Skincare Winter Essentials – 2017

Winter can really wreak havoc on your skin – between the cold outside and the dry air inside, every last drop of life and hydration gets drawn out of your skin during the winter months. Some simple changes can help hydrate your skin and seal the moisture in, saving you from tight, itchy, irritated skin.


Hydrating Masks

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask – This is a great mask that can be done in 10 minutes in the morning. It not only hydrates the skin, but is also very soothing (colloidal oatmeal is second ingredient) for dry, itchy skin. I love it as an SOS product if I wake up with very irritated skin.

Josh Rosebrook – Advanced Hydration Mask – I recently got this in The Detox Box and fell in love. A little goes a long way and it is just a 20 minute wash-off mask that hydrates and regenerates the skin. I noticed an immediate difference after using this mask and have started using it at least once a week.


Occlusive Moisturizers – I live and breathe by gel moisturizers, but in the winter I need something that hydrates and seals in the skin’s moisture, but is still lightweight.

Dr. Jart+ – Ceramidin Gel-Cream – I use this as a PM moisturizer. It’s extremely hydrating and ceramides support the skin’s barrier function to help retain moisture. It looks strange – it’s a gel with little bits of encapsulated ceramides – but it smooths on your skin like a lightweight cream.

belif – True Cream Moisturizing Bomb – Probably the only cream I will comfortably put on my face (it’s just a texture thing). It is thick and rich and hydrating, but absorbs quick and doesn’t sit on top of the skin.


Lip Balm

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm – The. Best. Balm. Ever. I have tried everything from the Bite Agave Mask to plain Aquaphor and nothing holds a candle to this balm. It has a mild chocolate NECCO wafer taste that doesn’t fight with coffee (VERY IMPORTANT), stays on forever, and heals and hydrates.


Hydrating Body Care

Soap & Glory – The Righteous Body Butter – The reason why I pick this body butter over all others is because the scent is very mild and dissipates quickly. I hate when my body lotion battle with all of the other scents going on with my hair, perfume, etc.

Honorable mention to Glossier’s Body Hero Daily Oil Wash to a body cleansing oil on my current wish list because there is no way I’m going take cooler showers to save my skin so instead I’ll add a moisturizing body wash.

Cosrx – Honey Overnight Mask – Review

An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

In a Few Words
An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has a gentle formula suitable for dry, rough and sensitive skinh soothes dry skin and heals rough and flaky patches. The mask can be used several ways:
1. As an overnight mask : Use the skin care routine before bed. Apply a decent amount on the skin.
2. As a wash-off mask : Apply a generous amount of honey mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with toner or tepid water.
3. As a cream (in the morning) : Use in the end of the basic skin care routine and proceed with your normal makeup step.
The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has comes in either a 60 mL plasic tub or tube and sells for about $15.00.

This mask was … fine. As far as overnight masks go, it’s very light in texture and hydration. I initially bought it because I don’t like heavy lotions, but it’s thinness is the ultimate reason why I dislike it. This mask has a gel like texture, feels like nothing in the face, and isn’t extremely hydrating or heavy. Normally, I don’t like products that feel very occlusive so when I found an overnight mask that was so gel, I thought it would be the perfect fit for me! But it just doesn’t pack the punch of creamy masks like the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Overnight Mask or Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. It turns out I really like to be able to still feel the overnight mask on my face the next morning because I feel like my face is staying hydrated all night. The creamier sleeping masks also make my skin feel softer and plumper than this mask did.

This mask might be for you If you aren’t very dry and are looking for an lightweight sleeping pack.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
85% Bee Propolis
Hyaluronic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
sulfates, triclosan, coal tar, formaldehyde-releasers, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, tea, talc, mineral oil, peg, propylene glycol, mit, dye, parabens, phthalates, alcohol

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
No

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Honey