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It’s right around this time of year — the last leg of winter — that your skin might be showing signs of dehydration. It might look parched, irritated, or appear weather-beaten. Do make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol-consumption as much as possible and eating foods high in healthy fats such as salmon and avocado. You should also make sure you’re using the right beauty products that will give you exactly what you need right now. What are three things you should be using when the weather is still cold and dry? A moisturizing cleanser, a beauty balm and sunscreen, too.
MOISTURIZING CLEANSER: No matter what your skin type — yes, even oily skin — a cleansing oil should be on your radar and in your bathroom next to the sink. Cleansing oils work by binding to surface impurities like pollution, makeup, dirt and even excess oil so that they can be rinsed away. They won’t strip skin and they will leave you with a clean, soft, hydrated complexion.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser ($68) blends Sachi Inchi Oil, a powerful antioxidant rich in omega 3, 6, and 9, with an oil and ester mix including Apricot Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Ester, as well as nourishing vitamins and minerals to remove dirt, makeup and other impurities. Use it to cleanse, hydrate, nourish and provide anti-aging benefits.
BALMS AND BUTTERS: If you’re prone to dry, parched or irritated skin, rich, nourishing balms and butters will keep you crazy hydrated on the coldest and driest of days. They are usually thicker than creams as they contain little to no water so they form a protective layer to lock in moisture and boost hydration.
Josie Maran Divine Drip Argan Oil and Honey Butter Balm ($42) puts an end to dry skin. Made with 100% pure argan oil and honey, skin is nourished, deeply hydrated and protected from the elements. You can also use it to eradicate any rough, dry patches head to toe.
SUNSCREEN: You know the drill. You need to use broad spectrum sun protection, year-round, regardless of what your thermometer reads. Though you might be less prone to get a sunburn on a cloudy, overcast day, the sun’s harmful UVA rays are just as strong when it’s cold out and are known to contribute to premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin cancer, plus they don’t discriminate seasonally, so slather up and reapply every few hours to stay shielded, especially important if there is snow on the ground. It’s a champion ray reflector.
Coola Classic Face SPF 30 – Unscented ($32) is an antioxidant-rich, non-greasy, broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and do so much more. It’s infused with organic evening primrose and linseed oils to minimize inflammation, help even out your skin tone, and balance moisture levels. It also contains safflower oleosomes to boost hydration, phyto-protector plankton extract to stimulate and rejuvenate skin, and antioxidant-rich organic acai oil—plentiful in omegas 3, 6, and 9, vitamins B1, 2, and 3, and vitamins C and E.
NOTE: All products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.