Skincare 101 for Winter Skin



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One of the top questions I get is, “What is your Skincare Routine?”  Let me first say how honored I am to be your valued source for skincare advice…like THANK YOU for trusting my opinion. AND because you trust me I’m gonna keep it real with you, this is not as simple to answer in the comment space on an IG post or even via DM!!! LOL.

Winter SkincareYou babes are gonna wanna bookmark this post because I’m going to break down everything I do for you. My approach to skincare comes in 2 parts:  

  1. What you put inside your body; AND
  2. How you care for the outside.

If you have ever messaged me I’m sure these are the exact words I messaged back. 

Largely what you all see in me are my lifestyle choices I made nearly a decade ago. For me, the outside of my body is dependent on the inside, they are hand in hand. Especially when we are talking over 30 skin.  I say 30 because that’s a great age to get in front of the effects of aging. Like if you really want to look and feel your best entering middle age develop healthy habits early on and reap the long lasting benefits later in life.


  1. Drink water.  Yep super simple. I try to drink about a gallon of water each day.  This can be in the form of water duh, or herbal and/or green tea.
  2. No soda. Limit alcohol AND refined sugars.  I don’t drink, never have so going out on a limb that maybe some of my happy skin is attributed to that factor. 
  3. Without sounding too hippy-dippy if you want happy thriving skin then you need to eat happy nutrient dense foods.  Plant based eating is like eating sunshine and earth. If you want to glow on the outside, you must glow on the inside. What better way than filling your body foods that will naturally boost your skin. 

Food I eat for healthy skin:

    • Avocado
    • Nuts/Seeds like almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds
    • Dark leafy greens like kale, chard, and spinach
    • Veggies like broccoli and carrots
    • Lemon
    • Olive Oil
    • Berries


The goal of a skincare is to cleanse, restore, revitalize, nourish, and protect.  In the brutally cold winter months this even more important because your skin is under more stress.

I believe in layering on products, yes, in a particular order. (From thinnest  to thickest in consistency) 


Portraits BackI have broken down my skincare steps below. Under each category, I’ve shared shopping links to a variety  my favorite products in different price points. These are all products that I’ve tried and love. You can also shop all of my recommended products at once from  here: MY AMAZON STORE.

Disclosure: If you make a purchase using the links below, I do earn a small commission.

Skincare Step 1. Cleanse with balm or oil cleanser  

Balm and Oil CleansersSOOOOO important to remove makeup & sunscreen 

I have oily skin, so cleansing is crucial in the prevention of breakouts and clogged pores. 

*This step is applied to dry skin. I like to massage my face for 30 secs. Then either towel off or rinse off.

Skincare Step. 2 Cleanse with water based cleanser 

I like to double cleanse.  This 2nd cleanser is to remove sebum and environmental gunk from pores. 

*Apply cleanser to a wet face, massage for 30 secs. Rinse with warm water.  Pat dry.

Skincare Step. 3 Exfoliate or Mask 2-3 times a week

Exfoliate Your SkinRemoves dead skin cells and deep cleans pores


Hydration treatment

Skincare Step 4. Toner

Skincare - TonersReturns pH balance back to your skin.

*I like to use a cotton square for this step.  Swipe from the center of your face to the outer edges.

Skincare Step. 5 Essence

EssenceAttracts moisture and creates a lovely foundation for hydrated skin.  Pat and press into skin.

Skincare Step 6. Serum

Targets specific issues. Most general & great for all skin types is Vitamin-C serum. Helps brighten skin and aids in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.

Skincare Step 7. Moisturizer

I love moisturizers that hydrate and nourish.  Common ones can be gel, lotions, or creams. I tend to use lightweight moisturizers in the AM, gel or with a fluid lotion consistency. While at night I use heavier or creamy moisturizers. I rotate between a few depending on the weather.

Skincare Step. 8  Eye Balm/Cream

I prefer balm texture eye creams to create a thicker longer lasting barrier to lock in moisture under my eyes.  I feel like all the other layers of products are sufficient to hydrate and nourish that I don’t need an additional “eye cream”.

Skincare Step 9. Oil

Facial Dry OilI love applying a light dry oil to seal in all the layers AM & PM.  This step adds that extra lasting hydration and nourishment. MYTH: Oily skin should not use oils.  NOT TRUE. In fact, oily skin tends to be more stressed and lacking hydration because to the eye it appears hydrated.  It is very important to use non-pore clogging dry oils that are rich in antioxidants and fats.

Skincare Step 10. Sunscreen

Facial SunscreenEVERYDAY FOR EVERYONE!!  Most important step, never to be skipped even on a cloudy day and/or  rainy or snowy days.


Spot treatments for blemishes I swear by 2 products: Cocokind Turmeric stick on the bottom and Skin Food Eye White Pore Mask on top. 

  1. Michelle says:

    What are your thoughts on 100% Coconut oil for the face. I am going to be 48 and only use that but am feeling my face is a bit haggard and sometimes dry. While I still feel like I’m 25/30 – I am thinking I def need stronger products for my face. I have combination skin and large pores on my nose & chin.

    • Tennille says:

      Hi Michelle! Coconut oil is too heavy for the face and likely won’t give you the hydration you’re looking for. I suggest layering on products that attract and lock in moisture, at minimum a good moisturizer + dry oil (rosehip oil like this one would be great: ). For pore size, a product that you might want to try is Cocokind’s Raspberry Vinegar Tone. Apply toner to a beauty square and rub in a circular motion over the area you want to minimize for 1 minute. Let me know how that works out for you ????

  2. Brittney says:

    Thank you for this very detailed break down of your winter skincare routine! I plan to purchase some of the products you listed!

  3. Gina says:

    Great information and thanks for sharing. Can you explain if you do all 10 steps every morning and night?
    I have oily skin so I’m wondering its if too much product on my skin twice a day.

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