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Invest in Yourself: Affordable Winter Skincare

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

A non-sponsored, unaffiliated product recommendation for anyone looking for an affordable, cruelty-free, quality moisture routine for dry skin

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Rose Serum, Lilyanna Elizabeth Cosmetics

From what I’ve been told, I have combination skin; however, as soon as the weather hits 60 degrees and below, my skin dries out and I get flakiness on my nose and cheeks. My regular moisturizer just doesn’t cut it anymore. Experiencing dryer skin in the winter is common for many, and no, oily-skin types aren’t always immune to this, oily doesn’t mean hydrated. Everyone’s skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for the next, so it may take you a couple of tries to find products that do the job for you.

Colder weather means dryer air

For most of the year, I prefer using gel-cream moisturizers, or water-based; they absorb rather quickly into my skin. However, through much trial-and-error, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need some heftier products during the colder months.

My facial-skincare requirements: within the Goddess Budget, artificial-fragrance-free, a quality ingredient list, cruelty-free, and actually works. No exceptions to any of these rules.

Most drug-store skincare, though cheap, is not cruelty-free, and/or doesn’t have a quality ingredient list. Skincare is a lifetime investment, and I am willing to spend a bit of coin to make sure that my skin is healthy, and to prevent premature aging. That being said, you won’t catch me buying high-end skincare (which tends to be loaded with fragrance); it is my mission to get down to the nitty-gritty of ingredients and make sure that a brand is giving me the best possible ingredients for a fair price. My skin is sensitive, and reacts pretty poorly to a lot of standard brands; I almost exclusively use either natural or minimal-ingredient formulas. And so, the products of the moment are:

Winter-skin savior, not sponsored, just a huge fan: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, Winter moisturizer cruelty free

With endless moisture from shea butter, and good ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, squalene, and allantoin, Ultra Repair cream is perfect for normal, combination and dry skin-types. It is supposed to be great for those suffering with eczema, as well. From personal anecdote, I will attest that when I use this moisturizer, my skin stays flake-free all day, shows no sign of irritation, and looks smooth under makeup. And the price is unbeatable for what you’re getting. Most quality moisturizers at a $34 price-point come in 1.7-2oz jars that last about a month, but with Ultra Repair Cream you’re getting a whole 6oz, which should be enough for the entire winter, if not longer. Remember, as with most moisturizers, a little goes a long way, no need to slather it on and waste your money.

First-Aid Beauty’s cruelty free status (?)

This past August First-Aid Beauty began selling in-stores in China, which typically would mean they’d be testing on animals. However, according to First-Aid, they insist that they are cruelty-free and able to sell their products in China without participating in any animal testing. Here is the statement from their website:

“First Aid Beauty has worked closely with PETA and regulatory experts to sell our products in China in a way that does not require animal testing. PETA has provided the following statement of support:

PETA is very pleased to have First Aid Beauty on our Cruelty-Free list, and we are happy to report that the brand will maintain its no animal test status as it expands to China. We’ve worked with the company to ensure that the products as manufactured and sold will not require tests on animals under Chinese government regulations.’ - PETA”

I'm hoping I can take them at their word, and am going to assume they are not being deceptive and are keeping their practices cruelty-free, but please let me know if you have any further information.

Okay, but here's my real secret weapon: Lilyanna Elizabeth Cosmetics' Rose Serum

I use this every night, religiously. This oil-based serum reduces irritation, redness and flakiness like nothing else I've ever tried. It's filled with sunflower, olive, carrot, and vitamin E oil, as well as ylang ylang and rose; all fantastic ingredients for smoothing skin texture and fighting the winter-skin blues. If I notice any trouble spots, they're gone after a day or two of using this stuff. Not to mention how luxurious the presentation is - a glass bottle filled with rose buds? Yes, thank you. It's only $9 per bottle, and lasts me a couple of months. You can check out Lilyanna Elizabeth Cosmetics on Instagram.

Have you tried First-Aid Beauty? What are your favorite moisturizers or skincare brands? Let’s chat in the comments!

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