Originally I had wanted to write a post about a new makeup or skin routine for 2018, however, the cold snap that is hitting most of the nation had me thinking otherwise. Last week my family and I celebrated our Christmas in the (slightly) snowy, and more arid than anything, Lake Tahoe. After a few years of visiting the dry, cold weather and experiencing everything from patchy, scaly skin to cracked lips and everything in between, I felt like a pro at packing my beauty case this year. Upon my return to Florida, my skin actually looked better than before I left! Read below for my top 5 skincare picks to keep your skin in top-notch condition, even in the harshest ones.
Last year I had started Retin-A about 1 month before going to Sedona, and I paid the price dearly. Even though I am not on as strong on a skin regimen this year, I wanted to be armed with a cream that would heal any dryness or irritation that seems inevitable when the humidity and temps plummet.
Dr. Jart's Cicapair kept my skin hydrated and fresh-looking without a hint of greasiness. The story behind Cicapair's main ingredient - Tiger Grass ( Centella Asiatica)- is interesting too. Legend has it that Asian Tigers roll in the grasses of Laos to help soothe and repair their skin, hence the name tiger grass. Combine the medicinal powers of this grass, mixed with minerals like potassium and magnesium, and resurrection plant and you have a cream that will protect and soothe your skin in any environment.
While not necessarily marketed as an eye cream, this is my favorite eye cream and dry spot treatment in dry climates! My problem area is definitely my eye area. Not only is the skin around my eyes dry, it gets incredibly irritated in harsher weather. Serious Skincare's Ultra-Mare Pure Marine Infusion Concentrated Creme is so rich and nourishing, even my sensitive eyes adore it. Take a small amount between your fingers to warm it up, and then tap under and around your eyes for beautiful peepers!
Not all lotions are created equal. Even if you are staying at a swanky hotel, the body lotion provided is hardly ever adequate enough to meet your skin's need for strong moisture during the winter months. I love that Korres created a mini version of their beloved classic yoghurt body butter. Not only is Korres' body butter extremely rich, its moisture lasts all day.
You've got to have a pop of color under all those ski clothes! Most lipsticks and glosses can be dehydrating after a couple of hours, and, while Chapstick is great, is doesn't quite feel as glamorous as Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant. This lip protectant drenches your lips in color ( I like blush) and hydration at the same time. It also has SPF 15, so it is the perfect solution for when you are hitting the slopes on a sunny day!
For me, exfoliation is key when it comes to travel. Even with all of the extra moisturizing that you will be doing, you may still have some dead skin that you will need to slough off. This year I brought dr. brandt's microdermasion skin exfoliant with me along with my Lace for the Face ( see my past adoration here). My favorite thing about this exfoliator is that is contains aloe vera and chamomile extract, so it renews your skin without being harsh.
These were my must haves for snow travel and they all kept my skin in top notch shape this year. Do you have any favorites tips or products for your skin in the winter? Please feel free to comment below!