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How to Deal with Dry Skin in the Winter

We all have different skin types. I have spent years testing products trying to find what has worked best for my skin type (normal/oily). But now, I’m at college in South Carolina and it gets colder than my skin is used to.  

During the winter months, my skin gets dry— like painfully dry. You know when your skin is so dry you decide to put a huge glob of moisturizer on your face thinking that it will help the situation and it actually just burns the crap out of your skin? Yeah, I’ve dealt with that practically on the daily.

Naturally, I went on the hunt for the best products for my extremely dry skin. Thankfully, I have found a new winter makeup/skincare routine that really works for me during the intense winter months to come. 



One of the holy grail moisturizers is the Daily Moisturizing Lotion by CeraVe. It is truly amazing. It’s lightweight, however, it gets the job done. If you’re looking for a thicker moisturizer, use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream at night. This cream saved my skin! After moisturizer, I prime my skin for foundation. Recently, I went to Sephora and picked up the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free. This primer is perfect because it keeps my skin hydrated while keeping my oils at bay. Once the primer has sunken into my skin, I put a little dot of the Benefit POREfessional around my nose  and t-zone.(Photo courtesy of Izzy Hernandez)



Next step, foundation! Picking the right foundation is crucial to have nice looking skin throughout the day. I have fallen in love with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. Not only does this foundation smell heavenly, but it also feels heavenly. It gives you that modelesque glow from within, while still giving you good coverage, and still looking like skin. This stuff is basically magic in a bottle.

If you’re feeling extra boujee or going for a Chrissy Teigen vibe, I have the secret weapon for you. The MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite will answer all of your prayers. This product is so versatile. Mix it in with your foundation, put it on the high points of your face for the extra glow, or even mix it in with your body moisturizer for the “wet skin” look.  

(Photo courtesy of Izzy Hernandez)



Confession: I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with watching beauty videos and make-up tutorials on YouTube. Honestly, it has become quite a problem. I watch them while I’m walking to class, having a coffee with myself, on the elliptical, and yes, even in the shower. However, I notice that many “beauty-gurus” miss out on possibly the most important step in their makeup/skincare routine. To be honest, there was a dark time when I overlooked this step, but once I started, I never looked back. Setting spray! Hello!

How are you going to spend 30 minutes or sometimes even an hour doing your makeup and walk out of the door without setting/spraying your face? I feel incomplete without it. My number one spray for the dewy vibe during the winter months is MAC Fix Plus. Technically, this isn’t a setting spray, but it melts the makeup into your skin and makes your face look fresh, glowing, and hydrated. This routine takes about 10-12 minutes. It might seem tedious, but it is worth it! I promise!

(Photo courtesy of Izzy Hernandez)

Izzy is a junior psychology major at Furman University. Originally from Miami, Izzy is looking forward to experiencing all four seasons in South Carolina! This year, she's looking forward to endless brunching, tailgates, and writing and editing for Her Campus. Outside of Her Campus, Izzy is involved with her sorority, a co-ed acapella group, and community service in the Greenville area.
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