My fall & winter beauty essentials
As soon as the weather gets cooler, my face and body seem to automatically get dryer. Luckily, I’ve learned what products help to combat this issue (after many winters of looking like a peeling reptile).
If you tend to deal with the same sort of thing, maybe some of the following products will work for you too!
Clarisonic Mia 2
This brush has become an essential part of my skincare regime lately. It exfoliates, deep cleans the pores, and helps to ensure that I’ve removed all traces of my makeup at the end of the day. I use mine once a day when I wash my face in the evening. It is on the pricey side, but if you order from QVC, you can pay in four installments which is kind of awesome.
Supercriticial Chia Oil
This topical oil by One Love Organics delivers Omega-3s and vitamins to the skin. Again, I use this in the evening, and I apply a little bit to my face after my moisturizing cream. It does wonders for hydrating my skin and evening out its tone. Seriously good stuff.
I mix a little Argan oil into my moisturizer every morning and at night and find that it helps to give my skin a radiant glow. When I have excess on my fingers, I’ll rub it into my cuticles, onto my elbows, and even on my hair. The Josie Maran brand, which I included in a favorites post back in August, is pretty pricey, but there are cheaper alternatives out there if you search on sites like Amazon and Vitacost.
You all know how much I adore coconut oil! I won’t go into all of its many uses (you can read about them here), but in the dryer months, I like to use it once a week as a deep conditioner for my hair. I’ll either comb it through dry hair at nighttime before bed and sleep with it on, or I’ll apply it on days when Michael and I are just chilling in the house and don’t have plans to go anywhere. It really works wonders as far as moisturizing and adding shine.
Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub
My lips tend to get really dry and flaky around this time of the year, so for me, exfoliating them is essential if I want to keep them soft and smooth. My favorite lip scrub of the moment is the Whipped Cherry by Bite Beauty. Of course, mixing brown sugar and coconut oil works really well too!
Honey Trap lip balm
I keep a little tin of Honey Trap by Lush on my nightstand and apply it to my lips every single night before bed. It keeps my lips so soft and supple. The downside is that it transfers to MT’s lips when he kisses me, and he absolutely hates the taste of it for some reason. I personally don’t mind it, and I love the smell. What do boys know anyway?
Shea-Infused Lounge Socks
I’m actually due for a new pair of Shea-infused socks right now because the pair that I currently own is all Shea buttered out. If you want really soft feet without dry cracked heels (and don’t we all?), rub some lotion or coconut oil on your feet and then wear these to bed. The socks make for great stocking stuffers at Christmastime too!
Sibu Nourishing Facial Cream
During the spring and summer, I used Michael Todd’s Moisture Lite on my face in the daytime to keep it hydrated, and it worked just great. At this time of the year, I need something a little more nourishing, so I use my Sibu moisturizer instead. Even though it provides extra moisture, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on my skin at all. It’s pretty much my wintertime savior.
Aveda Hand Relief
Carrying some sort of hand lotion in my purse/diaper bag is absolutely essential. I must wash way too many dishes because my hands have been horribly cracked and dry lately. Anyway, my all-time favorite hand cream is Aveda’s Hand Relief. In fact, I’ve probably been using it for over ten years! I carry the travel size tube with me and keep the larger sized one by my bed. Warning: A little of this goes a long long way. If you use too much, everything that you pick up will slip right out of your hands. No exaggeration.
What are your fall and winter beauty essentials? It goes without saying, but drinking loads of water is also absolutely critical when it comes to preventing dryness.
Have a great day!