One of the things that I really love about living in Western New York is that I get to experience the changes of season. I really love watching nature’s color palette shift from the warm jeweled tones of Autumn to the cool pastels of Spring and everything in between. As an artist and a lover of nature, it brings me much joy.
What doesn’t bring me joy, however, is the havoc that constant weather fluctuations can cause to my skin.
And even though my skin is generally more oily, once the weather gets colder my skin gets a bit more on the dry side so it needs products that not only provide extra moisture, but that also continue to help control oil production.
With that being said, today I’m going to share a few of the products that I have been using since November that have been helping to keep my skin hydrated, while also being good for acne control.
Let’s get to it…
- Joyal Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum – This serum contains a very high percentage of Hyaluronic Acid (4% – most serums contain 1% or less), has a low molecular weight which helps it to penetrate more effectively in the skin, and has a ph of 4.5-5.5, making it skin friendly. The texture is a light gel-like consistency that works well with my skin type. To get the most out of this, it needs to be applied to damp skin and massaged in for a few minutes (hello facial massage!). It absorbs really quickly leaving skin feeling both hydrated and matte. I use this under all of my other skin care products after spritzing my face with my toner and then massage in – concentrating on the areas I need the most moisture or “plumping”. I’ve really been loving this in my routine as it really has made a difference in the look (and feel) of my skin! This also contains only 3 ingredients: water (deionized water that goes through an advanced 4 part purification system in a USDA organic certified lab), hyaluronic acid (vegan/plant based), and leucidal (from organic radishes). I purchased mine from Amazon here, but you can also buy from their site. All of their products are vegan, cruelty-free, SLS free, gluten free, paraben free, GMO-free, fragrance-free, eco-friendly and use organic ingredients. They’re also very affordable. 😀
- Jivi Skincare Cucumber Sage Moisturizer with SPF – (PR Sample) – No matter the time of year, whether indoors or out, you will always find me wearing some form of sunscreen on my face, neck, and even hands! I’ve been religious about this step in my skincare since I was 18 and I really think it is part of the reason I don’t have the lines and wrinkles some women my age do. While I have a few favorites, this one from Jivi Skincare has risen to the top of the list. I received this last month in my Goodbeing Box (see review here) and it’s been a staple in my routine ever since. This is perfect for oily skinned or acne-prone gals as the cool, astringent properties of Cucumber help to mattify, while the mint green color helps to tone down any redness you may have. This is another really affordable brand that also delivers on ingredient purity and effectiveness. $12
- Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – (PR Sample) – I’ve seen a lot of women asking about this serum in various green beauty Facebook groups, so hopefully I can shed a little light on the subject. 🙂 First, this has a clear-ish, gel-like consistency, smells softly floral and dries quickly without being sticky or greasy. It contains Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a stable and bioavailable form of vitamin C that provides the same benefits as the more commonly used L-Ascorbic Acid, but without the risk of irritation or oxidation often associated with the latter. Other ingredients include vitamin E & Ferulic Acid – both antioxidant superstars in their own rights, but when combined with vitamin C, their protective antioxidant benefits are turned up several notches. Also making an appearance is my buddy Hyaluronic Acid, as well as Grapefruit to exfoliate and brighten, Chamomile to soothe and Clary Sage to balance skin. Besides the stellar list of ingredients, this serum really does work hard to brighten, tighten and smooth skin. I’ve been using this mostly at night along with their Vitamin A serum and my skin looks refreshed, brighter and clearer when I wake up. I’ve experienced no redness or irritation either (and my skin is pretty sensitive). I would definitely recommend this. And would certainly repurchase once out. $33.99
- Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum – (PR Sample) – Designed to exfoliate skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Mad Hippie uses Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a revolutionary new form of vitamin A that is bioavailable in its current state, and is just as effective as retinol or retinoic acid at anti-aging, but without the annoying dryness and sensitivity common with the other forms of vitamin A. It also contains Phytoceramides and Sodium Hyaluronate (the salt of Hyaluronic Acid) for moisture retention benefits, Oat Beta Glucan – which not only helps to soothe skin but also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and provides a tightening effect, and Aloe Vera – a skin protectant thought to increase the availability of oxygen to the skin. The texture is similar to the vitamin C serum, but the color is white and has a pleasant fruity-floral scent. It absorbs quickly without being tacky or leaving any kind of residue. Another thing I like about both Mad Hippie serums is that there is no “pilling” when applying other products over them. I have a few products where this is an issue and it’s annoying and gross. This is for night time use only and I apply it after the vitamin C serum and before any oils or moisturizers. I also noticed that my skin behaves better when I use this and any breakouts I may have are lessened in the morning. Another definite repurchase. $32.99 Read my other reviews on Mad Hippie here and here.
- Ilike Carotene Essentials Gel Mask – (PR Sample) – This deeply hydrating mask works to prevent damage caused by dryness using nourishing and beta-carotene rich ingredients like Sorb Apple Berries, Cantaloupe, Calendula, and Carrot. The base is a thick gel-like consistency with pulp from the plants mixed in, so expect to have little bits of fruits and veggies on your face! It also smells like veggies – not overwhelmingly so, just slightly herbaceous in a yummy kind of way! I was tempted to lick my fingers after applying it, but I refrained. As for how it works – it does a good job of making your skin feel softer and more moisturized, which is why I am loving this for the colder months. $52
- Ilike Carotene Essentials Moisturizer – (PR Sample) – The perfect counterpoint to the Carotene Mask, this creamy moisturizer provides lots of hydration to oil and water deficient or sensitive skins. Like the mask, it’s made with beta-carotene rich Carrot, Cantaloupe & Sorb Apple Berries, but also contains Shea Butter, Grapeseed and Castor Oils for extra nourishment. The cream is whipped into a rich, silky consistency that feels light on the skin. It absorbs pretty quickly as its massaged in and there is no trace of greasiness, but rather leaves skin feeling baby soft. I’ve been using this at night lately over my Mad Hippie serums and my skin just loves it! $78
- Ilike Hyaluronic Time Erase Complex – (PR Sample) – If your skin is really dry or if you’re looking for a really good and effective anti-aging moisturizer to add to your routine, then this one is for you! Made with plant-derived Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump thirsty skin cells and with a special herbal complex of soothing Marshmallow Root, free-radical protecting Gingko Biloba, skin soothing and tightening Horsetail, and collagen boosting Yucca Root, this will leave your skin feeling & looking revitalized, plump and more youthful. I particularly love this for when my skin is feeling really “parched”. The texture is richer than the Carotene moisturizer but still does not feel greasy despite its richness. It has a pleasant clean, herbal scent and is non-irritating and hasn’t caused breakouts for my acne-prone skin. I prefer to use this at night but have used it during the day and it doesn’t affect my skin’s oil production, which was a concern of mine. I’ve really been impressed with everything I’ve tried from Ilike and will be highlighting them again in a future post! 😀 $94
I can’t forget about oils! I’m a gal who loves her face oils, so I couldn’t write a post on my favorite Winter skincare without also mentioning the oils that I have been using! 🙂 In the warmer months I pretty much just use an oil with an SPF over top, but in the colder months, I like to layer face oils with my serum and moisturizer for extra protection.
- Genetix Organics Essential Care Kit – THE holy trinity of organic face oils (IMO) for fighting acne, fine lines, dryness and loss of radiance! Each serum contains concentrated active ingredients that really do work to improve the look, feel and health of your skin. Though they are called “serums”, the textures are actually that of an oil, they absorb quickly and don’t leave an oily residue, but rather skin feels soft and moisturized. These also do not contain any essential oils or scent for those who have sensitive skin. $89
Details of each of the Genetix serums:
Detox Repair Serum – Formulated for acne prone skin, this contains French Green Clay, White Willow Bark, Zinc Oxide, and Activated Charcoal to fight blemishes and reduce oily shine, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and Grapeseed and Rosehip oils protect from free radical damage. I’ve been using this mostly as a spot treatment both day and night and it has really helped my breakouts to heal quickly and without drying my skin.
Cellular Recovery Serum – The anti-aging superstar of the bunch, this contains Melatonin to help fight fine lines and wrinkles, as well as Hyaluronic Acid, Hibiscus, Chia Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil and more to moisturize, plump and firm the skin. I’ve been using this at night after my Mad Hippie Serum, mixed with my moisturizer or on its own.
Glow Brightening Serum – I actually purchased the kit to get this serum once I ran out of the other two & needed to replenish, and like the others, I was hooked right away! Made with Rosehip Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, and Melatonin, as well as vitamins A & C, this helps to brighten, firm, hydrate and plump skin. In addition to using this on its own, I’ve also been adding a drop or two to my moisturizer during the day or to my foundation to give a more dewy look.
- M&C Naturals Renewal Facial Serum – For when skin is extra thirsty, this serum/oil will definitely help to quench that thirst! Made with rich oils of Avocado & Pumpkin Seed to hydrate, Carrot Seed, Squalane, and Pomegranate for anti-aging benefits and Geranium EO to improve circulation and elasticity, this is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. I love to use this on my hands as well as they tend to get super dry and cracked and look like raisins in the Winter! $34
- Bottega Organica Vitalize Body Oil – (PR Sample) – When I can remember, I like to slather a body oil on after stepping out of the shower while my skin is still damp. My arms and legs tend to get super dry in the colder months so I like to use an oil as body lotions or butters just don’t seem to do the trick for me this time of year. I’ve been loving Bottega Organica (full review to come) and this body oil I was gifted from Art of Pure has been a favorite. It contains Olive Fruit Oil, Carrot Root Extract & Apricot Fruit Extract for antioxidant protection, French Lilac to rejuvenate and brighten and their signature ingredient of Salvia Haenkei to stop skin aging. The fresh orange scent is both energizing and uplifting and the rich texture really helps to keep skin soft all day. $66
A few other tips that I have been using to keep my skin from drying out this Winter are….
- using a humidifier in the bedroom to put moisture back in the air that our heating system takes out
- drinking more water than I normally would ( I like to add lemon and collagen to the mix for extra vitamin C and skin beautifying benefits)
- focusing on eating more plant foods that are rich in water, antioxidants, and omega EFA’s (think leafy greens, cucumber, zucchini, nuts, seeds, flax, berries, etc)
- not washing my face with cleanser in the mornings – I’ve been using a konjac sponge and water (loving this one right now)
- making sure my shower water isn’t too hot (I usually like my showers just shy of scalding)
- dry brushing before showering – I generally do this every day anyway, but lately, I’ve been focusing on areas that have the driest skin (elbows, feet, etc)
- using a more moisture rich shampoo and conditioner – scalp skin can get dry too so I like to keep that area hydrated as well. I also like to use hair oils to keep my scalp and hair as a whole moisturized and frizz free.
What are your tips for keeping your skin happy, healthy and hydrated during the Winter season? Have you tried any of these products? Which are your faves?
Peace & love,
* Some products were sent to me by the brands for review consideration (marked as “PR Sample), the rest were purchased by me. All thoughts are my own. Some affiliate links were used. All photos were taken by and are property of The Brunette Ecoholic – do not use without permission.