New York Winter Skincare Routine (Day-Night!)

Two months into New York winter and I’m proud to say my skin is still doing great! Winter has been on and off here. Some days are a lot warmer (like Spring), some days, the temperature is negative. It’s always best to prepare your skin for sudden changes in weather!

If there really is anything I can’t live without when we talk about beauty, it’s skincare (yes, more than makeup *gasp*). I love how skincare products can refresh you in the morning, and relax you before bed at night.

I change up the products I use quite often depending on the climate and on my mood (lol), but for the most part, the steps you see below are pretty much what I follow everyday. Read on to see my day and night skincare routine in New York! I’ve marked in PINK my holy grail/favorite products 😉


1: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser
This is my first tube of facial cleanser from the Lightful range. I’d say that this is a pretty good foamy cleanser that slightly brightens the face and gets rid of dirt, but nothing more. The smell is fresh but there is this slightly chemical after-smell that I don’t like (but can ignore). It doesn’t smell as good as the softening lotion in the same range though. I wouldn’t mind trying other cleansers once I finish using this.

2: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Softening Lotion
THIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL DAY TONER. I cannot love this product more!
I think I’ve used more than 5 bottles of this already.
You know how after cleansing your face, you’d think your face is already clean? This toner will surprise you because of the dirt it’s able to pick up even after cleansing! I love the citrus-y smell, and it leaves my skin looking glowy. If you haven’t tried this, you must ASAP!

3: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Essence
This is also the first time I’m trying this in the Lightful range. I can’t say so much yet as I’ve only started using this, but so far it’s just been okay, not phenomenal. It wouldn’t hurt me if I didn’t include this in my morning skincare. It does plump my skin though. But most of the time, it simply feels like an extra layer of moisture on my face.

4: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Eye Cream
I’ve discussed The Face Shop’s Yehwadam line before. This eye cream is dense but it takes some time to become absorbed. My eye concern isn’t so much on dark circles, but more of dryness, so what I look for in an eye cream is simply for hydration.

5: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream | The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Cream
I switch between two moisturizers during the day (because why not).

If you want a moisturizer that stays on your face, you should try the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream! When I apply this on, my dry skin is instantly replenished, and it can withstand whatever dryness I’m about to face during the day. It’s fragrance-free too. Love love love this product!

I alternate the Kiehl’s cream with The Face Shop’s Revitalizing Cream. I love the herbal smell and this cream leaves my skin so supple after application. I wouldn’t use this cream in the summer though as it can get too thick.

6: The Face Shop Natural Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the products you don’t really have to splurge on because you can get through them quite quickly! I love this sunscreen because it’s hydrating but not shiny (ugh I hate shiny sun screen), and it’s a great base for makeup.

7: Carmex Lip Balm
Another ride-or-die product! I just love this lip balm to death! It has SPF 15, and it leaves my lips deeply moisturized. It has a slight minty feeling on the lips and the moisture actually sinks in rather than just sit on top of your lips.


Before I go into my night skincare routine, I use 1-2 of these makeup removing products depending on how heavy my makeup is (or if I’m wearing any at all) during that day.

Biore Cleansing Oil
This is a dupe to Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil. I use this when I’m wearing heavier makeup. I love the smell, and it removes waterproof makeup really well! I massage this onto my dry face and work it with water until it comes off.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I normally use Bioderma’s Micellar Water, but I’m currently trying Garnier’s version! I love this product especially since it’s a fraction of the cost of Bioderma. I use this every night before using a facial cleanser.

Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes
This is for those lazy days when I just want to remove my makeup fast. It removes makeup pretty well and it has no funky smell, but I’m not really a fan of the material of the wipes as it can be pretty rough on my sensitive skin.


On to my night routine! I use some of these products during the day so I won’t elaborate so much on those! 😉

1: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

2: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Toner
I use this toner to prep my skin before the next steps. It’s a refreshing and simple toner to have in your skincare routine. I don’t think it does anything special though.

3: Sheet Masks
When my skin needs extra help, I put a sheet mask on. They’re available everywhere lately. There are masks for every skin concern – be it acne, dryness, uneven skintone, etc.! It’s a great way to give your skin the boost it needs! I usually put one on the night before a big shoot or event. 😉

4: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Eye Cream

5: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
How can I live without this product???
This is a product that my mom has used since her early 20s. She was actually the one who told me to start using this.

You apply this before your moisturizer at night, and when you wake up in the morning your skin looks so fresh and blemish-free. I live for this product. It’s worth every cent!

6: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum
I think this is my favorite product from this line. Whenever I don’t use Estee Lauder’s ANR Serum, I use this (sometimes I like to “save” my ANR serum lol). I also put this in the morning sometimes! It’s a way for me to amplify my basic moisturizer.

7: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Cream
I’ve just discovered this product recently. It has a cucumber-y fresh (pun unintended) smell which I love so much. It’s not greasy but it’s dense enough to keep my dry patches away. It goes so well with my Estee Lauder serum. ❤

8: Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizing Lip Balm
I’ve actually used this lip balm in winters of both Seoul and New York. It lives up to its name! It doesn’t sink in as fast as Carmex, but I love applying this before bed as it gives me enough hydration throughout the night. Those indoor heaters can be so harsh on our skin while we sleep!

A bare-faced me!

Those are all the products I use day and night here in New York.

I love trying new products so let me know your recommendations! I’ll be trying them out once I finish what I currently have (I hate wasting products haha).

I’ll be posting my skincare wish list soon too. See you in my next post! 😉




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