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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Prepping Your Skin for the Fall and Winter Months

All the products you need to keep your skin looking (and feeling!) vibrant.

My love of beauty products goes back a long way. And no time of year allows that obsession to shine quite like November, when we brace for those first plummeting temps that can seriously impact the overall state of your skin health. As the days start to get shorter and the brisk weather approaches, you might notice more dryness and tightness of the skin, increased acne, noticeable fine lines, and even eczema and psoriasis flare‐ups. Luckily, with a few seasonal switch‐ups, your beauty arsenal can help combat the cold.

Olive + M’s body oil boasts a very faint, fresh citrus fragrance and is one of my favorites. As the name suggests, Olive + M uses plant‐based oil as the base ingredient in all of its products, which range from eye serum and face polish to gift‐able sets for the holidays. The tried‐and‐true tradition of using olive oil as a beauty product has been around since antiquity as it closely resembles your skin’s own natural oils, allowing it to nourish the skin at a deeper level. The creators at Olive + M deftly work with this all‐natural skin‐saver to create a body oil that is impressively moisturizing while also absorbing quickly with absolutely no residue, leaving behind only hydrated, glowing skin. But my favorite part? It is 100% natural, cruelty‐free and vegan.

While on the topic of miracle oils, Olive + M also has a wonderful facial cleansing oil that is the perfect addition to your winter season skincare routine. A lot of people think it is crazy to wash your face with oil but, like the old saying goes, “don’t knock it till you try it!” You might have a change of heart, especially during the cold winter months when we need that extra moisture in our skin. Oil dissolves oil, and when oil cleansing is used correctly, it works fabulously!

Another amazing find for exfoliating and smoothing the skin is the Lavender and Pumice Soap from Waxing Kara. The best bar soap ever, it is double sided, so it exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time! Plus, you will feel like you are in a beautiful field of lavender while lathering up. Beautifying your skin with the calming therapeutic effect of lavender… can’t beat that. Both your body and senses will thank you.

Everybody needs a great face mask for fall and winter. Waxing Kara’s Farm to Body Clarity Mask is wonderful. I am a sucker for clay masks, and rose clay is one of my favorites. Dry masks, which minimize surface shine and absorb impurities, are fun and easy to use. Formulated with natural minerals to cleanse and clear the skin, these spa day staples are used for tighter pores, increased skin clarity and to reduce wrinkles. What is super fun about this mask in particular is that you can use different mixers to personalize it for your skin type! The products are packaged in a beautiful glass jar and mixing takes 60 seconds or less. For combination skin mix in milk, oily skin gets citrus juice blend with yogurt for dry skin, and mature skin uses carrot juice. Each mixer brings its own set of healing properties, creating a fully customizable experience every time.

Let’s be good to our skin and fall into winter feeling fabulous together.

Heather Jablonski
Heather Jablonski
Heather Jablonski is a beauty and fashion writer for Capital Region Living.

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