Today, I want to share my Winter Skin Rescue routine with you. My skin is generally on the dry side and with any hint of winter, it’s parched. The combination of brutal Midwest weather and the dryness from heaters wreak havoc on my poor skin. Add holidays to this – too many drinks (for some), eating not so healthy (and a lot), staying up late, partying.. it all adds up and I always need to step up my skincare game during this time of the year. This combination of products is my solution for dry winter skin and works so well for me that I want you to know about them, too. Some of the products shown below have been in my routine for a while and some are recent additions – I love them all and believe that they truly work.
Fresh Beauty Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask (62$ available at Sephora, Fresh website, Nordstrom ….) is a 5-minute facial designed to combat signs of tired and overstressed skin, revealing incredibly smooth and radiant results after just one use. Powered by a blend of kombu seaweed, red algae, and lotus seeds that works to gently buff and refine, this revitalizing “skin SOS” treatment helps to comfort and reset the complexion.
This multi-benefit mask targets dullness, rough texture, uneven tone, dryness, and congestion, leaving skin incredibly soft and restoring its natural radiance (perfect for those no-makeup days). This is the perfect mask to be used before a big event or after a busy workday, a late night out or a long flight. I love its creamy texture and how little is needed to cover the whole face. It has fresh and soothing scent that is not overpowering. I am pretty new to Fresh beauty but this mask really left me impressed. It does what it claims – after rinsing skin is more radiant, the texture is smoother, more even toned, skin feels and looks soft and plumped. For a busy mom like me 5 minute at home facial sounds like a dream come true – thanks to Fresh!
Sulwhasoo has been around for a while and so well known among the K beauty fans but I have to admit it is new to me. I have heard some amazing stuff about the brand and their masks and I am so happy to share I had an opportunity to try a couple of their products and would love to share my thoughts with you .
Sulwhasoo introduced the world’s first-ever cream-textured sheet mask: Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask is formulated with the brand’s cult favorite Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX’s active substances. The mask helps provide intensive moisture, improving skin’s visible firmness, radiance and clarity. Double Wrapping Sheet™ is Sulwhasoo’s patented technology developed especially for this product that aids the seamless, easy absorption of the cream as it adheres comfortably on the skin. The result: radiant, firmer-looking skin veiled with an elegant luminosity. This is by far the most efficient sheet mask I have ever tried. It is very carefully packaged and easy to apply, with no dripping or cold wet feeling on skin just cushiony creamy soothing feeling. It delivers results even after the first try -your skin will be nourished, firmer, plumper and more luminous. I am so in love with this mask. It does come with a high price tag 120$ for 5 sheets – but it delivers the promised results. For once a week use it is a great investment for your skin.
If you are more into hydrated and luminous skin and not so much into anti aging you can opt for First Care Activating Mask – a traditional sheet mask and for the half the price 60$ for 5 sheets. I love it’s super relaxing scent and what a glow booster! It will give you the most amazing at home spa experience.
Korea’s No. 1 serum for the past 20 years is now offered in a sheet mask that delivers optimum skin texture and instant moisturization. Either used alone or paired with First Care Activating Serum EX for exceptional synergy, witness ultimate radiance with Sulwhasoo’s JAUM Balancing Complex™, the brand’s proprietary ingredient complex created with five herbs carefully selected from over 3,000 herbal ingredients. The exclusive complex helps restore skin’s balance of vitality, resilience, clarity, regeneration and nourishment, improving skin’s natural radiance and boosting the efficacies the entire skincare regimen that follows. The unique micro net radiance sheet effortlessly adheres to the skin, aiding the full and effective absorption of the formula.
Beside using masks once a week I have been using Sulwhasoo First care activating serum as part of my am and pm skincare regimen. From over 3,000 Korean herbal ingredients found in ancient studies, just five were carefully chosen after countless trial and error, completing JAUM Balancing Complex™ through an 18-hour process of pure dedication. 180% more concentrated than before, the new JAUM Balancing Complex™ provides comprehensive skin care for beautiful balance. For dry skin caused by aging, the complex nourishes and firms the appearance of the complexion for healthier looking, glowing skin. I love its lightweight texture and how easy is to layer and add to your existing routine. Absorbs fast and leaves skin hydrated, luminous without any residue. Btw Sulwhasoo is doing promotion on their website – with the purchase of the serum you get free First activating mask. What a great deal. You can see more at Suwlhasoo website
AMOREPACIFIC Treatment enzyme peel (60$) – This highly effective, brightening exfoliator is a Korean beauty favorite. The powder format is activated by water to remove dead surface skin cells gently and even skin tone for a radiant complexion. Natural papaya enzymes work to leave you with soft and smooth skin and assist in improved absorption of serums and moisturizers. If you haven’t heard about Amorepacific before here is a bit about their company : Based on Jeju Island in South Korea, AMOREPACIFIC blends traditional Asian beauty secrets with cutting-edge technology to create powerful skin care and makeup. AMOREPACIFIC was the first company to incorporate green tea’s potent antioxidants into skin-renewing products. Today, AMOREPACIFIC uses ingredients found in nature to create moisturizers, serums, masks and more. Also they do not test on animals, and their products are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
Treatment Enzyme peel has been in my routine for a while – I do not remember when was the last time I was without it. I received mini sample from Sephora and I have been hooked since. After only one use I could see immediate results and I went and purchased the full size. The powdered papaya enzymes turn into a smooth, lathering foam when mixed with water. The enzymes activate fast – 30-60 seconds of gentle massaging onto the skin and they do their job: cleaning out pores and removing all traces of dead skin which leads to a lackluster complexion. Since these are activating enzymes, you don’t feel any sort of exfoliation. Once washed off, your left with a gorgeous, glowing complexion, primed to penetrate all other toners, essences, serums, and moisturizers. In fact, this enzyme treatment actually improves absorption levels of other products.
AMOREPACIFIC products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora and on their official website
Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment
More than your typical charcoal mask, Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment is formulated with three key ingredients: 23% Active Charcoal, Clay, and NeoGlucosamine® for a refined, smoother complexion. This twice weekly treatment harnesses the power of patented non-acid NeoGlucosamine® to gently exfoliate skin to encourage cellular turnover and initiate the clarifying treatment process. Japanese Binchotan Charcoal, with its strong absorptive power, acts as a magnet to sweep up impurities and environmental toxins that could otherwise clog pores. French Clay has a high mineral content, ideal for absorbing oil to refine pores, leaving skin feeling soft and revitalized.
Exuviance Bionic oxygen facial
This mask is truly unique containing pure essential Oxygen plus a Bionic Complex that energies and detoxifies the skin. It brings new life to stressed skin and instantly restores a more youthful, soft and luminous complexion. Exuviance recommends using this couple of times a week either after their Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 or your exfoliator (manual) that you typically use. I like to cleanse, then use Bionic oxygen facial and follow with serum and moisturizer. Even though this should be used multiple times a week for maintenance this is also great as a quick pick me up for skin before special events since results are so amazing and visible even after one use.
Exuviance products can be found at your local Ulta and on their website
Patchology is a new brand to me. I was so excited to try three of their products – Restoring night cloudmasque (their newest release), Flashpatch restoring night eye gels and Flashpatch hydrating lip gels. Cloudmasque was love at first try – so lightweight but powerful at the same time. Eye gels work wonders and you can see instant results while I loved lip gels I found application a bit diffuclt – I had a hard time keeping them on. I think it takes a bit practice but once you figure it out you will enjoy the results.
Behold: yet another reason to love sleep. This weightless, whipped masque restores moisture and skin’s youthful appearance while you snooze, so you wake up refreshed and ready to face the day. Super-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid, anti-aging Retinol and Peptides, and 17 skin-conditioning plant extracts sink in overnight. Dream skin? Right this way.
Put fine lines to bed with our first weightless whipped masque. Super-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid, anti-aging Retinol and Peptides, and 17 skin-conditioning plant extracts sink into skin while you snooze, so you really can say “I woke up like this.”
More youthful-looking skin by morning?
It’s a dream come true. You can find Patchology products HERE
FlashPatch® Restoring Night Eye Gels feature our highly advanced HydraSurge5™ Moisture System. Patch technology accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients like peptides, retinol, and arnica extract to your skin. And the Hydrogels stay put—so you get these ingredients where you need them most. Put your fine lines and wrinkles to bed.
Lip Renewal FlashPatch® 5 Minute Hydrogels provide deep hydration to soften, smooth and prep your lips for the day. More effective than topical lip treatments, they enhance lip shape and volume. Our HydraSurge5™ Moisture System features advanced hydrogel patch technology that sends the most powerful moisturizing ingredients to your lips faster. Niacinamide, Peptides and Green Tea Extract soothe and deliver anti-aging benefits when used regularly.