A basic skincare routine is essential to having happy and healthy skin! Sometimes, we do not realize how important it is to take care of it, especially during those cold winter months that can be extra harsh and drying where we are inevitably exposed to harsher elements. While glowing, healthy skin is what everyone strives for, it’s easy to get caught up in exams and internships, and maintaining a skincare routine can get lost in the winter winds. Get into the habit of treating your skin, so it’ll be the least of your worries when you’re running from class to class. You don’t have to bust your budget to do it either. Here are four holy grail products, high and low end, to use when it comes to achieving your clear and luminous skin even when it is below freezing!

Face mask

From pore strips to sheet masks, face masks are a quick and simple way to detox your skin. You can hop on the charcoal train and pick up Bioré’s Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips for $7. The activated charcoal helps draw out build-up and blackheads. Sheet masks are another option that are super fast. They the easiest way to hydrate, tighten, and brighten your skin. The TonyMoly I’m Real Aloe Face Mask Sheet is only $7.50. You get two aloe-infused sheet masks in one packet. The Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask is $63 for four! Retinol is amazing, so I am all about getting a dose of it from a sheet mask that seeps it into the skin, and because retinol can be drying, this sheet mask also provides A LOT of hydrating ingredients to prevent any flaking. Pro Tip: Put your sheet mask in the fridge for an even more cooling experience, and the cold helps to shrink your pores.

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Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine. It prevents a build up of flaky skin. Exfoliating with a scrub or mask will buff out imperfections and make your skin super smooth. A great option for dry or sensitive skin is the Kiss My Face Start Up Exfoliating Face Wash. At first glance, this clear gel doesn’t look like a scrub at all, which is why it’s perfect for sensitive skin, and it is only $9. Laura Mercier’s Flawless Skin Face Polish, for $36, is a creamy cleansing face scrub cleanses and exfoliates, removing dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and even-toned. It works for all skin types to help remove dead cells with purifying microbeads.

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The benefits of a good moisturizer are endless; it can help prevent and treat dry skin, improve skin tone and texture, provide a protective layer, and help keep those wrinkles away.  Korres has a greek yoghurt moisturizer formulated with real Greek yogurt to soothe and nourish skin for $36. Neutrogena has an oil-free moisturizer for all skin types.

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If you have oily or acne-prone skin or just want to add some extra cleansing during the winter, consider a toner. Toners help remove oil and dirt. Wiping away makeup and other heavy skin products with a gentle, a soothing toner is a great option for ending the day. Mario Badescu offers toners for all skin types. It is formulated with 2% glycolic acid and grapefruit extract which exfoliates and stimulates dry, congested skin. It even helps reduce discoloration from old acne scars. It is $18 a bottle. FRESH offers a super soothing Rose Floral Toner  for $40. It works to clarify the complexion for a hydrated and dewy look.

Lip care

Many people pay so much attention to the products they’re using on their face, legs and hands and yet, give little thought to the lip balm or lip gloss they’re applying to their lips multiple times throughout the day.  Chapped lips are public enemy number one during the winter. So, it is even more important to take care of your lips when it is cold out. Lush makes a Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub that softens the most wintry of lips and retails for $10 per .8 oz! It not only buffs away dead skin cells, but you even get to lick off the excess for a sugary treat! Clarins ‘Extra-Firming’ Lip & Contour Balm is meant to smooth the appearance of fine, vertical lines on the lip contour area while moisturizing and comforting. It makes your lips appear fuller and more defined. It will run you $44.

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Armed with these skin care essentials, you will be ready to face even the harshest winter weather with beautiful, healthy, and glowing skin! What skin care products are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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