Being an esthetician and makeup artist for the past 12 years, one of the top questions I receive is, “What are some clean product recommendations for winter?” That’s a great question!!!

First, it’s important to me to use “clean” products that are safe. This doesn’t exclude synthetic products, necessarily. Even natural ingredients and products can be unsafe if they contain too high levels of certain ingredients.  So, to me, it’s about using products I know have safe levels of ingredients and are still effective on my skin! I’ve been a product junkie all my life, and one of my greatest joys is testing out new products and discovering what I like and dislike! Since I was a little girl, I have ALWAYS loved to play with make-up and skin care products…just ask my godmother, who’s makeup I discovered around 3 years old haha.

Living in many dry places throughout my life, I’ve discovered a few things. In the winter, especially, it’s important to incorporate exfoliating into your skincare routine. This helps to remove dull, dry skin that not only makes you look older, but also can make many women break out. Using enzymes and acids has been one of my favorite ways to exfoliate. My skin looks better with and without makeup when I’m good about exfoliating, and moisturizers and serums will absorb better, without dead skin cells laying on the surface of your skin. So not only can you better utilize products you may already be using because they will better absorb, but you can also use less product! Some of my favorite exfoliates are Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser and Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. This can also help with discoloration and uneven skin. It makes my skin look and feel amazing!

The next really important step in winter skin care is using a serum underneath your moisturizer for an added boost and benefits. Because it’s so dry in Colorado (where I live) and New Mexico (where I am from), I love both oil based serums and serums that use hyaluronic acid! The hyaluronic acid molecules attract and retain water in the skin, which can make your skin look and feel amazing in dry months! Caudalie makes a serum called Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum that is fantastic for dry winter skin! This can be purchased at Sephora.

At night, I like to use Kypris’ Moonlight Catalyst serum. It has a beautiful texture and also gives it a beautiful and brightening glow. Indee Lee makes a Swiss Apple Facial Serum that I also adore.

The last thing I want to touch on is SPF! Many clients of mine admit to me that they don’t use sunscreen as often in the winter. Let me tell you, I’ve seen some of the worst sunburns from skiers that have forgotten how important sunscreen is! I personally love Supergoop’s Unseen sunscreen in an SPF 40. It feels amazing on its own, over a moisturizer, or under makeup! It also works beautifully as a primer. Let me know what your favorite winter skin rituals are!

Xoxo, Abby