The ego says: “When everything is in place, I will find peace.”
The soul says: “find peace and everything will fall into place.”
Hello, young Padawan
Winter is coming, and cold, snow, and darkness are taking over the days; your skin is also showing you the typical signs of this season through redness, tightness, a lack of hydration, and radiance. It’s time to take a few minutes for yourself, a mask, or a skincare ritual to restore life and plumpness to your cheekbones.
Taking care of yourself is like a mediation session. We stop thinking for a while, the brain empties, and we find peace and harmony, which is not a luxury in these complicated times. Mental health comes through touch, smells, textures, and the comfort of relieved, hydrated skin; it is essential for our balance. Also, this ancestral art of skin care is applied by many animals in nature in the form of mud baths, for example. Since I doubt that you want to throw yourself naked into the first puddle of water in your housing estate, you will find well-being ideas on the theme of winter, radiance, hydration, and care of sensitive skin in this post.
Dull complexion vs sensitive skin.
Whether you have a dull complexion or sensitive skin, we will care for both here.
If you have a dull complexion in winter and may also have dark spots from the sun or old acne scars or injuries, then your skin will love vitamin C. And if it’s a serum containing vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, hallelujah! I found the Holy Grail: the Odacité serum with vitamin C, E, and hyaluronic acid, a real panacea for regaining beautiful radiance and plump, well-hydrated skin and braving the winter with love, glory, and beauty.
If, on the contrary, you have sensitive skin, which tends to have redness due to cold, wind, or temperature variations between the outside and the inside, the redness relief serum from the Evercalm range from REN is a high-quality ally that will help your skin normalize. Goodbye skin dryness, itching, tightness, and discomfort, and make way for luminous, supple, and comfortable skin—a real joy.
There’s nothing like a good mask to reset your skin, start from scratch, and get off to a good start.
Among the pleasant masks to use in winter is, of course, the rose face mask from Fresh. It contains aloe vera gel, cucumber extract, and rose water to hydrate and soothe the skin. This mask is perfect for sensitive skin, those needing hydration, or simply for a gentle moment of well-being.
Two masks from Evolve are among my favorites:
– The miracle mask, an exfoliating mask for dull skin but also compatible with sensitive skin that tolerates grain-free scrubs with fruit acids (acids that are gentle on the skin, but some particular atopic skin, like with rosacea, can have some difficulties, ed). AHAs (fruit acids) and papaya extract, a source of vitamin A and papain help remove dead skin cells, acting as a natural exfoliant. Peruvian Maca stimulates cell renewal to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while enhancing the skin’s luminosity and radiance. This mask eliminates dead skin and brings radiance, youthfulness, and plumpness to the skin for a fresh and luminous appearance.
– The radiant glow mask with the sweet smell of chocolate. It is also a 2 in 1 mask and exfoliant since it contains coconut particles but clay and organic raw cocoa, which will help to reduce the appearance of pores. It is very gentle and suitable for my sensitive skin. It contains antioxidants to protect the skin and improve hydration and complexion, as well as magnesium, vitamin C, and omega-6 fatty acids to promote cell repair and rejuvenation. Sweet almond oil, rich in vitamins A, E, and B, has high moisturizing, emollient, and nourishing properties.
Patches and sheet masks
As Koreans are the best, hydration means a Korean-style moisturizing sheet mask for many erudite people in the beauty world. The best I have tested are those from Mediheal, the N.M.F Aquaring (I’m still on the old packaging, so you’ll see a little difference between my pics and the website, ed). The value for money is unbeatable, and above all, the result is clear, clean, and precise: this sheet mask is full of hyaluronic acids of different molecular weights, and you’ll have lost ten years or gained ten years of sleep, lol, so delightful! The Koreans are the best, and they prove it to us once again.
Eye patches, applied in the morning while you brush your teeth and prepare your tea or coffee, are also little miracles for hyperactive people with too short of a night. The collagen ones from Mizon are great, leaving the under-eyes and looking smooth like a 15-year-old girl who slept 10 hours. I haven’t yet tested those with hyaluronic acid from the same brand, but it won’t be long, and you’ll get some feedback, of course.
Reusable silicone patches will be placed on the problem areas for a few minutes after the skincare ritual. The skin is still damp from the cosmetics it has received. These patches allow the treatments to penetrate deeper and obtain more results. I tried the ones for the eye area and the nasolabial folds from Pacifica. They are very effective, I am delighted. It’s simple: I put them on almost every morning while getting dressed, for example. After use, clean them with soapy water, pat them dry, and store them in their box for the next day.
And here are some ideas this year to have a gentle winter and even, you never know, to make you appreciate the cold! If you’re still having a little trouble with this season, I advise you to click here, or there (or both!), and also here to perk up your morale and spirit.
I wish you a great weekend, and I see you next Friday!