It’s not even February and I’m already over winter.. Days like today have me really missing the warmer weather. Why must winter weather require so much effort?? From daily cleansers to exfoliating body scrubs to rich hand lotions, here’s a breakdown of my current winter skincare routine and favorite products.
Winter Skincare Tips
My nighttime skin routine has turned in to the ultimate first aid beauty kit for a Polar Vortex. Considering a few years ago I barely spent any time taking off my makeup and applying anti-aging cream never crept in to my beauty routine (crazy, I know), I would say my nighttime skin routine has evolved for the better. Today I thought I would share my favorite winter skin essentials. I have a few different cleansing methods—just depends on the night of the week. If I’ve got time, I massage Fresh Soy Face Cleanser on my face (I love its refreshing cucumber scent). If I’m feeling lazy, I rely on Simple Radiance Cleansing Wipes to remove any dirt and makeup (no greasy/oily residue with these wipes). Lately I’ve been dealing with occasional pesky pimples so I dab The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on my target area. It smells funky but I swear by this all-natural formula. I apply Shiseido Ultimune, a weightless powerful concentrate that protects my skin from environmental stressors. At night I prefer to mositurize with Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. It’s heavier than most moisturizers but I wake up to a smooth complexion every morning. Hada Labo Tokyo Age Correcting Eye Cream is like a hybrid gel-cream that soaks in to my eye contour area easily (plus the price is totally right… under $22). There are a few different lip balms I’m using on a rotating basis but Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Overnight Lip Balm is like a stick of butter on my lips (minus the calories). It lasts all night without having to reapply. I also keep Library of Flowers Forget Me Not Coco Butter Hand Cream on my nightstand. The scent is soothing and since I started applying hand cream every night, I’m rarely dealing with ultra dry, cracked hands.
I’d love to hear about your favorite winter skin essentials. Leave me your picks in the comments section!
Photo by Kate Ann
As I (finish) writing this blog post, it’s 10 degrees outside. Yes, 10. This morning when I left for work it was 7 degrees. I think when it’s this cold in the DMV, it’s socially acceptable to wear UGG boots out in public. Needless to say, this bitter cold weather is wreaking havoc on my face. But lucky for me, I’ve been spending my time inside, sampling facial masks to nourish my dry, flaky skin. And with that, here are five of my favorite facial masks for every skin type:
If you have dry skin: Try Fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask. After just eight minutes, any flaky skin I had before vanishes (and it hasn’t been back for a five days now) thanks to this softening formula.
If you have sensitive skin: Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is a soft mask that just works wonders on any skin type (of course, tailored to those with sensitive skin). It smells like a fruit smoothie, so naturally I want to eat it. Nevertheless, it’s packed with blueberry to reduce any facial redness; grape extracts to protect the skin and oats and wild pansies to calm irritation. Is it a miracle worker? Yes, I think so.
If you have oily skin: Try Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask, a detoxifying and purifying mask that draws out dirt and oil. I discovered this in a Boscia Mini Mask Medley and thought this would be perfect for those with oily skin. And a piece of advice: don’t wear this scary jet-black mask in front of your cat. It will hiss at you.
If you have mature skin: Didn’t get enough sleep the night before? Treat your face to this Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask for 10 minutes and turn back time (temporarily… not forever… if you find a forever formula, let me know!). Lush has quite the variety of natural facial masks so if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, I highly recommend stopping by their store and speaking with a beauty consultant.
If you have acne prone skin: I’m fascinated by face mask textures and this Bliss No ‘Zit’ Sherlock is no exception. After you mix the powder with a little water and spread it onto your face and wait for it to dry, a cool rubbery texture takes effect so you can peel it off. And in case you’re wondering, seaweed is the star ingredient that will clear your blemishes and prevent future breakouts.
What’s your favorite facial mask?
Neiman Marcus gifted me with the Fresh Honey Mask but all opinions in this post are my own.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment has been a long-time staple in my household growing up. Between ultra dry hands and terribly chapped lips, this cult skincare classic is always on my nightstand during cold weather season. To prep you for the upcoming winter (because you can never be too prepared), I’m sharing with you my top winter skincare tips.
Wash your hands and hydrate with Aquaphor’s rich ointment. The more you wash your hands without hydrating after, the drier your skin will get.
Prevent dry nose conditions by applying the moisturizer on and under your nose to protect you from redness and irritation.
Apply Aquaphor Lip Repair to soothe dry, chapped lips. I also highly recommend applying before you go to bed so you don’t wake up with cracked lips!
Drink lots and lots of water. It’s such a cliché tip but it’s the easiest way to keep your skin hydrated.
Soak hands and feet by applying Aquaphor Healing Ointment and covering up with cotton gloves and socks. I hate how dry and itchy my feet get in the winter so I usually lather my feet in the ointment and cover up with cotton socks so it can soak up all the moisturizing goodness. By the morning, my feet are ultra soft.
With 50 degree and below weather looming, there is no better time than to stock up on moisturizing lip, hand and body products. If your skin is already enduring harsh weather conditions (think cracked skin or flaky patches) then you will love this giveaway on the blog today! I’ve partnered with Aquaphor to give away the ultimate cold weather skin prep gift pack and a $50 Visa gift card. I’ll choose a random winner next Friday, November 15th.
I received a complimentary package of Aquaphor products to try for review purposes (although, I would’ve happily paid for this out of pocket because that’s how much I love this stuff). All opinions in this post are my own.