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Winter Skincare Essentials for the Time-Starved Mom

Six words I can’t stop saying?

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“I am so over this weather.”

And while I know I sound like a clichéd broken record, it’s the truth... I’m sick of it. I've had it. Stick a fork in me... I'm done. With winter. And snow. And wind. And cold. And jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves.

[Insert Dramatic Sigh.]

Fortunately, there’s one part of me that no longer feels the winter woes—and that’s my skin. In fact, I’m looking a lot better, these days, thanks to some minor tweaks in my daily routine and a couple of key skincare products.

Fact is, with a toddler and a newborn at home, I don't have time for lengthy rituals, facial appointments, or DIY lotions, potions, and treatments. So I’ve really stepped up my at-home game this winter, and swapped out my usual go-to beauty booty with a few ultra-hydrating, and über-gentle essentials... And I have to say, it's worked. My complexion looks brighter and more vibrant (which is pretty awesome considering how sleep-deprived I feel.)

So while my mind (and mouth) is screaming for winter to end, my skin is as radiant as a warm summer’s day.

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Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream, $15
My skin requires a sensitive formula for daily use. But during the winter, I also need serious hydration—and this product, with its natural ingredients, offers a happy medium for my complexion. Made with cotton extract to soften and protect the skin, rice extract to moisturize, and aloe to soothe, this product definitely delivers.

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Lancôme Absolue Hand, $47
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Stelatopia Cream Cleanser, $12.50
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Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $5
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Mustela Hydra Stick, $9.50
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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, $29
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Moisture Surge Face Spray, $22
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Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment System, $30
I’ve been looking for an alternative to the expensive cleansing systems on the market, and this waterproof rotary brush is the answer! It is smooth on my gentle skin, and effectively scrubs away dirt, oil, and impurities on my face without causing irritation. I definitely feel a deeper clean than I do with just cleanser and my hands, and it exfoliates my and evens out the surface of my skin, allowing for a better absorption of moisturizers. Best of all: it's a complete system that comes with a brush and sponge for your face, a brush for your body, and a smoothing stone for feet. What a bargain!

Lancôme Energie de Nuit Overnight Mask, $67
This product goes on so smooth—it practically feels like cool whip... except it’s a whole lot more luxurious. You can use this as a nightly moisturizer, but, because its so very rich (and also relatively expensive), I prefer to use it as an occasional overnight mask. I apply a thick layer to my face, and it works magic while I sleep. My skin literally feels like silk the next morning.

This is not a sponsored post. We were given samples for review. All opinions are our own.

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