Ahhhhh, winter – how we love thee….
So as you recall, we each did a skincare regimen post. Oh, what’s that – you didin’t read them yet? No problem, here you go: Ash’s skincare regimen and Chris’ skincare regimen. So now that Old Man Winter has settled in and is more ornery than we care for, there are certain precautionary measures that must be taken to make sure our skin doesn’t crack right up and fall apart while exposed to those subzero temperatures. Not cute. So here’s an update on what we do!
Face: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize – This is the time of year that I LOVE having oily skin, because those extra pints of oil my skin oozes sure do come in handy when it’s -485,310 degrees outside. I continue to use my La Roche-Posay Effaclar face wash tone with Witch Hazel (lavender – so heavenly) but hold off on using the Effaclar moisturizer because it is so matte that it is drying and instead moisturize with Embryolisse.
Face: Exfoliate – I recently was introduced to Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask that I use once a week and it has done amazing things for my complexion. I continue to use my Lush Ocean Salt once a week as well.
Face: Rejuvenate – You would see from my skincare regimen that I also do the Oil cleansing method once a week along wtih using the mud that I purchased at El Valle Hot Sprints in Panama. I. Love. That. Stuff. Ash and I had also received a sample of Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator in our goodie bags from the Griffin Centre Aqua Symphony that I use once a week and what a great little product it is.
Body: Cleanse – I always use Dove Go Fresh and almost keeled over with excitement when I saw a giant bottle on sale at Superstore. My skin never feels stripped of moisture after a shower.
Body: Exfoliate – I bought Bath Retreat body scrub in “Lavish Lavender” at Shopper’s Drug Mart and OMG I love it! It is SO moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling nice and soft after a shower. I tend to concentrate on the rougher areas – elbows, knees, feet – but I also use it on my arms and shoulders. It is so moisturizing that my skin feels almost oily when I’m washing it off. But the time I dry and apply lotion (I use cocoa butter, raw shea butter or virgin coconut oil) that I’m getting some serious “smoove as a baby’s bottom” vibes. Love. This. Stuff. And it smells SO good. I am slightly obsessed with lavender.
Hands & Feet: I use the Mary Kay Satin hands Pampering set more often in the winter to give my hands (and even feet) some extra special treatment. With all the hand-washing that goes on (gotta ward off those germs floating around!) the hands can get a lot of abuse. It also leaves my feet (and I’m sure I don’t need to describe the mess our feet can be in during the winter) nice and soft as well.
Over to you, Ash!
I have say that this is the best time of the year for my skin. Correction-my FACE skin. In Winter months my skin has a healthy glow. It is a nice change from full on oil slick mode in the Summer. All my other skin, however…is begging for moisture. Also, can we take a moment to talk about how I am so sick of getting shocked everytime I touch a surface? UGH.
Anyhoo, I digress.
Face: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize:
I wash my face with Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing gel twice a day. I absolutely love the Normaderm line. I had a particularly angry skin episode in the Summer and I switched up my regimen to include Normaderm products and my skin went back to normal. I find the mosituizer a bit light for Winter months, but I’m still going strong with the cleanser. In fact, looks like it’s time to repurchase soon! I wasg my face once a day with the Clarisonic Mia using the delicate brush head.
As I mentioned in my previous skin care post, my skin responds really well to witch hazel as a toner. I have been using Thayer’s witch hazel. I have tried a number of the Thayer’s varieties, and my favourite is the rose petal .
As far as moisturizer goes, I love my trusty Embryolisse. I find that I need to switch this to a lighter moisturizer in the Summer months. But for Winter , it’s perfect. It moisturizes without leaving me oily and provides a smooth base for makeup.
One a week, I exfoliate with a stronger scrub. I wanted to try something different than Lush’s Ocean salt , so I have been using Dermaglow’s Vitamin C microdermabrasion. It is very good. The scrub is very fine yet it still works to slough away skin leaving me with a brighter, smoother complexion.
I am nutso about eye cream. I apply it twice a day, in the morning and evening. The area under my eyes can get quite dry if I skip this step. I am currently using Benefit’s It’s Potent eye cream. I find it dfficult to tell whether or not eye cream is working well. aside from moisturizing the area ( which most will do) , I think we will need to wait a few years to see if they have really been effective. But , a girl can be proactive, right? I like that the It’s potent is moisturizing yet it also absorbs quickly. I don’t want my eye cream to leave my eye area greasy or shiny.
Last but not least in my arsenal of Winter skincare, are lip products. Winter tends to leave my lips feeling more dry and tight than usual. I never really have a problem with my lips chapping, but I still like to keep them well moisturized to avoid that tight feeling. I find that a lip scrub really helps to keep my kisser soft. This can be done with sugar or salt, but I have been using a vanilla scrub ( just to be extra fancy).
I love lip products that are minty and tingly. But a lot of the time, I find these aren’t the products that really moisturize well for Winter. During these dry months, I am looking for something heavy and creamy that stays put and really feels like it penatrates my lips. I have two absolute favourites for this: Kaloderma Lip Balm with olive oil, and Love Fresh chapstick in Fresh Pear. Now if these babies just came in a mint flavour, I would be a happy gal.
I think it is very important to use a body wash in Winter months, as skin can use all the extra moisture it can get. I have really been enjoying Philosophy body washes. They come in about a gazillion different varieties and can also be used as shampoo, or bubble bath. Like, actually. I have used it as shampoo with great results. The bottle I am currently working my way through is Peppermint Stick from the holidays. I told you , I love me some tingly minty products. So invigorating and fresh!
Last but not least, I moisturize my skin precisely 786 times a day in the Winter. I love the Garnier Body line of lotions. Tried ’em all and love ’em all. My current bottle just happens to be the one with shea butter.
That’s all folks. Oh , and can we have a slow clap for Chris’s mask pic above please? #crazyeyes
What do you do to care for your skin during the harsh winter months? Leave your comments below! We just may try something out, you know how we do here at TNL.