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Now with sunny, warm days behind us in Evanston, it’s time many of us retire our summer skincare routines and opt for heavier options to protect us from the wind chill and cold. Especially those of us that have dry skin to begin with need to change out our summer regular products for winter ones. This will help prevent peeling, rashes and overall discomfort we might be more prone to. Remember that even if you’re oily-prone, it’s important to stay hydrated! Your skin could overcompensate and produce even more oil so make sure to stay on top of it!

Some winter tips and tricks include:

  • Invest in a thick moisturizer at night. Not only is there less humidity in the air during the day but at night with the furnace running, your skin is only getting more and more dry. Putting on a thick overnight moisturizer will repair any damage made during the day and prevent more from happening while you’re asleep. There are so many affordable brands at the drugstore that are gentle and non-comedogenic, some of my favorites include: CeraVe, Cetaphil and Vanicream. First Aid Beauty has a great Ultra Repair Cream for those looking for something more high-end.

  • Think about adding oil to your routine. Oil gets a bad reputation for making us look greasy or causing breakouts but the right oil can actually add hydration, clear breakouts and repair damaged skin. The Ordinary has a great range of facial oils from Rose Hip to Jojoba to Moroccan, so you can customize and find your perfect match. Josie Maran Argan Oil is also raved about for how lightweight but hydrating it is!
  • Don’t forget about your lips. Those can be just as dry and peel uncomfortably as your skin so stock up on Aquaphor or Vaseline to keep them looking good. At night, you can pile on either brand or the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a great splurge for a delicious smelling and effective treatment.
    Bonus Tip!

If you’re from a place that has high humidity and are new to these dry winters, think about buying a humidifier. Target has some great cheap options that are really easy to use. All you have to do is plug it into an outlet, add water and watch the steam come out. You can let it run at night while you’re sleeping to prevent overnight dryness or during the day if you’re stuck in your room working. It’s a great way to transition into winter weather more easily, especially if your skin has never had a taste of this kind of weather!

Julia Rutkowski

Northwestern '24

Julia Rutkowski is a freshman at Northwestern University. She is studying Journalism and hoping to minor in Business Institutions. A Florida native, Julia enjoys spending time at the beach and soaking up the sun but is also loving Evanston fall weather. In her free time, she loves traveling, watching Schitt's Creek and working with kids!
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