Even though winter is by far my favorite season (which I've been told is an Unpopular Opinion), one thing I don't love so much is the dry, cold air that accompanies it. That, paired with indoor environments that blast heat, can have a moisture-sapping effect on my skin. And if it's especially windy or frigid out, my face feels like what I imagine Spongebob Squarepants' entire body felt like in that one episode where he goes to Sandy's Treedome without a water helmet.
Taking that into consideration, I always aim to make my winter skin-care routine as gentle on my skin as possible, and with "gentle" literally in this cleanser's name, I had high hopes that it would be a perfect fit for my cold-weather regimen. (Spoiler alert: It was!) Grown Alchemist's natural formula is loaded with a cocktail of botanical extracts like chamomile, bergamot, rosebud and geranium leaf that soothes parched skin and also makes for the perfect morning pick-me-up. The texture is lightweight yet generates a rich lather, and leaves my face feeling balanced and perfectly prepped for serum and moisturizer. Winter, get at me.
Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser, $39, available at Net-a-Porter
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