Blogmas Day 11: My Winter Skincare Essentials and Giveaway!

Winter has officially arrived (the snow is falling as I type this), and with it the woes of winter skin. Many of you probably know that I’m a little bitΒ obsessed with skincare,Β because when my skin is healthy I feel amazing all around! There are small, everyday things that I do to keep my skin healthy like hydrating and eating nutritious foods, but in the winter my skin definitely needs all the help it can get!

I thought I would show you all of my winter skincare essentials, and what my winter skincare routine is (especially for Finals!). At the end of this post there is an exciting giveaway announcement, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚

Winter Skincare Essentials: Face Masks

Sparkling Pear Pore Cleansing Mask

Face masks are one of the most relaxing ways to take care of your skin in the winter. I love to put one on while I am cleaning my room, reading for a class, writing a paper, or relaxing and watching YouTube. They are very versatile and each have their own benefits for your skin! I have been loving three that I recently got, and they have helped to keep my skin clear when it normally flares up from stress.

The first two that I am loving at the moment are both from the Feeling BeautifulΒ line: the Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask and the Sparkling Pear Pore Cleansing Mask. Both of these are very cooling for the skin, and each have their own benefits depending on what your skin is in need of. I love to use the Anti-Stress mask to calm irritated skin, or when the wind has been particularly harsh.

Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask

It tones down redness and calms irritations! The Pore Cleansing mask is perfect for when you feel as though your skin needs a little extra detox from the stress and environment of exams and hectic schedules. One of the things that I love most about these masks is that they don’t dry and crumble like most masks I’m used to. I’m not sure why, but I am definitely not a fan of that tight and crumbly feeling, so I love these for that reason. They are also quite cheap, and the bottles are huge! They are perfect for ending the semester on a good note.

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I am also loving the often-raved about Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. I was given this as a holiday gift and tried it out today after coming back from a long paper writing session at the library. Besides the fact that it has anΒ adorable pig wearing a face mask on the front (and we all know how much I love pigs…), this is one of the strangest masks I have ever tried. It has a very odd consistency, and when you put it on your face it tingles and foams up. After about six minutes the mask is completely foamy! As soon as I washed it off (which definitely took some effort because there was a layer of product under the foam) my skin felt very hydrated and healthy! I highly recommend it, especially since it always gets some great laughs and is a fun way to take care of your skin! πŸ™‚

Winter Skincare Essentials:Β Moisturizer

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF 15

Over the years I have come to realize the importance of wearing sunscreen on your face every day. This may sound odd to some people, especially during the winter, but the sun’s rays are damaging to skin all year round. I started using sunscreen on a daily basis a few years ago, and the difference is phenomenal. All of my dull skin is gone, and my skin is left a lot softer and hydrated.

I love moisturizers that have SPF in them, as this is a great way to combine the benefits of both. The moisturizer that I have been loving lately is the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Moisturizer in SPF 15. This moisturizer wakes up your skin with Vitamin C extracts, and also protects it with its sunscreen formula. It wears well under makeup, and isn’t oily on the skin. I wear this under another tinted sunscreen for my skincare routine, as this gives my skin an even tone.

Winter Skincare Essentials:Β Facial Cleansing Tools

The ULTA Dual Action Cleansing System

I have always gone the route of using my hands to apply facial cleanser, without thinking too much about it. When I was on ULTA the other day, I saw the Dual Action Cleansing System and knew I had to look up reviews and learn more. The reviews were raving, and I thought I might as well try it out (especially since I was approaching one of the most stressful times of the semester).

In all honesty, my skin has never felt cleaner. The brush isn’t too rough, and never leaves any irritation. It cleans away more dirt than I thought possible to have on my face after washing it with a facial wipe and balancing toner. I use it with my Burts Bees Deep Cleansing Cream, which has menthol in it for soothing irritation and cleaning pores.

I use this brush at night to make sure that I thoroughly cleanse my face of all impurities before bed, but don’t use it twice a day just to make sure that no irritation develops. In the morning I use my balancing toner instead to cleanse my face before applying moisturizer and sunscreen. So far my skin has improved, and it feels much cleaner with this new routine!

Exciting Giveaway!

I knew that I had to give one of these cleansing brushes away, because I am such a huge fan! I am running a giveaway through the New Year, which is open to all U.S. residents. I promise I will have a worldwide giveaway at some point! πŸ™‚ Enter below (there are three different ways to enter), and good luck!

Click the link below to enter!Β πŸ™‚
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Pip @ Pip in Motion
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My absolute favourite winter skincare item is Neutrogena face wash and mask 2-in-1. It’s the best for soothing dry and irritated skin!

Alyssa DeBella
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That sounds wonderful! It’s always great to find a 2-in-1 product!

xx Alyssa

Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine
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Mine is NOT wearing make-up πŸ˜‰ An essential to keep away dry skin πŸ˜›

Alyssa DeBella
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That definitely helps! Once I’m done with the semester I always try to have more no makeup days to pamper my skin πŸ™‚

xx Alyssa

Ciara
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Face masks are possible my favourite skincare product everrr!
P.S. I love how your blog is snowing now, it’s soooo cute!
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Alyssa DeBella
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They’re so great! I love trying new masks, there are so many to choose from! Especially during the winter when the wind is so harsh on skin! πŸ™‚

xx Alyssa

Angela Liu
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My skin has been so dry, I definitely need some face masks to help my poor skin.

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Alyssa DeBella
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Hydrating face masks definitely help! I love the bubble clay mask for hydration, as well as any mask with anti-stress labels. Coconut oil is also great for adding moisture!

xx Alyssa

Sarah
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Face masks are my favorite! I love to buy and try new ones, but I also love to make homemade ones. One of my favorite thing to use in winter is plain coconut oil, as it moisturize my skin so much and I always desperately need it during the cold months.

Alyssa DeBella
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They’re so amazing, definitely my favorite too! I’ll have to try making homemade masks! I LOVE coconut oil, it’s one of the best things!

xx Alyssa

Carly Williams
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My essential right now is moisturizer!

Alyssa DeBella
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A good moisturizer is definitely a must! I’ve been loving the ones I’ve been using recently, they make my face feel so fresh and moisturized! Do you have a favorite moisturizer?

xx Alyssa

jennfnn
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my favorite is moisturizer and chapstick

Alyssa DeBella
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That’s a great combo! Do you have any favorites at the moment?

xx Alyssa

Cass Sudduth
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a good moisturizer is a must

Alyssa DeBella
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It really is! One of my favorite skincare products! Do you have a favorite product at the moment?

xx Alyssa

Dominique Cloutier
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During the winter I end up with crazy combination skin. Crazy oil acne and then out of nowhere dryness and flaking! So I use a good oil free moisturizer

Alyssa DeBella
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I’m the same way! Not sure what it is! I love my moisturizer at the moment (the Lumene) because it’s light but also moisturizing enough πŸ™‚

xx Alyssa

Katie Burnette
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I usually don’t keep up with my skincare but moisturizing is a lifesaver. Today I resorted to Hempz hand lotion because my face was burning.

Alyssa DeBella
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Moisturizing is definitely a life saver! I think Hempz might actually have some facial moisturizers, I might have to try them out!

xx Alyssa

Lisa L.
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my winter skincare essential right now is burt bee’s lip balm. I don’t know if that counts as skin care but i think of my lips as skin and they def need more attention this time of year.

Alyssa DeBella
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Definitely! My lips tend to get chapped in the wintertime, and I love Burts Bees products and other natural lip balms!

xx Alyssa

Jenna Marcum
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Vaseline! For chapped lips. I’ve had awful chapped lips and apparently never tried vaseline. It’s been a life saver lately!

Alyssa DeBella
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I haven’t tried that! I bet it’s wonderful, especially for windy days!

xx Alyssa

jeremy mclaughlin
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A good moisturizer.

Alyssa DeBella
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Definitely! Do you have a favorite product at the moment?

liz l
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Moisturizer and chapstick- both from lush if possible

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ve never tried their moisturizers and chapsticks! Which ones are your favorite?

Stephanie Scales Campbell
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Stephanie Scales Campbell

One of my winter skincare essentials is Simple facial scrub its gentle on the skin but leaves my skin feeling deep cleansed

Alyssa DeBella
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It is great, I love that one too! πŸ™‚

HoneyB22
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As a single working Mama of 3, I am getting DRY SKIN the older I get…my Winter Skincare Essential is VASELINE!! Great info in the post!

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ll definitely have to try it out! I’ve heard it’s great for the winter! And thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for reading!

xx Alyssa

Amber Bourland
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Chapstick. My lips get so dry this time of year!

Alyssa DeBella
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Chapstick is one of my favorite essentials for wintertime!

Naomie
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A good BB cream

Alyssa DeBella
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Agreed! I love the BB cream from the Body Shop with Tea Tree Oil, it’s so nice for dry skin in the winter!

Carmen Rudnick
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I love using coconut oil in the Winter to help keep my skin moisturized.

Alyssa DeBella
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Coconut oil is so amazing, and a great natural alternative to a lot of moisturizers!

margaretporter
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My favorite beauty product at the moment is Palmers Coconut body butter for my dry skin

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ve heard good things about that coconut butter!

Dana Rodriguez
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My favorite product right now to battle dry skin is Bath & Body Works body cream. Not only are they scented nicely but they are rich and creamy hydration.

Alyssa DeBella
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I love them! My favorite scent is currently the Caramel Pumpkin from their Fall selection!

Dana Rodriguez
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That one sounds nice! I am currently using Winter Candy Apple.

Tee Anderson
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My winter skincare essential thick moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated.

Alyssa DeBella
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A great moisturizer is perfect for cold and windy winters!

rachel jenkins
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My favorite in Curel skin hydrating lotion, i have very dry skin and this is my number one favorite!!!

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ve never tried that brand, I will have to check it out!

pizzalogger
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I get really dry skin in the winter, I am using Eucerin right now.

Alyssa DeBella
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Eucerin is great! I love moisturizers for the wintertime!

Alicia
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Burts Bees lip balm and hand cream because my lips get chapped and my hands extremely dry during the winter so I always carry those 2 items with me every where or find small tubes all over my house

Alyssa DeBella
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I love everything Burts Bees! They have great face wash that keeps my skin moisturized in the winter as well!

Marilyn Nawara
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Right now my chapstick is my favorite item — I’ve had a cold and my lips are really chapped. My Aveeno Hand Cream and my Olay nighttime moisturizer are essential too — winter dries out my skin terribly.

Alyssa DeBella
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I know how you feel! Those sound wonderful!

Ashley Nichole Kirchner
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Ashley Nichole Kirchner

I am using gold bond rough and bumpy and it is working great!

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ll have to check that out, I haven’t tried it! I’m so glad you love it!

Deb8226
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Moisturizer is my friend right now!!

Alyssa DeBella
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Agreed! Especially in windy winter weather!

Ashley Huether
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I love my Perfectly Posh cremes!

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ve never heard of those, I will have to check them out!

Jessica Miller
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I use my chapstick and lotions!

Alyssa DeBella
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Always a wonderful combination for the winter weather!

Chelsey
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I must have my Olay moisturizer! I also really like a brand called Florida Soap Company, they have an amazing Body Souffle for in the shower and it leaves my skin so moisturized!

Alyssa DeBella
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That sounds amazing, I’ll have to check it out!

Jill Jeffrey
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My favorite is definitely a face cream or cold cream at night. It prevents dryness and peeling all day long!

Alyssa DeBella
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That’s great! I definitely love nighttime moisturizers!

Karrie Ann
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I moisturize alot during winter because i get dry skin really easy

Alyssa DeBella
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I do too, and moisturizers help so much!

Dee the Producer
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At the moment my skincare essential is a Mario Badescu oil control mask- you wouldn’t think I’d get greasy in the winter, but my workouts would disagree!

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ve heard wonderful things about that product!

Jennifer Long
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Lotion is a must. My skin dries out so bad!

Alyssa DeBella
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I definitely agree!

Saundra204
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My skin is so dry in winter. I use coconut oil to stay soft.

Alyssa DeBella
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Coconut oil is so amazing!

CloudlessMe
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I moisturize my hands and feet every night before I go to bed.

*Nicole

Alyssa DeBella
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Me too, my skin gets so dry in the winter!

Kristin
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I have been using aquaphor every night on my hands- they’re so dry!

Alyssa DeBella
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Aquaphor is amazing!!

Megan C.
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I love Dionis Lip Balm. The Crisp Pear is my favorite. I also use coconut oil as a moister.

Alyssa DeBella
Guest

That sounds so good!

Mendy Dinsmore
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Wrinkle creams and dry skin. I think I could bath in oil and my skin would be showing dry skin in a hour.

Alyssa DeBella
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Moisturizers definitely help, but I do have to apply lots of layers in the winter!

msrodeobrat
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My essential is coconut oil! My skin gets so itchy during the winter, this is the only thing that will help it!

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Ashley C

Alyssa DeBella
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Coconut oil is amazing!!

Teresa A. Thompson
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My chap stick is essential.

Alyssa DeBella
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Chapstick is great! My lips get so chapped in the winter!

Breanna Pollard
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I love chapstick for the winter!

Alyssa DeBella
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Chapstick is so essential!

Meagan
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Dove body wash

Alyssa DeBella
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A moisturizing body wash is great for winter!

Rachel
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my winter skincare essential is face oil! I love Sunday Riley –crazy expensive but so worth it!

Alyssa DeBella
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I’ve never tried face oil, but I’ve heard great things about it!

Anne Perry
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I use argon oil.

Alyssa DeBella
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That’s great! I’ve used argan oil for my dry hair in the winter too!

lissa crane
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My favorite winter skincare essential at the moment is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum! During the winter months I put it on before bed at night and before my makeup in the morning!

Alyssa DeBella
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Wow that sounds amazing! It’s great to find a product that is good for both night and day!

Anita
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My is Moisturizer …I use it on a daily base because my skin dry out so much

Alyssa DeBella
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Moisturizer is a great winter essential!

Nancy
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Moisturizers of all sorts are a favorite for dry and parched wintery skin.

Alyssa DeBella
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I love trying different ones, there are so many great kinds!

janetfaye
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My Winter Skincare Essential is Vitamin C Serum.

Alyssa DeBella
Guest

I love skincare that contains Vitamin C! I have a few face washes and moisturizers with Vitamin C, and they definitely brighten my skin!

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