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My Winter Skincare Routine

My Winter Skincare Routine

My Winter Skincare Routine

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In honor of today’s chance of snow in Louisiana, I’m sharing my winter skincare routine! A combination of drier than normal winter weather here and initiating tretinoin treatment for acne has left my skin so rough and cracked the past few weeks. I think I’ve found a good group of products to keep my skin healthy and moisturized.


My AM routine is a little complicated to explain. Short story: I want to try Cerave’s AM moisturizer with SPF 30. Longer story: In the summer, my skin does not need as much moisture. In the morning, I would just wear my Neutrogena sunscreen, and at night my Cerave PM moisturizer. In the winter, however, I need a moisturizer and sunscreen. Rather than waste these products, I’m using them up before I purchase the Cerave AM moisturizer. That was a little convoluted, haha!

neutrogena ultra sheer sunscreen


Double Cleanse:

I am a huge fan of double cleansing. It keeps my skin from drying out and removes all of my makeup. I start off with an oil-based cleanser. I’ve tried many cleansing oils, and through the process found out that I get a contact dermatitis from fragranced-products. On Haley’s recommendation, I recently picked up Clinique’s fragrance-free Take the Day Off balm, and my skin is happy with it! The balm is a solid that turns to oil when you rub it on your skin, but there is also a cleansing oil. For the second part of my double cleanse I use Cerave’s foaming facial cleanser. It’s a gentle formula that gets the job done! I use my Foreo Luna 2 with the cleanser for gentle exfoliation.

clinique take the day off


I have been using tretinoin (a prescription retinoid) on my face 3x/week for about a month. I’ve been having more problems with acne over the last few months, so my dermatologist told me to go ahead and use the tretinoin I’m already prescribed for the keratosis pilaris I have on my arms for my face as well. The adjustment period with tretinoin was tough because it made my skin very flaky. Adding a stronger moisturizer to my nighttime routine has helped a lot though! I am starting to notice fewer pimples too, so the treatment seems to be working.


This winter I’ve started using Cerave’s Moisturizing Cream as my nighttime moisturizer. This is a great winter moisturizer for face and body. It has a thick consistency, and it really locks in the moisture!

Eye Cream:

I’m currently using Cerave’s Eye Repair Cream. It’s the thickest of any of my face products, and it’s perfect for the area around my eyes. My eyes tend to be the dryest area of my face, so if I don’t use a thick moisturizing product there, my skin looks awful (especially if I put makeup on it).

cerave moisturizer eye cream


On Sunday evenings I like to use a lactic acid peel and a face mask. I’m still using up the Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel, which is nice but pricey. If you have a recommendation for a less expensive lactic acid peel, let me know! As far as masks, I tend to get a lot of sheet masks and wash off masks in my Ipsy subscription. My favorite so far is this Biorepublic sheet mask with aloe. It’s soothing and incredibly moisturizing. This weekly routine is my favorite way to add self-care time into my week!

That’s my winter skincare routine! This post was not sponsored by Cerave; I just really like their products. When it comes to skincare, I like simple products with evidence-based ingredients. I use Beautypedia, recommendations from my personal dermatologist, and recommendations from a few board-certified dermatologists who share skincare education content on Instagram and Youtube to find good-for-skin products. My favorite dermatologist on Youtube is Dr. Dray!

If you would like me to write a post on specific ingredients I look for in skincare (with links to credible evidence-based articles), let me know in the comments!

Lexi Sebren

Hi y’all! I’m a wife, third year medical student, and puppy momma from Louisiana. Welcome to Life, Love, & Medicine, your dose of outfit and lifestyle inspiration, with my journey through medical school mixed in!

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