Winter Skincare Essentials

Winter in Chicago is still in full force! Though the city has a certain beauty this time of year, the freezing wind and snow outside and the dry air from blasting the heat inside can lead to dry, flakey, dull complexions for many of us. Luckily, we can combat the dullness by amping up our skincare routines to bring a healthy glow back even on the coldest of days. Here are a few of our essential products for this season, recommended by the estheticians here at Allyu Spa:


Apricot Cream CleanserApricot Cream Cleanser by Epicuren

If your skin is looking and feeling dehydrated, consider switching to a creamy, moisturizing cleanser.  While foaming or salt-based cleansers are wonderful ways to rid your skin of dirt, oil, and makeup when the weather is more mild, switching to a richer cleanser may be necessary if the change in seasons has dried out your skin.  This gentle formula removes makeup (including waterproof eye makeup!) dirt, and oil from the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.  The botanical and fruit extracts like apricot, grapefruit seed, and avocado oils in this product work together to impart moisture as they cleanse.


Marula Oil

Harvested from the Marula trees of Southern Africa by women indigenous to the region, Marula Oil is a truly multi-purpose, nutrient rich product. The fruit of the Marula tree certainly packs a punch, containing 4 times the Vitamin C of an orange, along with powerful antioxidants and fatty acids to help repair skin.  If that isn’t enough already, this wonderful product is also anti-inflammatory to help even out skin tone, and helps combat signs of aging. While it is fabulous for dry skin, Marula Oil has a beautifully light texture, so those of us with oilier skin needn’t shy away from this product. Besides all the fantastic benefits to heal and rejuvenate the skin, the glow it brings to the complexion is incomparable!

Hydrating Mineral

Hydrating Mineral Mask by Epicuren

On days when your skin is chapped, sensitive, and drier than ever, Epicuren’s Hydrating Mineral Mask is the product to reach for to pamper your skin back to softness.  Made with shea butter, Jojoba oil, and rosehip oil, the calming, rich ingredients of this mask moisturize deeply into the skin. This product can be worn overnight to increase effectiveness so you wake up refreshed and hydrated.

Soothe Dermal Repair

Soothe Dermal Repair Balm by Epicuren

The soothing ingredients in this fabulous product keep skin hydrated and youthful, while the richness of the formula creates a protective barrier to shield the skin from harsh winds, This makes it ideal for outdoor winter activities like skiing, sledding, or even just walking down the windy city streets on a frigid day.  Rich in shea butter and botanicals like lavender, rosewood, and jasmine, this plant-based, vegan product is packed with healthy and natural ingredients to breathe life into a dry complexion.


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