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Winter Skin Solutions

According to about 90% of beauty blogs, magazines, etc., I’m not alone in suffering from flaky, dry, dull skin during the winter months. My dreams of looking like a baby vampire are never far from my mind, so my skin can be reigned in for the most part now that I treat it right. Things like cold winter air and unforgiving car heaters can throw a wrench in it though. This collection of products are what I’m using the combat my winter skin.

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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask // This isn’t my favorite mask of all time (I’ll explain why in a second), but when my skin needs hydrating, this calms and soothes while moisturizing. You apply a generous amount like a regular mask and then you’re supposed to let it absorb in for 10-15 minutes before wiping off the excess/rubbing it in. It starts with a thick, creamy consistency that has that fresh clary sage smell, but it’s the excess/rubbing in part that always gets me. I feel like it doesn’t come all the way off or absorb completely, and what’s leftover is more waxy than creamy. Sometimes I’ll apply a thinner layer 30 minutes before bed and just leave it on to sleep.

boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel // When my skin’s already dry, the last thing I want to do is use a cleanser that’s going to leave my face feeling tight and awful. This oil-gel cleanser smells like roses and can remove light makeup/everyday grime without stripping natural oils. I love how popular oils and oil cleansers have become because they really are wonderful, even for people with oily or combination skin.

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil & Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil // Did I mention I love oils? Here, have some more oil love talk. I add three-four drops of the 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil to my regular Cetaphil in the morning to give myself a boost of moisturizing power during the day. I save the Creamy Oil for my evening routine. On top of being good for my skin, I’ve also been able to add them to my nail and hair regimen. I’m so happy I saved up the 500 Beauty Point things at Sephora and got the Josie Maran deluxe sample set.

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask // Sleeping masks are great because you can just wake up looking great. This one is amazing because it helps seal in your nighttime moisturizer while adding its own benefits. It has hyaluronic acid macromolecule (one of my favorite acids!) for hydration and nine essential oils that smell amazing and promote a feeling of comfort and restfulness (or so they say).

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask // This is the one I’m on the fence about. I included it because I am currently using it because my lips suffer most during winter. It has great reviews and it does feel good when I apply it before bed (after exfoliating gently), but I just don’t feel like it’s the holy grail of lip masks I read about. A little goes a long way, but it’s way too expensive (I had a coupon and was desperate). I hope it comes back and surprises me. To be fair, my chapped mouth is 70% from biting and licking my lips subconsciously and less from chronic dryness, so any improvement is quickly chewed away.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil for Hair, Body & Face // I’m less a fan of this particular dry oil and more a proponent of any sprayable dry oil. My legs just absolutely kill and itch and burn after a shower in the winter even if I don’t shave (which is basically never at this point in my life – freedom!), but if I spray this on before I hop into the shower, my leg skin is less itchy and sad afterwards. I don’t really advocate this particular one for hair and face, but for a body oil, it smells good and doesn’t feel greasy. Works as a great moisture barrier to keep shower water from leeching any hydration from my legs!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater // My love! This isn’t just for winter, but since it’s a big part of my skin care year round now, it wouldn’t be fair to leave it out. When I first wake up, I spritz this on before applying my morning moisturizer. Skin is most receptive when it’s damp, so if I haven’t conveniently just stepped out of the shower, this is the best alternative. It smells lovely and feels so refreshing, plus it can be used to set or refresh makeup as well. Would recommend for everyone forever.

P.S. Today is my birthday! I’m actually writing this the day before my birthday, but it’ll publish when I’m hitting the insignificant 2-7. I really love my birthday (and birthdays in general) and I always try to keep with the idea that getting older isn’t something to be scared of, especially the notion that you need to be at a certain place in life by a certain time. Between older friends and family, I have so many fantastic examples of how age is not a limiter in any way, and it may seem silly to be thinking about it so much when I’m only 27, but I also know how terrifying it is for a lot of people my age (and younger!) to think about growing older. Sometimes when I’m eating boxed and cheese in my onesie cat pajamas, I can’t believe that I’m considered an adult at all. I don’t even know what I’m rambling about any more, but happy birthday to me and any other December babbies!

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Boscia Luminizing Black Mask Review

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Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

This mask made me feel like I was wearing a ski mask. This one seemed to boast more detoxing effects, and it did give me a warming sensation that the white mask didn’t. This sample didn’t have enough for me to try it twice like I did the white Boscia mask, but even after one use I could tell this one was a little harder on my skin. It’s supposed t help strip away excess oil and dead skin cells, but with my skin being so reactive and dry, that irritated my face.

I took photos so you could see how it peels away in rubbery pieces. That was the same for the white mask. Of the two, I’d probably buy the Bright White Mask. It’s always fun trying a new mask. There’s something very fancy about it.

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Boscia Bright White Mask Review

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Boscia Bright White Mask ($38)

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Watch out for my unruly eyebrows.

I got a sample of this at Sephora, and I’m always down to try a new mask. This one is very different than any mask I’ve tried before because you actually peel it off. I was even more excited when I read that it’s especially beneficial for dull and dry skin. Hello that’s me!

On the Sephora site, it claims that “the peel-off technology instantly smooths the complexion for a healthy, youthful, fresh glow.” You apply it liberally and evenly to clean, dry skin and let it sit for about 20 minutes. I did 30 cause why not? Be sure to avoid your eyes/eyebrows and hairline. If you have baby hairs by your ears like me (let’s be honest, they’re sideburns), avoid those too. It dries down to a rubbery finish and the only discomfort the mask causes is if it gets ahold of any face hairs.

Peeling it off was fun, and it really helps if you apply it thick and even. If you don’t then some bits just won’t roll off and you have to wash it off with warm water. I thought I would feel like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho but I didn’t feel like a crazy serial killer peeling the mask down.

I didn’t really see any change in skin evenness, but I DID notice a huge improvement of my skin’s texture. I used this twice a week and after the second go my face was like baby butt skin. I’d actually consider buying the full size of this. I want to try the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask  too and see which I like better. The white one tightened up my pores pretty well but I’ve heard good things about the black one so I’m torn.

Are there any masks you’re loving lately?

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