Everyone has specific beauty and skin care concerns for each season, and with the arrival of the cooler and often much drier weather during the Fall and Winter seasons I become more proactive about keeping my skin moisturized. Fall and Winter is also when I have to add another area to focus on to my evening skin care routine, my lips.
I don’t know about you, but dry cracked lips are something I wouldn’t wish on anyone and while I take care of them with balms that I layer underneath my lip color during the spring/summer they always seem to need a little extra help in the drier weather.
Clinique recently released a product that I’m absolutely in love with so the Pep Start Pout Restoring Mask. I’ve always loved using Clinique products since they are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free and I could not wait to try this one. From the moment I applied it till I woke up for work the next morning my lips were oh, so moist. They also have a Pep Start Pout Perfect Balm which comes in a few options and can be worn on its own or under your favorite lip color for a little extra moisture.
On the beauty side of things, I decided to try out the Clinique Lip Shadow Cushions in two shades, Dune Pop (for when I’m going with a nude lip) and Blossom Pop (for my favorite rosy hue). For best results apply a lip balm first and then apply the color.
I have been using the Origins No Puffery for years now. It can be a real lifesaver when you haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before and your under eyes are on the puffy side. Plus the cool roll-on applicator is very soothing.
The next two products are new to me, but are quickly becoming some of my favorites to use. The Modern Friction Cleansing Stick with Exfoliating White & Purple Rice is the perfect if you are looking for a gentler option when it comes to cleansing and exfoliating your face. Just apply the stick directly to dry skin and move it around circular motions. Next add water, work into a lather and then rinse.
Once you’re done exfoliating it’s time moisturize! If you’re a lover of the overnight mask, then the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask from Origins is something you should try out. It’s made with Plant Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid and Apricot Kernel Oil and is a must when your skin is seriously dried out.
If you’re traveling, just finished your morning run, or your skin just needs an instant burst of moisture I absolutely love Avene’s Eau Thermale. Made from Thermal Spring Water its the perfect refresh if you have sensitive skin.
While we’re on the topic of Sensitive Skin, Olay has been one of my go-to’s for cleansing my skin and removing my makeup at the same time. Depending on how much time I’m dealing with I either used the Gentle Clean Wet Cleansing Cloths (in the Sensitive Fragrance Free option) or one of their newer products the Gentle Clean Foaming Cleanser that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. It both cleanses and soothes your skin at the same time, so it’s a complete win/win.
Last of all, let’s talk about sheet masks. I’ve shared some of my favorites before, but the brand that I continue to go back to is Dr. Jart+. While you can use a sheet mask daily, I tend to keep it once a week, either after I’ve had an especially long day, or to prep my skin for the events I’m attending over the weekend. Two of my favorite masks are the Water Replenishment and Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask. Both are wonderful at rehydrating your skin, but if you find your pores are in need of a little tightening, definitely go with the Charcoal Mask!
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