SweetBeauty: Cold Weather Essentials (Drug Store Products)

You would think that by being born and raised in New England, I would be accustomed to the inevitable below freezing temperatures that sweep the northeast coast each year…WRONG!

No matter how much I complain that my nose and hands have frozen off, or how much longer it takes me to drag myself from beneath my warm and furry cheetah fortress (aka, my bed) each morning, being a New Englander is something I am proud of. We get to experience all four seasons, and, in my opinion, have tougher skin because of it.

-Sentimental tangent over-

When it comes to New Englanders like myself, when the seasons change, so do our essential products. As the sun loses its warmth more and more, I tend to gravitate and use (in heavy rotation) the following:

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(All of these items can be found in your local drug store: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid etc)

1. Aloe Vera Gel

In the winter my skin seems to dry out a lot easier, especially my face. Uncommonly known, dry skin can cause acne. One product that is my hero in battle when it comes to fighting the villainous zit that pops up once in a while is Aloe Vera Gel. For those of us who burn easily from the sun (can’t say I’ve experienced that issue), it’s known that aloe has healing properties. Those same properties are great for pimples due to Aloe’s anti-inflammatory properties (let’s see how many times I can say “properties”).

I’ve also noticed that my skin starts to look a little more dull, pale (yes, I too can lose color in the colder months) and less vibrant in the winter. Applying a dollop of Aloe Vera Gel on a cotton swab and applying it to your face two times a day can leave your face with a gorgeous, natural glow.

2. Hand Cream

Just like my face, my hands dry out quickly in the winter. It’s probably because my hands and face are constantly being abused by the cold winds and other elements. I always have hand creams/ hand lotions (whichever you’d like to call it) on deck. I try not to use the fruity, smell good kinds from Bath and Body Works, or Victoria’s Secret as often, due to the fact those are not at all moisturizing for my skin. I need the heavy duty stuff; I’m talking Intensive Dry Skin Repair Eucerin Cream type stuff (which I do use as my full body lotion).

3. Lip Balm/ Chapstick

No matter what the weather may be, dry lips are never okay.

I’m constantly losing chap-sticks, so I try to have 2 at all times. One for home, and one for my purse. Blistex never fails me. I love the tingly feeling you get when you apply it and your lips just absorb it right up. You don’t really need to apply this chap-stick too often as it leaves them thoroughly moisturized throughout the day. I also am using Smith’s Rosebud Salve lip balm. The only thing I don’t like about this product is that the tin that the balm is in is sometimes impossible to open!

4. Facial Moisturizer

This isn’t only a fall/winter item, but it definitely keeps the skin from drying out and keeps it moisturized. I really, really like the Cetaphil moisturizer as it isn’t too heavy on the skin. It’s light weight, yet still very effective. It also has SPF 15, which is beneficial even in the colder temperatures.

5. Vitamin C

Although it hasn’t been 100% proven, Vitamin C is said to help fight against the common cold (ginger ale mixed with pure Orange Juice has been my mom’s go-to for my siblings and myself our whole lives) as well as boost the immune system, and aid against strokes, and cardiovascular diseases. It also has plenty of anti-oxidants, and who doesn’t love those, especially during this season when everyone seems to be fighting off some form of mucus filled cough and congestion?

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6. Dark Lippies

I’m not a make-up guru, but I do love me a dark lip in the fall/winter months. The three that I have in heavy rotation, which I do blend together most times, are: Mauvy Night, Rum Raisin, and Kate Moss: Rouge A Levres. I just find that a dark lip adds a vampy, sexiness to the dark color scheme that most people wear in the fall/winter.

xoxo

What products do you use in the fall/winter months? Leave a comment below and let me know! I’m always into discovering new products to use!

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