I DUNNO BOUT YOU, but my skin freaked right out as soon as it got cold in November. The super dry heating got turned on in full force at my office, the air in my apartment lost it’s moisture and the whatever life/normalness was remaining in my skin was essentially sucked out of my face by the cold winds on my commute (I walk 20 mins to and from the office).

So! With the change in seasons, comes a change in your skincare. Gels are traded in for creams, lotions for oils, etc. etc. Don’t worry though, I’ve got all bases covered–from milks all the way to balm.

You’re not going to want to make any drastic changes, but if you’ve noticed that your face is dryer than usual, you might want to switch to something a bit more hydrating and less stripping, either full-time for the winter, or part-time. (Also, if you are using foaming cleansers, I beg you to give those up full-time. They are bad news bears for your face).

So! I’ve got four cleansers here for you. If you don’t already use one, it’s a good idea to incorporate the use of a washcloth with milks, creams and balms to properly remove the product from the skin.

Lancôme Galatée Confort
This is a really nice, thick milk/cream hybrid that effectively removes makeup. However! You need to use this with a washcloth to properly remove it. I also wouldn’t recommend it for acne-prone skin of any kind (it does contain mineral oil). Overall, it has a lovely smell, works, and is great for a morning or second cleanse.

Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser & Aurelia Miracle Cream Cleanser
I’ve included two creams here for you–they are different enough to warrant this, I promise you. They come in at quite different price points, and one is fragranced (Aurelia)–deliciously I might add, and the other is unfragranced (Clinique). They are both great at cleansing the skin, and once again, I would recommend a wash cloth for proper removal. The Clinique is better at removing eye make up for sure, but I would still both use them as morning or second cleanses.

If you’re worried about ingredients, Aurelia is definitely more natural and uses essential oils to create a really beautiful cleanser (as you know, I am obsessed with all their products). However, if you’re on a budget, the Clinique works perfectly well.

Clinique Take the Day Off
As you know, I am a huge fan of balm cleansers, and really any good one with good ingredients will do. I haven’t yet reviewed TTDO, so this is why I’m including it here (here are some other balms I love). TTDO is another gold-star product from Clinique–no mineral oil here so it’s suitable for all skin types, and it removes makeup in a flash, really, anything and everything. Plus, it’s the most affordable balm that I’ve been able to find that won’t irritate acne-prone skin and doesn’t contain parabens. Win!

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