As the holidays roll around I’m sure your shopping list is growing. If you are like me, this time of year I focus more on my loved ones and less on myself. Although, I am all about giving, it is important to take care of yourself and your skin as winter rolls around. I have made a list of a couple of beauty product I am currently loving that will not cut into the holiday budget! All of these can be found at Ulta or Target!
I have really really dry skin. It’s bad and it only gets worse as the weather gets cooler. Along with dry skin, I have sensitive skin that breaks out easily. It is a vicious cycle of using a toner to help with acne, only to have is suck out the remaining moisture, then using a moisturizer that causes me to break out. MEH. SO frustrating! I have been searching for products that will help not only with the flakiness but also be sensitive enough to not break me out. Let me tell you- it has been rough, but I have found some options!
The first product I’m digging can be found at Target. It is Up&Up brand Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Towelette. So many sugar scrubs and exfoliates I have tried have been very harsh on my skin, or have a very strong fragrance which irritates it. I like these towelettes because they have a very mild cucumber scent and they are not too rough. I will say, I am not the biggest fan of the packaging, it is sealed with an adhesive sticker, which after a few uses loses its ‘stickiness’ making the wipes quite dry. You can combat this by sticking the package in a Ziploc or, be lazy like me, and flip the package over so the sticker is on the bottom and is forced closed. This comes in at $1.99 for 30 towelettes!
The next product I am loving is bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer. I just started using this product and have been very satisfied! I have used other bareMinerals primers (Prime Time) in the past and found the products to be very greasy. This primer goes on like a very thin lotion. My skin is instantly re-hydrated when I use this and has definitely help my foundation go on more smoothly. It really does make your face silky! This product can be found at Ulta for $26, but is sold by many retailers. Bonus! bareMinerals is a cruelty-free brand!
When I do have breakouts, I turn to Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner in Rose Petal. I love this stuff because as a toner, it is so gentle on the skin but effective. As someone who used to put rubbing alcohol directly on my face, this is a much more effective (and safer!) alternative for adult acne. I also really enjoy the use of rose petal which is a natural anti-inflammatory, plus it smells like you have been frolicking in a rose garden. This stuff is great as a daily facial cleanser as well and can be found at Target for $8.99 for a 12oz. bottle. Thayer’s is also all natural and cruelty-free!
The final product I want to share with you is a 3-in-1 steal! While Black Friday shopping I picked up the b.Right! Start Skin Kit by Benefit and I am in love with these products! It comes with 3 ‘fun size’ products including the Moisture Facial Cream Hydra-Concentrated Facial Cream (0.3 oz), It’s Potent! Eye Cream Brightening Eye Cream to fade dark circles (0.3 oz) and the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion Sheer Oil-Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Facial Lotion (0.3 oz.) My absolute favorite product has to be the moisture facial cream. It works miricales! After just one night of applying it before bed my skin was visibly transformed from dry and flaky to smooth and moisturized. It is a very rich and creamy product but it does not leave my skin oily and it has not caused any break-outs! Hallelujah! I will say the portion size is quite small, but a little of this stuff goes a long way, and it’s a great size to start off with if you are trying to figure out if this product is right for you. I also like the eye cream, it is great to use if you work early in the morning like me. I like to put mine in the fridge so it is cool when I put it on! To be honest I have yet to try the facial emulsion, but if it works like the other two products I will not be disappointed. I know what you are thinking- three products in one, how much is this going to cost me? This is the best part! It is only $15 at Ulta! This product is not only affordable but great quality! It would make for an adorable “friend-gift” or stocking stuffer, or might just need to end up under the tree with your name on it (;
Thank you for reading, I hope this gives you some ideas for your own skincare! The best skincare tip I can give is to stay hydrated and use products with SPF, even as the days become more cloudy!
If you go out and try these products let me know what you think! What are your favorite skincare products for dry winter skin?
XOXO, Cait B.