Whenever the weather changes (particularly from summer to fall), I have to switch up my skincare routine from my usual “cleanse, tone, moisturize” to a few more steps. Cold weather tends to strip all the moisture out of my face (particularly around my mouth) – and it’s not even that cold here in Northern California! Just as a disclaimer, I’m not paid to tell you about these items – I really do use and love them, and my skin has never looked better.
I’ve taken to a double cleansing process that I picked up from several Asian skincare fanatics. The idea is that the first cleanser – usually oil based – will help break up makeup and dirt on the face, and the second cleanser (a more traditional surfactant type) will remove everything left behind, including all the traces of the first cleanser. My oil cleanser is this Blue Yarrow + Geranium Cleansing Oil by Little Barn Apothecary (pictured above), based in Atlanta, and my second cleanser is their Charcoal + Aloe Cleanser. Both of these products are really gentle and made from botanicals, which I love. The cleansing oil helps me remove my waterproof mascara, which I sometimes use if I’m teaching a ton of Pilates classes then going to work out later (yes, I wear mascara to the gym), and the charcoal cleanser just leaves my skin feeling as if I’ve never worn makeup in my entire life.
I am a huge fan of NUXE products, which have only recently become accessible in the US (within the last 5-6 years I believe). Previously, you could only find tiny 50ml bottles of their super famous body oil at Space NK for $40, so every time we went to France, I’d bring back three 100ml bottles at 20€ each from the pharmacie and use them with reckless abandon. Right now, my favorite toner is also from this French brand – NUXE Toning Lotion with Rose Petals, a gentle rose-scented lotion that you put on a cotton ball and swipe across your face to restore pH balance. I was surprised to find this brand at certain Target stores – and they are having a sale online right now, so if you’re down with Nuxe, get on it!
Again, another French pharmacie goodie that I like to have on hand – Avène Eau Thermale Soothing Moisture Mask. I stock up on this as well when we’re in France, but you can buy it here in the States – you just pay a little more. This mask is perfect for dry, stressed skin (I’m thinking, gift this to your favorite ski bunny this winter). Slather it on and leave it for 10 minutes, then wipe off the excess. The next day, you look glowy AF. You’re welcome.
The Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is more of an aspirational product for me, though I have used it in the past. It’s hard for me to shell out $185 for this little vial of miracles, but I’m hoping Santa is reading this and not thinking “this girl is insane”. I still have a tiny bit of this left in my stash, and I’ve been saving it for when my skin needs some serious salvation.
I didn’t get into using eye creams until I hit 30, and then I started panicking about wrinkles. It seems fitting that my eye cream would have avocado oil in it, as I am a major avocadhoe (thank you, thank you). The Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is one of my favorites, as it seems to burst with hydration (literally) when you apply it with the fingertips. I am lucky enough not to have any wrinkles yet, but you know what they say – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Those are my top 6 favorites right now, though I’m currently searching for the perfect moisturizer, which I’ve spent years searching for but haven’t found just yet. If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments below. Or tell me about your favorite products for winter – I want to know!