Winter Skincare Routine

The Casual Classic // Winter Skincare

I've been meaning to do this post for a WHILE, so today, I'm finally going to tell you guys a little bit about my winter skin care routine, as well as some of the all natural products that I've started to incorporate into my daily regimen.

More and more articles have been coming out lately that talk about the effects of the harsh chemicals in every day products that we use. So for a while now, I've been slowly switching everything I use on my body, hair, and around my house to natural, non-toxic products. It's taken a bit of trial and error (and a bit of investment), but I promise you, it's totally worth it and you WILL see results. I'll talk a little more about that below though.

The Casual Classic // Winter Skincare

These two are what I start and end my day with. Not pictured here is my face wash I use before applying any serums/moisturizers. I actually don't usually wash my face in the AM - especially in the winter. It's super drying and can strip your skin, especially if you already have dry skin. I wash my face thoroughly before bed and usually either do a mask or an exfoliating treatment, so in the mornings, I'm good to go.

Now I know I was preaching about all natural products, but the NuSkin products aren't completely organic/all natural like the other things I use. BUT, NuSkin absolutely uses the best ingredients on the market and they have extensive scientific research behind all of their products that prove they work. Plus they have a whole line of vitamins and supplements, which just goes to show they know what you should be putting in and on your body. 

The Casual Classic // Winter Skincare

I start with the Ageloc Future Serum, which I massage into my face after washing, and I use this both AM and PM.This serum is like gold - it has a ton of anti-aging properties and also helps with the firmness of the skin. Yes, it's a little pricey, but it lasts me a couple months at least. Next, I use one of the little Truface Essence Ultra pearls which I apply all over my face in an upward motion. Since these are so pricey, and I'm still in my 20's, I don't really need to use this both AM and PM. I usually just do one of these before bed for maintenance. These pearls really work - just check out these before and after photos! It's SO worth the price.

The Casual Classic // Winter Skincare

Next comes the moisturizing step. I always make sure I leave a little time between each step so the products can soak into my skin. I have extremely dry skin in the winter, and had a hard time finding anything natural that completely quenched my skin. I bit the bullet and finally invested in the Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer which was created for mature, dry skin, and it has been so worth it. It's full of natural, organic, non-toxic ingredients, plus it smells great and works too! A little goes a long way with this stuff fortunately.

The next and final step is a facial oil. Now I've tried many oils, and found a few I liked, but a lot of them are just too oily for the day time. I found this oil just recently, and my skin has never been happier. It has amazing ingredients that nourish and heal your skin, as well as thoroughly moisturize. Just dab a little bit on your skin after applying the moisturizer (or you can mix it with the moisturizer). I swear, when I'm wearing this oil, my skin glows. It also works great under my makeup!

I'm absolutely in love with all the Benshen products and the inspiration behind them. Invest in a good face oil, no matter what type of skin you have (yes, it works on oily and blemish prone skin too)! I promise, you will see results. 

The Casual Classic // WInter Skincare

I've told you guys this in the past, but I do have a little issue with psoriasis from time to time (on my body), so I am extremely careful with what I use all over. I discovered the Pure + Fresh line at Tony Walker when home in Buffalo over Christmas, and what I love about it is that it was discovered and is made locally. It's also all vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, and full of natural, good for you ingredients. I have a slight obsession with the body butter - it is just to die for. It's not oily, sticky, or thick, and yet it leaves skin silky smooth and extremely moisturized all day long. Plus, I love that they use essential oils to give it a fragrance. I'm addicted to the vanilla scented one!

The Casual Classic // Winter Skincare

So there you have it! My face and body routine every day! Not too complicated, but extremely effective for me. I promise you, my skin has never been better. Please feel free to email me or comment any questions you may have - I can also recommend alternate products that I've tried that may be a little more budget friendly too, but what I've learned is that your skin really is worth investing in... You will have it all your life!

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Enjoy your weekend!  

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I've been searching for gold heels forever, and I found these beauties just in time for NYE. Even better? They were under $80 & they come in a ton of amazing colors.

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The comfiest outfit ever (Flannel, Scarf & Booties).

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A few of my favorite things: Joie perfume, Dior lip balm, Josie Maran hand lotion, and Julie Vos initial bracelet.

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The most amazing candle... EVER. I go through one of these every month, at least.

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The best sale find of the month - J.Crew d'orsay flats.

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My favorite Christmas present of this year. This coat is the warmest thing I've ever worn! (The scarf is on sale now also). 

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It's like Christmas morning every time I get Sephora goodies in the mail. This Caudalie oil is the most amazing face (and body) oil. I use it on a daily basis. The Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate is maybe the best exfoliator I've ever tried - It's super pricey, but trust me, it's worth it.

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Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots summed up in one word: incredible. Buy them (or the similar, less expensive version).

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My Michele watch was a recent birthday gift. It's two toned (gold and silver), so it matches everything! The coordinates bracelet has the coordinates of my home. A great gift idea for Valentine's day coming up...

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This lotion smells like heaven, and works wonders on dry hands also.

Winter Skin Care Regimen

My skin care routine changes almost seasonally, usually depending on the climate and temperatures. I have tricky skin. It's quite sensitive, fair, and breaks out somewhat easily. During the summer, I don't need anything heavy - a light moisturizer usually does the trick. In the winter, it's a whole different story.  I've always had skin that reacts easily to anything and everything, which is why recently, I've started leaning more towards the completely natural, organic products. Yes, I still use some that aren't, but I'll still make sure they are made without synthetic ingredients, parabens, sulfates and chemicals.

The Casual Classic / Winter Skin Care

One Love Organics: Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm

This beauty balm, by One Love Organics, was one of my more recent purchases. I've been using it for about two months now, and I'm addicted. It has endless different uses; cleanse, moisturize, condition, etc., and you can apply it pretty much anywhere; face, hands, hair, rough spots...  It's completely natural and organic, made with ingredients such as coconut oil, mango seed butter, chia seed extract, jojoba seed oil, beeswax and more. It smells so yummy too! This beauty balm is slightly oily/heavy though. I use it only at night, after I cleanse and apply any other anti-aging products and let it soak in while I sleep. My skin wakes up hydrated and glowing. A definite must have for a colder, drier climate.

The Casual Classic / Winter Skin Care

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask & Facial Radiance Pads

I've loved the First Aid Beauty products for a while now. I have problem skin (I have psoriasis, which only shows up on occasion), so I'm completely hooked on their Ultra Repair Cream, since it is especially formulated for problem skin and such. I've heard rave reviews about the FAB overnight mask, so I decided to give it a try. While at Sephora, one of the sales associates talked me into the radiance pads, and I can't say I was disappointed in that purchase.

The Casual Classic / Winter SKin Care
The Casual Classic / Winter Skin Care

Both products are wonderful. I use the radiance pads once a day, usually in the evening after washing my face. They make my face feel so smooth and bright, and they exfoliate without being too harsh on my super sensitive skin. Plus, you can get a smaller size to try them out before going all out and purchasing the full size. The overnight mask is amazing too - it's a little goopy, so probably better if you sleep on your back, but it works wonders over the night and all you have to do is wake up and wash your face. I'm all about having glowing skin, and these two products just enhance that. 

The Casual Classic / Winter Skin Care

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex

Last, but certainly not least, is Tata Harper. I have fallen absolutely in LOVE with her products recently. She's been all over for a while now, but it took me especially long to jump on the bandwagon, and I really regret that! The replenishing nutrient complex is probably my favorite product of all. It's a multivitamin for the skin - it consists of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients all in one little bottle. The ingredients (rosehip oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, alfalfa, arnica and more) are incredible. I use this as my moisturizer in the morning. It is light, soaks in super quickly, non-greasy, and works wonderful under my makeup. The oil is also 100% natural, organic, and created on Tata's farm in Vermont. I can't say enough good things about her products.

Which brings me to the best part: Right now, Tata Harper is having their friends and family sale. 15% off the entire site with code FF2014!