fall grooming favorites

Winter in New York is rough – I’m not going to sugar coat it. The wind is strong, weather fluctuates, we get storms, and my skin honestly suffers. I have normally oily skin, which my mother has SWORN to me will help with wrinkles as I age (but for now, it’s really problematic). I love trying new products that might help with my winter skin issues, so here I'm rounding up some of my new products that I love for the season.

The first product on my fall favorites list is actually a duo. Full disclosure, I received this set as a gift from Sunday Riley, but they have been truly working for me lately. The Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner and U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil work in tandem to clear the skin, moisturize, tone, and alleviate breakouts all with minimal oil. First you use the gel toner after cleansing day or night. The gel turns a little watery after applying, and kind of melts right into your skin. It’s a great moisture-rich toner! A lot of times with toner I feel like it strips my skin or is too drying, but this one does a great job of moisturizing.

After using the toner, I apply the U.F.O. face oil. To be honest I am not a huge fan of facial oils. As I said I have naturally oily skin, so I never understood the idea of putting oil on oil to get rid of oil (I’m not crazy, right?). This has a little salicylic acid in it for acne control. I don’t really have huge breakouts anymore, but I do have the occasional blackhead or pimple, and a little bit of this really keeps my skin in check.

I usually do this routine at night because I don’t like to leave the house with too much product on my face, but it can definitely be done in the morning. I have to say I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin’s texture and seen fewer breakouts lately!


I’ve also been looking for a moisturizing mask that will hydrate without leaving too much product buildup. I stumbled into my favorite store – Aesop – to see what they might have. After discussing my concerns with the shop attendant, who was super helpful, she suggested the Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque. This mask isn’t your typical pasty leave-on-wash-off dry cracking mask you may get from the drug store. This mask can actually be used as a moisturizer. I apply this once or twice-weekly after cleansing at night and leave it on while I sleep. I find it helps when my apartment’s heating is so strong that I have to sometimes turn the air conditioning on. See, I told you my skin doesn’t know what to do in winter!

My final pick is small, but a necessity! While at Aesop I also picked up the hydrating lip balm. People tend to forget, but in winter the sun is just as strong, so I picked this one because it has SPF30 protection. Not only that, but it is super hydrating without that greasy, sticky feeling from some lip balms. This one is definitely something I’ll keep buying throughout the year, regardless of season!

Like I said, I love trying new skincare products, so if you have any recommendations, drop a note in the comments!