Is your skin dull and resembling the Sahara desert? Me too. Here’s what to try.
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My skin is sensitive and dry. It’s been dry my entire life, but the sensitivity has increased with age. Flakiness around my nose and cheeks is something I battle year round, but especially in the wintertime. Last winter you may recall me sharing that the dryness around my nose was so severe it was cracking and peeling! It was really hard to cover up with makeup and I never really found the perfect thing to heal it. Deeply hydrating products would cause me to break out, and lighter hydrating products weren’t enough.
This year, I’m trying to stay on top of my skincare game this winter. I’m thinking that if I don’t let the dryness get too bad in the first place, I may not need to go into rescue mode! And if you are suffering from dry and dull skin, I thought I’d share the masks I’ve been cycling through for the past month or so.
I believe it was around this time last year that I discovered the Clinique Brightening Moisture Mask. It delivered the most dramatic before and after I’ve ever seen on my skin! I loved it! I looked dewy and fresh versus dry and flaky. I’ve been a fan ever since.
Another mask that is fun to use and also makes my skin feel fresh is the fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask. You can see tiny fruit particles in the mask! It smells almost good enough to eat, though I don’t recommend eating it. This doesn’t deliver as much moisture as some other masks for me, but it certainly brings a bit of life back to my skin!
The strangest consistency I’ve ever experienced in a face mask has to be with fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. It’s matte and thick, and spreads on almost invisible. But my skin felt like it went through every single step of a facial after I removed it. It was, perhaps, the best my skin had ever felt following a mask treatment.
Nordstrom has a great selection to choose from if you are looking for a mask to hydrate your skin this winter. And there is a great range of prices to choose from too!
A tip that I shared on another post, that I need to share again here, is to consider multi-masking. If you have dryness around your nose and cheeks, but your chin is really oily, don’t feel like you need to apply the same mask to your entire face. Choose different masks for different areas based on the need! This concept sort of blew my mind several months ago and it was an “ah ha!” moment for me!
And one last thing: I feel like the default mindset with masks is that they go on at night when you are sitting around watching a movie, which is all fine and good. However, don’t forget that you can also apply them in the morning to get your skin started right! You wouldn’t want to do it immediately before applying makeup (even just waiting 5-8 minutes after a mask will help your skin essentially ‘settle down’), but applying one in the morning can really set your skin up for a good day in super harsh conditions!
This post was created in partnership with Nordstrom.