Cold Weather Skin Savers
The weather has plummeted to a chilly 35 degrees here. Don’t laugh. That’s cold in these parts. And when it’s cold, it’s usually sunny and clear and DRY. All of a sudden the air has sucked out any moisture.
So, this means my skin is like an alligator. Or it feels like it. Tight, dry. Uncomfortable.
What to do?
Well, I have a handy collection of extra products I reach for when my skin goes through a change. This keeps everything soft and comfortable. Even if your climate doesn’t get Minnesota chilly in your parts or Alaska tundra cold, it’s still colder than what it’s used to during the summer months. So your skin is likely to react.
Find products with extra emollients and humectants.They pull moisture out of the air and hold it on your skin.If you”re normally oily, then humectants are what you need in winter. And if you’re dry, well, then you know you need it all, short of Crisco, in winter!
Here’s my list of products:
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream-naturally derived ingredients, a thick luxurious feel, and no petroleum or sticky residue like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour cream! Use this on cuticles, dry patches, lips, everywhere. – $29 Sephora
Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream– a light cream/gel texture that sinks into skin. Works great before primer as an added boost of moisture before makeup. A fabulous dupe to the famous Clinique Moisture Surge- Walgreens $8
Obagi Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35– don’t forget sunscreen even in the winter. You need to protect your skin all year around! This broad spectrum protector defends against UVA and UVB. I like the quality of this product. It’s pricier but you get a good size tube. Dermstore.com $48
Clarisonic – I can’t say enough about this. I’ve had mine for 4 years, at least, and it is tried and true. During the winter months, regular use provides gentle exfoliation to flaky skin so your moisturizers can penetrate more effectively. Available at multiple retailers. Models and prices vary and begin around $99.
Fresh sugar lip balm SPF 15– sheer, long lasting, great protection against wind chapped lips or indoors when the furnace is cranked and the air is dry! Free of any parabens, triclosans, synthetics and petrochemicals. – Sephora $22.50
Kate Ryan nutritive oil cleanser– you guys know I love my Kate Ryan. This cleanser tackles all the makeup and keeps skin soft. kateryanskincare.com – $40
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