Winter Face Stuff


LOVELY SKIN STUFF: 1. cleansing water/makeup remover 2. foaming cleanser 3. gentle cleansing milk 4. cleansing gel 5. clarisonic mia and gentle brush head 6. thirst quenching serum 7. moisturizing sorbet cream 8. intense moisture rescue cream 9. eye cream

My skin routine has changed a bit since my last big post about Face Stuff in October, so I thought I’d go over what has been working for me lately (here is a recent photo of my face). As always, I’d love to hear what works (or even what doesn’t work) up in your own grill.

First of all, let me say that I know that this roundup isn’t exactly thrifty. There are probably less expensive–and still natural–product remedies (which I always love to hear about!), BUT with my new, highly frustrating skin condition, rosacea, I had a bit of a meltdown a few weeks ago. Then, while staying at a hotel HALF A BLOCK from Sephora, I just went for it.

I had started to feel like a scaly lizard and, more importantly, started to feel those self-conscious thoughts creeping back into my head. Not OK!!! I didn’t want to feel all the badness all over again and what I’m realizing with this rosacea fuckery is that if you don’t remedy the current issue–it will build on itself and quickly get much worse. Anyone else out there relate to this? Like, you can actually FEEL the dry skin on your face growing. Or else, I maybe need therapy… for dry skin mirages and, possibly, a stampede of other issues.

At any rate, I knew I needed to step up my gentle exfoliation routine AND I needed major lasting moisture. I already owned a couple of the Caudalie products that I really love and my good friend, Tunisha, is a Caudalie consultant at Nordstrom in Seattle. I texted T an SOS and she gave me the thumbs-up on these potions I’d picked out and gave a few pointers. I know it kind of looks like it, but this post is not sponsored by the brand or anything–I just happen to think they are great. I’ve always had such a hodgepodge of products, but right now it feels nice–and a lot less chaotic–to have so many things from one lovely line.

SUMMARY: I’d say, if you are going to invest in just a few of these things, go for the Clarisonic, the Caudalie Thirst Quenching Serum and the Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream first. This combination is what has been most transformative for me. And drink lots of water! More details about these and everything else I’ve been using below.

DAILY FACE CLEANSE: First I remove my makeup with the Caudalie cleansing water (Tunisha said, “Dude. This is what all the French girls swear by!”). It smells so good and doesn’t sting my eyes–which alone feels like a victory. I grabbed a bottle of the instant foaming cleanser which is working nicely morning and night. Tunisha told me to mix the foaming cleanser with the Caudalie gentle cleansing milk when I wash my face at night. Mixing these two together will keep your face soft and hydrated before you apply your moisturizer (see below) before going to sleep.

GENTLE EXFOLIATION: My routine for washing my face has stayed about the same, but I now use my Clarisonic twice a week instead of once–with the lovely Nuxe honey gel. I still use the gentle brush head or delicate brush head–I can’t imagine why anyone would want anything rougher than those. They really do the job! I imagine I may go back to once a week in the spring and summer–once the wintry dryness stops.

MOISTURE MOISTURE MOISTURE: After I wash my face–both morning and evening–I apply this amazing Caudalie thirst quenching serum. Along with increasing my exfoliation, this has been the game changer for my skin. For daytime: Once the serum has fully dried, I apply the same Shiseido eye cream I mentioned before and then I apply my beloved moisturizing sorbet cream before I put on my makeup. For nighttime: After I wash my face and it has dried completely, I apply the Caudalie thirst quenching serum. Then, if I am feeling extra dry, I apply the intense moisture rescue cream before going to sleep. If I feel I want something lighter, then I put the moisturizing sorbet cream over the serum instead. AND I also love their amazing conditioning lip balm, but more about that later.

ON THE INSIDE: I’ve been concentrating on drinking as much water as possible–all day! Adding a few splashes of apple cider vinegar to my pitchers of water seems to help my skin and digestion as well. Also, teaspoons of coconut oil in my tea (SO GOOD) or just melting in my mouth once a day.

Hope this helps! If you happen to go to the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom for Caudalie–give my love to my pal, Tunisha! She’s amazing–you’ll learn A LOT from this sweet lady. ♥

10 Responses to “Winter Face Stuff”
  1. allison b-t says:

    winter always wreaks havoc on my skin and i hear you about the dry skin woes, right there with you.

    currently i’m using swedish agg-tval soap for cleansing and love it. my own redness issues have really calmed down since i started using it and each bar last forever!

    i just ran out of my heavy-duty jurlique moistuerizer and have been using a lighter cream from ren that i had on hand. it’s great stuff in the spring & summer but not enough for winter. until i can get to sephora it’s either that or argan oil, which i’ve decided has been contributing to my breakouts. sad!

    i will have to check out the caudalie products you shared. i’ve used a few of their items before, but not moisturizer.

  2. Amy says:

    You should look into One Love Organics. I’m a big fan! Their skin savior is incredibly moisturizing, even with -17* weather.

  3. maggie says:

    I need to invest in a clarisonic…I am currently trying to limit myself on beauty products because I have so much, but once I run out of a few, definitely grabbing the mia.

  4. Jen says:

    I love evanhealy products. I used to get winter eczema and it’s really put an end to that problem. Plus, all her products smell so good. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Nuxe products…guess another skincare splurge is in order!

  5. K. says:

    That Caudalie serum is indeed amazing! I layer it into my current routine, too. I can’t tolerate physical exfoliation though, so the Clarisonic/scrubs are out. I prefer mild chemical exfoliants – like exfoliating toners.

    Have you tried the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm? It is amazing stuff. Especially for overnight.

    • Melissa says:

      I swear by the Reve de Miel lip calm as well. I have such dry lips that they usually split open even when using “good” lip balms. This is the only one I’ve found that keeps them hydrated and heals them when I’ve been lazy about using it. You need such a small amount, too. A jar lasts me 6 months, easily.

  6. jaime says:

    can’t live without my clarisonic!

  7. Megan says:

    i love Caudalie, i rotate between using the foaming cleanser and nuxe honey cleanser and use the beauty elixir as a mid-day pick me up. i’ve noticed that i get less scaly patches of skin since using the nuxe oil on my face, my skin drinks it up!

  8. Leanne says:

    I love all things Nuxe!

    I’m going to have to try coconut oil in my tea! And definitely drink more water, I’ve been slacking off and I can see the difference in my skin.

  9. Sarai says:

    I’m terrible about makeup removal, I really need to work on that.

    I’ve been loving pure rosehip oil as a moisturizer. It’s supposed to be good for combating inflammation. I find it really soothing (plus it’s a pretty red-pink color). I should bring you some to try!

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