I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog before, but every winter my family is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get away from the cold for a few weeks. The destination is always changing (Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, the DR, THIS year it's St. Martin...), but I've always had the same skin troubles year after year.
I spend a lot of time outside when I'm in NY, especially now that I've got my horse Teddy to take care of (every day!). My skin gets SO dry with the cold weather.
And it only gets worse when I travel. You'd think the opposite would happen, since it's always a warm/humid destination, but one day into the trip and my skin is fried. Tomato red. And of course, it's even more dry than when I was whoopin' it up in snowy New York.
Again, not cute.
So, this year I'm saying hell to the freakin' no to dry skin. I've scoured the Web + experimented to see what works and what doesn't, so you don't have to. Here are a few tippity tips to help improve your winter skincare routine:
I know, this one's a no-brainer. Right? Seriously though, you'd be amazed at how many people underestimate the value of a good moisturizer. I'm currently loving Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion for a few reasons:
1) It's cheap AF ($4.99). It can also be bought practically anywhere (food, drug, and mass retail stores). Love it.
2) It contains healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly. How cool is that? Not to mention, I feel like the fact alone that it contains real Vaseline Jelly means that it's the real deal when it comes to hydration.
3) It's clinically proven to heal dry skin in five days. Impatient is practically my middle name, so this is a major YES.
2. Switch out your products
Set aside the tough toners and oil-fighting cleansers until spring. The seasons are changing, and the products you use should change right along with them, especially if you're already notorious for having dry skin in general.
3. Amp up your diet
Think about incorporating foods such as coconuts, avocados, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal into your diet. Rich in healthy fats and vitamins, these snacks can seriously boost your glow in a non-greasy, but perfectly dewey way.
4. Cover up
What are your winter skincare hacks? Let me know in the comments!
Let's dive into one of my favorite topics, shall we?
I'll admit I'm a tad obsessed, and it's not uncommon to find me romping around the house with the latest mud mask or blackhead strip plastered to my face. Trying products is genuine fun in my book (and believe me, I've tried a lot)!
Today though, I want to hone in on a sector of the skincare market near and dear to my heart, and that is...affordable skincare products. We've all had that devastating moment in Sephora where we lock eyes with a small jar of some fancy looking skincare item, just knowing in our hearts how transformational it must be for our skin.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline. The opinions and text are all mine.