Phew, this winter has been a serious challenge for my skin. Between a weird itchy rash (with no visible symptoms, just the itchiness), a probable overload of product testing, and super dry conditions, I can’t wait for warmer weather to return. (My skin does best in super humid climates, like Korea in the summer, and while I live in Southern California, where arid is the norm, my skin prefers the heat to the cold.) In the meantime, I’ve been coddling my skin with soothing, anti-redness, anti-sensitivity, and nature-based skincare (and avoiding too many acids) to build up my skin barrier and encourage it to return to its normal healthy state.
In my latest story for Composure magazine, I cover some of the products I’ve been using (and will be using) to help my skin recover, revive, and replenish after a long, harsh winter.
With possibly the best name ever, this serum features 77% snail mucin extract, renown in Korea for its regenerative and hydrating properties and increasingly one of my favorite ingredients. Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum, $54, sephora.com
Ooo, I love this serum. Made for redness repair and relief, this serum claims to calm irritated skin with peptides, botanical stem cells, and arnica. And it does just what it says — soothe. Is it a coincidence that shortly after I started using this, the itchiness along my jawline dissipated? Hydropeptide Soothing Serum, $130, hydropeptide.com
I love niacinamide (or vitamin B3) — it’s kind of a do-it-all remedy. Science has shown it has anti-inflammatory effects, minimizes the appearance of pores, and even fights dark spots. But like vitamin C, it doesn’t play well with others, so I let niacinamide sit on my skin for about 20 minutes (like I do with vitamin C) before applying additional serums. Skin Inc. Vitamin B3+ Rescue Serum, $45, iloveskininc.com
A high concentration of bioactive moringa extract boosts Nrf2, a skin protein known as the “Gatekeeper of Youth” that defends skin under stress. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème, $78, esteelauder.com
Activated binchotan charcoal removes impurities, while lactic acid helps reveal brighter skin. Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, $46, dermalogica.com
Revered throughout history for its healing properties, indigo extract restores resilience and soothes even eczema-prone skin. I love indigo, especially when my skin feels sensitive or itchy. It really does a great job at soothing irritated skin. Tatcha Soothing Triple Recovery Cream, $135, tatcha.com
A multi-functional remedy for troubled skin: zinc absorbs oil, botanical extracts calm redness, and salicylic acid helps reduce acne. You better believe I’ll be using this every day once the weather heats up and my oily T-zone returns. BareMinerals Blemish Remedy, $42, bareminerals.com
I really love this mask. Especially made for use after the line’s Personal Microderm treatment, but really, this healing mask is perfect for anytime. Read my full review here. PMD Recovery Anti-Aging Collagen Infused Sheet Mask, $40 for 5, pmdbeauty.com
I’m a fan of anything Elemental Herbology makes, as much for its chic packaging as what’s inside. This serum is no exception. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse with kombucha to fight free radicals. Elemental Herbology Cell Nourish Radiance and Vitality Serum, $84, elementalherbology.com/us
A powerful antioxidant night cream to repair damage incurred during the day, all without parabens, fragrance, or dyes. Replere Repair & Replenish Night Crème, $124, replere.com
The companion Renew mist to this serum is amazing, so I’m looking forward to starting this bioactive treatment that targets the cellular damage caused by UV rays and environmental aggressors. True Botanicals Cellular Repair Serum Renew, $140, truebotanicals.com
When in doubt, I trust Paula’s Choice. This potent 15% vitamin C serum is well formulated with a 3.0 pH to help absorption, repair free radical damage, and fight dark spots. Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster, $49, paulaschoice.com
Originally published in Composure Magazine. Get the latest issue here.