If you are familiar with me or have been following my blog, you are aware that my husband and I just packed up our lives and moved across the country from southern California to Chicago, IL. This move has been wonderful for us and we have transitioned very well, with the exception of my skin!! The winter weather here wrecks havoc on your skin, compared to the humid warmth of Southern California. Since we’ve been here, I have experienced excema, overly dry skin, with funky flaky dullness. My winter skincare routine obviously needed an update.
A new women-owned business in our neighborhood had an opening party I attended, where they were giving guests a grab bag including a free soap from Scrub Me. I immediately fell in love. The soap has grains and gives your skin a nice lil scrub. It didn’t cause any reactions or sensitivity so I jumped on their website to see the brand’s other offerings. Luckily, Katherine, the founder of Scrub Me is a seasoned esthetician, who’s studio is nearby. I immediately booked an appointment with her to sort out some of these skincare woes and introduce a little relaxation to my week.
Upon arriving to the modest studio, Katherine greeted me warmly with tea and took me back to the treatment room. I fully enjoyed my facial, complete with the usual relaxing cleanse, steam, exfoliation and a customized mask. I chose to add on the lymph drainage massage ( a very gentle facial massage that promotes drainage of toxins in the skin and body ) to my appointment and Katherine customized all the products she used to my changing skin type. As she worked and I relaxed, we chatted about skin, obviously, and I shared with her that I prefer natural skincare. She was full of informed suggestions on products I could use to help heal my dry skin texture and I left with 3 key products from her line to try.
The products she recommended and have adopted into my updated winter skincare routine are:
- Powder Mask – Antioxidant Blend : This antioxidant product is a powder form meant to be mixed with a nourishing serum or skin oil to create a mask. I love how the powder is so easy to travel with ( bonus! ) and so easy to use. The product goes on nicely and sluffed off my dull skin gently, using crushed grape seed, rose hip and green tea extract for their amazing anti-aging and skin protecting properties. These ingrediens add an exfoliation element to the mask, while cucumber peel extract tones and firms skin. One of my favorite skincare ingredients, activated charcoal is also in the mask to detox pores. I’ve been using this twice a week since my facial and have noticed a nice, glowy difference in my skin.
- Unscented Whipped Shea Butter: I would’ve never thought to use Shea Butter on my face. As an acne prone teenager, I am still getting used to the idea of oils and butters on my face. I’ve done a ton of research and experimenting on my own, but before leaving CA, I have never thought I was dry enough to need a heavier moisturizer like Shea Butter. Well, now I’m in my 30s and living in a dryer climate, now using the heater daily and living in a windy city. Things have changed. And my winter skincare routine needed to change as well. Shea butter can be used head to toe to moisturize hands, feet and body, used to heal scars, tattoos, stretch marks and extreme facial dryness. I love the way this whipped formula melts into the skin and absorbs quickly and now use Shea Butter on the dryer areas of my face and nothing has healed my sad skin quite like it. The lavender scented formula is next.
- Kiss Me Lip Polish: I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS LIP POLISH. I was experiencing such dryness and this product quickly sluffs off any dry, cracked areas on my lips. You just swipe it on, rub your lips together, then wipe it off. Exfoliating your lips will help keep ’em soft, plump, and kissable, will protect your lips from aging and reduce fine lines overtime. Sounds good to me.
We have also installed a shower head with a filter for hard water, which removed chlorine and prevents the growth of organic matter like bacteria & algae caused by hard water. Is anyone else using one of these? It has only been about a week or so since I have been showering with gentler water so I’m not sure what impact it has, but my water certainly smells better in my shower. Bag balm has also been added to my daily routine for more sensitive, overly dry areas and though it makes me feel like an elderly man or cow, it has helped my cracking hands, cuticles, nipples ( seriously!) and feet.
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I plan on booking with Katherine about every 6 weeks our so to maintain my healthier skin. I’ll keep ya’ll updated! If anyone cares to share their natural skincare routine for winter, let me know in the comments!
** products were gifted by Scrub Me. The opinions and experiences are my own. **