8 Winter Skin Must-Haves to Combat the Harshest Cold

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like it is the coldest winter we’ve had in a long time.  I’ve heard that even parts of Florida are getting snow, which means only the most bitter cold for those of us in the North. With temperatures that barely reach double digits, it’s frigidly cold and insanely dry in the Chicagoland area. Wearing a cozy sweater is nice until you do something that ends up giving you enough of a static charge that you see sparks the next time you touch something. Guys, this isn’t even an exaggeration.  There have been several instances in the last few weeks where I’ve shocked myself so hard that I saw sparks and felt significant pain from it. Bottom line: it’s dryer than a desert right now, and everything on my body is reminding me of this regularly. 

Hydration for your skin is so important all the time, but in the winter it seems that dry skin symptoms end up 10 times worse than they’ve ever been.  Even this oily skinned, acne-prone 31-year-old has had to change her skincare game to focus less on getting shine and blemish free and more on getting my skin adequately hydrated to avoid cracked alligator skin. We’re talking there are days where I don’t bother putting makeup on because my dry skin would look worse with a layer of foundation than it would with some exposed pimples. It’s awful. So, I started looking for solutions. Read more

Winter Lip Savers

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Winter weather can have crazy consequences for under-hydrated lips.  The air somehow seems to suck all of the moisture away, leaving you with dry, cracked, sometimes painful, and definitely unattractive lips.  I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot stand the feeling of dry lips, so I’m constantly applying a lip balm of some sort.  While this is year round behavior for me, I majorly up my lip balm game in the winter months to keep my kisser in tip top shape.  Here are a few of my favorite, somewhat splurgy options I  use to keep my lips smooth, soft, and hydrated during the bitter cold.

Fresh Beauty Sugar Lip Treatments

I could sing the praises of Fresh Beauty’s Sugar Lip Treatment products all day long, but we don’t have time for that.  Their lip products have recently become my go to for easy and efficient lip moisture.  I recently purchased the “Sugar Kiss and Tell” set from Sephora which contains 5 minis of various styles of their sugar lip treatment, including a regular, advanced, advanced in a pot, and two with color (Petal and Rose). I reach for something in this kit several times a day.  The lip treatment in the shade Petal is quickly becoming an all time favorite with it’s subtle but beautiful pink tint.  With Fresh, I know I don’t have to worry about chapped lips anymore.  They also have an amazing sugar scrub for extra lip TLC.  While I haven’t purchased that before, I have gotten a mini in a kit before, and it’s divine.  Good job, Fresh!

Rosebud Perfume Co. Lip Balm

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