Winter '15 Skincare Favorites

Winter '15 Skincare Favorites

Much like everyone else this time of year, my skin is changing, and requires a different type of TLC than usual. Typically, I'm dealing with dry, dull, and rough skin—so, to combat those things, I like to totally switch out my skincare, to include some products which really help to address and treat those issues.

A couple of months back, I attended a skincare event at Sephora, and we all left with a bag full of skincare items to try. I've pretty much liked everything I've tried so far, but for this post, I've narrowed it down to seven products that I have been reaching for lately to fix my skin woes.

ExfoliKate (Intensive) by Kate Somerville is one of my most favorite beauty products, and it's one that I've actually used for quite a bit of time (since my teens), because my grandmother used to use her products on my skin all of the time. I am so happy they threw this into our gratis bags because I've been meaning to pick it up again, anyway. It exfoliates your skin using scrubby granules, while also utilizing the power of fruit enzymes to help chemically remove dead skin and debris. This is one of those products that you will notice instant results from, with improvement of your skin (discoloration, acne, blackheads) over time. 

A product that is super new to me is the Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Powder—yes, that is a lot to say! The product, like it's name, is quite unique—it's a water activated cleanser and exfoliator, when you pour it into your hand, it comes out as a fine pale orange powder, then you can add as much or as little water as you'd like to make the consistency you prefer for your cleanser. One of the main ingredients, the Camu Camu berry, is from the Amazon, and apparently has 30 times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange—it also contains rice and bamboo powder, along with Baltic Amber, which is a gem rich in minerals. All together, this product helps to polish, cleanse, firm, and brighten the skin. I've definitely been seeing some wonderful results with this product, and I find that when I skip a day of using it, there is a noticeable difference in my skin's texture and my complexion doesn't look as glowy.

Caudalíe Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum has been kind of a lifesaver over the last few weeks, I honestly didn't know much about it when I originally got it, but as my skin started to look more and more dehydrated, no matter how much water I drank or moisturizer I used, I decided to give this a try. I think adding serums into your routine is a great way to deliver a concentrated treatment right to your skin when it needs it the most. Like all Caudalíe products, this one is made from grape water, and packs a very potent punch of hydration. I started using this twice a day, layered underneath my regular moisturizer, and have seen amazing results—I love how lightweight, and soothing it is. It's also oil-free, and approved for all skintypes, so basically anyone can use this, and it won't irritate or make your skin more oily!

By now, I'm sure you've heard of Micellar Water for removing makeup; I've been curious to try them out, as everyone raves about ones by Garnier and Bioderma. This one is the Caudalíe Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water which I find super refreshing to use. This product contains grape water, and chamomile to soothe the skin, it also performs three tasks in one solution: makeup removal, cleansing, and toning. I actually like to use this after I've already cleansed my skin to help get rid of any leftover makeup, since you don't need to rinse it off, I find that using it before moisturizing allows me to get all of the benefits from it still being on my skin. I also like to use this in the morning in lieu of a full-out cleansing routine, it feels so nice first thing in the morning, and I love how fresh it makes my skin look!

Vitamin C is a staple in my skincare routine, even though I'm still in my twenties, I thought it was time to start dabbling in anti-aging products—it's never too early to start caring about your skin. I've tried a few other Vitamin C products before, that were serums, but the biggest problem I had with them was that they would go bad after a couple of months. Vitamin C, once it's already in liquid form, doesn't have a very long shelf life, which can be frustrating, especially if you drop some serious cash on one. The Turbo Booster C Powder by Philosophy is my favorite alternative to a traditional serum; the powder is packed with Vitamin C (99.8% potency), and helps to brighten, smooth, and even out the complexion. The powder can be added to any serum or moisturizer you have, which makes it super convenient, and it never goes to waste in the bottle! 

(This was purchased by me.)

Hands down, Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream is the best moisturizer I've used in years. I have some trusty fall backs, like Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizer, but with this moisturizer, I can really feel and see the difference it makes in my skin. Algenist is an interesting brand because it's actually not a skincare company, although they do produce a range of skincare products, it's actually a biotech company where they study and develop products using microalgae, they even study it as a possible alternative for fuel (how cool is that)Microalgae is nutrient dense, so it makes for an awesome food source, but scientists also discovered that when applied topically, it has amazing anti-aging properties as well. This moisturizer contains that microalgae technology, and delivers some of the most hydrating, and skin-enhancing results I've ever experienced in one product. It has a very mousse-like, fluffy texture, and melts into the skin like butter, when it has finally been absorbed, my skin looks plump, and glowy, and feels so soft. 

The other item I love from Algenist is the Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel—I absolutely love to exfoliate my skin, and I love when a product can give me that glow I crave, but without scrubbing or burning my skin off in the process. This product is similar to an acid peel, where your skin is being exfoliated chemically, but unlike an acid peel, you aren't removing a layer of skin. This product is totally safe to use at home, it uses the same microalgae oil I mentioned for the moisturizer in the same range, and it's job is to nourish, hydrate, and protect the skin, as the Alguronic acid (developed from, yep, algae) goes to work sloughing off dead skin cells and other debris from your skin's surface. These two ingredients together make my skin look so much more healthy and glowing! I've seen my skin become firmer, and brighter, and even smoother! I didn't want to believe that these ingredients could pack such a punch, but, I was totally wrong. I don't think I've tried anything that compares with these products, from the concept all the way down to how they're packaged—it was such a treat to try these out, and see results in a short amount of time, so, I will definitely be coming back to Algenist in the future.

I hope you enjoyed this beauty roundup, let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these products, or if you have a recommendation for me to try this winter! You know I'm always in the hunt for something new, so let me know what you love, and think I might love as well!



Photography by Tasha James

Products featured were given to me for reviewing purposes, all opinions are my own.