February 11, 2016

Winter Skincare


I know it’s mid February and part of our minds are already thinking ahead to Spring, but in the Northeast we are still fully in WINTER. Which made me think it was a good time to do a post about my current skin care routine since I do often change it up this time of year.



Here is what is in the pictures above (taken mid-January):

  1. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer ($22.99) – I use this as my morning moisturizer to help a bit with combating wrinkles and it includes SPF. I like it because it has the right amount of moisture without making me feel greasy, even in the summer so I use it year round. One of the reasons I started using this product to begin with is because of the Retinol it has in it. It has no bothered my skin although I know some people are very sensitive to anything with Retinol in it.
  2. Spectrum Coconut Oil ($6.89) – I bought this to use as needed here and there on my legs to combat dry skin and has helped. It’s found in the baking aisle by the way.
  3. Philosophy Time in a Bottle ($75) – I tried a few serums before settling on this one. I found I like it for what it does and how it feels going on. Not the cheapest but you can get it on sale since occasionally Ulta has 20% off everything coupons you can use to buy it (same coupon can be used for all the other Philosophy, Neutrogena and Living Proof products mentioned here)
  4. Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($34) – This product I discovered via Birchbox and liked it so much I bought the full size. I did not have an exfoliator I used regularly until this product. I use 1-2x a week and love how my skin feels after I use it. Truly softer.
  5. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night ($80) – Ugh, love this stuff. I really like a thicker but not oily moisturizer for night time, especially in the winter and this is THAT. Plus, there is only a faint smell and it’s not offensive at all. Oh, and it has anti-aging ingredients in it, too. So this has been my go-to night moisturizer for awhile now and I don’t plan to change it any time soon.
  6. Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye ($68) – Yes, the price isn’t cheap here again but I’ve tried a few other eye creams (including the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle version) and while it’s always hard to tell what’s truly working since I have pretty deep set wrinkles around my eyes, I love the consistency and texture of this eye cream so I keep going back to it.
  7. Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Eye MakeUp Remover ($7.99) – What’s not to love about a product that is reasonably priced and works well? This eye makeup remover is gentle and even gets off the hard-to-remove mascara. 
  8. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($22) – As a fan of the Living Proof line of products, it was a natural extension for me to try the dry shampoo and I have found it to work well and I prefer that the smell is faint and light. See my review of dry shampoo’s here and how I ended up with this one. Yes, I know it’s not skin care but it sits on my sink with my skin care so I included it in this post.
  9. Porcelain dish with cotton balls 😉 – Old, got it eons ago when we did our first master bath renovation.
  10. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($8.59) – I started  using this cleanser last spring. Most of last Winter I I used the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38) but when I went to buy more, I was told they had discontinued it (this appears to have changed since t hen; also, it does have an odd strong smell from the soy). So, Winter being close to over at that point, I decided to switch from Cetaphil, which I had been using prior to Winter, and having been using this cleanser since. It has almost no smell, gets rid of the dirt and is gentle on the skin. Bonus: Drugstore buy.

About a week after I took those photos and before I had a chance to start this post, I got ECZEMA on my cheeks.

I kind of freaked out. I knew it was eczema but jeez, I have NEVER  had it on my face and even when I have it, it’s been like a teeny patch on my lower back. I was kind of like WTF is going on!! I know we’ve had some crazy weather but I guess the dry air just really made my skin go crazy this time. My skin was red, patchy, itchy, and just generally uncomfortable.

So what did I do? I stopped almost everything I was using in the above picture and started slathering coconut oil on my face, multiple times a day. After doing that for a few days, I continued to use the coconut oil, the eye cream, and face soap ONLY for over a week while I got my skin under control, i.e. less red and splotchy but still dry and itchy.


Coconut oil I put in a small container to have on me at all times

So, I realized I had to make some changes in my skincare routine.

Since I had already stopped using the Philosophy serum and Neutrogena moisturizer and still had really dry itchy skin, I decided next step was to switch my face soap. I felt an oil-based soap would be better for me during this time. Then, I got another serum/moisturizer from Kiehls. It’s not the same as the Philosophy one as far as anti-aging properties but for now, it’ll have to do. And I’m still mainly using the coconut oil as my moisturizer both in the morning and at night, but at night I put the Philosophy moisturizer on top of the coconut oil. Just because. Ha!


 Here’s what my skincare products are now:

  1. Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye ($68) – see above
  2. Spectrum Coconut Oil ($6.89) – see above
  3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($30) – I know this product isn’t for the face but I happened to purchase a small tube of it to use on my legs in the midst of changing skin care products. I loved it so much that I bought the tub and continue to use it on my legs every time after I shower. I’d heard great things about it and can agree with all the positive reviews out there. And, it says it could be used on the face so who knew?
  4. Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil ($14.99) – I decided that this was a good time to try a cleansing oil because they are known to be good for dry skin. I have been pleasantly surprised by this product – it feels gentle, smells light, but does a good job of getting my make-up off. I’m so glad I made the switch!!
  5. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night ($80) – see above
  6. Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($34) – see above
  7. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum ($58) – I was feeling bad that I cut out my current serum so in an attempt to keepsaked one in my routine, I decided to go to the Kiehl’s store to see what they had, knowing that they make quality products and would likely have something to get me through the rest of the winter. My goal was staying away from any serum that might be even remotely drying. The saleswoman was really helpful and I was going back and forth between getting this product or the Rosa Artica Cream (she gave me samples!!) and I went with this one because I liked the texture and  consistency and because it does have some anti-aging properties, too. And honestly, it was a little bit less money.
  8. Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Eye MakeUp Remover ($7.99) – see above
  9. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($22) – see above

So there you have it. Fun times but I’m really happy that my skin has returned to normal with the changes I’ve made. And hey, it gave me an excuse to try some new products again. 🙂

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