A few things I’ve been liking this winter…
I have been trying out a wide variety of facial products for the past 18 months and have now settled on a daily routine and the skin on my face (the body not so much – but more on that later) is feeling really good so I thought I would share the products:
Cleanser and Toner for Morning and Night
Boscia Thermal Black Cleanser: this foaming cleanser dispenses as a black gel. When you add water and rub it between your palms, it foams into a white froth which leaves the skin really clean without the tightness that can accompany foaming cleansers.
Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris: leaves skin feeling really fresh.
Olehenriksen Truth Serum (morning): the gel like texture of this Vitamin C serum is great and absorbs quickly.
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM (night): It is oil free but the texture of the serum feels like a light oil without being too greasy. I used it daily from the get go (if you have sensitive skin, you may want to introduce it gradually) and had no adverse reactions or sensitivity. I like to leave the serum to absorb for at least 20 minutes before applying moisturiser.
I’ve noticed an improvement in skin tone and texture since using these two serums.
Eye Cream and Moisturizer
A good moisturizer was the toughest to find as I wanted something hydrating but not remotely heavy. Most of the moisturizers that I tried did not agree with me, some left me shiny-faced within 2 hours of application and others made me break out. I received the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar as a sample, thought it was great, and purchased a full size right away for night and the version with SPF 30 (it is a bit thicker than the one I use at night but is not heavy) for day. Both formulations leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated, even in the winter, without any greasiness.
Clarins has discontinued their Hydraquench mask which was my winter skin saviour for years. This winter, the skin on my body has been so dry and very itchy and I have found little relief from topical applications until just recently ago when I tried 3 new things which are offering relief:
Epsom salt baths (I add about 1 1/2 C of salt to my bath and soak).
I have never really been one for trail mix but my mother introduced me to the WildRoots Coastal Berry Trail Mix which is a blend of almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and yoghurt chips with a touch of salt. I am completely addicted. Available at Costco.
Oatmeal is my ideal weekday breakfast and this Chai-spiced version is warming and satiating. I like to make enough for the week on Sunday or Monday night. It is delicious topped with the Coastal Berry trail mix mentioned above.
Click for printable recipe: Chai Spiced Oatmeal Recipe for Print
Reading, Watching, and Listening
I received The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking (amazon.com*; amazon.ca*) for Christmas from a friend and I am enjoying it so much. It’s interesting and very readable. The perfect book to ease into the New Year. It is a treasure hunt around the world to explore what makes people happy with a focus on community, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness.
Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:
Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:
Keeping my commute interesting with:
- BBC World Service Global News Podcast: There are 2 episodes on weekdays and 1 each day of the weekend. Each episode is about about 30 minutes long and is a summary of the day’s top news stories.
- Optimal Living Daily family of podcasts: This is a curated collection of posts from various blogs narrated by the host, Justin Malik, covering a broad spectrum of topics including finance, business, motivation, lifestyle and design. Perfect for those who like blogs but may not have the time to read them. It’s also a great way to discover new blogs. Episodes tend to average about 10 minutes or less. This podcast is fairly new to me but I like what I hear so far.
- loyalbooks.com is a collection of 1000s of free public domain audiobooks and ebook downloads from a variety of different genres. Books are also available in over 20 languages. The app works well and has some thoughtful features such as a sleep timer which can turn off the audiobook after a certain amount of time or at the end of a chapter.
I was spoiled with candles this Christmas. We have been lighting candles almost every dinner. I think it makes the food taste better and makes everyone chattier. Before I go to bed, one of the last things I do is unload the dishwasher (see: Carpe Noctem) and I have been doing this by candlelight as it is a nice way to transition into the time for rest and candles have a way of lifting even the most mundane of tasks.
The upside of the cold is being able to envelope myself in faux fur, soft sheets, shearling, and fleece. If you are in the market for new sheets, I highly recommend Calvin Klein’s Modern Cotton sheets (thebay.com and macys.com). These sheets are so soft and snuggly, I can feel my whole body sigh and relax when I climb into bed. The below cushions are from Provigo and the throw from Indigo.
Hope you are keeping cosy. What are you enjoying this Winter?
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