It’s winter. How do I know? My skin tells me loud and clear. It doesn’t matter that I live in California (and trust me, I did 20 years on the East Coast so I’m intimate with those brutal Nor’Easters and apartment heating so intense that they give you nosebleeds). Here in LA we get the Santa Ana winds. And while a warm wind in the winter may seem like a tropical delight, it’s bone dry and sucks all of the moisture out of your body.
How do I tackle it? Moisture - and lots of it. Let’s go from tip to tail, starting with the face. One of my favorite products of all time is the Rose Geranium Moisturizer from HollyBeth. I truly cannot count how many jars I’ve gone through, it’s that good. I slather it on at bedtime and my skin is still soft and plumped in the morning. It’s a simple product, but one I love deeply. And even though I have combination/oily skin, I never get congested or break out from using this product. Also don’t forget to apply it liberally to your neck and décolleté.
When it comes to the eye are I lean towards more is more. I like a rich eye balm for the under eye and surrounding orbital area to keep it supple and hydrated. Also if it’s freezing cold out, you want more emollient formulations that don’t contain water so that the moisture stays locked in. For me, the Mary Allan Eye Balm is THE ONE, but because it’s a balm, you’ll want to apply it straight out of the shower so it has time to sink in before makeup, or reserve it for your bedtime routine. If you apply it right before makeup it may be too emollient to wear with mascara but if you don’t wear mascara then wear it whenever you like…. I like a light application for day and then a more liberal application at night. I also use it on my lips and all over the surrounding lip area for some deep hydration.
For a bit of extra hydration on the lips I reach for the Lanolin’s 101 Balm. I apply it straight from the tube, but if you prefer to apply it with your finger, be sure to rub the extra into your cuticles as it’s deeply moisturizing and will help tame those winter ravaged cuticles.
Lastly the body. Even though your skin barely has contact with air during these harsh months, it’s still manages to get wildly parched. Balms and oils will serve you better in the colder months and for some deep moisturizing I love the Botanical Bar from Nopalera. I have always loved cocoa butter bars but they aren’t easy to find. I love the way they feel in your hand and how it melts right into the skin, especially when your skin is sill warm from the bath or the shower. You’re rewarded with a softness that will last hours, even under the layers of thermals and wool.
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