Monday, October 22, 2012

Winter Is Coming: Sarah McNamara Is My New Secret Weapon Against Dry Winter Skin

I may have mentioned a few times that it's dry here in Colorado (and by a few I mean constantly).

In the past my best weapon against this dry weather, and the ugly dry skin that it causes, has been Aquaphor.  I'd mix it into my lotion during the day and apply it directly before bed.  This helps lock in moisture from my products and I wake up with much happier skin.  I've never had it cause breakouts but I don't like that the main ingredient is mineral oil and that it doesn't have any anti aging properties.

While I was researching BB Creams a few weeks ago I came across the much lauded Miracle Skin Transformer from Sarah McNamara.  I'd seen a lot of great reviews and decided to go get a sample at Sephora.  I ended up liking the makeup but what really caught my eye is the Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm.




This thick balm contains a proprietary blend of thirty, yes THIRTY, emollients including but not limited to:

  • Manuka Honey
  • Tamanu Oil
  • Monoi and Moringa Butters
  • Japanese Licorice Root Extract
  • Blue Mountain Sage Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Glycerine
  • Olive Oil
  • Panthenol
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E
So many of these ingredients are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and antioxidant powerhouses on their own.  I couldn't believe my luck at finding all of them together.  

Before jumping to any conclusions and telling everyone how great this is I wanted to give it a REALLY thorough test run.  Many people are wary about putting anything classified as an oil on their faces and I was worried this would be too thick or heavy and that it would make me break out.

After three weeks of use I'm happy to say I haven't had any unusual breakouts.  I've had a spot pop up here and there but nothing that I think was caused by the Heal Everything Balm.  What I have had is soft, moisturized skin. 

I don't use this everyday but I use it several times a week.  I mix it into one of my serums because it is very thick and almost sticky in consistency.  The serum helps thin it out a bit and keeps me from over applying.  This is also fantastic on my lips or cuticles when they start to get flaky from the dry heated air.  Nothing dries skin faster than turning on the furnace.

A little of this goes a long way!

Even after rubbing the balm in you can see how thick it is.
This is why thinning it out is helpful, especially if you want to wear it during the day under makeup.

The only drawbacks I've found with this product is that it can separate a bit in the bottle and you have to shake it a lot to mix it back up and the bottle is small.  I have a feeling I'll go through quite a few of them this winter since this product now has a permanent place in my routine.





Photos: Me

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