Some recent additions to my winter skincare - my two favorites incidentally rose-based - that have been successful in calming my dry, sensitive skin in this temperature transition.

(Plus, a cry for help on the SPF front.)

I was looking for a suitable, more accessible replacement for my favorite Neil's Yard Remedies Rose Facial Wash (for an evening cleanser) and was on the brink of biting the bullet and ordering it online when I picked up this John Masters Organics product on a whim at Whole Foods. It smells and feels almost identical and has fixed the damage done from trying to use an oil cleanser. Quite happy with this one, although it is still only 2nd place to my favorite. 

It seems rosehip seed oil has been having a bit of a moment recently and I thought I'd give it a try - cleansing with an oil-based product wasn't for me but I love the idea of facial oils for deep, nighttime moisture. It has been lauded for its acne-scar-fading properties and overall healing and moisturizing effects. I have been using this one for a few weeks every evening after cleansing and like it a lot more than most tube-contained night creams. It does also sit well under those cream moisturizers if you allow it to sit for about a minute before continuing your regime. 

Although I love that it has Broad Spectrum SPF 50 I didn't love this formula. Although it correctly claims not to leave a white residue or have an intense sunscreen scent, my skin doesn't look great after application. I think maybe it is not moisturizing enough to be used on its own, since it is a face and body lotion. My previous SPF was the Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion with SPF 30, it left my skin dewy and even-toned which is what I am looking for. Someone recommended the CeraVe SPF facial moisturizing formula to me so that's next in line to try!

- a.