Winter Skin

Sometimes, it’d be easy to stay the same forever, but really – then we’d have a whole new set of complaints, right? The seasonal changes that come with every new year are sometimes a boon, and sometimes a perceived curse (who wants the snow to fall when they found the perfect mini? or the sun to shine so bright when you caught those cute shearling boots on clearance for almost as much as three lunches?). Given that the weather changes, it’s no surprise that skin follows. Even the neatest complexions and pore-less clones of the world (because I don’t believe they exist) have odd days and seasons where perfection brings patches one day, redness the other, and oilyness the next. I got some tips in my mailbox from Shaela Walker (Walker’s Apothecary founder and owner). Let me know if they’re any help, or if your questions are still unanswered!

How do I reduce wintertime skin redness?
Because skin redness is mostly caused by wind and dry heat, the best thing to do is rehydrate the skin and make sure it’s protected. It’s smart to use a cream cleanser in the winter because it’s more soothing and less stripping than other cleansers. Walker’s suggests using Evanhealy Rose Cleanser and cutting back on the amount of exfoliation in the winter to focus on hydration, using a richer moisturizer and a gentle oil or face balm at night. She suggests using Darphin Organic Aromatic Purifying Balm for extra hydration and for a relaxing treat, try chilling a gel mask to help constrict blood vessels and apply Walker’s Apothecary Chamomile Soothing Gel. Another trick is to find a serum that cancels out redness, hydrates skin and soothes inflammation such as Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, which has a cucumber and thyme formula.

My cold is drying out my nose and chin, what do I do?
It’s safe to use a gentle exfoliation mask once a week but make sure it contains enzymes to slough off dry skin and follow up with a hydrating mask such as Walker’s Apothecary Marine Enzyme Peel or Walker’s Apothecary Green Coffee Masque. It is also beneficial to use a cleansing milk or face oil with a washcloth, gently cleansing face in circular motions without rubbing. Follow by using a hydrating serum and a rich moisturizer like Walker’s Apothecary Super Moisturizing Serum on top of those extremely dry areas such as the cheeks, chin and nose.

How do I reduce unflattering under eye puffiness?
As soon as you see your eyes starting to puff up, try splashing your face with cold water and if you have the time place chilled green tea bags right under your eyes.

Have any more questions?

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Korres Body Milk Does You Good

Korres Body Milk
I’m trying to catch up with everything in my inbox. The hardest part is trying to manage how I will get to everywhere I want to do while retaining my sanity and getting sleep. I feel like I need a stunt double to assist!

In the meantime, I’m doing short posts about long posts to come, especially about products getting me through this time of where I don’t always have time for myself. For example: the Korres Body Milk in Basil Lemon is my new savior. I have been having some seriously dry skin lately. The smartest hypothesis to why this happens I can create so far, is that from sweating, cooling down, and rubbing against clothing, the skin is irritated far more than usual and is moisturized far less. Not all the lotions in my drawers seem to work their magic on my unhappy skin. It comes as no surprise though, that Korres doesn’t disappoint.

The scent isn’t too much, but the sensation is just right. The lotion isn’t thick, nor watery. It applies pretty smooth and cools the skin with appropriate moisture for a good period of time. I have a sweating problem so I usually sweat out my lotion rather than run out of moisture (if that makes sense!), so I can’t judge how long the lotion keeps you moisturized for until winter comes around.

Have you tried any Korres Body Milks?

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A Lotion a Day Keeps the MD Away

MOJ Skin MDThis winter is kicking my epidermis. Remember when we were all little and some smarty pants would tell us our epidermis was showing? We’d all initially get a bit shy and then research the terminology. Epidermis was our skin? Right!

Well this winter, everywhere my epidermis shows, and especially where it doesn’t, dryness has a field day. When that happens, I feel like I have super skin sensitivity. I can feel the skin tighten, itch, and yell at the highest pitch that skin can possibly yell at. A request to review lotion during these times? I thought it was a godsend.

From the site:

A shielding lotion does much more than just treat dry skin – it’s a new kind of skin care product that makes a real difference to all skin types.

Skin MD Natural™ utilizes the finest effective natural ingredients for dry skin treatment along with the latest advances in technology to hydrate and protect the skin.

This is an entirely new concept in skin care requiring a new classification: “Shielding Lotion”. A shielding lotion keeps moisture-robbing irritants away from the skin while the proprietary “super” humectants hydrate the skin throughout the day.

Skin MD Natural™ is promptly absorbed, without the slightest hint of any greasy or oily feeling or residue, transforming the outer layer of skin into a hydrating invisible shield.

Glycerin has been the standard against which all humectants are measured. Until now no other humectant drew in as much moisture from the air as glycerin. But the proprietary formulation in Skin MD Natural has a moisturizing factor of at least 6 times greater than glycerin. Combined with its protective properties and natural ingredients, this makes Skin MD Natural a truly unique product.

An accumulated effect of Skin MD Natural is fully realized after only a few days of daily use. Depending on how dry your skin is the first few days may require reapplications after only a few hours. Usually, after a few days of continuous use, only one or two daily applications are necessary to see the improvement.

When I think of a winter lotion, a successful winter lotion, I look for something that’s as thick as honey and peanut butter. I want to lather it on and feel my skin just let go sighs of relief. Skeptical was just the beginning  when I was told that this lotion was thin but effective. What the heck could I do with thin?


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The directions already warn you about magical outcomes. You will not have healed and moisturized skin forever and always after one application. That in part made me feel good, because I like a company to tell it like it is. Outlandish claims only make me judge the brand faster than I can try it.

I was patient and I gave the Skin MDs inside my bottle time to work their magic. I reserved the use of this lotion on my face until I was positive my skin wouldn’t have a nervous breakdown (something you all should do – I sampled a product that shall remain unnamed and felt my skin burn almost immediately and for hours after even post wash). I used Skin MD Natural as an all over body lotion (but not my face the first time) after each shower for a week. I almost quit because I would have to use it a bit more often on my hands than my old lotion. With that fact withstanding, the thin layer of lotion I was so skeptical about was keeping my body shielded and moisturized. My hands?

My hands have been going through grunt work. They have gone through a million washes, gift wrapping, the carrying of uncomfortable shopping bags, and now with school and a temporary job? They’re suffering through piles of paperwork. So let’s not blame the lotion. After more frequent application, the hands came around. So did I.

The bottle is petite and fits right into my handbag, even though it’s a bit bigger than all the mini “purse size” lotions marketed for on the go. The lotion is super soft and super thin. You question what you can do with it the first few applications, but it silently and humbly gets the job done. It’s also completely scent free in case you were wondering. I’m not against a scented lotion, but I know a lot of people are bothered by scents.

Wear perfume? Lay this baby down and it is a great base foundation for when you spray perfume on your skin.

The final verdict? This is a definite buy. It’s a subtle lotion that packs an effective punch. Click here to purchase online ($18) or to check out which store near you carries it.

How is your lotion treating you?

Disclaimer: This product(s)was sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on MOJ remain unbiased and unpaid. For more info, feel free to contact the author.

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