I refuse to be dry this winter…

I refuse to be dry this winter…

I can’t speak for everyone, but winter is quickly approaching and for some of us that means less sunlight and drier air. That combination can lead to dull, dry skin but not if I can help it! I have a normal/dry skin type and have put together a nice list of moisturizers that are just right for this time of year. These moisturizers are known to replenish, brighten, nourish and overall be a great aid to keeping the skin barrier plump and hydrated.

Sunday Riley

C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

MSRP: $65.00

This moisturizer is thick and rich in texture. Has a light citrus scent. The vitamin C in this cream is a well-known antioxidant and helps prevent and repair visible signs of premature aging. This cream also has lime pearl, this is extracted from the caviar lime and is a natural AHA, so it gently exfoliates the skin. I love how it brightens and hydrates the skin.


Hydro-boost Water Gel with Hyaluronic Acid for Dry Skin

MSRP: $21.49

This moisturizer was my first introduction to the benefits of hyaluronic acid. It instantly quenches the skin and holds moisture all day. It has a gel cream consistency. Leaves the skin feeling soft, supple, and plump.

Sweet Chef Skincare

Superfood + Vitamins Moisture Boost

MSRP: $19.00

Rich yet lightweight this moisturizer is super hydrating and full of antioxidants. It has hyaluronic acid and ginger, beet, and kale. Ginger is known for its healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits; in this moisturizer it revives dull skin. The beet helps boost the skins moisture levels and leaves it feeling softer and visibly smoother. Kale is known to naturally hydrate and calm the skin.

Fenty Skin

Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

MSRP: $35.00

I love this moisturizer/sunscreen combo. Its rich is texture and has a light sweet cherry scent. This moisturizer brightens, hydrates and has added sun protection. Yes, you still need sunscreen in the winter. This moisturizer also helps visibly reduce dark spots and fine lines.


Moisturizing Cream

MSRP: $18.99

This moisturizer is rich and creamy. Its rich in ceramides and hyaluronic acid with a slow release system to help keep the skin hydrated all day. I love using it in the winter since it so rich.

Masques that slap!

Masques that slap!

When was the last time you got a facial? For me it has been months since I have received a professional facial. As for an at home one I perform one on myself at least twice a week. Thanks to these products below I can recreate the comfort of a facial at home with a hydrating and nourishing masque.

GLAMGLOW Berry Glow Prebiotic Recovery Mask

I typically use this mask after a weekend of fun. This mask is rich and creamy in texture.  The benefits of this mask are hydration, evening of the complexion, and nourishing. With ingredients like Jojoba seed oil, shea butter, a superfruit blend of cranberry, blueberry, and wolfberry and lactobacillus ferment all together they get the job done.

Something I found interesting while doing my reach for this product was the ingredients label says Lycium Chinense (Wolfberry) Fruit Extract yet on adverts on the box it says goji berry. I looked a bit more into this and discovered that goji berries and wolf berries are related plants and only differ in taste and sugar content. Would make sense to use the bitter fruit for this purpose seeing as it this ingredient is an antioxidant.

The superfruit blend provides antioxidant benefits and vitamins. The lactobacillus ferment helps balance and support a healthy skin microbiome. The jojoba seed oil, shea butter and hyaluronic acid help nourish and hydrate the skin.

Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial

Let me start by saying that I love this mask, it makes me skin GLOW!

Now for why this facial mask slaps, the star ingredients are PHAs, Nordic birch sap, pink bentonite clay, cotton extract, chia seed oil, extracts: lemon, sugar cane, licorice root, chamomile, and sandalwood. Like in another mask on this list PHAs gently exfoliate the skin. While the PHAs are at work the pink bentonite clay helps to clarify and renew the skin. The Nordic birch sap helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. The chia seed oil plumps while the cotton extract softens the skin and the extracts help to condition the skin. After using this mask my skin feels soft, smooth plump and hydrated.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

This mask smells so yummy! Sleeping masks honestly perplex me. To me they are just thick, heavy, nourishing moisturizers which upon further research is the easiest way to explain them. These masks are usually packed with all the nutrients and acids that can do their work better when we are at rest.

The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a great hydrating sleep mask that is packed with hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract, pumpkin extract and other AHAs such as lactic acid, and glycolic acid. The watermelon extract in this mask is used as a humectant to help lock in moisture, hydrating the skin. Watermelon extract is also known to have skin regenerative benefits helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The pumpkin extract is credited to possess purative properties, aiding in skin repair and defense against free radicals. The hyaluronic acid helps quench the skin while the AHAs gently exfoliate the skin.

 I use this mask when I want to plump and hydrate. I also sometimes use it as a moisturizer before applying my makeup for a glow from within look. It has a water gel consistency and smells like watermelon candy.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask

Now for a mask I have been a bit leery about using. It’s not that I think it’s a bad mask, I just was a little shy about using retinol is all. Why? well I learned that retinol was best for those with acne and aging skin. granted our skin is technically always aging. I just did not understand the full spectrum of this great ingredient.

What I have learned about retinol is that it is a retinoid considered to be a skin revitalizer. It is reported to enhance skin radiance and treat conditions associated with aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. It is also beneficial for dermatological disorders including acne, actinic keratosis, oily skin, and rosacea. Long story short it’s an anti-aging hero.

Now about the mask, it is rich and creamy in texture. Its packed with avocado, matcha, PHAs and encapsulated retinol. The avocado is rich in antioxidants and vitamins E & C, this mask has both the fruit and oil extract. Matcha helps support the skin’s barrier and contains EGCG, an antioxidant that helps comfort, nourish, and soothe the skin. The PHAs are ingredients such as gluconolactone that are said to work like AHAs but less sensitizing. It is a slow releasing ingredient. Encapsulated retinol is said to help rejuvenate the skin and help achieve firmer-looking skin. The encapsulation helps it be a slow release ingredient perfect for a sleep mask. I like it and so do my friends.

Overall these masques or masks are great and by my definition SLAP!

(please note I have dry/normal skin type which is why I’m big on hydrating and nourishing masks,)