Never in my wildest youthful dreams did I ever think I’d have to worry about dry skin, but now I do. Like, daily. Sometimes, hourly it seems. In fact, I think I’ll put on some moisturizer right now. BRB! 🙂
Here are some things that have been helping me deal with my dry winter skin.
I’m halfway through the one-month regimen right now
As a participant in the Nuvesse Tired Eyes, Puffiness & Dark Circles One-Month Regimen Test, I received product samples and compensation for my time and effort. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are always my own. nuvesse.com #sponsored
My parents have a picture of me from my college graduation day in their living room, and in that picture I look completely refreshed and awake.
And I don’t even know how! — because I’m not wearing any concealer in that picture, and my friend Eleanor and I were out all night long at a party the night before.
I think I got a total of 90 minutes of sleep before I had to get up, take a shower, get to the stadium and take pictures before the ceremony.
Ah, those were the days…
It’s not like that anymore, of course. Now, if I get anything less than 10 hours of sleep a night and don’t drink gallons of water throughout the day interspersed with green juices, fiber-full salads and lots of yoga, I have dark circles.
So it’s basically a 24/7 kind of thing.
In an effort to quell/stanch/erase/improve my dark circle sitch, I started a one-month dark circles regimen from a skin care company called Nuvesse. Right now I’m halfway through the one-month regimen, which involves applying a weekly mask and using a daily serum roller.
The $95 one-month regimen kit comes with four weekly masks and a twice-daily serum roller
What is Nuvesse?
“Nuvesse Skin Therapies, Inc. was founded in 2004 and developed a propriety wound-healing technology, HealSmart Personalized Woundcare System (HealSmart™). The company realized that the application of its newest active delivery technology, Cellulation™ Technology, to skin care had the potential to yield superior benefits and reach and launched its first skin therapy portfolio of products in mid-2014 into the aesthetic medical channel. After further refinement the company just launched its new consumer brand, Nuvesse.”
Nuvesse has products for consumers for deep hydrating and brightening, eye-firming, anti-aging, eye puffiness and dark circles. They’re all available in serum-infused bio-cellulose masks and serum rollers, which you can use separately or together as part of a regimen, which is what I’m doing right now with the one-month Tired Eyes, Puffiness & Dark Circles Regimen Kit.
The one-month Tired Eyes, Puffiness & Dark Circles Regimen Kit comes with four weekly masks for $95 and this serum roller
The one-month dark circles regimen is for reducing dark circles (obvs), puffiness and fine lines in the under-eye area, all of which are things I really want to happen (!). It comes with four weekly serum-infused masks and a twice-daily serum roller with Nuvesse Celluation™ Technology, which has been proven to deliver the ingredients deep into the skin to make the serums more effective.
FOR YEARS, I’ve been not-so-silently ranting about the white bottle because it gets so dirty so easily.
FINALLY! It has a practical outfit.
UD’s All Nighter, Chill and De-Slick settings sprays all get new packaging in the Urban Decay Spring 2017 Collection, which is all about skin.
The Urban Decay setting sprays got new outfits
Ready, set, spray!
For their spring collection, which is coming out soon, UD didn’t focus on makeup this time. They focused on skin. Along with the repackaged setting sprays, which are $31 each, they also gave their B6 prep spray a new outfit (also $31) and added some new skin perfecting items, namely a $31 prep spray called Quick Fix ($31) and five new $34 Complexion Primers.
The three $31 Urban Decay Setting Sprays with their new wardrobe
Make a prep-prime-set cocktail
You can use any of these sprays and products separately, of course, and I’ve used many of them before, but UD’s idea is to use some of them in tandem, like in a makeup prepping, priming, setting cocktail.
First, you prep your skin for makeup with either B6 or the Quick Fix spray (which are the sprays in the neon green bottles, then prime your skin with one of the five Complexion Primers (or, sometimes I’ll target different areas of my skin with different primers), and then set your makeup with one of the three setting sprays when you’re done.
The $31 B6 and Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Sprays
Creams. I’ve been wearing a ton of creams lately — cream foundation, cream blush, cream highlighter. More than usual. Basically, with this colder weather and the heater cranking, my skin has been extra dry. It gets painful, so I’ve been wearing more products with an emollient base.
And it doesn’t even get really, really cold here like it does back east! I can’t even imagine how painful your skin must get sometimes if you live somewhere that gets below zero.
Creams definitely help me, and they last longer on my skin now than they do in summer. Heck, on really hot days in July, I’ll barely make it out the front door before I’ve already sweated (sweat?) away any cream products, but when it’s colder like now and my skin is drier than usual, it craves cream products and holds onto them better.
I notice that I haven’t been using as many powder products lately for my face. I mean, I’ll still set my cream foundation with a little bit of powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish is a favorite), but I’ll just the smallest amount.
When my skin gets really dry like this in winter and I use too much powder, the particles settle into my pores and fine lines, and I swear…it ages me. I look older. And as I get into my 40s — and we are gettin’ in there! — the less I wear, the younger I look.
How about you? What makeup products are you using more (or less) now that the weather’s colder?
Do you have a second? — because if you do, get into my Mazda, girl! Let’s go to Sephora! You need to check out these Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks. They’re my favorite foundation at the moment. Period. The coverage is flexible, and that’s perfect for my current mission in life, which is to have my makeup look as natural as possible.