Happy 2022! Are you taking measured steps into this new year like I am? After the last two years, who really knows what to expect anymore, right?
One thing I didn’t expect was the cold temperature with endless winter storms in New York. Despite my care, my skin always feel one lazy missed step away from that tight, irritated kind of dryness. While in warmer weather, a nice face mist and face oil might be enough, I’ve turned to the full arsenal to keep my skin well moisturized for winter storm weather.
YÜLI Ambrosia Beauty Nectar
As my deep hydration serum. Because all the beautiful oils, and rich creams would be pointless if there is no actual hydration for them to protect. Ambrosia Beauty Nectar brings the hydration in spades, with over 18 types of hyaluronic acid. It’s sure to draw in and retain moisture post-shower, or face mist. And because it’s YÜLI, all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Their ratio of hydration content to humectants is balanced so the hyaluronic acid always has hydration to work with, even in the driest conditions. My favorite hydrator in the formula has to be the “vegetal placenta extract,” which is every bit as cool as it sounds. It’s a rejuvenating and hydrating active derived from plant nutrient tissue that mimics the hydration and nutrition content of the placenta to really replenish the skin.
I use about 3 generous pumps, pressed on my skin morning and night. Ambrosia Beauty Nectar is a light fluid-gel designed for fast absorption. It’s actually the same texture as our skin’s own moisture reservoir. It’s high science for sure, which is what I want in my serum step. I give this super-serum about 15 seconds to allow the nectar to feed into my skin. By the time it soaks in, I know my skin has received it’s daily fill of serum actives.
F.Miller Face Oil
As my face oil. Recommended by Garçon’s World. There is a mildly intoxicating aspect to this oil that is special. For some reason, I had the initial impression it might be better suited for younger skin types. It feels light, absorbs quickly, and is actually decongesting. Yet, it’s substantial enough for Winter. The founder lives in Canada, so I trust that she made her products to stand the test of cold winters! Your skin will continue to feel the effects of this skin plumping, nourishing oil. It has a beautiful golden color, a quality brought forth by the composition of 22 fresh, organic botanical oils. The blend includes antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Oil, Cranberry Oil, rejuvenating Rosehip Oil, and Sea Buckthorn oil, brightening Gotu Kola oil, decongesting Nettle Leaf oil, soothing Evening Primrose, and beautiful Bergamot and Neroli.
I use anywhere from 3-5 drops. This primarily depends on if I’m feeling minimalist or if I want to soak myself in this nutrition-rich goodness. The silky texture is just right, it absorbs quickly, and imparts a nice pampered glow. I just think this is such a fabulous oil, and it makes my skin so happy.
Susanne Kaufmann Moisturizing Mask
Doubles as my long wear/overnight mask, and rich moisture cream. This formula is so lush, creamy, and abundant. Susanne Kaufmann developed the Moisturizing Mask as a treatment for her family0owned resort spa on the Austrian alps. And it feels, and smells exactly as one would envision a buttery cream in such a pristine setting — luxurious, clean, and elegant. Inside the formula you’ll find a mix of organic honey, nourishing plant oils (including one called Purple Viper’s Bugloss), moisturizing fats like topical cholesterol and lecithin, and plant extracts like Wild Pansy.
As a moisturizer, I just apply a thin layer of the Moisturizing Mask over my serum and oil. It absorbs into my skin in half a minute and leaves it feeling soft throughout the day. You’ll notice this immediately soften the fine lines, and lessen the depth and pull of wrinkles. As a mask, I apply a hearty layer, and go over drier areas with an extra thick layer. I usually leave it on overnight. The Moisturizing Mask does absorb over time into my skin so it won’t get over my pillowcase when I sleep.
I have experienced the best results to counter winter-dryness and dehydration with these three beautiful, organic, high-science products. This combination creates a serum-oil-cream moisture sandwich that has become such an ace overnight intensive routine. You will wake up to the most refreshed, pampered skin.