Winter 2017-2018 is setting records…and it isn’t over yet!
We are getting hammered with snowfall, flu season, and a complexion to make the White Walkers envious. I don’t know about you, but everyone in my Facebook feed is following suit. While we hibernate, let’s talk skincare.
My skin is ridiculously dry. I thought maybe my thyroid went haywire or I was entering early menopause. While my inner nerd went hypochondriac, my mom sense reassuringly kicked in, “It’s 1 degree and your nose hairs are turning into icicles. Of course it is the weather.” Of course it is.
What to do but stockpile a small arsenal of hydrating creams, lotions, serums, oils, and even candles that turn into lotion upon burning? So that’s what I did. For the past three months I have been washing, toning, exfoliating, and slathering layer upon layer of moisture boosting product to reduce the flaking, fine lines, and irritation.
Before we get started on moisturizers…don’t forget to exfoliate and tone! Removing the superficial layer of dead skin cells prior to your moisture regimen will dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin. I like Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($55) and Pixi Glycolic Peel Pads ($20 at Target). These peel pads boast 20% glycolic acid which is quite a punch for the price. Grab them if you see them, because they are often sold out. Spritzing with a toner, like Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray (a steal for the price of $7 at the official site,) or Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist ($37) will prep and soothe your skin before you seal with moisturizers.
So what’s hot in hydration?
Hyaluronic acid. It’s everywhere from the drug store brands to Rodan and Fields to Neutrogena and everywhere above and between. It can hold 1000 times it weight in water, and it gives many products that hydrating feel we can’t get enough of. What I am loving right now: Rodan and Fields Active Hydration Serum. I wasn’t gonna do it. I wasn’t gonna cave and buy R&F. But we all have that one friend who sells it, and she sent me a sample. After 3 months, and toying with buying it off Amazon much cheaper, I finally caved. Happy (early) birthday to me! I recommend patting this in after showering or exfoliating and toning. While the scent is slightly of alcohol, there aren’t any strange fragrances or colors, just straight up balmy moisture serum.
Also in this category is the drugstore brand Neutrogena. Their Hydro Boost line features HA, and is much cheaper than a lot of the other products in my arsenal. While this product is an amazing moisturizer, I am not a fan of the fabric softener like fragrance. Luckily, I do not find the fragrance irritating to my skin, but I do think if Neutrogena had made this line fragrance free, it would appeal to a lot of people with very sensitive skin. At the price point of about $20.00 for a nice jar of it, normal skin folks who like the smell of Snuggle can’t go wrong. If you want to sample it, grab one of the single serve night masks at $2.99.
Facial oils. For years the mantra was oil free, but we are beyond that now and I couldn’t love oil more right now. It is great layered over products to seal moisture in, or fresh out of the shower before bedtime. Right now I am loving the Beauty Counter Facial Oils (gifted by a good friend) and Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil. The Beauty Counter company has a high standard for product purity and safety, and though pricey are in my opinion good quality. I love #3, Balancing with Ylang Ylang. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil has that oh so soothing fresh spa sent that I can never recreate in my own blend attempts.
Glycerin. It acts both as a humectant, attracting water from the environment/air, and as an emollient, holding moisture in. RF Active Hydration Serum boasts a high percentage of glycerin, 30%, and costs $108/ounce. This powerhouse ingredient is also featured in the Neutrogenia Hydro Boost line. We don’t always think about where ingredients come from, but important to note the glycerin can be plant or animal sourced. When plant sourced, it often comes from palm oil, and palm oil supply chain can wreck havoc on the globe.
Take your pick on what works for you and your budget! By all means, these products are the tip of the iceberg.
Next Skincare topic…Primers (as alluded to above)
Pictured above: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Rodan and Fields Active Hydration Serum, Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist, Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer with SPF 30, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.