It’s October, and I’m already thinking about that impending cold + dry winter air. Thus the theme of this month’s round-up is HYDRATION, which is always very important, but especially more so during the colder months when the air gets drier. I wouldn’t say that winter’s here yet, but we’ve definitely had some frigid autumnal mornings here in Connecticut. (And it’s seriously getting me in the mood for hot apple cider!) But it’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about our winter skincare, so I’ve drawn up a list of my favorite cozy + hydrating picks:
The reviews for this product are off the wall. Seriously, after reading them I felt like this product could actually be made of magic. This face oil is technically made for oily/combination skin (I have dry skin), but the description also says that it combats redness and inflammation. I’ve always struggled with uneven skin tone and redness, so I hope this product can help in that regard. And it’s an oil, too, which means it’ll help my skin retain moisture.
I got a sample of this perfume with a Sephora purchase (what else) and instantly fell in love. With its musky notes of chai tea and sweet edginess, it’s a beautiful blend of warm and risqué – perfect for those colder months. I can just see myself curled up on the couch, under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, smelling like Derek Lam 10 Crosby Blackout. The epitome of coziness!
My face can easily get cranky and inflamed throughout the day, so a revitalizing face mist is exactly what I need to calm my skin down. Especially in the winter, my face gets red from just being outside for 3 seconds. I need all the help I can get!
Plus, I just love the scent of cherry blossoms – it’s so sweet and fresh. Hydration + cherry blossoms? Sign me up.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about this British brand – I particularly love these articles by Lily Pebbles, From the Bullet, and the Anthropologie blog. I’ve never actually used a cleansing oil before, but I’m just dying to try Votary’s Super Seed Cleansing Oil with chia and parsley seed (Go Botanicals!). Traditional cleansers can sometimes be drying, so I’m excited to see how an oil affects my skin. Plus, I’m always a fan of seeing plants as the active ingredients in a product – it just goes to show how amazing the earth is.
Another day, another K-Beauty pick. But this isn’t your average toner – I’ve read that Korean toners are much gentler and softer than their astringent, stinging Western counterparts. K-Beauty toners are meant to refresh and hydrate, instead of making your skin burn. And, as toning is an essential step in the K-Beauty skincare regimen, I want to get on board with a toner that will soothe my sensitive skin while cleaning out my pores. It’s a tall order, I know, but hopefully this will get the job done.
I know I’m only 24, but I’ve started getting fine lines on my forehead (yikes!) that I just do NOT want to be there. This moisturizer by Algenist has glowing reviews on Sephora, and I’m hoping that it will give my skin (especially on my forehead) a boost. But more importantly, it’s SPF 20, which is still super important in the winter months. Just because it’s not hot out doesn’t mean the sun is on a vacation. Pretty much every dermatologist agrees that the best thing you can do to prevent the signs of aging is wear sunblock.
This cleanser has kale and spinach in it. As a health food geek, I’m sold. Plus, it contains Vitamins A, B5, C, and E. What more could you ask for in a cleanser!? The ONE thing I’m worried about, though, is that this cleanser looks a little soapy. And we all know soapy = drying. But there’s no way to be sure unless you test it out, and all the reviews I’ve read have been pretty positive.
Also, I love how this company was founded – these two guys were inspired by their grandmother, who was a pioneer in the botanical-based beauty movement in the 1980’s. Taking her lead, they founded YTTP, and the rest was history!
The skin around the eyes is the most sensitive, which is why eye cream is such an important part of any skincare regimen. This all-natural formula by Indie Lee is made with beeswax, calendula oil, and mango seed butter to deliver a powerful dose of hydration.
Indie Lee uses all-natural ingredients because of the eponymous owner’s health history – she had a brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins as the cause. Inspired by her experience, she founded Indie Lee to create natural beauty products that would be kind to the earth AND the body.
I first heard of this serum via Into the Gloss, which calls it “the face oil to end all face oils”. Well, I’m certainly intrigued. Apparently the owner, who is in fact a vintner’s daughter, came to develop this serum after becoming pregnant and researching which products were safe to use. Since nearly every product she used was deemed unsafe for pregnant women, she decided to create her own face oil that was made with all-natural products. Using plant-based oils and botanical extracts, this serum has been said to have pretty potent results. Although the price tag is rather steep, I think this may be an investment worth making.