Cold temps completely transforms my normal-to-oily skin into a dry, itchy mess. Lightweight moisturizers need to swapped out for more intense versions, and extra steps need to be added to my general routine.
- Let me preface my love of coconut oil with saying, I have insanely sensitive skin! I breakout in hives or a rash from the majority of products out there. Because of this, I always stuck with buying more expensive brands, thinking it would avoid allergic reactions – this turned out not to always be the case. About 1 1/2 years ago I started using coconut oil in my hair as a deep conditioner on a weekly basis and was amazed with the results (check out my process in this post). Then I slowly started expanding its breadth. First it was my feet after long runs, then other dry areas like my cuticles, knees and elbows. Now come the winter months, I just slather it all over after a hot shower. The key is to warm it between your hands first, do a good job rubbing it in and let it soak in for a while. After applying the oil, I do my hair and makeup in a light terrycloth robe, then lightly dab areas where it has not completely absorbed before I get dressed. This is my absolute FAVORITE skin care product!
- I received Tarte’s Maracuja Oil as a free sample with a Sephora purchase a few months back. I had absolutely no idea what maracuja oil was, so I tossed it in the back of my makeup drawer and completely forgot about it. Then right after the holidays I ran out of my regular eye cream, so I used the oil as a substitute. I was pleased not to awake broken out in hives, so I figured I’d continue using it until I could get to the store to replace my eye cream. Then I started noticing great results in the overall texture and brightness around my eye area. Now I used it as a eye “oil” nightly and apply it all over my face once a week for an intense treatment (although you could probably do this more often if you have normal-to-dry skin).
- I am slightly neurotic about applying sunscreen after spending my teenage years on the beach without enough of it (should have listened to you, Mom!). CeraVe’s AM Facial Lotion SPF 30 is my go-to for most of the year, but come winter I swap it out for Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.
- After I remove my makeup (I really like these cleansing toilettes) and wash my face with my Clarisonic, I apply St. Ives Timeless Skin. At $5 a container you can’t beat the price, and the results stand up to many other higher-priced options.
- I’m a bit of a germ-o-phobe and cannot even fathom how many times a day I wash my hands and apply hand sanitizer. Because of this, my cuticles require extra attention. While coconut oil doubles as my cuticle cream during the spring, summer and fall; come winter I need something more intense to avoid those annoyingly painful little hangnails. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is actually more like a paste. I work it’s gritty texture into my cuticles nightly until it’s completely smooth. And I ONLY trim a hangnail right after a long hot shower or bath. I can’t tell you how much this combo has improved the appearance of my hands!
So, what are your winter skin care essentials? Any great products I should know about?
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