Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Beauty Products To Help Prep Your Skin For Winter

I know, we almost thought winter might never get here. But all good things must come to an end, and just like that we’re back in our down jackets, wearing hats and gloves…

With the editor of the Farmers’ Almanac advising to “expect a Winter Déjà vu” – in reference to the bitter lows of 2015 – it’s officially time to stock up on hydrating winter beauty essentials to protect and prevent against irritated, dry skin and hair. Below please find a breakdown of gentle cleansers, hydration boosters and protective emollients, so you’re ready for whatever the winter season may bring. I have you covered!


Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil (fave)

Super cleansing yet hydrating, this extra gentle oil cleanses the skin without stripping natural moisture. The advanced formula combines natural ingredients – no silicones, mineral oils or preservatives – to soothe and hydrate while removing dirt, bacteria and even the most stubborn waterproof makeup.

Price: $28, Available in February at Sephora/, Caudalie boutiques/ and Bluemercury

Clarisonic Mia FIT (fave)

Clarisonic invented the sonic cleansing category over a decade ago, with the device that’s since become a beauty icon. And they’re ready to shake things up again with a new look and feel, one that makes sense for the way we live today….introducing MIA FIT. Utilizing Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology, Mia FIT is the perfect addition to your winter beauty routine. The device gently removes everyday impurities and allows for better product absorption post-cleanse, resulting in smooth, radiant skin that feels as good as it looks. The gentle daily cleansing device features the Radiance Brush Head, with smooth, luxe filaments that deliver a comforting, effective cleanse on even the most sensitive skin.

Price: $189, Available at

JĀSÖN® Foaming Shower Oils (95% natural)

Made with 95% natural content, these indulgent shower gels delicately foam, nourishing and hydrating skin, without harming your health or the environment. Available in three varieties for different skin types: Smoothing Coconut hydrates and revitalizes dry skin, Nourishing Shea Butter calms irritated and problematic skin while Renewing Olive helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and promote radiance. Free of Parabens, Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrances, Artificial Colors, Petrolatum, and Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

Price: $10.99 each (10 fl oz), Available at Whole Foods Market and

X Out™ Xtra Clean Brush

Exfoliate dry winter skin with the X Out Xtra Clean Brush. Developed with the new soft-touch silicone brush head that’s bacteria-resistant, the Xtra Clean Brush blasts dirt and oil away from the pores, helping to slough off dry skin and leave your face clean, soft and smooth.

Price: $34.95 for regular shipment members; $55 for nonmembers; Available at


Anthony Hand Cream (do not let them crack nor get flaky and dry)

Rough hands... It’s a touchy subject. Soothe dry, winter hands with Anthony’s Hand Cream with anti-aging benefits. Boasting AHAs to help even skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, glycerin to hydrate, wheat protein to tighten and Aqua Cacteen to replenish dehydrated skin, Anthony’s Hand Cream is an all-in-one savior for manhandling mishaps.

Price: $16, Available at

bliss fabulous drench ‘n’ quench

Stay hydrated all winter long. The only spa inspired cream-to-water moisturizer using transformative hydrozomeTM technology to instantly drench skin with over 10,000 marine micro-droplets for immediate hydration, leaving skin plumped, healthy and refreshed.

Price: $38, Available at

By Terry Cellularose Liftessence Daily Cream (fave)

This ultra-hydrating cream is a complete anti-aging daily moisturizer. Enriched with Hibiscus Extract, Essential Rose Flower Wax and Black Rose, it targets firmness in the skin cells, covering the skin in a rejuvenating film that immediately smooths the skin.

Price: $150, Available at

Erno Laszo White Marble Translucence Cream (fave)

A high-performance daily skin tone-balancing moisturizer that hydrates, protects and visibly reduces the appearance of imperfections, to reveal a healthy luminosity. Richly emollient, yet fast-absorbing, the unique formula soothes and repairs skin’s moisture barrier, while helping to disrupt melanin production, to maintain a youthful brightness. The natural matte finish leaves skin feeling smooth and supple. Apply morning and evening for a brilliant complexion that is flawless and more radiant.

Price: $150, Available at

June Jacobs Rapid Repair Healing Cream (great story, great brand)

This revolutionary clinically-tested face and body treatment helps soothe irritation and provides up to 24-hour moisturization. Gentle yet effective, this non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to leave skin healthy, nourished and perfectly rejuvenated.

Price: $60, Available at

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 (potent and results driven)

This new intensive moisturizer is specifically formulated with the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin’s natural repair functions, benefitting extremely dry skin. Its formula incorporates the highest concentration of three lipids, 2% Ceramides, 4% Cholesterol, and 2% Fatty Acids, which are precisely formulated to refill the skin’s natural surface lipids.

Price: $125, Available February 1st at


Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops (love to add to my primer and/or foundation)

Custom Infusion Drops are innovative drops that instantly transform your everyday beauty products into powerful skincare treatments that are customized to fit your skin’s unique needs. Moisturizer no longer cutting it as the temperatures drop? Boost it with the Hydration drops. Is your skin extra dull after unhealthy holiday meals and an abundance of alcohol? Amp up your serums with the Radiance or Anti-Aging drops. Nose red from a seasonal cold? Reach for the Calming drops and add a drop or two to your moisturizer, concealer or foundations.

Price: $48 each, Available at Sephora, and

Big Cloud Wind Master Lip Balm by Dollar Shave Club

Big Cloud is a new range of skincare products from Dollar Shave Club that is designed to protect you against the ravages of the winter elements. Wind Master protects and relives chapped, cracked lips from the drying effect of wind and cold. The soothing and nourishing formula contains moisturizing Shea Butter, antioxidant rich Tea Extracts, Sweet Almond Oil, as well as Vitamins A and E and is shine-free, for a completely matte application.

Price: $4 each, $6 for twin pack, Available at

Laura Geller Spackle Treatment Soothing Makeup Primer (ultimate fave)

Prime, soothe and moisturize sensitive, irritated, winter skin with this lightweight, ultra-hydrating formula that glides on smoothly to create the perfect canvas for flawless makeup. Natural botanical extracts like Aloe Vera, Argan Oil and Witch Hazel soothe and moisturize the skin while green pigments diminish the redness.

Price: $32, Available at ULTA and

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30 (always affordable and easy to find)

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil adds in natural oil that’s needed during those dry winter months. It is also the brand’s first facial oil containing broad-spectrum SPF. This lightweight, non-greasy formula soaks deeply into skin for intense, long-lasting glow and nourishment.

Price: $19.99, Available at and drugstores nationwide

Peter Thomas Roth Marine Algae Mask

A nutrient-rich hydrating treatment that helps soothe and nourish dry, winter skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants. This gel mask helps prevent dehydration by retaining healthy water levels in skin over extended periods and through the most intense climatic conditions.

Price: $52, Available at

Proactiv Liquid SPF (daily fave)

The Proactiv+ Liquid SPF is an ultra-weightless and fast absorbing sunscreen that protects your skin from sun even in the winter months. The SPF 15 sunscreen helps protect skin without clogging pores, offering sun protection without a heavy, sticky or white residue making it perfect for all seasons.

Price: $34.95 for regular shipment members, Retail Price (Non-Member): $56.00, Available at or by calling 1-888-710-2161

StriVectin Oxygen Infusing Soothing Mask

Working to gently exfoliate, the StriVectin Oxygen Infusing Soothing Mask brightens dull winter skin without over drying. Unlike other harsh exfoliators, the Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask, fueled by patented NIA-114™ and a unique self-foaming technology, is infused with radiance boosting oxygen and beta-hydroxy acids to provide purified skin for a youthful looking complexion with softer, smoother, revitalized skin.

Price: $62, Available on


Alterna Haircare Moisture Intense Caviar Oil Crème Pre-Shampoo Treatment (you know I love you, Katie Holmes)

For dry hair, this luxurious treatment deeply moisturizes to revitalize dehydrated strands. Designed for use on wet hair pre-shampoo, it boosts the performance of both shampoos and conditioners by binding the hydrating agents in both products to better hydrate hair while also repelling minerals present in water to defend against build up.

Price: $30, Available at, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and fine salons nationwide

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Collection (brand fave)

Transform hair into a sublime, silky, visible level of protection with four precious oils: Maize Oils, Argan Oil, Camellia Oil and Pracaxi Oil. Two new additions to the collection, Elixir Ultime Volume Beautifying Oil Mist & Elixir Ultime Oil-in-Conditioner utilize the brand’s Oleo Complexe, helping to restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors, while also bringing shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair. The new Oil Mist is also the brand’s first-to-market bi-phase spray oil and is designed specifically for fine hair.

Price: $44-58 each, Available at and Kérastase Salons

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Nourish Lustrous Oil Serum (smells delish)

This light-weight serum contains six oils that deeply nourish dry winter hair after one use. It’s specially formulated with an oil-complex comprised of Amla, Coconut, Soja, Sunflower, Argan, and Chamomile oils to nourish hair every day, leaving it shiny and soft. Perfect for all hair types.

Price: 6.99, Available at and drugstores nationwide

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