The best part about winter, I've decided, is not having to shave your legs. I haven't, for almost seven weeks now, probably the longest period of time I've gone without shaving my legs since I started when I was 14 or so.
It is as gratifying as it is disgusting for me to look at my legs now. As much conflict as there is about hair removal looking prepubescent and all that jazz, I really do enjoy being hairless on the rest of my body below my eyelashes. (I also wish my brows would just magic themselves perfect but that's another story for another time.) It's just that shaving your legs become really pointless when you're always dressed in tights or leggings and your fiancé doesn't really notice if your gams are shaved or otherwise. It's also because I had terrible ingrowns late last year because of a patch of eczema on my leg that I decided to f**k it and let nature take its course before I wax the bejeezus out of them.
But I digress. I really wanted to write about my winter skin regimen. Today I woke up and exclaimed,
"I really miss humidity."
You really don't know what you have till it's gone. Here I am, 28, going on 70 if I don't get a humidifier soon. Thankfully, in the month of experimenting, I have managed to figure out what works for my skin and hair in the drier months of the year.
Aside from my usual Dermalogica Precleanse + Cleanser + Toner + Microfoliant that has not changed, I've added some hardcore hydrating products to make sure my skin is as plump as it can possibly be. I use Skin Inc's My Daily Dose, then Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster is a concentrate that I've been using after the toner and before a moisturiser, both day and night.
I have been back and forth about purchasing Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil solely because of its price tag, so I purchased it in a trial size from Sephora. I use this on my face, neck and décolletage every second day or so. I've always loved using oils over creams on my face because it feels more luxurious and when you live in a desert (ok, not really, but close), you can practically feel how much difference a concentrated oil makes. I prefer Josie Maran's over Tarte's Marajuca Oil, which is less hydrating for my dry-combination skin.
Finally, Glossier's products. Unless the product is to-die-for game-changing amazing, I like to finish the whole product, or go through one month of using it before I dump it, or rave about it. I purchased them and sent it to John's place late last year and I've been using them liberally since I arrived.
I prefer Mmerciencore's Invigorating Facial Mist over Glossier's Face Mist hands down. My parched skin thanks to LA's weather plumps up like a baby's booty. My skin glows after a mere spritz, and the scent reminds of my mother. Which puts it on a pedestal instantly, obviously.
Glossier's Priming Moisturizer, and Balm Dotcom are my two repurchases. Priming Moisturizer, I'm guessing, will work very well in Southeast Asian hot, humid and sticky climates because it gives you that runway finish skin you've always wanted but could never get. The product is a cream-meets-gel type and melts into your skin upon application. I use it under makeup, and without makeup. So good.
Balm Dotcom is like a denser Vaseline without the waxy residue that Vaseline leaves behind on your fingers. I love the product on my lips which tends to get really really dry in winter months, and my cuticles, because let's face it - my hands resemble hooves.
What do you turn to when your skin + hair is dry as hell, or if you're going through Winter? Holla at me, and watch this space for my Pancake Hair Mask to hydrate your locks.