Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WINTER SKINCARE FAVORITES









I have delicate skin — the slightest change in temperature or humidity can cause a real issue. In the wintertime, my skin is notoriously difficult to care for. My t-zone might be fine while the other areas of my face are critically dry. After years of trial and error, I've finally nailed down the perfect routine and combination of products to keep my skin moisturized, balanced and looking its best. 


A post of this nature couldn't go on without addressing the #1 tool in my skincare arsenal: my Clarisonic. I was on the fence about buying one for so long, but I'm so glad I took the plunge over a year ago. My Clarisonic completely changed the appearance and texture of my skin after a few months and I honestly can't live without it. I used it twice a day, morning and night, for about the first year I had it. Since then, my skincare routine has evolved. Now, I only use it once a day, but I still consider it an essential part of my skincare regimen.

My skincare MVP is a good moisturizer. I've struggled with finding something that's able to protect my skin and combat harsh Midwest winters for years. From luxury yogurt-based products to prescription solutions to home remedies... I've tried just about everything. After countless trips to my dermatologist and many battles lost to extreme dry skin, I finally found a (drugstore!) product that can tame my winter skin. Enter: Purpose Dual Treatment Moisturizer. I'll admit, this product is a little greasy. But, after years of frustration, it's a compromise I'm willing to make. 


I've also been loving this Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask by Valencia. I use it a few times a week, usually after I shower, so that my face can really "drink" in the product. It provides intense hydration which is exactly what my skin needs in the winter. I'll leave it on for 15-30 minutes before washing it away and it leaves my skin feeling so rejuvenated. It also smells amazing and I love that it's made in America!

A long-time favorite of mine is Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser. By now, you've probably heard enough about my sensitive skin... but this super gentle cleanser is great for, well... my sensitive skin. This cleanser is really a utility player in my skincare arsenal and I use it year round!

Finally, I've been using this True Glow Eye Cream on repeat lately. I've really been loving this product because it helps to eliminate dark circles and under-eye "bloating." I'm up at 5:00 am on the weekdays to hit the gym before work, so I definitely need something to help "wake up" my eyes in the morning. It sets flawlessly under makeup and leaves my eye-area awake and brightened!

I'd love to hear about your favorite skincare products  — let me know in the comments!
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18 comments :

  1. We have the same Clarisonic! It's awesome, isn't it? I haven't tried any of these other products so I'll definitely have to look into them xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

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    1. I seriously couldn't live without mine!

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  2. The clarasonic has literally saved my life! I use mine everyday!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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    1. I feel the same way — my only regret is not getting one sooner!

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  3. I have heard so many amazing things about the clarasonic! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

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    1. I read many mixed reviews before I got mine, but I'm so glad I decided to take the plunge. I couldn't imagine life without it!

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  4. You just reminded me to start using my Clarasonic again ;)

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  5. I love learning about other blogger's skincare and beauty routines!! :-) I have sensitive facial skin as well, so some of these products might work well for me too!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. Having sensitive skin is such a struggle, isn't it?

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  6. My roommate is completely obsessed with her Clarisonic! She swears by it, and even though I'm thankful I don't have to do much with my skin, I know that if anything were to happen I would know just what to try!

    xo
    Sami
    www.theclassicbrunette.blogspot.com

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  7. Is it weird that I wish it got a lot colder here so I could update my skincare routine during the winter?!
    xo
    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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  8. Oooo a plumping hydration mask sounds WONDERFUL!! I must try that asap. Thanks so much for the info.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  9. I haven't tried an eye cream yet but I want to! I also really want to try a clairsonic but I haven't bit the bullet yet!
    xoxo

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  10. Oo that hydration mask has my dry skin's name written allll over it. Thanks for these recommendations!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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  11. I've never heard of this skincare brand...definitely need to check it out! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

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  12. I haven't heard of this brand before, thanks for sharing!

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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