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Protect Ya Nose

Protect Ya Nose

This not-really-a-mask mask is the solution to your dry, flaky skin
This not-really-a-mask mask is the solution to your dry, flaky skin

Allergens have been all the rage this spring - every time I step outside I'm bombarded by them. Hero is incredibly allergic to grass (the ultimate in dog tragedies), and he's been spending our walks sneezing so hard people on the other side of the street have been laughing. At me. Because I insist on saying "bless you" after every single doggie sneeze. Then we get back home and he stops sneezing, but I'm going through tissues like nobody's business, because my nose won't stop running. It's gotten to the point where I dread leaving my apartment, and not just because I'm a hermit.

All this tissue usage has made my nose so dry and peely, it's actually started bleeding. I KNOW. Just when you thought this blog post couldn't possibly get sexier, right?! My poor, adorable nose is in such a sorry state I've been reaching for a mega-moisturizer that I thought I wouldn't see again till next winter: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

Calling this moisturizer a mask is a little deceiving. It's not a mask in the traditional sense (turning your face a different color, hardening so that you can't talk, etc), so I think of it more as an extreme moisturizer. It's so intense that I find I can only apply this "mask" to areas of extreme dryness - all over my face is just too much, and can lead to tiny breakouts on the areas of my face not suffering from mega-dehydration. During the winter I used this mask most nights around my nose, eyes, and mouth, where I would get a lot of flaky, peeling skin. I thought it was going to go back in my medicine cabinet for a few months, but then seasonal allergies came onto the scene and I was back to coating my nose in Origins every night. Sometimes I still like to use a teensy dab around the corners of my eyes too, over my usual eye cream, because they tend to get dry and crepey if I'm not too careful.

This overnight mask works so effectively that my flakes are pretty much cleared up after a night or two of use, but I like to think of applying this mask to my nose each night as preventative medicine, at least until this particular allergy season is over. Plus, the scent is so fantastic, it's frankly a delight to have it on my nose all night.

I Cried 17 Times While Writing This.

I Cried 17 Times While Writing This.

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