A few winter skincare picks

January 11, 2014
Products that help keep skin hydrated and glowing.
Products to help keep skin hydrated and glowing.

I don’t tend to make huge shifts in my skincare routine due to the season, as I have fairly balanced skin and live in Seattle where we don’t experience severe summers or winters. I’ve noticed my skin getting a little drier recently, though, and there are a few products that I’ve started using that are proving to be good ones for the season. I haven’t necessarily been using them long enough to write a full review yet, but I can say a few words!

First up is a mask from Lush that I’ve been curious about but wanted to specifically wait until the colder months before trying it. The Oatifix fresh face mask is designed to moisturize irritated skin and includes oatmeal, fresh bananas, illipe butter (a nut butter) and kaolin. I’m not crazy about the smell, but it does make my skin feel treated with hydration. I’ve recently started using it every 3 or 4 days, and the drier areas of my combination skin are eating it up.

Lush’s Fresh Face Masks cost $6.95 and because of their fresh ingredients are only available in-store and have to be kept in the refrigerator.

LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask ($6.95 for 2.1 oz.)
LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

After cleansing (or masking!) I use a toner, and just this past week I started trying out the Pixi Glow Tonic for the first time. It’s a fabulous product for remedying dullness, and as the name suggests, it truly makes my skin glow. This is an exfoliating toner with glycolic acid and also features ginseng, aloe, horse chestnut, and fructose to help firm, tighten and nourish skin. I could tell a difference in my skin after 2 days of use. It’s been helping to refine my t-zone area, cleaning out and minimizing the appearance of my pores. The great thing is that it’s able to accomplish this without being drying at all, and Pixi actually describes this product as perfect for dry and aging skin.

You can buy the Glow Tonic on Pixi’s website, and it costs $29.

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

Isn’t it a pretty color?

For moisturizers, I’ve been using the Raunsborg Night Cream (which I wrote about here) at night, and it’s been treating me well. For the daytime, I recently ran out of my Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion (which I wrote about here and here) from The Body Shop and I thought it was time to try out a moisturizer that was a bit more hydrating, so I brought out a deluxe sample of the Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream that I’ve had stashed away. It comes out of the tube looking a little thick, but it sinks into my skin really well and it feels very moisturizing without being too heavy or greasy. The only problem is that it definitely has an old lady smell, but it does dissipate quickly after I apply it. I’m really enjoying the texture and hydration … and who knows, maybe it’ll help my skin look a little tighter. I’ll have to try it for a while longer before I can say, though!

The full-sized version costs $58 and you can find it at Clarins.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream
Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream

Are there any products you’ve turned to for a little extra moisture this winter? I’d love to hear what they are!

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  1. Hi there! In regards to the Pixi Glow Tonic, do you wash it off after applying or do you just apply your serum/ moisturizer right over it? Please write me back 🙂

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