Let’s face facts, people: It’s cold. It’s dry. Like, really cold, and really dry. We’re in the final stretch of official winter right now in the Colorado foothills, and I’m feeling it. Eliot says that April is the cruelest month, but sometimes I think February is more deserving of the title. Winter brings amazing things, like skiing and cashmere and college basketball. But in terms of beauty, winter wreaks havoc. I’m feeling a bit exasperated at the moment.
I’m not quite ready to hang up my skis (or my cashmere), so I’m going to buckle down and appreciate the moisturizing, creamy products helping me make it through these dark (but consistently getting lighter!) days. May I present to you my February beauty obsessions (featuring my orange cashmere scarf – GO BRONCOS!!):
L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream ($28): This hand cream doesn’t completely solve my dry hand problem, but it’s performed the best among any products I’ve tried. I keep a big tube by my bed to apply before I go to sleep at night, and a tiny travel size in my bag.
SkinMedica Replenish Hydrating Cream ($66): This is the very best intense yet gentle face cream on the market, and I never let myself run out of it. I’ve used Replenish since it was made by (now defunct) M.D. Forte. This cream is satisfyingly thick without being heavy, is fragrance-free, and does not leave a shiny residue – your skin just drinks it up, making fine lines less noticeable and soothing any rough patches instantly. Since it doesn’t contain any retinol or glycolic ingredients, you can use it on top of those products or on its own. Replenish is worth every penny.
Aveda Lip Saver ($8.50): I’ve tried nearly every lip balm under the sun, from super cheap to ridiculously expensive, and none compare to Aveda; so now, after returning to the Lip Saver for nearly 15 years, I’ve quit experimenting. I have a tube of Aveda next to my bed, in my bag, in a kitchen drawer, in my ski coat…you get the idea. Ideal moisture and perfect slip for a balm.
Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush ($26): On dry winter skin, powders can sink into fine lines, making me look less than dewy. This blush creates that lit-from-within color that mimics a natural cheek flush — as if you just stepped off the slopes. And at a point in the winter when my skin has been drained of nearly all healthy color, a pop of bright pink (this color is 210: Cool Pink) lifts my face and my spirits.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($50): To warm up my fair skin, I use bronzer all year round. This is one of my favorites in the winter because it has a creamy texture and a natural, flattering effect that doesn’t scream “fake tan”. I apply it very sparingly on my face in places where the sun would normally hit, before I put on blush.
Any other winter favorites I should add to my repertoire?