7 Products to Get You Through The Winter
Unlike most of you, I think winter is probably my absolute favorite season. The only thing I hate is driving in snow, but other than that I adore it! But with my favorite season comes lots and lots of dry and/or dehydrated skin. *Cue me running around and stocking up on all of my winter favorites*
My last post broke down the difference between dry and dehydrated, so now I want to share with you some of the best products that help me get through the winter and save my skin.
Full disclaimer: These products are kind of in order of favorites.. however I also broke them down for what skin issue they’re better for, hence kind of in order.
Let’s start with dry skin:
8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil: I am fairly new to face oils if I am being totally honest. I, like most others, was nervous for a long time that they would clog my pores, make me look oily, etc. But after reading about them I started to really appreciate their benefits and went on to purchase a couple. Since getting them I have used them everyday consistently and seen a HUGE improvement in my skin’s moisture level. 8 Faces takes the number one spot for me because of how well it mixes with other products. I’ve mixed it with quite a few different moisturizers at night and woken up to some very soft and moisturized skin. My favorite combination at the moment is 8 Faces with the Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Cream. I wake up with less redness, but my skin isn’t dry either.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil: I also adore this oil for different reasons. I think it works great on it’s own as a moisturizer. In fact I would be more inclined to wear this one alone than I would 8 Faces. Rosehip oil is known for skin healing. The omegas help with reducing fine lines and inflammatory conditions, while the antioxidants help protect against free radicals. Overall, I think this oil is incredibly moisturizing and does a lot for your skin.
Nivea Cream: I picked this product up after reading 1 article about how it’s ingredients compare to the La Mer moisturizer. Yes I said 1 article, although I did do an ingredients comparison as well. The truth is they are similar! At least they are according to this blog post.. Truthfully the ingredient list to La Mer products is basically sacred, it’s kept off the internet for the most part which I find too extreme. Based on this article, and a few others, the Nivea Cream would be considered a dupe for La Mer. Now I have never been one for dupes (specifically when it comes to makeup) but for $.89/travel tub I tried it, and I did feel like my skin was moisturized in the morning after sleeping in it! However, while my skin is sensitive it’s not really acne prone and one of the big issues I have with applying essentially a body cream to your face is it’s less likely to sink in and more likely to cause acne. This cream is nice and thick and takes a while to soak in, but feels really good when it does. There are plenty of moisturizing creams out there, but if you're on a tight budget, this one is a good choice!
Now for my list for dehydrated skin:
Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner: There will most likely be an entire post dedicated to this toner because it’s amazing. $32 for a toner is kind of a lot in my opinion but I swear nothing mattered before I started using this. CoQ10 is an antioxidant but this toner contains aloe, hyaluronic acid, chamomile, cucumber, sage, and a few other things as well as the CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10 on the ingredients list). So like we discussed in the last post, hyaluronic acid is a humectant, so it’s good for dehydrated skin. Now a toner that was moisturizing blew my mind at first, but why not start moisturizing at the second step of your skincare? And don't be worried, this toner also pulls impurities from your skin so it’s still doing what a stereotypical toner would do. The other thing you should know is that when using this toner I DO NOT use a cotton pad. I did when I first got the product and felt like I was wasting $1 every time I used it. Now I just pour some into my hands and tap it onto my face. I get all of the product that way and will probably never use cotton pads again.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream: Now, one of my absolute favorite moisturizers you can find almost anywhere, it’s the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream. This is a product I have ALWAYS had a ton of luck with and so has anyone that I’ve recommended it to. I initially tried the Water Gel from the same line and liked it but was still waking up a little dry, so I exchanged it for something a little heavier and fell in love! I always wake up bright and hydrated when I sleep in this.
Laneige Water Bank Essence: This is another product I use twice daily for dehydration in my skin. I apply this after serums and before my moisturizer and it does quite a bit to help my skin with daily dehydration. I have found that two pumps work a LOT better than one, but it’s not too expensive so the extra pump is worth it. I am still learning a lot about what an essence is, but from my understanding they’re similar to a serum but less concentrated. The second ingredient in the Water Bank Essence is glycerine which, as discussed before, glycerine is one ingredient to look for when looking for a hydrating product.
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask: This mask is awesome for a few reasons. First of all, you can sleep in it or just leave it on for 20 minutes. I prefer to sleep in it because I do wake up with happier skin in the morning. Occasionally I will mix it with an oil as well to lock things in more. Some people suggest putting it into the fridge to cool it before use, I found the second I moved it around in my hands, it warmed back up. But it's got a cooler consistency anyways so I don't mind that it warms up quickly. I'm not a huge Glossier fan, but I do think this mask does a lot for hydration when your skin needs it. I also like this mask because along with waking up refreshed, it's not too expensive. There's nothing that bothers me more than when the directions on an expensive mask say "apply a thick layer to your face, neck, and chest" because I feel like spending all this money on that product, I want to be able to use it as long as possible. But who knows, maybe that's just me. With the Moon Mask, it does help to apply a thick layer but it's also not a $60 mask.
Skin, like other organs in your body, is unique to you and issues can stem from so many different scenarios. These products are just the tip of the iceberg for what is out there and available for dry or dehydrated skin. But if you're having issues with winter taking a toll on you, these products will start to help you get back to where you need to be.