Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Skin Essentials

Winter is a hard time for our skin.  I have a combination/oily skin and even I have had to completely change up my skin care routine this winter.  I can't even imagine how all  you people with dry skin are coping.  So I decided to post some of my winter skin essentials as well as other tips to keep your skin glowing and beautiful while the weather outside is frightful!

1. Exfoliation
Even for very dry skins, exfoliation is key to great skin ESPECIALLY in the winter.  Removing the top layer of dead skin allows our moisturizer to soak into the skin and gives us that healthy glow!
These are 3 of my favorite tools for accomplishing gentle but effective exfoliation.

Clarifying Lotion: Clinique
This is an exfoliator that is gentle enough to use twice a day (dermatologists recommend that you do indeed exfoliate twice a day) and Clinique has one for EVERY skin type.  I typically use a clarifying lotion #4 but this winter that has felt a little harsh for me so I stepped down to the #3.  Clarifying Lotion fits into EVERY skin care routine and if you aren't using it....trust me....you should.  It makes a huge difference!

7 Day Scrub: Clinique
AMAZING.  I use this exfoliator about 3 times a week.  What makes it different is that the beads in it are made so they are perfectly round and smooth so it won't cut or damage your skin.  A lot of the "natural" ones with apricot etc... have jagged edges and can actually scratch your skin and you don't even know!  This scrub leaves your skin feeling baby soft and EVERY skin type can use it!

Clarisonic Mia: Clarisonic
I am pretty sure I've talked about my Clarisonic about a thousand times before but seriously it is my ALL TIME favorite beauty products.  I can't even really explain to you the difference this has made in my skin but I will try.  Before I started using this I suffered from terrible breakouts, oily patches, rough patches, redness, and dullness.  This has made a complete difference.  Now my skin RARELY if ever breaks out and I have a nice healthy glow.  My skin feels cleaner and I seriously could not live without it.  Yes it costs a lot of money but let me tell you I have not once regretted this purchase.  SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY ONE!!!! 
That is all.

 2. Eye Cream
Everyone should be using an eye cream.  Moisture around the delicate eye area is so essential.  That skin is so much thinner than the rest of our skin an it's also where we first start seeing signs of aging.  Take care of your eye area!!!  My favorite eye cream is Even Better Eyes by Clinique.  It provides lightweight hydration and I've noticed such a difference in my dark circles!  Yay!!!

 3. Toner
Eau Roma Water: Lush
I normally only use my Clarifying Lotion however this winter I've needed to change things up a bit.  Because my skin has been so dehydrated and sensitive this winter I have changed my night time routine.  Since night is when our skin does all of it's repair work it's important to take extra good care of our skin at night.  I've been loving this toner as a replacement for my clarifying lotion at night.  It is just a light spray that leaves your skin feeling so nice and it smells like sleep.  Sleep has a smell.  

4. Moisturizer
Turnaround Overnight: Clinique
I have 2 moisturizers that I love but my best defense against dull winter skin is my night moisturizer.  It's so creamy and delightful and it leaves my skin so soft and radiant!  Best part is that it's oil free and good for all skin types!

Moisture Surge Intense: Clinique 
In the day I use my regular moisturizer with sunscreen but I also add a bit of this moisturizer in my extra dehydrated spots around my nose and hairline.  I'll do this at night sometimes as well.  It makes my skin feel like velvet.

5. Miscellaneous 
Turnaround Concentrate: Clinique
This serum is AMAZEBALLS.  You know when you make a lasagna and bits of it dry in the pan after you eat it and you have to soak the lasagna pan overnight to loosen all those bits up?  Well that's what turnaround is for your skin.  It's a soak that loosens up all the bonds that hold dead skin to the face so you're able to get rid of more of it!  Words can not describe how much I love this.  

Cupcake Fresh Mask: Lush
I love a good mask and this one is by far my favorite.  It's great for my combo/oily/breakout prone skin.  I use it about 3 times a week and my skin feels nice and refreshed after.  Clean, soft, pure.  Added bonus....it smells like a chocolate peppermint!!! 

I find that taking a selfie while using the mask really enhances your results.
(and yes I'm wearing my Ravenclaw Quidditch shirt...come at me bro)

Make Up Remover
Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Taking your make up off before you wash your face is essential.  99% of cleansers do just that...cleanse.  However they don't have the ability to break down make up so we end up kind of taking our make up off but not actually cleansing our skin.  This can lead to break outs and doesn't allow our skin to get all the benefits of our other products like it should.  I love this make up remover in the winter because it's a balm that turns into an oil that feels so nice on the face.  

What are your favorite winter essentials???

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