Well ladies, it’s that time of year again…the leaves are changing, it’s getting colder out, and most of you may be noticing a change in your skin. Cincinnati weather is notorious for drying out even the most glowing of faces. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but it also highlights more wrinkles and imperfections (egads!). Time to shake up your skincare routine!
First and foremost, make sure you are exfoliating on a daily basis. This will allow any product you use to get more fully absorbed, and you’ll truly get more bang for your buck out of your skincare routine. I, along with many a dermatologist, recommend the Clarisonic, an electronic brush that will do all of the heavy lifting for you. When choosing one for their huge selection, go for the Mia…it’s a little bit smaller than the original, but has the same purpose as the original, and is much cheaper. You can find a huge array of colors at www.sephora.com. , and they have free shipping on any order over $50.
Next, consider a serum. This is great for anyone who has concerns about aging (and that’s almost everyone I know). Using a serum before you moisturize will allow you to use less of your precious moisturizer with the same results. Imagine this: your skin is a sponge. If you try to use a dry sponge to soak up water, it won’t grab nearly as much as an already moist sponge. Plus, a good serum will help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and who doesn’t like that? I have been using and LOVE the Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector with amazing results. It has literally staved me off from Botox, it’s that good, and they actually guarantee it. It’s not your teenage daughter’s skincare anymore, ladies, they have really stepped up their game. It retails for $44.50, which is a steal considering how long a bottle will last you, and what comparable products cost. Available anywhere Clinique is sold.
For your moisturizer, thing get a little trickier, depending on your skin type and your budget. If you have dry/very dry skin, my favorite moisturizer in the universe is Creme de La Mer. It is thick, creamy and soothing, full of all-natural ingredients, and Jennifer Lopez is rumored to use it as a full body moisturizer to give her skin that glow that seems to come from within. If I had her money, I would,too! Once you use it, you’ll be sold, but all of this yummy goodness comes at a price- LaMer reatails for $135, available at Nordstrom. For a more wallet-friendly option, try L’oreal’s Golden Balm, available at drugstores everywhere, for around $20. It’s fortified with calcium and 10 different oils to nourish dryer, more mature skin.
For normal skin, I have a few options that I love to use on my makeup clients. I personally love the Embryolisse 23000 Lait-Creme Concentrate. This is a great medium-weight moisturizer that also pulls double duty as a makeup primer, and makeup artists everywhere swear by it for almost all skin types. It is also frangrance-free, which I like. Who wants a face that smells like flowers,especially when added fragrances can actually be drying to the skin. Your face will drink it in! Find it at www.camerareadycosmetics.com, prices vary by size. My second pick is Old Faithful, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. There’s really nothing dramatic or different about it, but it does exactly what it says. It moisturizes and plumps up skin without leaving a greasy feel or residue and the price is great! $13 for a good moisturizer? I’m sold!
Now, if you have oily skin, don’t think you’re off the hook here. Did you know that neglecting to moisturize oily skin can actually cause you skin to freak out and over-produce MORE oil? Probably the last thing you want. Try the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer for combination skin. It’s lightweight formula will give you good oil-control, while moisturizing normal to dry areas. $10 at drugstores everywhere.
Lastly, and possibly the most important component of all- Sunscreen! Just because it may seem dark and dreary, don’t ever leave your house without it, unless you’re just dying for some dark spots and wrinkles to compliment your new winter wardrobe. I like the Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 for all skin types..it’s oil free and fragrance free, and from the masters of great skincare. $31 at sephora.com. Also if you want a product that will pull double duty, try the MAC Prep and Prime SPF 50. It blocks out the sun’s nasty rays while filling in fine lines and wrinkles to make your skin a smooth canvas before applying any makeup. $30 wherever you find MAC cosmetics.
There you are, your winter skincare breakdown….remember, your face is the first thing that people will notice about you, so make the effort and investment that it deserves. As your makeup artists, we beg you, please take care of your skin- after all, we can only cover color, not texture!
–image, Steph Carson