I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.
My first experiences with the Neutrogena Naturals line came when I needed a makeup remover and found the products on sale at the drugstore. I decided to try the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover as well as the Purifying Cream Cleanser because my skin had been drying out a bit. I’ve already featured the cream cleanser in a favorites post so my feelings won’t be a total surprise, but I wanted to take some time to talk about both products with more detail.
As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!
After being away for several weeks, I’m feeling very behind on sharing what products I’ve been trying out. After having been on that trip, however, I definitely have some good stuff that I took with me and have been appreciating. All but one of them are from the drugstore, and I have a little mix of skincare and makeup.
I think toners are one of the most confusing skincare products out there. Not because they themselves are complicated, but because of general widespread disagreement over their purpose as well as vague or misleading marketing. I don’t have a background in chemistry or dermatology but this is a subject I’ve spent a lot of time with, and my research has included reading professionals’ opinions, speaking with sales associates, and trying different products.
Toners are intended to be used after a cleanser but before any serums or moisturizers are applied. There appear to be basically two different schools of thought regarding what a toner is supposed to do:
1. A cleansing step that removes lingering dirt and makeup, dries up oil, and minimizes pores
2. A balancing step that lowers pH, soothes irritation, and prepares skin for absorbing moisture
Let’s talk through these two different notions for a moment.