Winter can be hard on your skin. Cold weather outside coupled with heat inside buildings can create dryness, itchy skin and sallowness. My usual treatment go-tos are tissue and hydrogel masks, but putting them on in the winter makes you feel like you’re in a cryotherapy booth. Here are three products that will soothe winter skin without making you feel like you dunked your face in ice water.
This pink tinted mud mask is made with youth inducing evening primrose oil, meadowfoam oil, aloe and rosemary leaf extract. It soothes and hydrates skin. leaving behind a faint rosewater scent. Each packet can easily produce least two mask sessions. Find them at Ulta and CVS stores.
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49 (I may get a commission from this link)
This mask is perfect to use after a day out in the cold. Just peel the tab and feel the mask heat up on your fingers. Natural charcoal helps to draw out impurities and blackheads while heat soothes your skin. Note: This mask is more effective and easier to remove in the shower.
I got a sample of this mask, tore through it and went to buy the full size. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask has this “Moisture Wrap” technology that creates a barrier to hold in moisture for eight hours. You can use it with your favorite overnight moisturizer or by itself. I like to cleanse with PIXI Glow Tonic first to keep oily skin at bay, and then apply the Water Sleeping Mask. The directions say to use it two-three times a week, but if my skin is really dried out and needs a good plump, I use it everyday. Get it at Sephora or Laneige.com.
The holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Too much sugar, alcohol and stress can cause unwanted blemishes to pop up on your skin, right before a big party. I discovered this little gem at CVS you can use to both reduce a pimple and hide it from the world (and your fingers).
Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots are tiny plastic-like dots made with hydrocolloid and work like those blister band aids. The dot is applied over the pimple, disguises it and draws out the fluid, decreasing inflammation and shortening the life of the pimple. They are supposed to last for eight hours but if you have a larger, more active pimple, you made need to use them more frequently . Spot Dots are also very helpful if you are a picker and will help heal dry spots on your face.
Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots, 30 pcs., $3.49
Each package contains 30 dots of different sizes and retails for $3.49. I got mine at CVS in the K Beauty section, but you can get them online at peachandlily.com.
If you’re a little a late making it to the salon and your hair is driving you nuts, here is a little trick you can try at home. As your highlights grow out, your virgin (darker) hair is exposed. The contrast between the highlight and your new hair growth is a stark contrast and makes the roots stand out. You can use a toner from Sally Beauty Supply to tone the hair, removing brassiness and minimizing the root.
Caveat: If you are not comfortable DIYing hair color products, inquire with your salon about a toning treatment!
I starting using Wella Color Charm toners based on the recommendation of YouTube Colorist Sylvia Reis (ellebangs). She is a blonde specialist and has a bunch of tutorials for the DIYer. I use two different toners (half and half) to get my perfect color. The people at Sally’s can help you figure out which color is best for your hair. I am more of a blue than a purple but the mix of T18 and T10 (I may receive a commission from these links) makes my hair a nice buttery blonde. Find out if you are blue or purple here.
To use I mix 1 part toner to 1 part Sally Beauty Sensitive Scalp 20 Volume Creme Developer and 1 part Salon Care 20 volume Clear Developer. The Sally Beauty Sensitive toner smells really good! If you are worried about the hair lifting, use 10 volume instead. I mix clear with creme to get a thinner consistency. I pour each ingredient into a plastic applicator bottle, shake to mix and put on plastic gloves.
You must work fast! Apply to wet hair, covering hair from root to tip. You will only leave this on a few minutes! Watch your hair in the mirror and if you see any blonde pieces turning really purple, it’s time to wash it out. To preserve the toning, rinse out the toner but don’t use shampoo, just conditioner. Sometimes it takes a day or so to see the full effects of the toning, so don’t panic! If you don’t like the color, you can use a color shampoo or just wait a month for the color to wash away. Ellebangs also has a newer video using a demi- permanent Wella color with an activating lotion to tone.
Neutrogena has added a sheet mask to its Hydro Boost line and it’s only $3!
The new mask uses my favorite ingredient, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and boost plumpness in only 15 minutes. Unlike most affordable sheet masks, this one is made from hydrogel and not paper. The thicker, gel-like material helps to push the ingredients into your skin and produces better results than a paper mask.
The mask is available wherever Neutrogena is sold (I found mine at CVS) and online at neutrogena.com. Neutrogena also has a second hydrogel mask called the Deep Clean Purifying Mask, also priced at $3. Head over the website right now and you can get two Light Therapy Masks for the price of one ($35)! These innovative masks use LED light to kill acne causing bacteria. Masks last 30 days and can be reused by purchasing a Mask Activator for $14.99.
Check your CVS app and you may have a coupon for a free Beauty 360 Facial Mask! This is the second one I have scored in the past couple a months. The quality is on par with most basic facial masks and even if you’re not into them, you can keep it for a teacher gift or stocking stuffer.
To check and see if you’ve got one, download the CVS app for your smartphone and log in with your rewards card info. Tap on “Deals and Rewards” and scroll down through the coupons until you find it. You’ll have to load it to your card or it won’t work!
Choose from full size and eye masks, from brightening to plumping, and everything in between. The masks retail at $3.99 or 2 for $7.