Expert advice on how to keep your skin moisturized in the harsh winter

By Jenna Milliner-Waddell

Nella Rivadeneira, a skincare specialist at the Sephora in Georgetown, shared her favorite products for keeping your skin fresh and moisturized as winter approaches.

She said that a skin care routine at the basic level should consist of washing, toning and moisturizing daily and a face mask once a week.

Photo by Jenna Milliner-Waddell
Photo by Jenna Milliner-Waddell

From Origins, Rivadeneira recommended the GinZing and A Perfect World lines. The GinZIng Refreshing Scrub Cleanser for $19.50 helps to clean, exfoliate and unclog pores with ingredients like panax ginseng, coffee beans, jojoba and carnauba. The A Perfect World line is more expensive with the Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea costing $23.50. This line uses rare silver-tipped white tea and dirt grabbing minerals to help clear out any build up in the skin.

The Pure Truth Melting Cleanser by Ole Henriksen is a balm that melts on the skin into an oil. It uses Vitamin C and other natural products to brighten and repair the skin and remove even the most stubborn make up.

“Ole Henriksen is all about natural,” Rivadeneira said.

This $34 multi-purpose cleanser is perfect for the morning after a night out when your mascara just won’t seem to budge.

For a toner, Rivadeneira suggested the Origins United States Balancing Tonic. Targeted to all skin types, this $21.50 product is made to unclog pores and smooth rough spots. Rivadeneira said having a toner is an absolute must.

“You need the toner because you use rough tap water with chemicals to wash your face with,” Rivadeneira said.

She also suggested the Rose Floral Toner by Fresh for $38. It is floral water that hydrates, refreshes and tones the skin. It can be used in the skin care process after washing, to set makeup, or anytime during the day.

The next step is moisturizing which is very important as the cold air starts to dry out the skin. This university’s campus is so large that students can spend up to 20 minutes walking to class. It is important to protect the skin during this time.

The Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, $26.50, hydrates while giving the skin a healthy and vibrant glow.

“You know it is a good moisturizer if it is not heavy,” Rivadeneira said. “When it is heavy it has too many chemicals.”

Origins also has the A Perfect World line’s Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea for $41 and uses the same silver-tipped white tea to create a barrier to protect against lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

Ole Henriksen offers the Sheer Transformation moisturizer for $40 that uses licorice and Vitamin C to even out skin tone and fade the appearance of dark spots. It is particularly good for the winter since the Vitamin C also provides protection against environmental factors like the cold.

Although Rivadeneira wants to remind stressed out college students that sleep is the best thing for keeping the skin hydrated, she also thinks a face mask treatment once a week will not hurt.

Fresh and Origins both have face masks that are used to hydrate the skin. The Origins Drink Up 10 minute Mask To Quench Skins Thirst will run you $25. The Fresh Rose Face mask, which uses green tea to brighten and protect the skin, is priced higher at $58 a jar.

Photo by Jenna Milliner-Waddell
Photo by Jenna Milliner-Waddell

If you are looking to protect your skin this winter but think it is too expensive, stores like CVS sell cleansers and moisturizers starting at around $5. However, sophomore biology major Anastasiia Khibovska tries to stay away from cheaper drug store products.

“I try to spend a lot of money on face products because I used to buy drugstore products and I saw no results,” Khibovska said. “When I started to buy cleansers from like French stores I saw a big improvement.”

She is currently using a mix of drugstore and high-end products. For moisturizing, Khibovska uses Neutrogena Deep Moisturizer Day cream for $13.99 that she gets from CVS. During the winter she tries to use JR Watkins Coconut Lotion from Target for $9.19 because it is very thick and protects her skin in the harsh weather.

Her cleanser is the Deep Cleaning Foaming Moisturizer by La Roche-Posay, which you can get from Ulta for $22.99. Khibovska goes beyond the basics and uses Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer to make her pores smaller so less dirt gets in for $45 from Sephora.


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