November 11, 2013

Winterize You Skin!

Before I got pregnant (back in April of 2012) I nevvvver drank water. Like, neva EVA. I used to kind of joke about how stupid and boring water was and for that reason, I never drank it. There was water in coffee, there was water in diet Pepsi, that's all I needed to know. Then I learned of the tiny life in my belly, announced my soon-to-be spawn and suddenly EVERYONE started telling me how important it was to drink water. Now, if it were just me involved, I would've told them to pound sand. But since I was going to be responsible for a tiny human soon, I figured it would be a good reason to start hydrating. If for no other reason than to be able to tell the middle-aged woman in line at Fred Meyer "yeah, I know, I just slugged 120oz of water, don't worry." What's my point? Here it is: after my bladder adjusted to all the extra H20, I started noticing how much better I felt all around, and complexion looked incredible all through my pregnancy. No hormonal breakouts, no dryness, bright eyes, supple skin, plumped up crow's feet. I was just knocking back bottle after bottle of water, imagining my fetus swimming around in this glorious aqua pool of Dasani and enjoying my 18-year old complexion. I was a believer (and still am)!

You know what blows though? Sometimes hydrating from the inside out doesn't always work on its own and we need an assist from some heavy-hitters of the 'skin moisturizing' category. 

I long for the days of my youthful youth when I used to look forward to Fall (my favorite season) without any concern of water consumption or skincare routines. It was all about finding the perfect boots, sweaters, scarves and getting my hands on EVERYTHING pumpkin flavored I could find (I guess some things never change). Sadly, ever since I started creepin' closer and closer to the big 3-0, I've noticed the skin on mah face and bod starts getting slightly reminiscent of a fine grit sandpaper around November Uno. I'm asked often about my favorite skincare products so I thought this would be a perfect time to let you in on my favorite lotions and potions of the moisturizing varietal. Try one, try them all, then bask in your dewy, radiant skin! Oh...and don't forget to drink your water!!

First up, Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion. I thought I'd begin with an everyday favorite. I stumbled upon this daily lotion by accident. Since I don't splurge on skincare products for the hubs (I'm a loser wife, right?) I grabbed some for his extremely sensitive skin and had to use some one day when my daily moisturizer ran out. WOW. It's definitely a drugstore gem. It checks all my boxes for a great daily moisturizer: SPF 30: check. Lightweight: check. Non-greasy: check. Moisturizing: double check! Fragrance free: check. Needless to say, I buy it in bulk now and stash them in the bathroom closet so we never run out. It's that good. Don't forget to apply to your neck as well. Neck wrinkles are SO never going to be cool.

This next one could also be considered a drugstore gem AND it is constantly recommended by dermatologists as a good daily moisturizer for all skin types. CeraVe Facial Moisturizer. I have used it before and really dig the thicker formula, it feels a bit more luxurious. It always struck me as odd that this one isn't more expensive. I suppose it's true what they say about not always judging a book by its cover. Had a derm not mentioned this bad boy, I would have never given it a second look. Another cool thing? It comes in a daily formula as well as a nightly formula (obvi the daily has an SPF which you should NEVER skip). Both formulas help repair damaged skin and both are super plumping (thanks, Hyaluronic Acid!)

This next guy is a bit unconventional but hear me out. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. Back when I was working in Cosmetics for Nordstrom, I discovered Clarins facial oils. They were merchandised on an end cap right next to my YSL counter and out of sheer boredom one day, I decided to try a sample to rub into my dry cuticles. Immediately I noticed the amazing scent. It took me back to my days of doing hair in an Aveda concept salon. Earthy without being "crunchy", calming, clean. I was intrigued. I filled a little sample cup, popped it into my pocket for later and told myself I'd try it out on my face that night. BEST. DECISION. EVER. Now, if you would have told my 13-year old self that one day I'd be applying straight up oil directly to my face, I would have rolled my 13-year old eyes at you and gone back to rubbing a Stridex pad all over my nose. Putting oil on oily skin?! That's just playing Russian Roulette with your face!!! But peep this logic. There are GOOD oils for your skin just like there are GOOD fats for your diet. And using a high-grade, lightweight, quality oil correctly (read: usually just a few drops) can actually help control oil production in some cases (depending on they type of oil) AND moisturize the other areas that are parched. Each one of these does a different thing, but my favorite is the 'Blue Orchid'. Here's a super quick cheat sheet: 'Blue Orchid' = anti-aging. 'Lotus' = purifies, refines, tightens pores. 'Santal' = extra moisturizing for dry/very dry skin. In one of my upcoming posts (fave pregnancy products) you'll see the Clarins 'Tonic' Body Oil which is fantastic for skin elasticity on the body. Stay tuned.

I think I've saved the best for last. Kiehl's Creme de Corps. I think as females, we are hard-wired to always be on the lookout for the perfect body lotion. This one is the best. Seriously, the best. In the world. Universe maybe. It is a cult-classic for oh so many reasons. I could give you all the cliched "it feels uh-MAZING!" "it's so CREAMY" "it smells DIVINE" lines, but truth be told, you will just know when you use it. Here's a little fun factoid: when you are the Counter Manager at a department store for a specific line, you are expected to sell your line (duh), merchandise your branded products in your cases and on your shelves (duh), and typically use your own line of products when doing makeovers and skincare consults (double duh)....but....this lotion is so incredible that most of us chicks had a bottle stashed somewhere in our arsenal and used it and sold it to almost everyone who mentioned dry skin. Nordstrom has an exclusive giant bottle with its own pump that's not sold anywhere else for those of you that get so addicted you need the "big papa grande size". It's too legit to quit. 'Nuff said.

And there you have it! Happy moisturizing! Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite face and/or body lotion! As stated above, I'm always on the lookout for new members of my club!

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