While Janine is away, Cranky Beauty Pants and I are holding down the fort here at BeautyGeeks HQ, testing products, buying ourselves extravagant gifts at Dealuxe and Gilt with the company credit card, and making Staff fix us complicated cocktails (all admin assistants interns should know how to make a Stinger or a Rusty Nail).
But mostly, we're complaining about the cold and what it does to our complexions. Central heating, icy weather, wind (and really -- isn't wind just a delivery system for cold?) -- they all suck the moisture right out of your skin.
This is how bad dry, dehydrated skin feels and looks this time of year.
The salvation? Facial oils, a winter essential. When it's cold and your skin feels tight, facial oils slow water loss, replace the lost natural skin oils, boost elasticity (ahh, comfort) and help strengthen your skin's barrier function against the elements.
Our seven favourite facial oils also pack an anti-aging punch with ingredients like vitamin-A rich rosehip seed oil to smooth away fine lines, patchouli oil and lavender to calm redness, and neroli to improve elasticity and minimizes scars. And did we mention the fantastic fragrances? An added bonus this time of year when all the flowers have died, the ground is frozen solid, and there are no good smells to be found in nature.
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, $50 at The Bay, restores moisture with extracts of rosewood, patchouli and blue orchid in a soothing hazelnut oil base.
Patyka Huile Absolue Face and Body Serum, $74 at Murale, wins for Most Amazing Fragrance with rosa canina (rose hip oil that comes from dog roses) as well as jojoba oil for intense soothing and repair.
Decléor Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum, $75 at The Bay, nourishes and moisturizes normal skin.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum, $48 via kiehls.ca, helps replenish lost lipids with evening primrose oil and calming lavender.
Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum, $88, adds skin-regenerating peptides to its argan and rose oil formula.
Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum, $30, adds antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract to soothing borage and rose hip oils.
Weleda Almond Facial Oil, $26 at Well.ca, packed with vitamins and fatty acids, absorbs quickly and feels incredible.
Have you tried any of these? Are you a facial-oil fan in winter?