My skin goes a bit crazy when I travel. And since I seem to do most of my work traveling in the winter, and I’m usually traveling to put my face on camera, I’ve had to get a bit more particular about my winter skin care. I try to keep makeup light, use oils in place of my regular cleansers, and keep my products as natural as possible (which is a trend I’m embracing no matter what the weather).
So, as I board (yet another) plane for the east coast today to work on a fun project with CNET, I’ve got the products that will help me combat chapped lips, cracked hands, dehydrated skin, and a blemish or two (cross fingers I’ll avoid those!). Here are some of my tried-and-true winter skin care products that I won’t travel without.
RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream
People throw around phrases like “obsessed” and “must-have” a lot on the interwebs. But this RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream is a full-blown desert island, can’t-live-without product for me. I use it for everything: dry elbows and heels, cuticles, chapped lips, cleansing my face, and most importantly, taking off makeup. Especially when I’m working, and make-up is stubborn, using an oil like this to wipe it away works with a lot less tugging at my face than the make-up remover I used to use on cotton balls.
Disclosure: At some point, I decided that I didn’t need to buy this product because I had a big tub of (cheaper) coconut oil in my pantry. So when it was empty I filled it with my kitchen coconut oil. That works well, but it’s just not the same thing. For my face, this unrefined, 100% pure virgin product feels more refined, and smells less intensely like coconuts.
I used to scoff at these sonic cleansers (my facecloth and I are doing fine, thankyouverymuch). But I’ve seen the light: They help my products penetrate better— both my cleansers and my moisturizers— and they feel amazing to use. I prefer using this one, made of silicone, because I feel like it stays a bit more sanitary than the ones with brushes (also, I’m never happy about continually replacing the brush heads). This pink one is especially for sensitive skin, but you can find the one that works with your skin type.
May Lindstrom Skin
Straight up: This cleansing mud is pricey. Also, don’t try it, because then you will have to buy it, and if you buy it, you’ll have to have it as part of your arsenal forever. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Lindstrom and she is the real deal: Gorgeous and an expert on skin. As a cleanser, this mud gets rid of the ick you encountered during the day (traveling ick being the worst kind), and leaves your skin feeling like silk. As a mask, leave it on for 10-20 minutes and it’s like getting a facial without the trip to your esthetician. It’s 100% natural and cruelty-free too. It’s like pudding for your face.
Are you using the hotel soap to wash your body? Rookie mistake! When I do, I leave the shower with lizard skin that never seems to rehydrate no matter how much moisturizer I slather. Pack this alternative soap bar instead, which draws out impurities and toxins while hydrating and nourishing your skin. It also has a pretty citrus and floral scent (which normally I object to, but I like this one). You can use this on your face and/or your body, and it’s 100% vegan.
Juice Beauty Mineral Moisturizer with SPF 30
I keep make-up pretty light during the winter, especially when I’m traveling, and when it comes to foundation I’m looking for something that gives me that “natural glow” without clogging my pores or making me look cakey or too covered-up. This is it, with SPF 30 to boot (don’t forget sun protection in the winter, yo!).
Olio E Osso No.2
This olive oil balm just makes me happy: The faint french melon scent, the sheer coverage for my lips, and the dewy flush it brings to my cheeks, all without drying me out, clogging my face. Plus it’s fun to say “oh-leeo-ee-oh-so!”
Deva Curl Heaven in Hair
Curly girls, I feel you. The dried-out, frizzy nonsense that comes with winter is no laughing matter. This hydrating mask is my first order of business when I land in a cold climate. Just comb it through and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. You can even leave it on overnight and rinse it out in the AM (just put a towel on your pillow because otherwise you’re dealing with a mess).
Aesop Revenance Hand Balm
I go nowhere without this hand balm: It’s in my purse, my car, on my nightstand and in my travel bag. It’s the chaser to my hand sanitizer when I travel, and I usually apply it a few times while I’m on the airplane (air travel instantly makes my hands feel dry). Plus, it just has the most intoxicating smell.
What are your go-to winter skin care products? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.