Let's face it, the winter months are a harsh reality for our skin. The constant switch from the dry and cold outdoors to being oily when spending a day inside by the heater and stagnant air. These can have some seriously ugly effects on our skin ( dry spots and random breakouts) that for most is very frustrating! I grew up having not-so-great skin and so I've worked hard in recent years at taking care of my skin, after all it is your largest organ! This winter I've finally found a great combo of products that helps me to keep my skin clearer and more hydrated.
So I'll start with the basics that I absolutely love and add in some other great recommendations below! The "YES to" brand has been a new all-time fave of mine since this past fall! The Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is a great way to get a daily mini-exfoliation and use all organic products to clear out pours while getting the refreshing after feeling that charcoal leaves you with. This cleanser is tomato and charcoal and they have other skin products in this awesome combo that I've been wanting to try also. The best part about this skin care line is it is so affordable while still having great quality and using organic ingredients! Now that we've got the cleanser covered lets talk about face masks.
The "YES to" Grapefruit Brightening Peel is another awesome product of the brand that helps correct tone and brighten skin. This is so perfect for the winter months when you loose the luster that sun-kissed skin gives you in the spring/summer. This peel not only brightens your skin to have a glowing look, but smells INCREDIBLE. (I usually only use this product 2 times a week to get good results)
The other mask I've featured is a part of a face mask line called Freeman that I have fallen in love with at Ulta. Want to know the best part about these masks? THEY'RE UNDER $5! This Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask is just one that I love, but provides my skin with a hydrating and calm/cool feeling. This helps relieve any blotchiness I have from dry skin or on days when I've spent most of the time inside it helps refresh my skin from having sat in stagnant air all day. I also love the Charcoal and Black Sugar Exfoliating Mask by this brand for another great way to smooth skin and draw out impurities!
When we think about skin health we can often forget about lips too! I've found it is so worth it to invest in good lip care products and Burt's Bees has always provided the best products for me. I love the Beeswax Lip Balm not only because it stays on for awhile but the hints of peppermint in it leave a nice scent and cool, hydrated feeling! I finish with their Burt's Bees Lip Shine in "blush" for a light tint and shiny, plump look. These products are both made out of natural ingredients and help me take care of my lips in the harsh, dry winter weather!
Sometimes its easy to forget that skin care goes beyond just face masks and cleansers, but also expands in to what kind of makeup we use! So many makeup products kill two birds with one stone now by providing skin care while you wear them. To start out you need a great concealer to help cover up any little imperfections or discolored spots so your skin looks smooth and even! I use bareMinerals BARESKIN in a fair tone because its such a smooth application and has hydrating elements for under-eye application and antioxidant stem cells! The Physicians Formula Summer Eclipse Bronzing Face Powder is a perfect way to add a little color to your face in the sun-less winter months. I gave-up tanning beds a year ago and have found this to be my total go to for some shimmer and color. Finally finish it off with the Benefit Watts Up Highlighter stick to enhance a clear and glowing complexion.
These are all of my go-to products and have proven so helpful in the harsh cold winter months!
(Below are some other recommendations from the same and similar brands)