Let’s face it, being a new arrival in China and trying to fine the right skincare products can be hard! But we’re here to help.

Chinese winters brings deliver a plethora of obstacles, from the harsh, cold, polluted air outside to the dry heater air inside. So to start, invest in a water filter on your shower and bathroom faucet where you wash your face – this will significantly impact the appearance of your skin and protect it from blemishes. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and made up of 70% water; it absorbs the water, and unfiltered water can damage or strip the natural protective oils from your skin.

Secondly, keeping your skin glowing and free of flakiness can be difficult while blasting your heater all night during the chilly winter months. Humidifiers add moisture to the air which prevents dryness for your hair, skin, and sinuses. In addition, it reduces the risk of airborne bacteria and viruses to keep you healthy during the cold and flu season.

By following these simple morning and night skincare routines you can avoid waking up with a dry cracked face this winter:

Morning Routine

1. Gently wash face with water

2. Apply alcohol-free toner

3. Apply a daily moisturizer

4. Apply a few drops of face oil

5. Follow your typical makeup routine

Night Routine

1. Turn on humidifier

2. Wash face with oil-based cleanse

3. Double cleanse with water-based cleanser

4. Apply alcohol-free toner

5. Apply a nighttime face oil

6. Apply overnight mask **recommended 3-4 times a week depending on skin type**

Check out our GGI member recommendations for the best skincare products to buy here in Shanghai and leave a comment below with your favorite go-to skincare products!

GGI Member Recommended Skincare Products

  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizing Gel-Cream available at Kiehls Westgate Mall Nanjing Xi Lu

  • Kiehls Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque available at Kiehls Westgate Mall Nanjing Xi Lu

  • Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil available at Kiehls Westgate Mall Nanjing Xi Lu

  • Edible Beauty Organic Face Products available at Diva Life Spa

  • Innisfree Overnight Sleep Mask available at Innisfree Flagship Store Nanjing Xi Lu and IAPM Mall Huaihai Zhong Lu

  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer available on Taobao/Baopals.com

  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask available at Origins IAPM Mall Huaihai Zhong Lu

  • Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Daily Moisturizer available at Origins IAPM Mall Huaihai Zhong Lu

  • Gre3n Coconut Oil available from Gre3n’s WeChat store with 20% GGI discount code – GGICOCONUT

  • Evening Primrose Oil Supplements available in Watsons

  • Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Oils, Probiotics, Collagen Supplements all available from iHerb.com with shipping to China or doTerra China.

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By Michelle Ibarra

Michelle Ibarra is the GGI Asia & Oceania Manager. She began the first GGI community in Asia in 2013 and has supported the growth of over 40 communities. An educator, business co-founder and podcaster, Michelle has lived in North & South America, Europe, Asia and currently lives in Abu Dhabi.

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