It is well known for the skin to dry out as the winter months approach, and the humidity levels drop. Lately, my skin has been feeling especially dry, leaving a flaky and rough texture around my nose and cheeks. Rather than avoiding this, I’ve adopted this simple routine to ensure my skin stays moisturized and soft in the winter months. Regardless, everyone has varied skin types. This is what works for me!



Changing up your face wash is absolutely essential as the seasons change, as the weather shifts from hot to cold. Observe the physical changes in your skin- if your skin tends to build up more oil in the summer, look for an oil free face wash. I absolutely love Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser, which tends to work for all skin types. On the other hand, if your skin tends to flake in the winter, find a cleanser that will re-moisturize your skin. This fall/winter I have been hooked to Cetaphil’s Daily Facial cleanser, because of it’s gentle cleansing capabilities while still removing all of the excess makeup and dirt. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, while not stripping away the natural oils!

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Next up, EXFOLIATE! I’ve stressed how important exfoliating is, but I cant express how necessary it is in the dry winter months! Designed for men and women, this mud mask leaves your skin visibly pore-less after one use. I have been using this product 3x a week and noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my forehead and nose, where I have the biggest pores. I have to admit I was gifted this product by my good friend (THANK YOU JIAOJIAO!!), and it’s value is quite pricey, but I would probably buy it again after I hit empty. This mask also does wonders for those massive pimples that you wish could reduce overnight.



The reason why I tend to rave about Philosophy is because of how versatile all of their products are, regarding skin types. Philosophy’s Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker has been a favorite of mine this winter due to its ability to thoroughly replenish my skin’s natural moisture, without feeling a heavy layer on my face. This product is meant for managing wrinkles however it is a creamier consistency to use in the winter, as the skin becomes drier.



Following the cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, I like to apply Mederma’s gel formulated scar treatment to my acne prone areas and scars, old and new. Admittedly, I don’t apply this every night because I don’t enjoy sleeping with too many products on my face, however I have been using this quite frequently after seeing the results. I have had a large patch of acne scars on my left cheek for quite a while now, and decided to try out Mederma after hearing the raging reviews. The main reason why I’ve added this product to my nightly favorites is because it has reduced a majority of the discoloration on my cheeks due to scarring. My scars have not completely vanished, but Mederma has helped a ton!





The last element to my fall/winter night time rituals has been taking my daily vitamins! These are some of the vitamins I tend to take regularly, however the ones I make sure to never skip out on would be Vitamin D and C! Vitamin D is essential in allowing the body to absorb calcium which leads to healthy bone growth. As for vitamin C, it is important to protect your body from immune system deficiencies during the cold winter months. Stock up!

If you would like a more in depth post about the vitamins I consume daily, leave me a comment!


As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle


Okay, I lied. I wish I could cure all of our stubborn acne with these few skincare tips, but I am no skin expert. Here is one reason why your pimples won’t budge.

You are neglecting to thoroughly wash and clean these everyday items!


What do we do everyday besides eat and poop? Sleep. While you are out living your life, germs are nesting into your pillow and pillowcase. I know quite a few people who do not wash their pillowcase for months… At least swap it out for a new one! The last thing you want to do after a long, tiring day is to knock out on a makeup covered, germ infested pillow.


Oh, boy. Do I have a story for you. I was visiting my friend’s place not too long ago, just to catch up. I went to use the restroom and washed my hands like the normal hygienic person does. I was stuck in the classic “Where do I wipe my hands” scenario, avoiding my pants to not make it look like I had an accident before I made it to the toilet. Yes, I know you can relate. Nonethelesss, my only sensible option was to wipe my hands on her bath towel. Everything was okay until I got a whiff of my hands… A sour, rotten, wet dog stench reeked from my hands. Does she EVER wash her towel??? And this is what she wipes her face with??? Please, just wash your towel.


I hope I am not the only one when I confess this– but I love cleaning my glasses with a glass cleaner solution before every use. Maybe I just love the smell of glass cleaner. My obsession aside, it is crucial to clean the nose pads and arms of your glasses weekly if not daily. Extra oils that you constantly put back on your face will eventually clog your pores.


If you don’t already exfoliate, you need to step up your game! Read my previous post if you want to hear me rave about how important a good exfoliation session is. For those of you who are exfoliation geeks like me, and you use a mineral infused sponge, make sure you are replacing these every 2 weeks to ensure that no buildup is going back into your pores.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle


Happy Wednesday! Following my post about tips to healthy skin, I wanted to share my every day skincare products with you. Most of these products are targeted towards those with acne-prone or oily skin, so keep in mind that they might be a little harsh or drying if you have sensitive skin. Tell me about the goodies you use on the daily also! I love reading your comments. 


These oil-free makeup wipes are my favorites when it comes to taking off stubborn makeup that has been caked on your face all day. I would definitely say they are catered more towards those who have acne prone skin because they are oil-free and are less likely to clog your pores. Even though I personally love the strong citrus grapefruit scent, I would not recommend these cleansing wipes if you tend to have sensitive to dry skin, since the smell can be a bit potent at times! 


It is super important to make sure you remove every last bit of makeup, but it is also crucial to be delicate with your eyes! I use this Micellar cleansing water mainly to remove false lashes, eyeshadow, and any stubborn eye makeup. Just drop a few bits onto a round cotton pad, hold it on your eye for a few seconds, and gently wipe away. Gentle yet incredibly effective, this micellar cleansing water does the trick. I use this to remove eyebrow product as well, just to be safe. I don’t want my eyebrows disappearing after years of harsh makeup remover! 


Right after washing my face, I love following it up with a toner to really eliminate any excess oil, unclog pores, and overall soothe redness. Most of the products I use are targeted towards acne prone skin, but no matter what your skin type is, it’s always good to finish off the cleansing with a good toner. I have been using this Neutrogena toner for about 3 years now and I find that it really makes my pores feel truly cleansed, because it is an alcohol heavy product. It does tend to dry out your skin a little, but this is part of the whole eliminating acne process. Just follow it up with a quality moisturizer! 


Honestly, I am so excited to rave about this next product. I sampled this product a couple years ago and finally decided to splurge on the full size. Philosophy consistently creates unique and quality skincare products that ensure healthy and glowing skin. Hope in a Jar is by far my favorite high end moisturizer yet. With a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, this moisturizer blends out fine lines and shrinks visible pores. Aside from this, the formula is a light, whipped consistency which allows your skin to easily soak it all up. Unlike most facial moisturizers, Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar does not feel like an oily layer on your face. It leaves your skin glowing and baby smooth! I would definitely recommend this product to all skin types if you love having smooth and wrinkle free skin. 


Aveeno tends to have great skincare products for reasonable prices, so I thought I would include this under eye roll on! I wouldn’t say this instantly removes under eye puffiness, but it does feel super cooling if you happen to wake up with swollen bags under your eyes. I am not totally in love with this under eye roller, so let me know if you have any suggestions! Nonetheless, this anti-fatigue eye roller definitely helped me after those nights spent crying over grades… Wait what? 


I have to admit it, this stuff seriously smells toxic. But it works! I would have to say that this spot treatment does the trick when you want to get rid of stubborn white heads. The salicylic acid and calamine are quick drying ingredients which help shrink your spots overnight. The only thing that holds me back from using it is the smell, which is similar to tea tree oil. I’m not a fan. But if you are, then take the risk and buy this drying lotion! It helps instantly reduce the size of your spots and is meant for all skin types. 


I had this acne topical cream prescribed by my doctor a few months ago, but it has definitely helped speed the process of eliminating my acne overall. This is a daily, overnight treatment that dries your pores and spots over a period of 2 months. Light peeling occurs, but usually this helps get rid of dark scars and blemishes from previous pimples. This is one of the scary acne products that is said to “make your acne worse before it gets better,” but honestly I did not experience this at all. Personally, it has helped calm my acne and reduce the amount of whiteheads and oil overall. 

***It depends on your skin type! Always speak to your doctor first before diving into serious skincare products. 


Mint flavored lip products are my favorite! This hydrating lip roll on moisturizers your lips and leaves them feeling refreshed and tingly… but in a good way! Olivella uses 100% natural Italian olive oil in their products, which slows down aging and hydrates your skin. The benefits of olive oil are endless. Hop on this olive oil fad for timeless skin. 


Let me just tell you, I have no idea why this flavor is so hard to find. Mint lip balms and moisturizers are my favorite because they leave your lips feeling refreshed and tingly! However, it seriously upsets me that this edition is being discontinued…  


Everyone has their go-to body lotion and this is my pick! Burt’s Bees products are natural and applicable to all skin types, which is rare to find! I have super dry and crusty legs, knees, and elbows; luckily, this creamy milk and honey formula helps soothe my dry skin. It is clinically proven to moisturize up to 24 hours and is open to all skin types since it is 98.9% natural. This is one of those light weight moisturizers that your skin is able to quickly absorb. On the plus side, it’s 100% natural fragrance is mildly sweet! Definitely give this lotion a try, or any Burt’s Bees product in general. 

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle