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tips for healthy skin

In the winter, I feel like I hate my skin.  I know technically it’s the same skin that is on my face in the summer, but it just requires so much more work.  My skin is more dry, my skin tone looks washed out, and the dewy look I go for is harder achieve.  I love reading skin care tips online and getting new ideas for products and feel I have mastered what it takes to keep my skin looking good.  Don’t get overwhelmed by the steps, it is most likely things you do anyway but just in a different order or with a new product.

  1.  Exfoliate.  I swear by my Origins modern friction.  It leaves your skin feeling baby soft.
  2.  Sunless tan.  I’ve tried countless sunless tanners but my favorite is  St. Tropez gradual tan mouse.  (I recommend the gradual even if you have darker skin.  The regular is really dark.)
  3.  Moisturize.  Every morning and night, but especially after your tanner dries because it can dry out your skin.  I use Clinique  because it has a great effect while still being lightweight.
  4.  Apply a primer/base.  I used to use benefits primer but now I’ve switched to Dior’s BBcream and I love it.
  5.  Cover.  I use Laura Mercier’s sand colored tinted moisturizer.
  6.  Spot check.  Cover any imperfections/ discolorations.  I love Benefit’s erase paste.
  7. Bronze.  Lightly dust bronzer over your face and neck.  I’ve used this NARS bronzer for the better part of 5 years, I swear by it.
  8.  Blush/highlight.  I use a combination of Bobbi Brown’s cream blush and this magical Origins highlighter called Halo Effect.  A little goes a long way!

You can read more about my go to beauty products under my ‘About page’ or in this post.  Do you guys use any of these skin care products?  Or do you have any tips for great looking winter skin?


  • Kenzie Lee

    Thanks for the great tips! I stick to a slightly shorter beauty routine but have recently found my skin needs a little something extra in the morning. I’m thinking about testing out the Dior BB cream!

    X Kenzie


  • Rachel

    I’m always looking for new fake tanners- I currently use a Loreal one when I have a big event coming up and need to look like a human and not a ghost! Other than that, I just moisturize a little more than usual for winter and that seems to help!

  • Alyssa

    Exfoliating is a must for me in the winter–it keeps my skin looking fresh and glow-y (or at least as glow-y as I can look in the winter). I totally stink at any attempt at fake tanning, so I’m still working on that haha

  • chelsie

    yay! i love beauty tips, thanks :) x chelsie (mossypants.com)

  • Fierce & Fashionable

    Love the beauty outlook! It’s fun seeing everyones routines and learning about new products! :)

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

  • Lauren

    wow, you seriously have such beautiful skin!! Maybe I should do this routine because it definitely works so well! xo

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