Amanda Megan Miller Photography » Blog

Masthead header

Things I Love: The Harsh Winter Edition

I don’t know about you, but the harsh Chicago winters can wreak havoc on my skin. Dry, cracked lips, ugh. Not so smooth skin that doesn’t take to makeup as nicely as it should. Dry hands and feet. None of it’s pretty, that’s for sure! So, come the winter, I am all about gentle exfoliation (to get rid of the dry skin just sitting on your face and body) and major hydration (to bring that skin back to beautiful life)!

Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Mico Milk Peel – Use this stuff daily in the winter to keep your skin oh so smooth. It exfoliates gently, but also leaves it feeling hydrated, love it! (Usage: Daily)

Honest Beauty Konjac Sponge – Admission time, I hate washing my face. Makeup wipes, toners, and the works, sure! But I hate how messy it is to wash your face. Water gets all over the sink and, in the end, I never feel like my face is really clean. But using a konjac sponge to wash my face has changed the game for me! When I use this to wash my face, I actually feel like I’m getting all the grime and makeup off my face. And, even better, it is so gentle that it feels like a mini massage for my face! (Usage: Daily)

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – This stuff is a god send! On days I work from home, makeup-free, I make a point to put some on several times throughout the day. Just lather it on and don’t stop! And if you have nightmares of developing turkey neck in your old age, make sure to run some into your neck as well! (Usage: Daily. Morning and Night.)

Mario Badescu Facial Spray – An absolute must for long winters, sun drenched skin, and air travel! I wasn’t always sold on the idea of a facial spray, but after 31 years of these harsh Chicago winters, I’m finally on board. If you feel like your skin is so parched that half way through your morning, you already feel like it needs a little TLC, then pick yourself up a facial spray. It is like a breath of fresh air for your face, both hydrating and gentle.  It renews the natural luminance of your skin, while also protecting it from further dryness. (Bonus: It also brings your makeup back to life after a long day.) (Usage: As Needed)

Moroccan Black Soap + Hammam Exfoliating Glove – Obviously dry skin can build up everywhere, not just on your face! And this stuff is a miracle worker if you want some full body exfoliation. Use the Moroccan Black Soap in the shower and then go ham with the Hammam glove! You seriously won’t believe how effective this duo is! (Usage: Once or twice a week.)

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – You will only get so far moisturizing your lips from the elements (or harsh liquid lipsticks, eeek)! Doing some semi-regular gentle exfoliation is key to keeping them flake free and gorgeous! You can DIY some at home brown sugar scrub, you can pick up this fantastic sugar lip scrub, or you can get one of these lipstick exfoliators. I personally prefer this method of lip exfoliating because it’s a lot less messy! I will often use it while I am working at the computer, massaging the exfoliating ‘lipstick’ into my lips for a few minutes, and then quickly washing it off a few minutes later. Since it is something I can do at my desk, I am much more likely to keep up with it. And these are a total bargain buy, to boot! (Usage: 2-3 times a week.)

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – I know I’ve blogged about this favorite before, but I have definitely started using it even more in the winter. It says it is meant to tighten and firm skin, but I mostly love it for the major hydration factor. Not to mention, the lovely light scent of coconut makes me think of sunnier days! (Usage: Nightly)

Josie Maran Argan Oil – Rub this on your face and all over post shower and hammam exfoliating session! There is also a ‘light’ version if you feel like the pure oil formula is too much for your skin. (Usage: Daily)

TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid – I know, I know, if you google this product and see the photos, you might be a little scared off, but if you want super smooth feet, just do it and thank me later. (Usage: Once a month)


I could go on forever, but these are my ride-or-die go to products as of late! How do you combat thrashed winter skin? Any other products I should check out or techniques I should incorporate into my routine? Share in the comments!


[…] Sponge – I talked a little bit about these in my Winter Edition of Things I Love, but I just had to include them here too. These are another game changer for your […]

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *



F a c e b o o k
P i n t e r e s t