Monday, December 21, 2009
Yes. that's the view from my deck. It snowed about 24" (~60 cm) on Saturday and into Sunday. whoo hoo! What fun right? Well not exactly. You see most of the day Saturday and Sunday was spend "digging out" Uncovering the cars and the driveway. The deck snow will melt on its own but the cars were plowed in and trapped. I needed to get to work on Monday and so did Mr. Sith so we started digging.
The question arises. What kind of makeup do you wear for shoveling snow?
The answer is
Ah. but that does not mean that you face the elements bare faced. No. Quite the contrary.
Here is how I prepare and protect my face for snow weather.
1. Cleanse with a cream cleanser. I don't need soap to dry out my skin before I even venture outside. I use a nice mild cream cleanser like CeraVe. This Hydrating cleanser is superb for sensitive skin. It does not strip your face but still manages to remove mild dirt. I do not recommend using this as your only cleanser if you wear makeup. I recommend you using a cleansing oil prior to using any cleanser.
2. I follow with a rich moisturizer. I prefer to use Bobbi Brown EXTRA SPF 25 Moisturizing Balm.
I like that this has sunscreen in it because when it's sunny and there is snow everywhere it's easy for a sunburn to happen. Mind you, this is not the only sunscreen I use. But it's nice that it has some extra protection. This rich moisturizing balm contains Glycerin, Shea Butter, and Borage Oil. It also has Angelica and Chamomile Oils calms the skin and I think it helps diminish some redness. The balm is not sticky and one could use it under makeup if needed. Best part is the moisturizing. This balm leaves my skin soft and supple. I love it for those days when my skin is super dry from col weather and from the retinoids (Retin-A) that I'm currently using.
3. I layer sunscreen on top of the moisturizer. While my regular Sofina sunscreen is great under my makeup it's not the best when trying to keep my skin soft and moisturized. That's when I switch to Burt's Bees Chemical free sunscreen with hemp seed oil. SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection.
This stuff is emollient and creamy and does not have that icky sunscreen smell to it. It's also chemical free (for those that care - which I am not one of those people) which is nice I guess. But I really like this stuff because it's inexpensive. $13 for 3 oz. and it works. No sunburn! Whoo whee! And It's safe enough to use on my face without any irritation.
4. Don't forget your lips. they need protection too. My favorite is a brand from Japan called Yu-Be. They make one of Japan's best selling moisturizing creams and it only goes to figure that they make a fantastic lip balm as well.
This lip balm has natural shea butter, soybean oil and vitamin E, but also camphor so it will help heal chapped lips too. I like it because it goes on smoothly, does not feel overly waxy nor greasy. It's juuuuuuuust right. Now if you want SPF in your lip balm I suggest
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Lemon and Chamomile. Fragrance and color free this lip balm is smoothing and has 25SFP for protection against sun burn and because it's in a squeeze tube you can layer it on for some protection against wind burn.
So that's what I use to protect my face from the harsh elements of winter. Now I do recommend washing everything off once you come inside. A good cleansing oil like Shu Uemura to get rid of the sunscreens and than a cream cleanser. I follow with a mild moisturizer Like my Fresh Soy Face Cream and some eye cream like my Borba Orbital Eye Rejuvenator Soy | Silk Fiber Eye Treatment. But there is still one more step.
5. Last but not least, some Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate and mini marshmallows, a warm fleece throw and a comfy chair.