Winters in L.A. are far from severe, but I still notice a change in my skin. Besides the fact that my complexion turns pasty and pale, my face feels consistently parched. Here are some of the steps I follow to ensure that my skin stays hydrated and dewy, despite the slight drop in temperature.
I try to exfoliate three times a week. It's the quickest way to slough off dead skin and even if it's all psychological, I feel like it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (a reality at 30). I use this, which is kind of an exfoliant-meets-peel, but if you're looking for just a straight-up scrub, I also love this one.
Once a week, I use a purifying mask as a way to rid my skin of toxins and make it appear a bit brighter. My skin is typically pretty good as far as breakouts, but once a month (no coincidence there!), I usually get a few blemishes around my chin and this helps clear them up.
Before applying moisturizer, I slather on face oil. It makes me look like a greasy mess for approximately two minutes, until my skin pretty much drinks it all up. It's always the first step in my routine after I've exfoliated or washed my face.
I rotate daily moisturizers, but make sure whatever I'm using has SPF (I've been using this one, as of late). I then add a small drop of foundation and mix it all up before applying it to my face. I find it goes on smoother and looks a bit more natural that way.
Recently I asked a beauty editor her favorite beauty secret and she said something simple, but effective. She applies an intense lip balm before bed. She said it's the best way to have your lips get extra soft, since they're being coated for eight hours straight (I rarely even apply Chapstick during the day, since I'm always on the brink of eating). I'll usually exfoliate mine once or twice a week with this lip polish (there's a fun DIY version here) followed by this lip balm.
At night, I wash my face with Cetaphil and apply self tanner a couple of times a week - it always makes me feel better, but makes an especially big impact in colder months when I'm not spending as much time outside (here are my steps for applying it well). I always finish with a deep moisturizing lotion before bed.