Winter is approaching and I am trying to prepare myself for the madness that is about to hit Chicago. I hate winter for a few reasons, the ice cold weather, the mountains of snow and most of all, the dry air. My skin gets horribly dehydrated towards the end of fall and usually lasts all winter long. I absolutely hate the way my makeup looks and feel during this time because my skin is so dry and flakey. Not cute ladies. I have always had combination skin so I’m used to switching from product to product. I wish I was one of those people who can use one cleanser and one moisturizer all year and be good, but unfortunately I was not blessed with amazing skin like that. This year I have been a lot more experimental with my skin care regime and have had the opportunity to try out many different products. With great suggestions from friends and helpful associates at Sephora, I finally curated a collection that suits my skin and keeps it hydrated all night and day.
Sunday Riley, Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105
This Sunday Riley night oil was a huge splurge, and I felt so guilty for getting it, but I was eyeing this bad boy for a while before I bit the bullet. The Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a retinoid oil created to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin, help fight wrinkles, moisturize and calm the skin. This product is made with cold pressed oils which include avocado, chia and concord grape seed oils.
Apparently the blue coloring of the oil was a tactic to make people use the product the right way. The cashier at Sephora told me that it’s blue because you’re supposed to really moisturize it into your skin until the coloring is gone and let your skin soak it all in instead of just slabbing it on. I cannot say how amazing this product is. The morning after my first night of using this, my skin was so hydrated and soft! I had been suffering from some dry spots on my face for a few weeks and this oil completely changed the feel of my skin literally over night. After a month of using this, I noticed that the pores on my nose was a lot smaller and my acne marks were diminishing. I currently use this product every other night before I put any other products on.
Bobbi Brown, Hydrating Eye Cream, $50
After a bad reaction to a makeup removing oil that I was using, the skin under my eyes became extremely, extremely dry. I was not able to put any makeup on it because it just wouldn’t stick and would flake off. A friend recommended I try Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye cream, and I haven’t looked back since. After a few weeks of using this cream, the dryness under my eyes disappeared. After a month and a half, I now have the smoothest, most soft and hydrated under eyes I have ever had. I’m telling you ladies, my concealer goes on amazingly! I use the eye cream during the day before I apply my moisturizer and in the evening after my night oil.
Alegnist, Concentrated Reconstruction Serum, $95
With age, our skin tends to become pretty dull. I was a complete serum virgin before using this Alegnist reconstruction serum. It’s an anti-aging serum that is supposed to minimize wrinkles, give you a radiance boost and firm your skin within four weeks. I’ve used it for about a month now and my skin looks so much brighter than before without makeup. I like the fact that it’s oil free because I can wear a day oil on top of it without feeling too messy. I only use this serum during the day, before I put on anything else.
Kate Somerville, EradiKate Acne Treatment, $24
One key to having wonderful winter skin is making sure that blemishes stay minimal. Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid getting a pimple, but when you do get one, here’s how to get rid of it! I’ve been using Kate Somerville’s EradiKate Acne Treatment for a while now. It’s the only thing that I’ve ever tried that zaps those ugly little zits. There is a separation of liquids in the bottle which you are not to shake up and mix in order to get the complete affect of the product. What I do is cleanse my face first, apply my moisturizer everywhere else on my face besides the spot I want treated, dip a cotton swap into the bottle and apply it right on my pimple or zit. I leave it on over night and wash whatever is remaining off the next morning. This usually does the trick and gets rid of the pimple, but make sure you apply it right when you notice one because that’ll make it easier to get rid of before it fully develops.
Josie Maran, 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light, $16-$48
Who doesn’t love a great Josie Maran oil?? I especially love the light version of her Argan oil because it doesn’t feel heavy under my makeup. I’ve been using my travel size bottle for more than a month now and it’s still going because you don’t need to use more than one drop! Depending on how dry my skin is that day, I’ll either apply a drop all over my face, or just to the areas I need more hydration. I use this before my moisturizer and after my day serum and night oil. It really is that extra step I need to keep my face from drying out too quickly after a wash.
Ole Henriksen, Sheer Transformation, $40
This has been my holy grail since the day I purchased it. I really love this moisturizer by Ole Henriksen because it’s so lightweight and just melts into my skin. It’s oil-free, includes licorice and Vitamin C, which is super important to me because Vitamin C helps fade dark spots and evens skin tone, an area I have always needed desperate help in. I use this every day and night.
I hope you guys took away some good things from my winter skin care regime and will try some of these products out yourself! It’s so important to take care of your skin, especially in harsh weather.