Now that we've already discussed how to keep the skin below your neck in check during the dry winter months, it's time to tackle your face. If I don't take serious measures to keep my face smoothed and softened during this time of year, I start to look like a flaky pastry. Powdery, dry, and losing small slivers of skin. Are you nauseated? I'm just being honest with you guys!
The first portion of my regimen is using my Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149, clarisonic.com) at night to buff away any dry skin cells that have decided to camp out on my nose and chin. Combined with a creamy cleanser, the vibrating bristles carry off all the little flakies away to their demise and leaves me with a fresh canvas on which to slather intensely moisturizing products.
People want to know if the Clarisonic is worth it, and I absolutely think it is. If you have sensitive skin like me though, I'd recommend buying the Delicate brush head or using it only every other night on the lowest speed.
Next up comes DDF's Amplifying Elixir ($70, sephora.com), a serum created to boost the skin's moisture barrier by up to 50%. Basically, that means it improves your skin's ability to retain moisture so that it stays softer and glowier for a longer period of time. It's best used right after cleansing and before you apply any moisturizing products. Smooth it all over your face, massage it in and let it absorb for a while before moving on to the next step.
Lastly for the nighttime, we get to the cream of the crop, Decléor's Angelique Nourishing Night Balm ($73, decleor.com) . At first glance it appears to resemble solid perfume in the jar, but scooped out with a tiny plastic spoon and warmed between your hands, it melts into a luxurious facial "balm" that dissolves into your skin to leave it totally nourished and supple. Usually when I go to bed with a face slathered in product, I still wake up with skin that feels like it's coated in breadcrumbs. However, with this stuff, I wake up with skin that's insanely baby soft. I'm obsessed.
For the morning, it's a bit of a different scenario. I want my skin to be as dewy as possible, but I don't want to look like a balloon dipped in lard. I've been using Mario Badescu's Rose Hips Nourishing Oil ($20, mariobadescu.com) to deeply moisturize my skin without it being greasy. It's got loads of Vitamin C in it, which helps to repair your skin and boost the production of collagen, a key ingredient in keeping your skin looking young and ever so vibrant. You can use this product alone or add it to your regular moisturizer to keep skin glowy and soft. And it's affordable! Boom.
What moisturizing products do you swear by? I'm always on the lookout for anything that will keep my sand-dry skin under control. Bonus points if they're cheap-o and gentle on sensitive skin!
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