Cold Weather Skin Survival Guide

Cold Weather Skin Survival Guide

Being a woman herself, you would think Mother Nature would be kinder to the skin. Unfortunately, as we Chicagoans know far too well, she shows little love to our bodies during the winter months, leaving our skin red… and dry… and itchy… and, well, you know what we’re talking about. Because of that, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite Block 37 finds to help you win the war against winter. From makeup and moisturizers to sunglasses and spas, equipped with the right weaponry, protecting yourself looks a whole lot like pampering!

PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD

When your face is literally taking blow after blow, it sometimes feels like you need a medieval iron facemask to protect it. Luckily, you just need moisturizing mask! Which is good because they’re a lot easier to find and not nearly as heavy.

A daily moisturizer like Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar ($44, Sephora) is an absolute must. At bedtime, try a deep moisturizer like L’Occitane’s triple action Immortelle Precious Night Cream ($72). A rinse-off mask like Erborian’s Bamboo Waterlock ($43, Sephora) or Sabon’s Rich Moisturizing formula ($30) is also a great idea to give your skin an extra helping of moisture. Sephora Eye Masks (only $5 each) are way too inexpensive and way too magical to miss out on, and for those who can’t decide or just want it all, First Aid Beauty’s To The Rescue Kit ($38, Sephora) has absolutely everything you could ever need to save face this season.

WE CAN'T MAKE THIS UP

Thanks to the glamor gods working hard so that we look like we didn’t, cosmetics can now make your skin feel as good as it looks. Yes, makeup can actually be good for your skin!

Start with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Hydrating Primer ($39) so that your face stays #nofilter ready all snow-day long. Benefit’s Undereye Hydrating Concealer ($24) and Dior Hydra Life BB Creme ($60) will hide all the flaws that we’re sure you don’t have, plus moisturize your skin at the same time. Smashbox HALO Hydrating Powder ($49) sets everything in place, and Korres Mandarin Lip Butter ($17) gives your lips combined color and comfort. Throw Givenchy’s Moisturizing Mist ($35) in your bag for later, and head out into the world, ready to show Mother Nature who’s beauty boss.

All of the above are available at Sephora.

SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES

So now that your head’s taken care of, let’s move down to the shoulders, knees, and toes. Just because you’re bundled up doesn’t mean that the rest of your body is safe. Mother Nature has a funny way of finding spots you thought were protected.

L’Occitane’s Moisturizing Cleansing Duo ensures that winter showers won’t dry you out, and their Nourishing Shea Butter Kit ($69) is filled with creams, scrubs, and rubs that act like a big drink of water for thirsty skin. Sabon Body Oil ($20) nourishes your body with six natural oils, including almond seed and Avocado, and their Romantic Winter Evening kit ($93) makes it an easy decision to stay in from the cold, turn out the lights, and draw yourself a warm candlelit bubble bath.

A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

Of course no beauty regimen in the wintry world can completely protect you from that Chicago wind. That’s where Sunglass Hut comes in. These oversized frames from Prada, Coach, and Burberry ($200-$275) will shield not just your eyes, but your entire face from the elements. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get some new fabulous shades! Like you need one…

SAVE YOUR NECK

The neck is a frequently forgotten body part that is just as important as the head on top of it and the body below. A neck’s best friend? The scarf. The wonderful thing about scarves is that they are both fun and functional, allowing you to show off your flair for fashion while staying warm.

The Ankita Infinity Scarf ($68) and Kolkata Tassel Scarf ($50) – both from Anthropologie – are the perfect examples. And if you’ve been spending too much money on peppermint lattes this season (guilty as charged), the Larger Snood wrap from Akira and Jacquard scarf from Zara (both only $10) will keep your neck warm without leaving your wallet cold. Go ahead, make it a Venti!

SKINCARE SEPARATES BOYS FROM MEN

Yes, guys. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but you too are covered with that fleshy stuff (yours is just a little hairier than ours). And because it’s not going anywhere, you need to take care of it. Fortunately, Block 37 is here to help. Breaking out the razor after No Shave November can be painful for several reasons. Firstly, you might lose a few bets. Secondly, the cold winter air is not friendly to a bare, beardless face.
L’Occitane After Shave Balm ($34) combines Shea butter and birch sap to make sure that your freshly shaven face stays soft, comfortable, and kiss worthy. And Clinique Maximum Hydrator ($34), specifically formulated for moisturizing a man’s skin, keeps it smooth even under the roughest conditions.

Also, men and women alike can agree that a spa day is exactly what Doctor Love ordered. Treat yourself and your Valentine to a facial, massage, hand or foot treatment at the Ladies & Gentlemen Aveda Salon and Spa. How good does a warm stone massage sound right about now?