I used to be a very, very simple skincare gal. The same products, day in and day out – they weren’t great, but they weren’t terrible, and I was too lazy to do more research.
Starting a few years ago though, I started to pay more attention to my skin, and try out more products. It wasn’t really by choice. First I moved to Boston for school, which had a cold climate that caused me to have dry, chapped skin for the first time in my life. Then about a year later, a very sweet college student informed me that she’d like to be like me – and then added – “when I’m old.” Agh! Youth of America, why must you be so unknowingly cruel? These two traumatic incidents were enough to push me to the Clarins counter, pronto.
The last few years I’ve tried out quite a few cleansers, moisturizers, and more, in all different price points. Here are some of my favorites that have stood the test of time for the colder seasons, and I’ve used and replaced most of these at least once.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. This is a classic that I first used when I was a teenager. Back then, I thought it wasn’t working well because my face didn’t feel fully “stripped” – that squeaky clean feeling. Now I know that the “stripped” feeling isn’t that good for your skin actually, and I’m back to using Cetaphil as my daily cleanser. It’s cheap and effective.
Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. In the winter especially, my skin gets dry and flaky. This is the heaviest cream that I use in my daily routine, that actually “feels” lighter than it is, and doesn’t cause me to break out (always a fear). It’s more or less unscented and has beautiful packaging. And side note, why am I having to worry about both wrinkles and acne? What kind of horrible deal is that?
Clinique Superdefense. I’ve used this for years, every morning, without fail. A great all around moisturizer that has quite good SPF protection. Plus it comes in various formulations for oily to very dry skin. Right now I’m using the combination but I’d like to try the very dry formulation next. In my opinion, if there’s only one item that you splurge on in skincare, it should be a daytime moisturizer/SPF combination. One of my favorite products, ever.
Josie Maran Argan Oil. I was introduced to this by my beautiful friend Christine and I’ve been addicted to it ever since. It’s super easy to mix into any kind of cream to make it more moisturizing. You can also use it in foundation, or by itself. When I travel I always have a bottle of this on hand to use on the plane and even on my hair to add gloss!
Tarte Maracuja Oil. This is my second favorite oil next to Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, I use it for all the exact same things but like to switch it up once in a while. I love the little size of this deluxe sample, it’s perfect for travel. I have the larger bottle as well which stays under my sink.
CeraVe Cream. This along with Cetaphil are two of my favorite drugstore skincare buys. CeraVe is a great, very moisturizing cream that dries quite fast and is unscented. A huge tub is around $15 and at first I was a little incredulous that something so cheap would work so well on my face. I tried it out after reading its great reviews (here) and have been a fan ever since. The cream is cheap enough that I use it as a body cream too – how many other lotions can you say are able to multi-task like that, at a great price point?
What are some of your favorite skincare products, for cold weather?