Mid-winter skin is a real drag for many. The rough weather, layers of clothing and indoor heaters can leave your skin begging for moisture and you praying for a miracle solver — not exactly how you want to start the new year, new decade and new you. The best way to deal with these issues are exfoliants and moisturizers that can help remove dry skin and rejuvenate your complexion, leaving your face renewed.
Some of the key ingredients experts recommend to include in your routine this season are oils – coconut and jasmine are good options – beta hydroxy acid and glycerin. Thankfully, a lot of these goodies come inside masks, moisturizers and scrubs made by Latino-owned brands that you can support.
From a coffee scrub to luxury exfoliating masks and dry skin moisturizers, these are some products you can try to remedy your mid-winter blues and renew your skin for 2020.
Eva's Garden Body Scrub
This exfoliating scrub helps to get rid of dead skin cells throughout your body, leaving the skin moisturized and smooth. It comes in two scents – lavender vanilla and jasmine – and it’s made from magnesium sulfate, commonly found in epsom salt. The scrub is mixed with natural ingredients, such as jojoba oil and coconut oil, which both have moisturizing and antibacterial properties. Given the product was inspired by founder Eviel Taveras’ own skin irritation issues, it’s a safe bet it won’t be harsh on your skin. You can get the scrub for $14 here.
Mud Coffee Scrub
Mud always delivers rich and rejuvenating products, like its coffee scrub. This ingredient is a common exfoliator for many Latinos – including Princess Nokia – because of its antioxidant properties and our cultural attachment to the grains. This scrub – made by hand – is also mixed with sugar to “revive and soften skin,” according to the brand’s website. It even reduces fine lines and skin inflammation. Get it for $22 here.
Yaocihuatl Organic Rehydration Rescue
By now, winter skin has most of us begging for a rescue, and Yaocihuatl has the right product for it. This skin moisturizer is made with organic ingredients, such as chamomile oil, avocado oil, Shea butter and kosher glycerin, and it’s proven to treat “patches, cracked skin, [and] red blotches.” The moisturizer is made in Los Angeles and retails for $34. You can shop it here.
Loquita La Sirena Face Mask
A mask is also a great way to revitalize your dead winter skin and maybe start to look forward to warmer temperatures on the beach. The Loquita Siren Face Mask is made with kelp powder and dead sea clay to reveal a glowing complexion. Plus, it’s only $9. The cruelty-free brand does warn that people with shellfish allergies should take precautions when using this product, but it’s otherwise vegan and organic. Shop the mask here.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Colombian Tata Harper is known for her organic, luxury products, and this resurfacing mask is one of the brand’s highest-rated items. While it’s on the pricier side (it’s 65!), the mask is proven to help with “clogged pores and dull, rough skin.” Its main ingredient is BHA, a powerful exfoliant often found in toners, moisturizers and masks that is proven to help remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. That sounds like a mid-winter miracle. Shop here.
Joanna Vargas Dawn Face Mask
Famed facialist Joanna Vargas is known for treating the faces of people like Naomi Watts and Karlie Kloss. But you can get some of her magic through the Dawn Face Mask made with glycerin, chamomilla recutita extract, cherry blossom, vitamin C and mandelic acid. The combination of acids targets dead skin through 15-20 minute exfoliation, as directed on the brand’s website. The $75 mask only comes with five sheets, so make sure to save that extra serum left behind to apply by itself. Shop the mask here.