This winter so far has been extremely cold, so my dry skin is not loving this weather. As I am writing, it is 19 degrees Fahrenheit here in New York and blizzarding outside. I have had eczema my whole life and as I got older it spread from just my inner legs and elbows to almost my whole body and face. I suffered from inflamed acne like most teens all throughout high school and my first year of college. Each year the dry parts of my face kept getting drier and the oily parts kept getting oilier. I experimented with numerous moisturizers, face masks, toners, exfoliants, etc.
I finally went to the dermatologist, which was a mistake not to go in the first place. She gave me sample acne creams that worked for a couple of weeks. I also got prescribed cream for my facial eczema, which worked wonders. I am not all for prescriptions, but this one really helps a lot. Lastly, my derm told me to stop using whatever I was putting on my face and stick to something mild like Cetaphil.
My skin transformed immediately. I get the occasional pimple here and there, however, I had plenty of scarring all over my cheeks and forehead. I used Vitamin E oil every other day and the scarring gradually just vanished. I applied it every morning and night every day for about two months until they were completely gone. Now I use a small amount every night for moisture and radiance.
I used to wash my face two to three times a day, but that was drying my skin out way too much. I now wash my face every night with coconut oil (not shown because I ran out) because it is hydrating and contains some anti-bacterial properties. If i have a lot of makeup on I massage the oil into my skin and wipe it off with a damp towel and continue the process until my face is completely clean. I use Kiehl’s Ultra Moisturizing Cream in the morning and night. Twice a week I use an actual cleanser, mostly the Cetaphil Body and Face Cleanser, for an extra clean. Once a week, I use the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask by Bliss, and about everyday I spritz the Mario Badescu Facial Spray for a little pick-me-up. Every single day, I use the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream after I shower. This cream is unscented and extremely hydrating; I highly recommend it for anyone who has eczema because may body creams are scented and irritating. Some days I will use it on my face since it has a non-oily formula.
I received the Marcelle 3-in-1 LumiPOWER Moisturizer in a Birchbox, which I use as an eye cream everyday. I am very satisfied with the results, so I am going to purchase the full bottle once the sample runs out. I keep the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula by my bed for when I notice any dry spots, mostly on my hands. I keep the L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Creamwith me when I am on the go plus it smells amazing. Lastly, my lip must be moisturized at all times. I use this Kiehl’s Lip Balm most of the time and it has a glossy formula, so it completes my everyday makeup look.
I do not fully recommend every product because everyone has different skin types. This is what works for my skin, and this post is to just share what products I like. Thank you for visiting!
What products are you using this winter?