From Winter to Summer: Keep Your Skin Protected and Happy

Skin Care

This page will be an on going review for the most up to date skin care products that I find are hydrating, pore minimizing, and most importantly show results! In this post I’m going to let you all in on my biggest secrets for keeping my face moisturized, looking healthy, and flawless!

It’s important to have a skin care routine because it’s the first defense against wrinkles, dry skin, and having a clear canvas upon which to put your makeup on.

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Face Lotions

Face Lotions with SPF

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Review

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Review
 Last winter I had gotten a really dry patch on the left side of my face next to my nose. Josie Maran is currently my number one at the moment for face lotions! It beat out all the others for getting rid of dry skin patches. It also doubles as a sunscreen having 47 SPF. The sunscreen in this lotion is very light and blends in with your skin so you do not have a white glow to your complexation. The only minor issue I’ve had with this lotion is that if I sleep in it and then rub my face with my hands the next day forgetting I have it on then it can get into my eyes when I rub them and it dries them out making them hurt a little bit. You should always be mindful to not rub your eyes when you have product on your face. All in all this is the perfect face lotion. Grab some here 2.0 oz for $32 or if you just want to try a little bit you can get a .5 oz. for $14.

Dove Deep Moisture Face Lotion SPF 15

This was one of the very first face lotions I ever used. I bought a  4.05 oz bottle and it lasted me about a year and half! Its a thin white liquid that nourishes and hydrates your skin and makes a really long and lasting impression for your skin’s health. I love that it also has SPF15 in it. I think you should always get face lotion with SPF in it!!! Its super important to reapply if you are out in the sun every 2-4 hours. Along with UV protection it has vitamins and other goodies including nutrient lipids, pure spring water, and green tea extract mixed in it to help nurture your skin. It is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic (meaning it does not block pores). This face lotion is a little bit better on your wallet coming in at $25. You can pick some up on amazon here.

Facial Cream

Kiehl’s ‘Rosa Arctica’ Youth Regenerating Cream

I got Kiehl’s ‘Rosa Arctica’ Youth Regenerating Cream face lotion on a recommendation from a friend. It was the second lotion I had tried for my 2015 dry spot. This lotion is made from a rare resurrection flower at full bloom to help its efficacy. This is a thicker lotion so I would put a healthy amount on my face and let it soak into my skin to reawaken cellular activity. Kiehl’s made my skin feel very soft and this lotion helped my dry spot a little bit but it did not completely go away like it did with the Josie Maran lotion. I feel that this lotion may be more of a protectant from future damage instead of a recovery lotion. It comes in a very nice green frosted container. This lotion lasted me about 6 months in a 1.7 Oz container for $60. It also helps reduce wrinkles and firms your skin by hydration. You can try some out here. 

Face Gel

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra intensive Hydration Gel

Drunk Elephant Hydra-B Intensive Hydration Gel

I first found this while I was at Sephora for a custom makeup appointment. I first applied the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and then layered the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. I personally found that this did not add moisture to my skin or illuminate my skin. I ended up returning this product to Sephora, However, if you would like to try it yourself and your skin type you can grab some here for $52.


Pro-Vitamin B5 Humectant: Attracts and boosts moisture content of skin. Pineapple Ceramide: Provides essential hydration and helps visibly improve skin texture and tone. Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: Helps improve the appearance of fine lines as it delivers long-lasting hydration and free-radical defense. Watermelon Rind/Apple/Lentil Complex: Provides long-lasting hydration and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.


Face Oils

ABOUT argan oil

Josie Maran Argan Oil Skin Care Nutritioners 

This kit review is coming soon.

About MaRula oil

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil 
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I absolutely love Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil! I have skin that is in between dry and oily and so adding more oil to any breakout areas has really helped clear up my skin. Apply this all over your face except for your eyes. You can purchase Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil from Amazon for $72 (worth every penny!).


Virgin Marula Oil: Hydrates, protects, heals, and rejuvenates the skin; high in antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9. 100% Unrefined Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil.

Face Masks

Pore Control Masks


Dr. Brandt pores no more Vacuum Cleaner Blackhead Extractor Mask

The number one reason I LOVE this Dr. Brant pores no more vacuum cleaner blackhead extractor mask is because you wash it off and not peel it making it pain free! You apply it all over your face besides your eyes and let it sit for 5 minutes. It will dry into a white mask that you can rinse off making your skin feel super soft and eliminates the appearance of your pores. What I did not like about this product is that the tube I bought only gave about two weeks worth of masks and if you don’t use it then you lose the effects. You can purchase some from Amazon for $31.

 Water (Aqua), Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Methyl Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PPG-26 Buteth-26, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-12 Glyceryl Distearate, PEG-23 Glyceryl Distearate.
Leave in the comments below of what some of your favorite face products are and why!?

1 thought on “From Winter to Summer: Keep Your Skin Protected and Happy”

  • Josie Maren cream almost sounds pretty good however I do rub my eyes in the morning and I do not want to have irritation. I like the post however you are missing the prices for Kiekl and Josie Maran. Would you mind posting those.

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