that it does leave a light cast, so I only recommend it if you have light or fair skin, or wear a tinted moisturizer or foundation on top of it. You can buy this at pretty much any Shiseido counter, Nordstrom, and Sephora.
Tips that Work for Me
1. When applying moisturizer, I always warm it up with the palm of my hands and gently pat it into my skin to avoid dragging my face down and causing redness. When applying on my neck, I gently apply it in an upward motion.
2. As for eye creams, I apply it with my ring fingers with a tapping motion. I also gently press onto the pressure points around my eye to help me relax. In terms of when I apply my eye cream in my routine, I use it in between my serums while I'm waiting for the serums to absorb into my skin.
3. You've probably heard this time and time again, but people with oily skin should still consider using moisturizers. Overproduction of sebum occurs because the skin is compensating for the lack of hydration beneath the top layer of skin. I used to have oily skin, but the oiliness has been minimized ever since I started using thicker moisturizers (and hydrating serums).
4. Although we barely get any sun in the winter here, I always wear sunscreen, especially when I am using any brightening products (particularly if they contain Vitamin C); such products can your skin photo sensitive.
5. To avoid vitamin D deficiency when wearing your sunscreen, take a supplement and or make sure to eat enough food with vitamin D (e.g., fish and dark leafy greens).
If you haven't seen the other parts of my Winter Skincare Routine Series, head over to Part 1 (cleansing) and Part 2 (toners, essences, and serums). The last part will be coming up very soon, where I will be talking about my favorite face masks for the winter!
In the meantime, please share: What are your favorite moisturizers and eye creams for the winter?
FTC statement: This is NOT a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links. The reviewed products were purchased by me, with my own money.