Winter Skin Must Haves

I've spent the last 13 winters in Florida so I haven't really had to alter my skincare routine for cold months until I moved to Texas of all places!  Who knew the winter here would be quite bitter, dry and chappy.  I finally have a system that has been helping me defeat the effects of winter so if you are in frigid temperatures right now, some of these suggestions might be useful to making the chilled months more tolerable. Winter Skin Must Haves

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil is a bit heavier than my favorite Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil that I have decided to reserve for summer months.  It rinses clean and seems to do a great job at removing all traces of makeup and the size of product for the money is quite a value.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins I use a few times per week to keep my skin hydrated so I can still use Retin-A on alternate days.  I find I am extremely sensitive to high concentrations of vitamin C but this light cream doesn't seem to bother me at all.

Pixi Glow Tonic is a gentle way to add daily exfoliation into your regimen without stripping your skin.  I still exfoliate in the shower a few times per week with my Laura Mercier Face Gommage (which I have been loyal to for 10 years) but since my skin gets a little flaky in the winter, swiping this over my face in the morning on a cotton pad makes my foundation go on smooth every time.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (the name is bigger than the bottle, just FYI) is a great way to add a little glow to winter white skin without having to use a separate self tanner or even worrying about your face being darker than your neck.  I just add about 3 drops to my daytime moisturizer 3-4 times per week and I feel like that helps me to look healthy in the cold months.

Deborah Lippmann Steppin Out cream for my feet is a must have every night before bed!  I have awful circulation due to a long time thyroid disorder so my feet (and hands) get wicked cold and I generally sleep with socks on so it makes sense to hydrate my heels nightly.  Even though you may not be showing off your toes for months, I hate it when my feet feel rough and this luxurious cream seems to help when applied regularly.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is a cult favorite and I purchased it last winter, shelving it for the summer but have religiously used it again this winter on any super dry areas like my lips, cuticles and heels.  I find that it protects my cuticles much better than the Josie Maran Oil I had been previously turning to.  I also respect it as a multi-function product so when traveling I have 1 tube that does the job of 5 products saving space and time.

Saving the lips for last as they have proven to be my biggest challenge this winter.  I have finally found a combination that keeps my pout from cracking and believe me, it wasn't easy or cheap.  I invested in just about everything from Burts Bees to La Mer and this is what seemed to do the best job...

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish a few times a week in the shower.  This is far oilier than I would like and I can say I won't be repurchasing it next winter (I have my eye on the Sarah Happ version) but I do think it helps rid my lips of the dry skin.  I do recommend applying it before your facial cleanser so you have the chance to wash off all the oil it leaves behind.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum which doesn't take the place of your daily lip balm but it does add that extra bit of lightweight moisture with added repairative benefits.  I apply this before I start my makeup in the morning so my lips are soft for my color of the day.  I also apply it at night before my lip balm.

BITE Agave Lip Mask is my night time go to.  I'm not sure I am convinced that it is a lip mask but I do like how thick it is since I believe that aspect allows it to last longer over night.  I have the original packaging which isn't awesome but the company realized that and have since started selling it in a much more consumer friendly tube.

I hope these product recommendations help you fight off the effects of bad man winter.  Good luck and remember, diligence is key to keeping chappy at bay.