I just couldn't decide what my first post should be about. Lately though, I have been having a lot of women telling me their skin is extremely dry, and they don't know how they should be taking care of it. So, I figured it's probably most important that I tackle this subject right from the get go!
The worst feeling in the world, is when your skin is dry and flaky, almost a sandpaper feel. Your makeup doesn't go on right, your face feels tight, and it's screaming for moisture! This time of year our skin needs more. Between the heat that we turn up, and the cold air outside- our skin is confused.
As we age, our skin looses the ability to lock in moisture. Take a baby's skin for instance, so smooth and soft, and compare it to wherever you are at now.
First step would be to use a light exfoliator. There are a couple different types of exfoliation : Chemical and Physical. Choosing the right one for your will depend on your skin type. Physical exfoliators are the ones where you do most of the work, by scrubbing with your hands and usually feels rough to the touch. This type is never recommended for oily/acneic skin. Chemical exfoliators, are usually rubbed on lightly but the chemicals do all the work. Both work to slough off old, dead skin cells. For most people, you shouldn't exfoliate more than twice a week. Over exfoliating can actually damage your skin.
Examples of each: Kate Sommerville exfolikate & Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish
After you have done that for your skin, you will reveal brighter skin. To maintain it, start by using a moisturizing cleanser. This could be an oil based cleanser, or a cream cleanser.
Examples of each: Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil & The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser
Once you have cleansed, there is the optional step of a serum or a Beauty Oil. This is something personally I can't do without. A serum will penetrate deeper into your skin, and will allow your moisturizer to work more effectively. There are so many out there that you can buy, but make sure if your skin is dry, to get one specifically for adding moisture. Beauty Oils are becoming very popular as of late. It all really started with the Argan/Moroccan Oil trend. Just because it is an "oil" does not mean it is moisturizing! Make sure that is the focus of the one you purchase.
Examples of each: Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 and Fresh Seaberry face Oil
And of course, you can't forget about your moisturizer. I really believe you need a different moisturizer for the day, and night. At night, you can get away with wearing something much heavier, and more moisturizing. Your skin breathes it all in much easier at night, without having your makeup on. During the day however, choose something a little lighter for under your makeup, with an added SPF to protect your skin.
Examples of each: Korres Wild Rose 24hr Moisture Cream and Sephora Collection Instant Moisturizer
Our under-eyes need a little help too! Even adding a little extra moisture at night will help.
Example: Loccitane Ultra Rich Eye Balm (It has Shea Butter! - amazing.)
Lips get super dry this time of year, BUT you can exfoliate those too! Doing a light exfoliator will help them out tremendously. Knocking off the flaky dead skin and applying a very rich balm on top will make magic happen.
Examples of each: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ( I KNOW someone reading this has to be a fan.) & Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment
Let's not just stop at our face! OUR POOR HANDS! Right!? Doing hair and makeup for about 5 years, I have beat up my hands and have tried just about everything to keep them from cracking in the winter. Finally this year I have found what I would call, miracle products to keep them from doing just that. Yu Be moisturizing skin cream, doesn't have the most pleasant smell at first (it's the camphor in it), but if it works I don't even care. Let me tell you, that is the best thing I have ever used. Another great product would be the Josie Maran Argan Balm... because Argan Oil fixes everything, right? I have used both at night before going to bed and when I wake up the next day, you would never know my hands were on the verge of cracking.
After all of these suggestions from me, I would love to know- What works for YOU? Everyone has their own "Miracle Products" for winter time blues, what's yours?