How To Banish Flakey Winter Skin

Frigid temperatures wreck havoc on my normally oily, combination skin by throwing some dry patches and red bumps to the mix. One day last week I woke up with several hormonal cystic acne bumps and I made the mistake of putting on makeup to try and cover up the blemishes. Throughout the day my makeup started caking and I could see flakes of skin coming loose and meshing with the makeup. Red bumps started forming on my jawline and lower cheeks which really freaked me out since that never really happens to me. It. Was. Awful. I couldn't wait to go home and do some damage control. 

After removing my makeup with the usual suspects, I used the Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, a dual action exfoliant that has micro crystals and papya enzymes. This scrub is effective yet surprisingly gentle. You can see how fine the exfoliating crystals are in the photo below (bottom swatch). Despite having irritated skin, my skin was not more red or painful after using this exfoliant. Afterwards, I spritzed on some of my usual Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner and slapped on the Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Mask. I've raved about the Leaders Insolution masks before and the AC-Dressing version does exactly what it claims. My skin was instantly soothed within minutes of plopping this soft sheet mask over my freshly exfoliated skin. I use sheet m asks right before bed and let the excess serum sink in while I sleep. I woke up with soft and balanced skin the next morning and my makeup did not cake or crease. 

As for makeup tips for dry weather, I suggest using a hydrating base prior to applying concealers, foundations and powders. I like the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for days I want a healthy glow. I don't use this everyday because I believe it's not meant to be used daily but it's perfect for more special days when you want to shine without looking greasy. You can see the texture of the balm in the above photo. It has a slight pink tint and a gorgeous powdery scent. 

Lately I've been enjoying the Beautyblender Sponge for applying and blending my foundations and BB creams because it is more gentle than buffing with a dense brush. When I first tried one of these baubles I felt they were overrated and nothing special. But I've grown to appreciate the Beautyblender because it gives a very natural finish to my skin and prevents any exfoliation from using a brush. 

The Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder is another favorite for dry skin days because it sets makeup and takes down shine without being completely matte. The powder is extremely fine and a tiny bit is able to cover your whole face. It's really a foolproof product that blurs imperfections and adds a real life filter to your skin. 

What are your tips for managing winter skin? Nourishing skincare? Moisturizing foundations? I'd love to hear your tips!


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