Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winter Beauty Secrets

So they aren't secrets... but with the recent weather change, I have been leaning on my moisturizing beauty products more and more.  Without them, my skin is dry, my face is tight, my hair is flying with static.  Here is a peek inside my medicine cabinet (and the other random places I stash this stuff...) for my top 10 winter beauty products in no particular order:

Basic Body Lotion: Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion
Can't get anymore basic than this multi-purpose lotion.  Even guys can use the unscented, no-nonsense lotion without feeling girly.  When things get really bad, I use this stuff head-to-toe.


Thick Body Lotion: Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter
It smells like a spa and feels like a spa.  I slather this heavenly lotion on my legs almost every fall/winter morning but it's especially awesome post-shave...


Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30
The bottle says "feels clean and weightless" and that is why I like this product.  The broad-spectrum sunscreen blends into your skin like any regular moisturizer, so it doesn't feel like an extra layer of caked-on gunk.  I'll be honest, I use sunscreen in the summer when I know I will be in the sun, but it would be a wonderful habit to use this year-round.


Hand Cream: Origins Make a Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment
My hands are embarrassingly dry... and every morning they beg for this solution.  It is not too thick which is good when you are moving quickly and don't have time to wait for lotion to absorb.  But boy, does it help protect your hands from the elements of winter and daily life!


Conditioner: John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner
Okay, this is for the blondes out there who want to hold onto their summer sun-kissed hair.  I use Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner all year long to boost my natural blonde into a more vibrant shade and keep my hair healthy.


Hair Protectant Spray: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray
I swear I am not a John Frieda salesperson, but the collection gets the job done.  After using my hair straightener on a regular basis (yes, I have naturally wavy hair...), I felt like I was frying my strands.  If you regularly straighten or heat-style your hair like I do, spray this product on before blow-drying and/or straightening.  My hair definitely looks healthier now that I use this spray.


Facial Moisturizer: Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15
Before I start my make-up routine, I use a pump of this basic go-to face lotion.  It's great for ance-prone skin since it is oil-free and gives a light layer of moisture, plus a nice base of SPF (even in winter, it doesn't hurt to be protected!).


Eye Cream: Benefit Eye-Con
I knew a girl who went out and bought under-eye cream on her 25th birthday as a preventative measure.  I wouldn't go that far, but when I am feeling tired, I like to pretend this eye cream will reduce those pesky undereye circles.  They say the delicate skin around your eyes requires a different product...  I like to think I'm preventing fine lines and wrinkles, but either way, eye cream makes me feel better about not getting enough sleep.


Multi-Purpose: Any brand of good old petroleum jelly
I use Vaseline (or generic brands) to remove my eye makeup, but it can also be put to good use as a lip gloss or on tough skin like elbows and soles of feet.  It even says "skin protectant" on the jar...


Lip Moisturizer: Chapstick/Blistex or Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Back to basics... I need a basic lip balm within reach at all times.  And I know I'm not the only one.


We don't have to let the wind and cold (and indoor heating) get the best of our skin, but despite my best efforts, I still find it a struggle.  I would love to hear about your favorite moisturizing beauty products, so please share!  Let's all stay warm and cozy and beautiful this winter!

[Apologies for some of the not-so-hot pictures tonight... need to steal Scott's camera for these types of up-close shots!]

23 comments:

  1. Also, if you want to avoid winter at all costs (and dryness at that matter), you can move to Houston! :)

    I use Bare Escentuals "RareMinerals" Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer and LOVE it. My face used to flake a lot but this lotion is a miracle worker!

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  2. Will have to keep these products in mind as the dry winter months are approaching! I love Vaseline also- cheap and multi-purpose.

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