The winter in New York has been eventful - weâ€™ve had quite a bit of snow and cold days, and weâ€™re expecting more to come. But, the calmness of watching snowflakes fall makes the bitter cold a little more worth it, right (right!)? In this post, I wanted to share with you the few winter necessities I have been using these cold months to make sure I keep my skin healthy and my mood lifted.
I have noticed this winter season that my hands were really suffering from the dry and cold air. Carrying groceries through New York and often using my iPhone for directions (and Instagram, ahem) took its toll on my skin. I carry a small tube of lotion in my purse and whenever I get a chance on the subway, you bet youâ€™ll find me applying some. Iâ€™ve been loving this sample tube of the Nourish Organic Coconut and Argan Lotion - this coconut argan lotion is moisturizing because of the its natural oils and absorbs into the skin very fast. The scent is quite unusual and reminds me of peppercorns (weird, I know), but I grew accustomed to its original and surprisingly pleasant scent.
For my night routine, I also apply the Burtâ€™s Bees Hand Salve (costs only $6.00) to repair any damage or redness from the winter cold. This Burtâ€™s Bees lotion is a very emollient and thick solution so I recommend applying it before bed as a night nourishing step instead of during day (youâ€™d have lots of greasy door handles around!). Palmerâ€™s Skin Therapy Oil is a perfect solution for your entire body, as it contains extra remedies compared to a lotion (Vitamin E); the Palmerâ€™s Oil soaks in quickly and a little bit of it goes a long way (as a note, the therapy oil has a strong cocoa scent). With freezing wind and lots of hats, hoodies, and beanies, Psst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray is perfect to fix and tame messy hair.
To keep my face moisturized and exfoliated, Iâ€™ve been making sure to apply a gentle mask twice a week. The Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic mask is perfect (and not only because of the fitting name), but because this Lush mask is formulated with natural ingredients and is perfect for sensitive skin during these cold months. When applying my foundation, Iâ€™ve been steering towards my Beauty Blender to incorporate more hydration and to be more gentle on my skin during my makeup routine. The Nars Oasis blush has been the perfect fall color for my cheeks to give my skin some natural flush - Nars Oasis is a mauve color with red hints and golden shimmer running throughout.
Lips are very sensitive to the cold weather, so Iâ€™ve been trying to make sure my lips are protected at all times. You can always find an EOS lip balm in my purse, and I promise you it gets a lot of love from me: EOS balms are moisturizing, have natural ingredients and apply easy on the go (Iâ€™ve even made my boyfriend a believer). For my night time routine, I use Lush Popcorn lip scrub to exfoliate my lips, and I apply the Malin+Goetz Mojito lip balm before bed as a little treat to myself. The Mojito lip balm can be cumbersome to apply on the go, and I like to savor the scent as Iâ€™m relaxing in bed reading by a candle.
Speaking of candles, this is prime time candle season - every night can be a little more magical if you light a scented candle by your bedside. The Woodwick Vanilla Bean candle smells yummy and has a crackling sound effect as it burns, perfectly conveying a cozy winter night.
Winter and cold weather always seem to last forever so you have to be prepared in your skincare and beauty routine - hope this post was helpful and be sure to keep warm. Let me know in the comments if you have any winter necessities favorites!