My skin has always been dry in the winter. But since moving to Chicago six years ago, it’s gotten really bad. I’m walking outside so much everyday. Running errands, to the train or just walking to work, it totally takes a toll on my skin. It has gotten so bad that around December I usually get an itchy, bumpy rash-like thing happening on my cheeks. Obviously, it’s not cute. It’s really hard to cover with makeup and just really hurts. So this year, I’ve worked really hard to make sure that my face (and everything else!) is always super hydrated. I don’t want to jinx myself, but it’s February and my face is the softest it’s ever been. No bumpy weird stuff, yay! So I thought I would share some of the things that I’ve been using that have really worked. Because you know if these work on Chicago winter skin, they’ll work on any skin 🙂
- Bare Minerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil: This is the most excited I’ve been about a product in a long dang time. THIS STUFF. Wow. I was a little intimidated by the oil cleanser idea when a friend recommended it. But I have the hardest time finding a cleanser that takes off all of my makeup without a stupid amount of scrubbing, so I was really intrigued. I am real into this. You scrub-a-dub-rub it on to dry skin and then rinse it off with warm water. I love the way it leaves my skin afterwards. I don’t think I would use it more than once a day just because it’s oil, but I love it at night.
- Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask: I have a love/hate relationship with sheet masks. I really do love them and what they do for my skin, but I usually HATE having them on. They never fit my face, stuff is dripping down my neck, I can’t see anything, I’m a hot mess express. I don’t ever make it the full 20 minutes. But I did with this one, and then some. It still didn’t fit my face all that well, but it felt so so good on that I didn’t care. It felt ridiculously hydrating and just refreshing. The sheet mask of my dreams.
- Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer: This came as free gift at Sephora last time I was in and I will definitely be purchasing the full size when I’m finished with it. It has kind of a bizarre texture, but in a good way? Does that make sense? It comes out looking just like regular moisturizer, but as you rub it onto your face it really does start to feel like water. It’s really light and it’s been nice to throw on in the mornings under makeup.
- Frankincense essential oil: This was one of the first essential oils that I used when I initially got into them. I add a drop of frankincense to my moisture, any moisturizer at all. It does a great job of just smoothing out any texture I have, calming redness and I use it as a spot treatment for any zits that pop up (not that I get any of those because I’m flawless…)
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: This is a cult favorite, so I’m sure you’ve tried this or at least heard of it before. I have used this for more than a year now and I think I will always repurchase. It is really thick but not at all greasy on my skin, it’s just a really solid cream all year round, but especially in the winter.
- Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips: Because how fun is it to say NIPPLE BALM. This came in my Birchbox a couple of years ago and I loved it and have been buying it since. I usually put it on before bed, because it definitely is pretty thick (think a stickier Vaseline), but it really does the job. It’s also really great to use on cuticles, super dry spots on your hands, or on your nipples. Hehe.
- Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream: It is a little bit on the greasy side, so I wouldn’t use it every night. This is one I rotate in, usually 1-2 times per week. But it’s another cream I really do like. It feels good going on, and even better in the morning.
- Lush Superbalm: This isn’t quite skincare, but it’s been helping so I’m including it because I make the rules around this place. So, a dry scalp sucks. It’s painful and embarrassing, especially when you have dark hair. I bought this mask for David for Christmas, but I’ll be honest. It was like 75% a gift for myself. We’ve both been using it about once a week and it helps a TON. It makes my hair feel a tiny bit heavy the next day, but it doesn’t look greasy. And if it makes me less flaky, small price to pay. Four thumbs up from our house.
- Josie Maran Argan Oil: I’ve always heard about the glories of Argan oil, but just recently bought into the hype. I use this on my hair and I was using it on my face as a moisturizer. I haven’t tried that since using the BareMinerals Oil Obsessed, that might be oil overkill. But my hair takes a beating in the winter, too, and this brings a little bit of life back to it.
For now, I’ll just keep reminding myself: only two months until spring, only two months until spring…
Have you tried any of these? What are your favorite products for winter?