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Just when I think spring might be on the horizon, the temperature seems to drop! It is actually freezing outside today. My skin really suffers during the winter and definitely needs a little extra TLC. Thankfully, I have found a few new products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs.
C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection - Body Cream
Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow - The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot - these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced.
Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. I have the Bergamont fragrance, and it makes me smell beautiful and feminine. I apply it from head to toe after my evening shower, and my skin feels luxuriously soft and smooth.
Higher Education Skincare - Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion
Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects your skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices. I also use their lip balm to keep my lips soft and protected from the elements.
Mamonde - Hydro Eye Gel Cream
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive - but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I have been using this amazing eye gel for a couple of days now, and it has really firmed up my eye area and makes my eyes look refreshed.
Available: Ulta Stores
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we ride out these cold months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are my current favorites to ensure my skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant. I love these products.They are definitely a must-have for winter.
Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer. I apply it all over my body right after my shower, when my skin is still a bit damp. It works to keep my skin feeling soft and supple. there is honestly nothing I have tried that works better. Plus, it is very inexpensive for something that works this well.
Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks. This product is my favorite newest discovery! I apply it to my neck and chest every evening right after my shower. I also apply it to my breasts, because who couldn't use a little firming there? After two weeks of using Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest, my skin is noticeable firmer in these areas. This products is also very affordable. I love it!
The cold air can wreak havoc on your skin (hello wind burn, chapped, dehydrated flaky skin), but with our lineup of products for National Winter Skin Relief Day (January 8th ) , it doesn’t have to. Get ahead of the game this winter and stay looking and feeling extra nourished. Take the steps to protect and prevent dryness, and treat your skin.
The below is the ultimate defense against the harsh, cold air:
Miss Bud’s Hemp Body Butter ($13.99; Amazon.com): Keep your skin moisturized while discovering the incredible skincare benefits of pure hemp seed oil. This coconut-scented quick absorbing Hemp Seed Oil formula deeply penetrates the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
IMAGE VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion ($38; IMAGESkincare.com): Featuring four highly active forms of vitamin C, this luxurious moisturizer uses anti-aging ingredients that are often reserved just for the face. This lotion goes beyond hydration to treat telltale signs of aging on the body.
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45; Sephora.com): The ultimate way to lock in hydration before applying your makeup. This all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener leaves skin hydrated and glowing, and prepped for all-day makeup wear.
IOPE Super Vital Cream Bio Excellence Rich ($100; Us.aritaum.com): This rich, concentrated formula deeply nourishes skin for long-lasting effects, while alleviating dryness and brightening complexion. Containing BIO Glycan ™ technology, this cream hydrates dull skin while effectively reducing visible signs of aging.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99; Target.com): This unique formula is activated by water on just-showered skin and takes advantage of the peak moisture moment – when your skin is still wet, it is most receptive to hydration. The application to wet skin allows the formula to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface delivering proven itch soothing ingredients like Vitamin E & Oatmeal Extract to the source of dryness.
The winter season can cause fine lines to become more noticeable due to the skins exposure to severe temperatures, central heating and dehydration. These common skin concerns are a major reason why hyaluronic acid is an essential skincare ingredient.
Hyaluronic acids powerful and scientifically proven, anti-ageing properties not only work to comfort the skin, but also provide an even base for makeup application! Below I’ve rounded up three hyaluronic acid containing skincare products including an exfoliating cleanser and two serums which cater to daytime and nighttime skincare needs.
Borghese Esfoliante Delicato Gentle Cleanser and Exfoliant ($27 at Borghese.com) The Ultra-mild cleanser accelerates surface cell turnover with a natural Jojoba exfoliant that does away with dull skin to reveal a soft, smooth and re- texturized appearance. Hyaluronic acid provides an antioxidant defense against environmental assaults resulting in a luminous and altogether fresh appearance.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced® Intensive Renewal Serum ($62 at Arbonne.com) This vegan-certified, collagen-supporting day time formula is infused with concentrated antioxidants, botanicals and peptides that work synergistically to protect the skin’s surface from future signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid provides hydration that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Borghese Acqua Ristorativo Hydrating Concentrate ($92 at Borghese.com): This night time formula is infused with a botanically-derived Cell Leaf Culture and two marine-derivatives which work in tandem with the Hyaluronic Acid to attract and bind moisture leaving skin softened and supple.
If you haven't done so just yet, now is the time to winterize your skin care routine with products that can protect our skin, hair and lips from the elements. Below are some of the best winter beauty products that add a touch of glam to carry you through this cold, dreary season.
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve No. 012
A favorite since the early days of C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, this product offers soothing rose extract to help ease irritation and condition the lips. The Rose Salve can also be used on your face, elbows, knees and cuticle to help condition chapped and dry skin.
Mally Beauty H3 Lipglosses
Obtain triple the hydration and gorgois, luscious lips with this pout-perfecting gloss. Get enviable, fierce coverage with this ultra-moisturizing high-shine gloss that is formulated with antioxidants and plenty of moisture, this gloss will leave your lips full and sparkling.
Available in six shades: Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Tea Rose, Perfect Nude and Orchid Berry at ULTA.com
NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil
NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil refines and helps skin recover with natural antimicrobial and healing, protective ingredients. Bakuchiol (ba-koo-heel) from India serves as a natural alternative to retinol, helping smooth and refine skin without irritation. A trio of potent antioxidants, coleus root, rosemary and thyme extracts, are natural purifiers that clarify skin and defend against daily pollution and stress. Virgin, cold pressed, organic rose hip oil—grown in the pure soil and air of the Chilean Andes—smoothes and nourishes skin with vitamin C and omegas 3 & 6. A rich botanical complex of papaya, hibiscus, and wild carrot root extracts with vitamins A, C, E and omegas locks in essential moisture. This fast-absorbing, featherweight treatment oil is a true lifesaver for everything your skin faces each day.
PÜR™ Eyedentity Luxe Firming Eye Cream
This eye cream helps to firm and tighten the delicate skin around your eyes, while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with intensive hydrators and nourishing antioxidants, the cream utilizes the renewing power of lactic acid to fight age markers. A key peptide helps to prevent future damage and soothing Shea Butter conditions skin for a soft, smooth complexion.
PÜR™ Lip Lure Hydrating Lip Lacquer
Give your lips a burst of hydrating color with this alluring lip lacquer. This unique formula features a blend of Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil, which forms a protective barrier on lips to naturally prevent water loss. This rich, creamy, full-coverage lip color offers a natural shine leaving no residue behind.
Available shades: Belle, Graceful, Fancy, Fiery, Mystic
Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory.
Made in small batches in the USA, the items are made from the finest oils and extracts like meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and contain aromatherapy oils. Each product is free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates and comes stylishly wrapped in paper featuring one of Soap & Paper Factory’s unique designs, along with a chic closure made from natural bamboo.
- The new collection features four core fragrances designed to refresh and restore the senses:
Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination. Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent. Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey. Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.
The products include: Shea Butter Bar Soap ($8), Sea Salt Body Scrub ($12), Travel Sized Body Lotion ($12), Travel Sized Body Wash ($12), Treatment Facial Mask ($16), Scented Drawer Liner Papers ($18), Big Rollerball Botanical Oil ($24)
Available: Anthropologie and anthropologie.com
Tammy Fenders Epi-Peel.
This five-minute exfoliator, mask and peel in one instantly revitalizes the skin. For a smooth complexion, simply coat and dry your skin with the clay mask and peel it off five minutes later. Enriched with Hibiscus and Grape Seed Oils, this peel relieves irritation, promotes circulation and removes toxins from the skin. This unique holistic formula also stimulates the flow of chi, the body’s energy, to enliven the spirit and stimulate clarity, bringing vibrant and healthy skin from the inside out.
I will be sent products to compensate this post. All opinions are my own.
Holiday Skincare Tips from Jan Marini
Jan Marini, President and CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, is a pioneer in the professional skincare arena. She has more than three decades of experience researching and developing new and innovative skincare technologies. Below are her top beauty tips to help keep skin protected and youthful during the holiday season.
Tip #1: Dry Lips
One of the most common complaints relating to harsh winter weather is dry chapped lips. Not only are dry lips uncomfortable, but they can interfere with lipstick application and certainly look unsightly. Here’s a tip guaranteed to deliver smooth, hydrated luscious looking lips:
1. After removing your lipstick, use a wet (wrung out) washcloth to rigorously “buff” the lip area. This provides just the right amount of exfoliation and removes dead dry skin, leaving behind a smooth surface.
2. Rub everything you use on your face over your lips – and be generous. This means moisturizers, retinol, etc.
3. Finish with a sealant. Use something that is thick and emollient. This idea is to leave behind a barrier that sits on your lips throughout the night and prevents moisture from escaping. Some great examples are plain old Vaseline, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream, or Janet Sartin Superfatted Cream.
4. In the AM, make certain you again massage your facial products onto your lip and finish with sunscreen.
You won’t believe how silky, plump and smooth your lips will look. Goodbye dry chapped lips forever!
Tip #2: Dark Circles
The second most common female complaint is dark circles. The primary cause of dark circles are hereditary influences. In particular, individuals with dark circles have blood vessels closer to the surface that are more visible through the thinner lower eyelid skin. However, as our dark circle sisters will attest, late nights, allergies, and the common cold, to name a few, can create fluctuating and inconsistent under eye area.
However there is help. Dark Circle Eye Defense contains retinol, anti-aging peptides and several other ingredients that can help to stabilize and minimize this temperamental area. The combinations of synergistic agents can dramatically address the appearance of dark circles. In addition continuous use ensures that under eyelid skin is more consistent throughout holiday partying, the cold season and life’s other stressful challenges.
Tip #3: Dull Winter Skin
Whether your skin is dry or oily, colder winter weather can make any complexion look duller and less vibrant. While increased moisture helps to provide a protective barrier in harsh temperatures, moisturizers don’t address skin that seems sluggish and looks like it’s half hidden behind a dull layer of skin.
Even in winter months, exfoliation is a must for keeping facial skin looking polished and luminous with that perfect “airbrushed” look.
Some resurfacing agents can have an anti-inflammatory effect and can also boost the skin’s ability to manufacture substances that retain water. Combination of acids are perfect for this task. Plus these same agents can assist in keeping skin blemish-free as well as lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tip #4: Dehydrated Skin
Believe it or not, a supplement can actually increase your skin’s hydration and volume, making you look like you are glowing and moisturized from within.
Regardless of how much water you consume, as you age, you produce less of the substances that allow your body and skin to retain water. These substances are partly responsible for giving you that plumped up luscious moist quality as opposed to the more gaunt, less dense appearance of older and sun damaged skin.
Biocell is a revolutionary form of internal hyaluronic acid that is attached to a peptide, which allows for absorption. In the body, each molecule of hyaluronic acid absorbs and retains approximately 10,000 times its weight in water. This amazing breakthrough can and does make a rapid visible improvement in skin texture and moisture content. Perfect prevention and maintenance for dehydrated party skin!
Tip #5: Dreaded “Before Party” Acne Breakout
I guarantee you that the unexpected and unwelcome breakout you have today was brewing long before it emerged to ruin your perfect holiday party. The best and most effective solution is prevention. The first must is a stellar, consistent skincare program designed to melt your specific needs and goals. Secondly, a specific preventative measure that really works:
Step 1. Cleanse as usual in the PM.
Step 2. Apply your usual AHAs, serums, moisturizers, etc.
Step 3. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide 5% or 10% over your other products, only on the area or areas where breakouts tend to occur.
Putting the Benzoyl over the other products prevents unnecessary dryness. But keep in mind that this is a fabulous preventative, so you must continue even when you are breakout free.
Tip #6: Jan’s #1 Anti-Aging Tip
What’s my #1 anti-aging tip? You’ve heard it before, but I can’t stress it enough: Sunscreen! While short wave length UVB rays are weaker in the winter months, not so with UVS. The long UVS wavelengths are the same intensity all year long, even when it is cloudy, raining, or snowing. These rays penetrate your skin like an invisible X-ray, destroying collagen and elastin, and damaging the foundation of your firm youthful-looking skin. This damage may not show up for some time, but you can be certain that the groundwork has been imprinted into your DNA and it will manifest itself in unsightly lines and wrinkles, brown spots, coarse texture and sagging contours. Undisputed research confirms that faithful daily sunscreen users will be rewarded with softer, smoother, more youthful skin than their counterparts.
Tip #7: Pale Winter Skin
Here's the dilemma: You feel like your facial skin looks pasty white and your sunless tanner looks a little overdone for mid-winter. So how do you achieve that flawless, barely sun-kissed flattering glow?
Put a dollop of your favorite moisturizer in your hand and add a pea to a dime-size amount of sunless tanner and mix them together. Then apply to entire face just like you would apply moisturizer. It's mistake-proof and delivers a subtle glow.
You can incorporate this into your daily routine to maintain the perfect reflective hue.
Tip #8: Ragged Dry Cuticles
Cold winter weather not only dries facial skin but also has the potential to ravage already dry cuticles. Here’s a tip that’s guaranteed to remove dead, ugly cuticles without cutting and leave behind soft, smooth skin around the nail area. This is accomplished via a technology that dissolves and dislodges dead, dry skin without harming normal skin. The result is miraculous!
- Clean hands with a proteolytic enzyme cleanser (e.g., Clean Zyme Enzyme Cleanser by JMSR).
- Apply a proteolytic enzyme mask over cuticle area (e.g., Skin Zyme Enzyme Mask by JMSR) or over entire hand. Leave on for 10-20 minutes.
- Remove with Clean Zyme and rinse. Towel-dry and apply an emollient hand cream.
I am a huge fan of Jan Marini Skin Care! I was thrilled to receive a sample of Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator - Sugar Cookie
Marini Holiday Exfoliator is a clinical-strength resurfacer that immediately refines skin texture and follicle size and leaves the skin with a radiant, polished glow.
Uniquely designed spherical dissolving bead technology, proteolytic enzymes and glycolic acid eliminate harsh abrasives (common within typical exfoliators) to gently and safely scrub and resurface the skin. Combined with potent antioxidants, the Marini Holiday Exfoliator combines a smooth, glowing complexion with significant anti-aging benefits.
Exclusively for 2013, Marini Holiday Exfoliator features a delicious sugar cookie scent and an adorable holiday box.
My Experience: This exfoliator has been the perfect solution for ridding my dry flaky winter skin of that dull layer of dead skin cells. I actually use it on my face at night after I remove all of my makeup. I can really feel it working as it polishes my skin with its dissolving beads. It smells yummy, just like a sugar cookie. After I rinse my face I am amazed at how refreshed, renewed and positively glowing my skin looks. When I apply my makeup the next day, my entire face just seems to have a renewed radiance to it that I notice all day long. I love it!
To learn more about Jan Marini or to place an order go to: http://www.janmarini.com
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Snow Bunny Beauty
Whether you’ll be free-falling off of a double diamond this winter or sipping hot chocolate in the lodge, be prepared for a wintery weekend away with these travel-friendly, TSA-approved essentials from Adventuress.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
emerginC is one of my very favorite skincare lines. I trust their products to make my skin glow! Right now with the weather getting colder, I have noticed that my skin has been losing its vibrance. I don't really know what it is. Perhaps it is because it is getting bogged down with all of the heavier skin care treatments I use in the cooler season to keep my skin from getting dry. Regardless, I absolutely love emerginC Pomegranate Gel Cleanser to brighten up my complexion and restore radiance.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.