[title subtitle=""]Winter Beauty Essentials[/title] Rough patches—we all go through them from time to time. Eventually though, things smooth themselves out. Like life, the same can be said for my skin. I’m not kidding. My hands, come winter time, need plenty of lotion. My lips, well, they’re constantly bathing in a thick lather of lip balm. Dry hands, cracked lips, ashy knees? Yes, I’ve braved them all.
Truth be told, it took me a couple years to get to know my skin. I read countless articles and watched a ton of YouTube videos only to realize that the “essential” skincare products gurus raved about did very little for my epidermis. After what seemed like an endless game of trial and error, of testing this and trying that, I finally learned that everyone’s skin is different. It was up to me to patiently figure out what worked for me.
I have combination skin, by the way, which is mostly dry skin everywhere but around my t-zone. Oh, and it’s sensitive too.
Here are the five winter beauty essentials I swear by. Go ahead and give your skin the tender, love, and care it needs.
[title subtitle=""]1. Hydrating Face Mask[/title]
Masks are essential for the skin. They’re often described as the poor woman’s mini spa treatment. They’re cheap, easy to use, and super duper effective. I slap one on every once in awhile so to hydrate my skin. I recommend any of Dr. Jart’s masks because they offer a wide range of masks that specifically target niche concerns!
[title subtitle=""]2. Face Moisturizer[/title]
Moisturizer is essential for everyone's morning and night routine. I am a fan of the Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel/Lotion because it comes in both gel and lotion form. Heaven sent for my combination skin, I use the gel one in the morning, under my makeup, and the lotion one at night for extra moisturization while I sleep.
[title subtitle=""]3. Lip Balm[/title]
TBH, I have an unhealthy obsession with lip balm which is completely justified because my lips are never lonely. Because lip balms come in so many colors, shapes, and flavors, I just can't seem to hoard enough. Like hunting for Easter eggs, I have found more than one in my coat pockets, my bag, and under my pillow. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a Chapstick in hand. I usually go for the ones that are light and smooth. I own two of the Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balms, Rosebud Perfume Co.’s salve, and Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF.
[title subtitle=""]4. Hand Cream[/title]
Just like lip balm, I also carry around a few too many tubes of hand cream because my cuticles tend to get really dry. I’m not a fan of the EOS lip balms, but I do love their hand creams. Delicate Petals, the purple container, and Delicate Berry Blossom, the pink container, are among some of my favorite scents. If you’re on a budget, they’re quite handy (Ha! See what I did there?) at under two bucks. The Caudalie and L’Occitane hand creams are quite similar in my opinion. They’re both creamy and great for quenching your hands with moisture.
[title subtitle=""]5. Body Oil[/title]
Truth be told, I used to be scared of body oils in fear of them making my skin look greasy. Boy, was I wrong when I gave them a try. Body oil, contrary to my initial belief, is light and leaves skin super moisturized. Good ones don’t even leave any residue. This Herbivore Jasmine Body Oil is my holy grail. It smells so good! I use it every night after a shower and it leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.
[title subtitle="Skincare Sets Curated for the Winter"]BONUS[/title]