How to Winterize Your Skin in the South
Weleda Skin Food
Buy It: $8.07; amazon.com
If you buy only one product mentioned in this post, let it be this. Yes, it's thicker than buttercream frosting, which may send up flags for anyone used to dropping the "sensitive skin" card. But applying it both as a night and day cream will not only keep your face flake-free, it also acts as glow-giving primer that keeps your skin moist all day under your makeup or on its own.
Glossier Soothing Face Mist
Buy It: $18; glossier.com
Yes, perhaps this product appears the most frivolous. I too was one of those people that scoffed at spray bottles filled with questionable elixirs, but then I was saved by the grace of Glossier's Soothing Face Mist. Used right after exfoliating, it calms and hydrates. Used when your e-mail inbox looks like an actual downtown city trash can, its rose scent will transport you to a new mental state, if only for a few minutes. Checking out the Glossier site right now? Buy a tube of Boy Brow while you're at it. You'll thank us profusely later.
NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon
Buy It: $18.55; amazon.com
Think of these Korean-made discs as luxurious sheets of lemon-scented sandpaper that keep your face smooth and bright like a newly varnished pine table. Use one in the morning and anytime you don't feel like the sparkly unicorn you are.
Nelson's Pure ad Clear Gel
Buy It: $8.50; amazon.com
With the dreaded Southern Winter Combo Skin comes the inevitable breakouts. If you don't own a tube of this innocuous gel you've likely seen in health food stores, you may wonder where it's been all your life once you see it in action. If a dab of this doesn't all but nearly erase any sign of a blemish by morning, it will at the very least calm any swelling or redness to a point where you don't feel irrationally upset. This gel also magically creates a seal of sorts so putting any product or concealer over it doesn't become the world's worst game of paint by numbers.
Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion
Buy It: $24; amazon.com
There's always time for sunscreen. Especially this one from French girl-favorite Eau Thermale Avene that is totally non-greasy and seems to ever-so-slightly blur pores and imperfections. Pro tip: layer it under your moisturizer.