With all the running up and down the coast that I've been doing lately, my skin has definitely felt a little confused. Changes in temperature (going from 28 degrees to 75 degrees), humidity (from the desert to the well-humidified north), and pollution levels (LA. Need I say more?), has caused my skin to be even more dehydrated than it normally is in winter. So, like the closet beauty junkie I am, I started playing around with the all creams and concoctions I keep in my office in efforts to quench my newfound dryness. (I'm a sucker for new products so I tend to hoard them - I'll have to Insta Story my obsessive compulsive label-induced storage situation sometime, it's kind of nuts).

Being a Clarins fan from back in the day (it was one of the brands I used all through college), I started my skin quenching quest with two of their new products - the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-phase Serum and the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream Moisturizer - and it turns out that's all that was needed to get my skin not just back to normal, but extra radiant. 


The secret ingredient, it turns out, is organic Leaf of Life extract - a highly-resilient succulent plant that not only boosts the skin's ability to retain moisture, but to retain it all day long. So when some of my other moisturizers would essentially give up, these two products kept my skin holding on to all that precious moisture. 


Since then, I've stuck to the routine of using the serum at night as the first thing after washing my face, and I apply the creme in the morning, right after a vitamin C serum. And not only do they hydrate, but they go on smooth and work super well with any other creams or serums I want to add. 

Plus, if I'm ever feeling extra dry, I apply the serum followed by the cream (day or night) for an extra hit of moisture, which seems to work really well. How have you been battling winter skin? 



Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli and me

In collaboration with Clarins, but all opinions are my own. 

Tienlyn Jacobson