How to Win at Winter Skin

How to Win at Winter Skincare

For the first few years that I lived in Massachusetts, I lived in an apartment that was built in the 1940s, which came complete with steam heat radiators. It wasn’t until I moved back here a couple of years ago that I understood how harsh central heating can be on the skin. This year has been particularly cold and I’ve had to fight my way back to healthy skin. But I’ve finally found a balance using a few surprising products that I never would have dared to use on my face back when I lived in Hawaii.

Washing: My skin is usually combination/oily and most of the year I wash my face twice a day. This winter, since my skin has been so dry, I’ve taken to washing it in the evenings only. I use a moisturizing oil cleanser by Tu’el followed by an emulsifier. These two help to keep my pores blackhead-free without stripping my skin of natural oils.

Daytime Moisturizer: Last year, Victoria recommended Waleda Skin Food and I immediately went out to Whole Foods to get some. This stuff is thick and rich, but it sinks into my skin and has never caused me to break out (and I’m pretty prone to breakouts). Victoria used it as night cream, but since we’ve had so much extreme cold accompanied by a good amount of wind, I need something this heavy during the day.

Nighttime Moisturizer: Despite using such thick moisturizer, the skin on my cheeks was still red and chapped. I was about to resort to Vaseline when Lindsey recommended Lanolin. Typically, Lanolin (an oil derived from sheep’s wool) is used by mothers who are breastfeeding, but it turns out that it’s excellent for healing all kinds of dry, chapped areas where nothing else is helping. It is greasy and doesn’t sink in quickly, but if you’ve tried everything else and nothing is helping, it’s worth a try. Lanolin is the number one thing that has helped my skin this winter. And at $7 a pop it’s a steal.

Supplements: When I was struggling with dandruff and dry skin, my favorite esthetician recommended taking fish oil supplements. Within a week my scalp was once again balanced and I noticed a real difference in the overall health of my skin. I take these pearl-sized ones in the morning and evening. Fish oil also promotes heart health, so it’s a win all around!

Air: Since I hail from a place with 90% humidity year round, I put off getting a humidifier for a long time. But we recently invested in this one by Air-o-Swiss and it’s made a huge difference, not just in my skin feeling balanced, but in the way we feel overall. No more ear/nose/throat issues! No more tight morning skin! It’s worth every penny.

Oil Pulling: If you’ve been suffering from flaky and/or itchy skin on your lips and around your mouth, it may be because of your mouthwash. The chemicals that whiten your teeth and the alcohol can be incredibly drying. While I couldn’t commit to just oil pulling without brushing, I’ve added it to my routine in place of mouthwash. Since coconut oil naturally kills bacteria, I’ve actually found it to be more effective than regular mouthwash. Happy gums mean a happy body! Here’s some medical information on the benefits of oil pulling.

Thirtysomething Skin: How to Battle Acne Scarring + Fine Lines

Burts Bees with Daisy Extract for Dark Spots | Frock Files

At this point in my life, I seem to be nearly done with my 17 year battle with acne, but I’m still dealing with a little bit of scarring. And last winter, between the indoor heating and the wind chill outside, my skin went through the ringer. Now that it’s warm out and we’re spending more time outdoors, the scarring has become more obvious. Sick of wearing foundation all the time, I turned to scar cream, only to find that my skin started to get red and irritated.

So it was good timing when Burt’s Bees approached me about testing out their Brightening Dark Spot Corrector. It’s part of a line of products containing daisy extract, a natural skin brightening agent. Since I’ve seen the ways that natural products often work better than other (chemical-filled) ones, I decided to give it a try.

Burts Bees with Daisy Extract for Dark Spots | Frock Files

As someone with sensitive skin, I’ve always appreciated the gentleness of Burt’s Bees—I’ve never experienced a harsh reaction from any of their products. The dark spot corrector is similar to other fruit enzyme extract products I’ve used in that it targets fine lines as well as dark spots as it gently sloughs off the unhealthy skin to reveal the healthy layers beneath.

But unlike those other products, this one didn’t turn my face red or result in flaking and dryness. Instead, over a four-week period I saw a slow and steady improvement in the condition of my skin. The daisy extract does what other products rely on chemicals to do—except without the harsh side effects.

Burts Bees with Daisy Extract for Dark Spots | Frock Files

I’ll continue to use the dark spot corrector and I’ll report on my experiences after a full eight weeks of use. But today, as of four weeks, I’m happy to report that I went out without any foundation on! Definitely a big improvement over hiding behind thick pancake foundation just a few weeks ago.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees via Burst Media.  The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that enable Frock Files to continue growing!

At this point in my life, I seem to be nearly done with my 17 year battle with acne, but I’m still dealing with a little bit of scarring. And last winter, between the indoor heating and the wind chill outside, my skin went through the ringer. Now that it’s warm out and we’re spending more time outdoors, the scarring has become more obvious. Sick of wearing foundation all the time, I turned to scar cream, only to find that my skin started to get red and irritated.

So it was good timing when Burt’s Bees approached me about testing out their Brightening Dark Spot Corrector. It’s part of a line of products containing daisy extract, a natural skin brightening agent. Since I’ve seen the ways that natural products often work better than other (chemical-filled) ones, I decided to give it a try.

As someone with sensitive skin, I’ve always appreciated the gentleness of Burt’s Bees—I’ve never experienced a harsh reaction from any of their products. The dark spot corrector is similar to other fruit enzyme extract products I’ve used in that it targets fine lines as well as dark spots as it gently sloughs off the unhealthy skin to reveal the healthy layers beneath.

But unlike those other products, this one didn’t turn my face red or result in flaking and dryness. Instead, over a four-week period I saw a slow and steady improvement in the condition of my skin. The daisy extract does what other products rely on chemicals to do—except without the harsh side effects.

I’ll continue to use the dark spot corrector and I’ll report on my experiences after a full eight weeks of use. But today, as of four weeks, I’m happy to report that I went out without any foundation on! Definitely a big improvement over hiding behind thick pancake foundation just a few weeks ago.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that enable Frock Files to continue growing!

Indulge Your Summer Skin (and a Giveaway!): CLOSED

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The change in the seasons makes my skin crazy. Throughout the winter, my skin gets dry and flaky everywhere – especially on my cheeks, my elbows, and my legs. And while summer offers a reprieve, I still find that I need to get into a routine to get my skin looking healthy. Participating in the Nivea Indulgence challenge for two weeks gave me just the push I needed. Here’s how I’m taking care of my skin this summer:

Eliminate: One of the things I neglect is exfoliation, so when Nivea sent me their Touch of Renewal lathering body scrub I was excited to see how much of a difference it made. The changes weren’t just in the rough spots, but also in areas where my skin had become a little congested, like my back. I’ve also begun to exfoliate the skin on my face using a glycolic serum once every three days.

Get Oily: As someone with an oily T-zone, I thought it was totally crazy the first time an aesthetician suggested that I try cleansing with oil. But it turns out that she was absolutely right! Check out my post on how I began cleansing with Jojoba oil, which I’ll continue to do all year long.

Find Balance: Because of the humidity and heat in the summertime, a lot of people forget to moisturize – I’m guilty of doing the same. But sweating takes a lot of moisture from your body and so does the sun, so it’s important to get some moisturizer into your routine. Once I started using Nivea’s Touch of Smoothness moisturizing body wash, I found that my elbows got smooth and no longer required extra moisturizer to keep from becoming ashy in appearance, and I switched to a lighter moisturizer for my legs.

Hydrate: Drink. More. Water. It’s so much easier to drink water when it’s warm out, so make use of this time to get your skin glowing! The more hydration you can bring your skin during the warm months, the better off you’ll be when it gets chilly again.

To help you get your summer skin glowing, Nivea is inviting you to join in on the indulgence. They’re offering one Frock Files reader a gift box containing the two Nivea products mentioned above, a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, and a cloudlike, fluffy robe.

Entrants must live in the U.S. and be at least 18 years of age. To enter, let me know what you’re indulging in this summer in the comment section below, and don’t forget to log your entry in the Rafflecopter! This giveaway closes on Sunday, June 30th at midnight and the winner will be contacted by email.

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The $8 Product That Saved My Skin

For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with my skin, and as a result I’ve tried just about every skincare regimen under the sun. And while my skin has become easier to manage as I inch toward my 30s, for awhile I was still having trouble with the texture of my skin and clogged pores.

Then, I began to include jojoba oil as part of my nightly routine, and my skin immediately felt better. While I was using those Biore pore strips on my nose two or three times a week, I now only need to use them once every other week, if that. After all the thousands of dollars I’ve spent on skincare over the years, it’s incredible that this single $8 product has made such a huge difference in my complexion.

Though I have combination skin, this oil is used by people with all skin types. It combats dry, flaky skin as well as over-productive pores. Want to try it for yourself?

Wash with a mild cleanser. After trying a huge range of cleansers, I’ve found Cetaphil to be the gentlest. Use warm, not hot water.

Turn on the television. The jojoba works best if you massage it into your skin for at least 10 minutes, so find a comfortable place to sit where you won’t feel inclined to do anything else. While this might, at first, be difficult it’s actually a great way to begin unwinding before bed.

Put three to four drops of jojoba oil on your fingers and massage into your skin. I begin with my T-zone, then work outward. You may feel little hard bits beading up under your fingers — that’s oil and dead skin coming up! Add more oil as needed.

After 10 to 20 minutes, rinse off the oil with cool water. Then use a damp washcloth to make sure all the oil is removed, moving the washcloth in small circular motions over your skin. Be gentle.

Use your nighttime moisturizer.

Voila! Your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother.

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