January 27, 2014

Rhonda Allison cucumber spritz

You’re all going to laugh at me after you read this, but: It has been cold in Florida. Admittedly, we’re definitely on the tail end of the polar vortex the rest of the country has been dealing with, but temps haven’t risen much above 70 degrees here in Sarasota over the past 10 days, and they’re not expected to for the next little while. We’ve even had lows at night in the 30s–madness, I tell you. (Full disclosure: I actually really like it, for the most part, except for the fact that I don’t have enough winter clothes to handle more than two or three chilly days in a row. But I digress.)

Anyway, as you know, cold weather means lots of dry air, and lots of dry air means my skin has been freaking. Out. My skin is far from perfect to begin with (more on that another time), but lately it’s really been thrown for a loop–red, flaky, dry, you name it.

Enter: Cucumber spritz from Rhonda Allison, a moisturizing spray that is a total godsend for my face. In addition to cucumber and water, it also contains witch hazel, coconut oil and some other awesome redness-relieving, moisturizing stuff. It’s moisturizing without being greasy, light enough that there’s no residue and just all-around awesome. I spray it on after I wash my face in the morning and evening and it’s been making a huge difference. (A note: This stuff isn’t sold commercially–I get it and the Rhonda Allison cleanser I also use from my wonderful aesthetician, Renata–but I’m sure there are similar products out there, or you could use this location finder to find a salon near you. Or, hey, I bet you could even make something similar at home. I’m just not that crafty.)

What are your favorite ways to combat cold-weather skin freakouts? Kate at Wit & Delight posted this recipe for a green tea and honey mask that I really want to try out, and prior to using the cucumber spritz, I was a huge proponent of dousing a cotton ball with plain witch hazel and swiping it over my face. Would love to hear your tips, tricks and favorite products, too!

P.S. The best lip balm ever.

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