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Get Glowing: Ideal Winter Moisturizers


Few things can change your skin as quickly or drastically as cold winter weather. Not only can the cold air can suck moisture out of your skin, but hidden UV rays behind overcast clouds can also sneakily cause damage to the elasticity of your skin. That being so, I wanted to share some of my favorite products here on Renaissance Girl. These keep my skin glowing throughout the intense temperatures, wind, sun, sleet and snow of Chicago! For a radiant winter complexion, you’ll want to invest in a great day moisturizer, night cream, under eye cream, lip balm and BB cream to cover all of your bases.

The first step to keeping your skin happy is to invest in a basic all-around moisturizer. I really love First Aid Beauty's Repair Cream. With ingredients like shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil, ceramides and antioxidants like licorice root, feverfew, and white tea, your skin will look like you just had an enriching facial.

Aside from a great day moisturizer, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated throughout the night. Tossing and turning on a pillow can stretch out your skin over time, causing premature wrinkles. But to fight gravity, Origins Renewal Cream is packed with vitamins C, E, and H to penetrate your skin and actually strengthen collagen production and increase visible elasticity.

The skin under your eyes is actually the fastest to age because of its thinness and delicate texture. Therefore, protecting this area with a rich cream morning and night is a great idea. Try Clinique All About Eyes Rich, because this cream has botanicals that boost collagen production, so it reduces puffiness and under eye circles. 

Along with your eyes, your lips also have very thin and sensitive skin, which ages quickly. For this reason, consistently applying a rich lip balm with SPF is essential. Sugar Lip Balm is an amazing product that glides on like silk and smells amazing. With SPF 15, meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, Sugar Lip Balm protects against UV rays and locks moisture in.

When your skin is hydrated and ready for your makeup routine, replacing your foundation with a BB cream is a great idea for the brutal winter months. BB cream was originally invented as a post-procedure product to truly protect and replenish skin, so it’s the ideal mix of makeup and skincare. Accordingly, Dr. Jart BB cream has SPF 45 and moisturizing properties so your BB cream can keep up the good work of your skincare products.

The cold winter months aren’t something to take lightly, because they can take a lot out of your skin! But with the right products and skincare routine, you can achieve a beautiful glow every day and night.