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Snow has fallen, the temperature has dropped, my feet are constantly cold, and I’m about to break out my balsam scented candles. You know what that means? It’s officially winter time. Never mind the fact that the calendar states that winter doesn’t technically start until the 21st of December; it looks and feels like winter where I live. Unfortunately, when winter knocks on the door it brings dry, dull skin with it. Around this time of year is when I switch out some of my skin care items that I use in the summer for products that are more suited for dry, cold weather.

My skin care routine in the morning is pretty fast and no nonsense, however at night I use a combination of products and spend a decent amount of time caring for my skin. I start off with a cleanser that is gentle yet effective at removing makeup as I hate using actual makeup remover. I’ve really been loving the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser recently. It’s all natural, has a light fragrance that I actually quite enjoy, and leaves my skin feeling so clean!

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After I wash my face I use my Pixi Glow Tonic toner and just apply it all over my face with a cotton pad. This 5% glycolic acid toner exfoliates while treating any acne I may have. The smell is quite strong, but you do get used to it. This toner also helps to brighten my skin and breathe some life back into it.

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A couple weeks ago I notice how dry the skin directly underneath my eyes was, and I knew it was time to implement an eye cream into my routine. I picked up the Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-wrinkle Firming Eye Cream and have been enjoying it so far. It’s moisturizing as well as brightening. Despite only being 21 I’ve been starting to use anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products to hopefully maintain my skin for as long as possible. I like that this eye cream is geared specifically towards preventing wrinkles, as I feel like wrinkles around the eyes are usually the first ones you notice.

After applying my eye cream I use the Olay Night of Olay firming cream to moisturize my face. This moisturizer is only $7 and so lovely. It has a strong scent that’s mix of roses and baby powder, and at first I didn’t care for it, but now I love it. The cream is so thick and feels like a $30 product rather than a $6 product. I apply this all over my face and then down my neck and collarbone area.

If I have any large blemishes I’ll apply the Mario Badescu drying cream as a spot treatment. This product doesn’t sink into the skin, but rather sits on top and works to dry out any blemishes overnight. It’s very thick and has an extremely earthy smell, so if that’s not your thing I would stay away from this product. However I often get whiteheads and love how quickly this treatment gets rid of them.

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What products do you use in the winter? Leave your comments down below, I love to read them!

Thanks for reading,

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One of the things I am most self conscious about is my acne. For about three weeks out of the month my acne is minimal and manageable, however I get really bad hormonal acne.I don’t like people seeing my skin when I have a lot of breakouts and I tend to cover them up with makeup. While I’m still trying to find the perfect products to tackle and prevent breakouts, these are the products I’m currently loving.

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Boots is a U.K brand that has finally made its way to the united states! They have so many wonderful skin care options, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. The Beautiful Skin balancing toner for normal to oily skin really helped balance out the oil on my skin. It’s fragrance free, non drying, and works to cleanse while also tightening pores. I’ve noticed a difference in the tone of my face since using this product as well.

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Another product I love is Pixi’s Glow Tonic. It’s a 5% glycolic acid treatment that exfoliates and tones the skin all while fighting acne. I noticed a huge change in terms of acne the morning after I used this for the first time. I use this only at night right now but am thinking of using it morning and night to see if that makes an even bigger difference. This product has a bit of a strong fragrance but it’s not bad and I’ve gotten used to it.

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I find that applying a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment really helps diminish the appearance of larger spots. However benzoyl peroxide can be very drying so it’s important to use a heavy moisturizer along with it. Benzoyl peroxide also has the tendency to expire fast, so keep track of when your tube goes bad so you can pick up a new one.

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I’ve beat the Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment to death on my blog (check out my post here) so I won’t go on for long. This expensive treatment packs a serious punch works to tone, tighten, exfoliate, plump, and fight acne. I only use this three times a week or so as it’s a 40% lactic acid treatment. It’s important to build up to using this product nightly as it is so strong. I’ll use this serum two nights in a row if I’m having a particularly bad break out.

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The last thing I find really helpful when it comes to controlling and fighting acne is a charcoal mask. I got this one in england, but there are so many brands here in the U.S. who sell a similar (or identical) product. I leave the mask on for about twenty minutes and the next morning I notice my skin is much brighter and healthier looking.

What are your favorite products for treating and managing acne? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading,

XoXo,

Audrey