A few weeks back, I woke up in the middle of the night with an urge to scratch my neck. It was unbearably itchy! I initially thought I had developed a rash of some sort (I’ve got some weird allergies that kick in once in a while), but quickly realized that it’s because my skin was CRAZY dry. How did this happen so suddenly?! I definitely had not been on my full winter skincare routine, mainly because the temps just dropped a couple of weeks ago and I thought I was in the clear. Well, that sh*t snuck up on me, and fast.
I’ve been on the mend – it’s taking time for the dry patches to heal completely, but it’s getting there. One of my winter skin tips is heaving up on hydrating beauty products. I’ve been using three products on repeat to help rejuvenate my current skin situation.
You’ve heard me rave about this stuff before – well, almost two years later I’m still using it on the regular. The last few weeks, I’ve been mixing more of it on after my daily moisturizer and piling it on my neck (it sounds weird, but it’s the truth). I also apply it before bed on my face & neck so I wake up nice & hydrated.
A few months back, I was on the hunt for a hydrating face mask. After scoping out my beauty reviews, per usual, I came across this oatmeal mask by First Aid Beauty and decided to give it a shot. I love how light it feels when applying (it smells so natural), and how soft my skin feels afterwards. It’s gentle enough to use a few times per week – I’ve been using it about once a month, but I’m going to step it up to 2X a week to give my skin an extra boost in this cold weather.
I discovered this mask when perusing through Soko Glam’s site one day (PS – Soko Glam is a one-stop shop for all Korean beauty, def worth checking out!). It was one of their best sellers at the time (still is), and at $10 I figured I’d take the plunge and try it. Best $10 I’ve EVER spent. It’s basically like putting candy on your face. The sugar exfoliates, and at the same time the shea butter hydrates. The end result is glowing, soft skin.
For years now, I’ve been trying to get off of anti-perspirant deodorant. Yes, I was still using it until recently…but I swear it’s because NOTHING else worked! I can’t be a smelly, sweaty mess. It’s just not an option. I’ve been on a serious hunt for the best natural deodorant. I’ve tried so many varieties, including Arm & Hammer, Toms, and that weird crystal one because my mom swore by it growing up and I was a curious child (it smells like salt and it’s as weird as it looks). Bottom line is, I might as well have gone au naturel because I sure smelled like I did. TMI, but I’m trying to make a point here!
Annnnd I’m back! I feel like I’ve been gone for ages, yet at the same time my vacation didn’t feel long enough (does it ever?!). I can’t wait to share more details on our trip – we had the chance to explore new islands, eat tons of Greek food (went overboard as we always do), spend quality time with close friends AND celebrated a wedding. All in all, it was an amazing trip and it came and went too fast. I can’t wait to share more juicy dets next week!
Though my post-vaca blues have officially kicked in, the fact that my skin is on point right now has softened the blow a bit. Relaxing on the beach for a week straight definitely has it’s benefits (as long as you wear SPF 30+!), and I’m determined to keep this look going for as long as possible post-beach life. Below are my tried and tested ways (7 to be exact) to get the lovely dewy summer skin we all strive for –
Every so often, when I visit my mom in the north burbs, I stop by at the TJ Maxx in Evanston to scope it out. They have an “Off the Runway” department where I’ve come across killer finds in the past, but it’s very hit or miss. The last time I went, I perused the designer department and wasn’t impressed, so I ventured over to the beauty section. It’s not a section of the store I’m familiar with, but after examining the products for a minute or two, it captured my attention.
One of the products I was particularly interested in was this Charcoal facial detox cleanser. I (of course) immediately looked it up online to see if I could find reviews…and I found PLENTY on Amazon, mostly positive. I’ve tried the Boscia charcoal cleanser in the past, but felt it was too pricey for what it was so I stopped buying it. This one seemed like it was similar enough and 1/3 of the cost. I bought it with low expectations and started using it daily. After about 3 weeks of using it, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the results. My face feels crisp and clean after cleansing, and the cleanser is able to take off most of my makeup (which is a HUGE for me, mainly because I’m lazy). I like that it doesn’t have a fragrance as I’ve been so against fragranced skincare products lately – there’s no way that stuff is good for your skin!
I’m always one for testing new beauty products & mixing up my skincare rotation, but jojoba oil has been part of my routine for a couple of years now. It took me time to warm up to the idea of putting oil on my face – I used to think it would make me break out! “Oil free” was always a positive thing in my mind – but I’ve learned that’s SO not the case. I find myself using jojoba oil the most out of any other oil (I use coconut & vitamin E oil too), because it’s lighter and absorbs really well. In fact, it’s supposed to be very close to the natural oils our body produces. I buy mine from acne.org – it’s such a great value! I’ve had mine for over a year and there’s PLENTY left. You can also find it here & here. Now, on to how I actually use it…
Heading into my late 20’s, I started to prioritize skincare more than ever. I look back at my teens & early 20’s and cringe at how I treated my skin – i.e. no sunscreen, not drinking enough water, sleeping with makeup on…I can go on for days. I’ve started to notice & appreciate other women with gorgeous skin, and often ask what their skincare regimen is.
A couple of weekends ago at a family wedding, I was seated with one of my cousins at the dinner table. She’s in her late 40’s and has phenomenal skin. I asked her to share her skincare secrets – in addition to the usual ones (stay out of the sun, exfoliate, sunscreen it up, etc.), she mentioned that she has been using a Greek yogurt mask on her face 3X a week for 20+ years! She had me convinced that I needed to give it a try.
It took time to get my skincare routine down this winter, and after a lot of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few products that I absolutely love. My skin is on the drier side, so my main challenge is finding products that are hydrating and also contain the important ingredients I need. I’ve narrowed it down to 7 products that I use on a daily basis (I know, it seems excessive but trust me, it’s really not that bad!).
Every season I switch up my moisturizer to ensure I’m getting the necessary hydration & protection I need with the changes in weather. Finding a new moisturizer can be tricky – there are endless options, prices vary greatly, and you never know which one is best for your skin type. We’ve lucked out with the weather as of late, but cold weather is on the horizon…that means it’s time to prep and make sure you’re taking care of your skin during the colder months. I’ve put together a top 5 list for each skin type to help you shop for winter moisturizers (& included ones with SPF as well to serve as a reminder that this should be a part of your skincare routine too!).
Coconut oil is having a major moment (one that’s lasted a few years & is still going strong), and I can’t help but admit that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve been using this stuff in excess – adding it to my coffee, using it as lotion, cooking and baking with it…I basically go through it like water. I’ve been meaning to make my own body scrub out of this magical ingredient, and I took the plunge this weekend. I hit up Pinterest for some inspiration, and I combined a few recipes I found to create this amazing concoction – a coffee & coconut oil body scrub. Let me start by breaking down the ingredients and the benefits they provide for your skin.
Let’s be honest with ourselves here…we probably aren’t doing everything we should be doing to care for our skin during the winter months. We all say we’re going to make the extra effort, but when you’re on a time crunch or exhausted from a long day, the first thing out the window is your skincare regimen. I know, because I’m guilty of it myself. I am also guilty of judging when I see someone with flaking, cracked dry hands. It’s just not a good look.