winter beauty favorites

/ winter beauty favorites via observant nomad

This winter has always been one of the toughest seasons on my skin. Since I live in a very dry desert climate there’s about 0% humidity everyday. Great for maintaining your hairstyle, not so great for keeping moisture locked into your skin. So my winter beauty routine has to work overtime.

Because I have combination/oily skin I have to make sure that my skin stays balanced. Interestingly enough, when winter rolls around the super dry air actually makes my skin amp up oil production.

So to counteract the over production I’ve been using a more moisturizing night routine. And so far I’ve noticed a big difference. My skin is brighter, better balanced, and feels softer. Plus being able to wear less makeup doesn’t hurt.

/ winter beauty favorites via observant nomad

/ winter beauty favorites via observant nomad

My morning routine doesn’t vary too much from season to season. I start with a softly exfoliating scrub to remove any dead skin cells. Right now I love Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub. After patting dry, I’ll follow that with a gentle toner.

I used to hate using toner because it always left my skin parched and tight, not anymore. My newest obsession? Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I love that it’s alcohol-free with aloe vera and rosewater. All that means that it’s cleansing without drying your skin. Rosewater has been popping up everywhere lately because it helps with acne and redness. Absolutely perfect.

/ winter beauty favorites via observant nomad

I like to keep my day-time lotion simple and additive-free. However, sunscreen is a must. Right now I’m using Everyday Coconut Daily Face Lotion. It’s a light cream that absorbs quickly and I like that it’s made with antioxidant rich extracts to fight damage. I’m not a huge fan of the scent since it’s very earthy and there’s no added fragrance… but hey, that’s a good thing!

Since I have combination skin some areas of my face are dryer than others. So lately after I put on my face lotion, I’ve been supplementing the moisture with some face oils. So far I’ve tried Desert Beauty’s Moringa, Jojoba, and Rose Hip Oil and I really love the scent and texture.

You’d think putting oil on my acne-prone skin would cause breakouts, but honestly it’s been the opposite. I only dab a small amount on my cheeks, where my face is the driest. It helps my skin stay soft, my makeup goes on smoother, and my coloring has evened out.

/ winter beauty favorites via observant nomad

My nighttime routine is a great balance between lazy 20-something and got-my-stuff-together-30. For instance, the 20’s side of me knows that it’s pretty much impossible for me wash my face at night.

When I do wash my face it just wakes me up, so I just stick to makeup removing face wipes right now. Currently I’m using Burt Bees Facial Cleaning Wipes with White Tea. They remove make-up, cleanse, and tone all in one plus I love the scent.

But the more responsible 30’s side of me follows that up with higher quality creams and moisturizers. I really love Garnier’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Product. It’s super moisturizing and luxurious feeling.

Again since I have combination skin, I only use it on the driest patches of my face and neck. So a little goes a long long way. For the more acne-prone areas, like my forehead and jawline, I apply Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion by The Body Shop. I love it’s bright scent and it really works!

/ winter beauty favorites via observant nomad

And a final shout out to my favorite product right now, The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Eyes Cube. I apply this baby every morning and night. I’m kind of obsessed.

This tiny stick is full of Vitamin E and is a lifesaver if you’re like me and look super tired a lot. I notice right away that my eyes look brighter and more awake. I also like that it has a cooling effect which also helps my eyes feel refreshed.


Well I hope you found a couple new products to put on your list this winter. I promise a good moisturizer is worth the investment and will improve your skin tremendously. I’d love to hear if you have items that comparable that you really enjoy too.

What do you think?

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Ive been following your blog for a while and I love how much natural beauty posts you are sharing lately. I can’t wait to see what you share for your new product line! I have the same exact skin as you, i’ve been using Arbonne calm lately on my skin but it is SO expensive and I read somewhere its not as natural as they say it is. I have acne prone, oily/dry combination skin and my skin is SO sensitive. I think Id really like to try the rose toner you mentioned. Thanks for sharing! :)


Thanks Lexi! I’m glad you found a new product to try out. I’ll look into Arbonne and see if it might work for me.