The deep winter is finally here and, although I love winter, January always feels like the longest month. It’s cold, dark, and you’re never really sure what’s going on. Plus, you’re coming off the last two months of holiday hype and realizing you have no money and a whole bunch of things to do that you put off because of the holidays.
Not only are you cold and broke, but your skin is reacting differently to this bitter cold and that can be one of the most irritating things. If my hands, face, or legs feel dry at any point during the day, I need instant relief; feeling dry is just something I can’t deal with.
So, unlike other seasons my beauty essentials aren’t bronzers and highlighters to make you look glowy and healthy (even though I LOVE to still do that in the winter still) these products are more ways that I keep from wanting to jump out of my skin and I absolutely can’t do without in the winter.
Honestly, this is the best smelling setting spray that I have ever used – it’s incredible. But the smell isn’t even the best part! So, it primes and sets your makeup for a good 12-hours, but it ALSO hydrates and refreshes your skin while also smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. You can even spray this on your face without makeup on and it still gives you benefits like reducing redness and makes the appearance of your pores smaller. It’s basically the best invention ever and has a million functions in one.
My aunt is the one who introduced essential oils to me last year and gifted this to me at Christmas and I’m obsessed with it. From research on my own and through going to a few essential oil classes that my aunt has hosted, there are several benefits of applying, ingesting, and diffusing oils. My favorite has been the lavender one. The smell is probably my favorite one, and you can apply 2-4 drops to wherever you want on yourself to relax with which makes it easier to fall asleep. It’s also great for burns; when I got a blistering sunburn on my nose during the summer my aunt put some on it and it was basically gone in 1-2 days. I’m basically in love with this. Plus, oil in general is just really hydrating for your skin which makes it that much better.
This has nothing to do with being hydrating on your skin really, but it’s my favorite scent to use in the winter that I’ve been using since my senior year of high school. The mist does include condition aloe which is great, so I guess this can give your skin some love. The scent is toasted vanilla and peony. There’s not much to say about this other than it's my go-to scent in the winter!
I can withstand my hands being dry longer than I can my face being dry. In the summer I can sometimes forget part of my skincare routine and not really notice, but if I forget to do something in the winter I can tell, and it drives me crazy. This has been the face moisturizer that I’ve been using this winter, and at first, I couldn’t tell if I liked it because it left a weird feeling on my face after I put it on, which was obviously the mattifying effect that eventually goes away after a few minutes, but I wasn’t sure. And now I really like it because it uses aloe to soften the skin and bamboo extract to absorb the excess oils on your face (however, oils are good for your skin and you can read about that in my skincare routine post here😊) and I don’t even notice the weird feeling that much anymore.
Getting in and out of the shower is such a pain in the winter because it’s so cold and once you’re in the warm shower you don’t want to get out. I found that I was going straight from the shower to putting clothes on as fast as I could which meant skipping moisturizing my body after a hot shower that also dehydrates your skin just as much as the cold weather. When raiding my overcrowded bathroom cabinet full of a million products, I found this treasure that I bought a couple years ago and then, like everything else in that cabinet, put it in there and never really thought about it again. Guys, this is a GENUIS invention. You get to stay warm in the shower and put lotion on and then get out and put your clothes on as fast as you can. And once again, it smells incredible – gives you those beach vibes in the dead of winter which is always a nice pick-me-up sometimes. I’m telling you it’s absolutely genius and it’s my most favorite thing right now.
So, those are the five things that I’m loving and can’t live without this winter. Let me know in the comments what your must-haves for this winter are!