I don’t know about you this year, but my skin is taking a beating. And with temps dipping into the single digits Monday night (and wind chills out West hovering around negative 45-60 degrees!!! – I shouldn’t be complaining.) I’m not looking forward to any of it. I love the cold. I love winter. But I don’t love the toll it takes on my skin. With the heat running constantly and that horrible feeling when you move from the outside frigid temps into warmth and vice versa, I can literally feel my skin crying out in pain; it’s that bad right now. These beauty products are my must haves to rescue dry, itchy, and peeling winter skin. I’ve used most of these for years, and while I’ve tried others in between, I always come back to these when I’m seriously ready to scratch my skin off.
1. Peppermint and Rosemary Herbal Salt Scrub – While I know I said most of the items on this list I’ve been using for years, this one is brand new. I was using another scrub that had way more chemical additives than I liked, and I really wanted one that was made of ingredients I could recognize – completely natural. The scent is amazing; it will definitely wake you up in the morning with it’s intense mint and rosemary aromas. I almost feel like I’m at the spa! I’ve honestly only used it twice, but I feel like the scrub is healing my dry, flaky skin. Maybe the aromas are getting to my head! I know the standard rule in the winter is to exfoliate once a week, but I may be breaking that rule just a bit with this!
2. Burt’s Bees Lemon and Vitamin E Body Oil – This body oil, I cannot live without it. Not only does it seal moisture into your skin right out of the shower, the delicious scent is an immediate mood booster with it’s lemony goodness. I think my husband said I smelled like lemon pie! Being a fan of all things lemon, I’ll take it! I keep this in the shower and immediately apply once I turn off the water. I find most of the time it’s enough to use in place of lotion here and there. But during these dry, winter times, I’m using in combination with my favorite lotion in the world.
3. Kiehls Creme de Corps – This is said referenced favorite lotion in the world! I’ve tried so many the cabinet was at one point full of more lotions than curly girl products! If you have curly hair or know someone that does, this is a huge statement I’m making right now. In the winter, I will not use anything else. It’s spendy, but to me, it’s worth every. single. cent. I’ve featured it on here multiple times, so you might be so over it by now. But it works, plain and simple. In a year where I know most of us are trying to simplify our lives, you don’t need one million and two bottles of lotion taking up valuable space. You need one – this one!
4. Caudalie Foaming Facial Cleanser – This facial cleanser is also a newbie to my beauty routine. It’s very gentle on the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin like me. Even though I was using cleansers that I thought were doing a good job, it’s in the winter where I can really tell or not. You know that tight feeling you get sometimes in your skin after washing? This has been happening non stop since most of mine contain a bit of salicylic acid. I haven’t been using it long enough yet to say whether or not the here and there bits of adult acne I get are under control, but I do know my face feels soft, smooth, and that tightness in the skin feeling is gone.
5. Boscia Tsubuki Oil – I first happened across this oil via the lovely Elle and her wonderful blog, Wonderfelle World! I had just been introduced to facial oils, using Josie Maran’s Argan Oil almost exclusively. And while I still do use it from time to time, I’m a much bigger fan of the Boscia oil. My skin feels extremely moisturized, and it looks and feels smoother. It also gives your face this beautiful glow. To me it’d be worth using every day if it only did that and nothing else! But lucky for us, it’s more like a miracle in a bottle. If you haven’t used facial oil before, you might be put off at first by that oily, somewhat greasy feeling. It goes away. Normally I use this at night right before bed, but I have been pulling it out more and more in the morning just to add in some much needed moisture. Feel free to mix it in with your daily moisturizer too.
6. Clinique Moisturizer Surge Intense – I’m going to let you in on a little secret that may kill my cool factor (haha). I still really enjoy Clinique makeup and skin care. If you’re like me, you grew up with your mom or friends at the Clinique counter, always running to the mall to pick up something new just to get that make-up kit full of goodies. There are a few Clinique staples I still come back to after venturing out to try new things, and their Moisturizer Surge and Moisturizer Surge Intense cream-gels are just that. Before I knew facial oils existed, this was the only moisturizer that I could use in the winter. Otherwise I was waking up with flaking all over the place. I always make sure I’m stocked up once fall comes around, and I’m never disappointed when I need to use it. This is something I normally use as needed, when my daily moisturizer just isn’t going to cut it. I’ve also never had problems with my face breaking out, which is a huge plus when using a thicker and heavier moisturizer.
7. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish – Two winters ago, my lips started doing this gross flaky and peeling thing. Sorry for the TMI, but it’s been really awful to the point where I dread the cold temps and constant heat just because of the lip pain. I even have prescription creams that this year, aren’t even cutting it. It’s terrible to put lipstick over, and your ordinary lip balm won’t do (see next entry). So I ran to Sephora for assistance, and some sweet, sweet angel introduced me to this lip polish. While I can’t say it’s the 100% miracle cure, it does a great job of helping me get rid of the already peeling skin. It doesn’t really prevent it from happening again, and I usually end up in a very obsessive relationship with this little bottle every winter. But when I’m using it, I’m in love! Even though it’s an exfoliater, it still leaves my lips very smooth, soft and temporarily flake free. Oh and it tastes really good…really, really good!
8. Blistex Lip Medex – This little gem of a lip balm rings in the cheapest on this list, at about a buck a pop! The best way to describe this – it’s kinda like Vicks for your lips. Another little secret, I’m also obsessed with Vicks! By now I’m sure you’re thinking of my poor husband that lives with this 32 year old, 80 year old! It’s true, I do tend to always smell like menthol in the winter time! But back to the balm – it immediately soothes and cools my lips. It relieves the burning sensation, and just like the scrub, the feeling is almost healing-like. If your lips are sore and seriously dry this winter, try it. I know with the dollar price tag, you’re probably thinking some 20-some dollar lip balm is the way to go. Take a look in my lip balm drawer aka graveyard – yep, for the past few years I did too!
9. Laura Mercier Stickgloss Lip Color – Because of said issues above, wearing lip color is pointless. Lipsticks without a lot of moisture look terrible and feel even worse. So I try to stick with something light, even if it means I have to sacrifice on color, which is a bummer when shades of deep red and plum are perfect for this time of year. Laura Mercier makes a very lightweight lip color in a variety of shades, and while it doesn’t give you that pop of color, it still leaves your lips with a subtle tint. I love that the formula is non-drying, but I do have to reapply a little more frequently throughout the day than I would like. First world problems, right?
I’d love to know, what are your go-to winter time skin savers? Have you tried any of the above with success?