Right after Hercules hit NYC last week, I came down with a nasty little cold. I guess I had it coming since I’m always the smug one who “never” gets sick (#karma). After being tucked in bed and dealing with bitter cold that came along with the Polar Vortex, my skin all but gave up. Not having it at all. Between the heat in my apartment and office and the cold waiting for the bus, my skin became a dehydrated mess and no amount of makeup could cover it up. It actually made it (look) worse! My dry skin was only even more noticeable after I tried laying on the foundation.
Luckily, Refinery 29 sent me Clearasil’s Refreshing Superfruit collection to help me win the day and get on with my life! I immediately grabbed the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub to use in the morning to gently exfoliate the layer of dead skin and prep for my moisturizer (in this 5° to 20°F weather I’ve been using Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil and applying Josie Maran’s Argan Balm before heading out since it’s a bit thicker). At night I whip out my beloved Clarisonic and used the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash in the morning to gently remove any makeup. Both are gently on skin and don’t irritate. Now contrary to what some may think, it IS important to exfoliate in the winter to remove dead, flaky skin and prevent clogged pores (especially if using a thicker cream on your face). I do recommend alternating between using the scrub and the Clarisonic because you don’t want to overdo it.
Throughout the day, I like to refresh my face because the office can be a cruel environment. Seriously. I love the heat but the whole no humidifier thing kills me. So I gently wipe down with Superfruit Pads and then reapply my makeup. Because I can’t be bothered with a full face, I rely on my go-to, five minute makeup look using NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (spoke about that here) and my Lime Crime lipstick in Countessa Fluorescent. Also on hand at all times is my beloved hand sanitizer for clean digits and cold medicine (let’s be real, there’s no way I’m letting this cold win this battle).
This post was sponsored by Refinery 29 and Clearasil, but I wouldn’t be writing about it if I didn’t like it, folks!