Winter Skin Solutions
So let me just say that it doesn't actually look like this outside. It has been 50 ish for the past few days, but today it was quite cold.
With this cold come some additional skin concerns. I think it becomes even tougher to know what to do with my skin in the cold. I am definitely acne prone, although a new birth control that I am on and going back to basics with my facewash have helped calm it down a bit. And as always, drinking tons of water/eating as clean as possible/excercising/getting enough sleep, etc. usually have my skin on its best behavior.
There are several things that I've been liking this winter to take care of my skin. I'm always on the quest to find a balance of making my acne prone/oily skin more oily and making sure it's not cracking with dryness. Keep reading for the list:
Firstly, my diffuser. I have been diffusing essential oils on my nightstand at bedtime for a few years now and I just LOVE it. This one is made of fine porcelain and looks so pretty on a nightsand. It really sets the mood for bed time and helps me relax. I use all sorts of scents -- lavender, eucalyptus and I love some of the Saje Wellness blends. SO good.
Ok this stuff is my favorite hand cream of all time. I actually got it at the Vermont Country Store, which is where I linked it to, but I'm not sure if you can't get it on Amazon... So this stuff smells like cleanliness and a bit sweet maybe? It isn't obtrusive though if that is your concern. I have this on my nightstand as well and I really should have one on my desk as well. It is the *only* hand cream that doesn't stay greasy on my hands, sinks in quickly, and makes a serious difference in my hands, which otherwise crack and BLEED. That's how bad they are, and how good this stuff is. A little goes a long way so a tub will last you a while.
Oldie but a goodie. This is your classic Eucerin body lotion. Nothing special and really does not smell like anything at all, which is one of the reasons I love it. Similarly to my hands, my body tends to get quite dry in the winter especially with the hot showers I love to take. I use this to make sure my legs aren't scratchy.
I'll start this one off by saying I have tried seemingly ONE MILLION moisturizers. I am constantly on the hunt for something moisturizing that is not going to break me out. Life's never ending quest? Possibly. This one is actually something I've been using for a few months now with great results. I like that it smells nice, is very moisturizing, does not seem to break me out at all, and has a great price point ($18). You can get it at CVS, Target, Amazon, whatever. It is very easily accessible, and compared to the various Sephora and "nicer" moisturizers I have tried, I've gotten the same if not better results with this.
In the same way that the skin on my face gets dry, I think my undereyes get even worse because the skin is so thin. I definitely wear this all year round, but it really is great in the winter. It is a bit pricey at $50, but it has lasted me a pretty long time. It is non irritating and works great.
The above product is honestly one of my favorites year round as well! Like I said earlier, I LOVE lavender. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research has revealed that lavender oil may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. I have been using it on my body after I shower (partly for the scent) but also because I have been getting odd sort of pimples on the lower half of my body and I have found this to help, as it has the anti inflammatory properties in it. This oil sinks in SO well, does not stay greasy at all and smells incredible.
I am researching and looking for new skincare solutions alllll the time, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!! xx Taylor