Everyone sings their praises as the air gets cooler – boots, scarves, chunky knits, and coats are all the rage, but let’s not forget the skin woes that come with fall/winter (especially for us dry skin gals). If you’re like me and suffer badly from dry skin during the cooler months, you might want to rotate in some new products. Here are my beauty must haves this season:
– Hydrating Cleanser
If you haven’t already, you might want to switch to a gentle, hydrating cleanser – it really makes a difference. While I’ve heard of the Lancome Creme Mousse Confort in the past, I never gave it a chance until I received a sample recently. It isn’t stripping nor irritating and most importantly, leaves the skin soft, supple, and clean (as it removes makeup). Consider this my new go-to.
– Spring Water Spray
It sounds extremely silly to pay $20 for water in a can, but it is so worth it. I’ve only ever tried La Roche Posay’s Thermal Spring Water, but it is absolutely glorious. After a spritz or two, your skin feels smooth, hydrated, and balanced. It is as perfect on a clean face as it is over makeup. I enjoy this product best in between cleansing and toning.
I’m all about a good mix of natural + chemical based skincare products and the natural Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream is truly amazing (along with its citrusy, spicy scent). It feels super light weight on, but packs a ton a of moisture without leaving the skin greasy, sticky, or tacky. You’ll immediately notice a natural radiance upon application, which also makes it perfect underneath makeup. Another great option that can be used simultaneously day and night is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.
– Eye cream
The delicate skin underneath your eyes really warrant a cream separate from your standard moisturizer. I’ve found Lancome Progres Eye Cream to excel in the moisture department. The texture is thicker and denser than most eye creams, but for this particular reason, it’s also the most moisturizing one I’ve ever tried (even compared to the highly revered La Mer).
– Facial Mask
If you’re really in dire need of both moisture and hydration, the FAB Oatmeal Mask does wonders in under 15 minutes. Any dry patches essentially disappear and you’ll notice how much softer and nourished it looks.
I’ve been afraid of oil for years now until I came upon the Caudalie Divine Oil. It can be used for both your face and body and what I love most is that it’s non-greasy and absorbs quickly. With the supreme packaging, you can easily spray this where needed and rub it in. Good bye to reptile-esque knees and elbows.
Although your skin may be dry, exfoliating is still a necessity to slough away your dead skin. And this simply leaves your skin youthful and healthy. The FAB Facial Radiance Polish is super gentle yet still effective at doing so – an easy no brainer.
– Beauty Blender
If you only ever use one thing to apply your base, let it be the BeautyBlender Sponge. The sponge leaves no streaks or traces of make up and using it damp with the dabbing motion really allows the product to sit seamlessly on the skin without highlighting any dryness. Consider this your best friend when it comes to winter time makeup. If you’re on a budget, I’ve found the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to be the best alternative.
– Liquid Highlighter
And if your skin still appears lackluster even after excessive moisturizing and hydrating, fake it with a highlighter that results in a faint and natural glow. A liquid option is preferable to powder and the one I’ve stuck with for years is the ultimate Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – an internet favorite that surely lives up to its accolades.