Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quickie: Moisturize in Layers

Hey there! 

Just a real quick note about Winter and dry skin. Yes, she's on about skincare again. But it's true that all the makeup in the world can't cover up bad skin. Take care of your skin first and your makeup will (eventually) look flawless. Or as flawless as possible, depending on the products you use and that's an entirely different post.

Ok, maybe this won't be so quick after all, but I wanted to get this out there in case anyone else is experiencing the same kind of perpetually dry and tight facial skin that I am. Aside from drinking plenty of water (moisturizing from within), topical moisturizers are the way to go.

However, this is the time of year that you might find your skin feeling particularly dry, even after applying moisturizer. If that's you, try moisturizing in layers with products that provide some different benefits. 

Between samples I've received in subscription boxes and products I've purchased just to try out, I have a ton of skincare products on my bathroom counter at this point. I've weeded out the ones I like best but there's still multiple products to choose from.

This Winter has also meant my skin needs a lot more moisture than just one line of products can provide. I've been playing around with combinations and have finally decided that layering is the best way to go.

Which means, after much experimentation, my current Winter moisturizing arsenal looks like this.

I know. That's a lot of moisturizers but the combination of products really seems to be working for me and I actually only use four at a time.

I start with a couple of products I'm using as serums. One from Marcelle and one from ELF.

I put on the Marcelle cream first - is a gel-like cream that feels more like a serum and provides that needed vitamin C that is so important for aging skin.

According to Paula's Choice, the best website for anything and everything skincare related, vitamin C has quite a few skincare benefits. Quoting directly from the site, vitamin C can:

"Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage.

Help boost healthy collagen production.

Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage.

Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin's natural healing response.

Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure (Dermatological Surgery, 2008 & Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012 & The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2010)."

So basically, vitamin C can really help the skin, both externally and internally.

After the Marcelle gel has completely absorbed into my skin, I apply the ELF Soothing Serum and let that absorb as well. I follow that with two moisturizers - a pair for day and a pair for night.

For day, I use the ELF Daily Hydration Moisturizer followed by the Pur-Lisse Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30.

Sunscreen is important even in the Winter months when the sky is normally overcast. Those bad sun rays can still penetrate and affect your skin in bad ways. The higher the sunscreen, the better. Especially for someone like me who has rosacea as well as hormone-related hyperpigmentation.

The Pur-Lisse is the only sunscreen I have used that doesn't break me out. It's kind of expensive but they recently had a special with this and the Hydra-Balance Moisturizer in a set for $50. Since each of these products normally sells for $55, I jumped on it. 

For night, I use the ELF Nourishing Night Cream followed by the Pur-Lisse Hydra-Balance Moisturizer.

The combination of moisturizers last all night and I wake up with smooth, moisturized skin.

Unfortunately, the Philosophy products that I love only contribute to the dryness of my Winter time skin. So, I've put them away for now and will try them again once Summer gets here, if not before. Right now, keeping my skin moisturized is of utmost importance.

Hope this has helped if you're having trouble finding products that work for this dry time of year. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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