On The Beauty Beat: Winter Skin Savers

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body scrub for rough winter skin. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Even though it’s not officially Winter for a few more weeks, the weather’s colder, and the heater is running more often. Heated air is dryer air, and my skin is feeling it already. Here are a few beauty products I’ve tried recently and have incorporated into my winter skincare routine. 


Above: skin that’s dry tends to get rough and scaly. I’ve been in search of a body scrub that’s not tested on animals and doesn’t further dry my skin. This one ticks those boxes. A little bit goes a long way, and it polishes and smoothes skin nicely without making it feel dry and tight.

Makeover Workshop minted lip scrub smooths and soothes dry lips. Details at une femme d'un certain age.This lip scrub is a new product from Makeover Workshop. Brian gave me a sample to try and I really like it! It’s not tested on animals, and has a nice texture, not too thick or rough. Use it in tandem with the Re-Creation Lip Treatment to keep your lips smooth and flake-free all winter. (The pair would make a nice beauty gift too.) I’ve used the Lip Treatment for a couple of years now, and wouldn’t be without it. I recently replenished after having run out for about three weeks and can really feel the difference. You can currently get free shipping on all Makeover Workshop products too.


I’m going to be making another pilgrimage to City Pharma when I’m in Paris, but in the meantime I’ve been using this moisturizer at night and have been quite pleased. It’s cruelty-free and paraben-free. The formula feels rich but not greasy. The packaging is also travel-friendly.


Corpus Natural Deodorant No. Green. Details at une femme d'un certain age.I rarely need an antiperspirant any more, especially during the cooler months; instead I prefer a simple deodorant. I’ve been looking for a natural, cruelty-free option for some time, but quite honestly, many of the ones I’ve tried weren’t effective. (And I’m not a particularly stinky gal.) This one works well, and has only the subtlest of fragrances. It’s a little pricier than the grocery store brands, but I get the sense it will last a good long time. (Paraben-free too.)

Do you switch up your skincare routine in the winter?

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  1. I have always liked (and bought) Aesop skin care products. I remember back in 1987 when Aesop was first developed by an Australian hairdresser – it is great to see how successful it has become. I admit that my skin care regimen doesn’t vary much between winter and summer, although I do slap on copious quantities of sunblock in summer.

  2. When the cold winds and the furnace began to blow this year, I added an oil layer under my moisturizer. It makes such a difference! My skin feels comfortable and no flakes.

  3. I’m so glad to see you mention a non-anti-perspirant deodorant. I have used the Le Couvent des Minimes deodorant for years. Last year, when it was no longer available in the US, I ordered a big stash from the French Amazon. I suspect it is now discontinued, which is surprisingly distressing. I will try your suggestion when the stash runs low. My husband is giving the deodorant from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve a trial run – so far, so good — so that’s another option.

  4. Thank you for continuing to present cruelty free products. More and more manufacturers seem to be offering such products.

  5. Mainly just lotion on my legs daily. I don’t have the need (yet) to lotion my whole body in the summer but I pay with itchy skin if I forget lotion on my legs after showering. I need lotion for my hands in winter, no need in summer.

  6. Some exfoliating products (not Aesop’s) contain microplastics, which don’t break down and which contribute to ocean pollution — something I’m acutely aware of as a bay swimmer. Instead of them, I use a Japanese scrubbing cloth. It makes a little bit of soap go a long way, and it’s great for washing your back! (And yes, I use it on my face, too.) I’m not allowed to paste a link here; search SALUX washcloth/towel. They’re about $6 each.

    You can find lists of products containing microplastics at beatthemicrobead.org

    1. Aesop’s product does contain pumice which is volcanic rock. Pumice has many industrial uses; it is very abrasive.

  7. I appreciate that your suggestions are cruelty free. As I finish up products I am using I try to replace them with cruelty free and “clean” options if they are not already. My understanding is that if something is sold in mainland China, animal testing is required. That makes me sad.

  8. I love that you’re changing to cruelty-free options! There are so many available these days. I use Lush, Korres, Paula’s Choice and The Ordinary. ❤️