It looks like the worst is over (fingers crossed). Winter is behind us... I don't know about you, but I know my skin is wrecked. So as you ditch the layers, step into the sunlight rubbing your eyes, realize that, now that your mind is prepared for spring, your skin needs to catch up. Below, some ways to undo the lingering effects of winter on your skin.
Sooth Sensitive Skin
Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum
Reduce redness and soothe irritated skin with this Redness Relief Serum from Darphin. Its formula is a blend of camomile, hawthorn and peony extracts, combined with botanical ingredients, make it gentle on sensitive skin. Shield your skin from harmful environmental damage and keeps your skin hydrated for a smoother complexion. Helps your skin feel comfortable and nourished, with a stronger skin barrier for daily defense.
Ditch the Winter Dryness
Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask
The only thing worse than winter’s bitter cold is the dryness that your skin feels afterward. You want to replenish that moisture without feeling greasy. The Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask is a paper mask that injects over 1,000 times its weight in moisture into the skin. It uses mostly botanical ingredients (the first three after water are aloe barbadensis leaf juice, rosa canina fruit extract, and mulberry root extract), and the mask also brightens skin tone and fights dullness and discoloration.
Make It Perfect
L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Line
L’Occitane has figured out how to unlock the power of the peony, and its Pivoine Sublime—Sublime Peony—line aims to perfect the skin through hydration, correcting uneven textures, and minimizing pores and fine lines. The collection includes a skin perfector serum, a perfecting cream for hydration in all humidity levels, a CC cream to even out irregularities, a perfecting mist for on-the-go hydration, and a tinted lip balm. The line doesn’t launch until May 2015 (just in time for Mother’s Day), so by then your skin will be fresh and ready to be perfected.
De-Fuzz Your Skin
Silk’n Flash&Go Luxx
Soon, your legs will be out in public again—which means it’s time to get rid of that hair. If you don’t have time to head out for laser hair removal, you can try the at-home version. The Silk’n Flash&Go Luxx is an FDA-approved device that uses patented Home Pulsed Light to destroy the hair at the root. The Luxx version comes with 120,000 pulses, ensuring a fuzz-free summer.
Heal Your Winter Lips
Chapped lips are a classic sign of winter skin trama. Your lips only have thin surface layers of skin, so they're more likely than the rest of your face to dry out. You lose up to 10 times more moisture through your lips than you do elsewhere on your face or body. Dry winter air, arctic blasts of wind, and the low humidity indoors can dehydrate your lips. That can make your lips so fragile that they develop tiny splits and cracks.Your lips need a shield to stay in shape.
A balm provides a buffer between your delicate skin and the weather or indoor heating, so never let your lips go nude. The goal is to seal in moisture and get extra hydration with beneficial oils. That barrier will also help seal deep cracks and splits from infection and irritation. Petrolatum is a common ingredient. Castor seed oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, or squalane can also nourish cracked lips. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, and glycerin to ensure your lips stay moist. Also look for SPF so your lips stay protected against the sun.
Here are some really great lip treatments available:
Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, and Softlips Pure Pomegranate Organic Lip Conditioner. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 containing squalane and natural oils. Aquaphor Healing Ointment and Vaseline Lip Therapy. Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture SPF 15 and Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15.
It shocks me how many people skip this step... primer is a game changer. The benefits from using a good primer are too many to count! It's simple. PRIMERS do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure - they smooth, flatter, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately better.
Primers can help by reducing the look of large pores, filling in fine lines, and preventing foundation from looking cakey. They also even out your skin tone; add radiance and allow your makeup last much longer throughout the day!
You would no sooner go out without your bra, please use a primer. There is a perfect primers out there for everyone! Here are some that I love.
Best for Combination Skin and Large Pores
Proving that there is a primer for every person, here’s one perfect for camouflaging large pores and fine lines. Suitable for any skin type, this seems to provide the effect of having a soft focus lens over your skin. Slightly pigmented and very smooth, this primer does have a slight odor, but helps fill in large pores, keeping foundation from settling into them. This translucent balm won’t make pores disappear completely, but this will help in minimizing the appearance of them.
To Buy: Price: $29 (.75 oz) Sephora . Amazon .
Clinique Pore Minimizer instant Perfecter
Minimizing pores can be tricky. This primer can help solve that dilemma. This primer is soft and dries to a matte finish. Its lightweight formula is odorless and will disappear into your skin. As with most primers, a little goes a long way. This doesn’t seem to be as smooth as some of the other primers, however there is no odor. Clinique’s primer will best suit people with combination to oily skin and sells for $18.00 USD for .5 ounces.
To Buy: Bluemercury.com
Best for Masking Redness
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Anti-Redness Primer
Don’t be put off by the mint green color. It neutralizes pink tones and blends surprisingly well into any complexion.
To buy: $13 at drugstores and target.com.
Best for Mature Skin
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
The antioxidants grapeseed and green tea help minimize fine lines, while the velvety finish ensures that makeup glides on evenly and lasts all day.
To buy: $36, smashbox.com.
Best for Dry Skin
Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer
This creamy formula is lightweight but keeps skin well hydrated with aloe vera and glycerin.
To buy: $32, bluemercury.com
Best Matt Finish
MAC Mattifying Gel
Most gel consistency primers have a tendency to slide, but this is the exception to the rule. This gel absolutely stays put and therefore is great for people with oily and combination skin. It glides on smooth and dries to a smooth matte finish helping to reduce and control the amount of oil on the face. This remarkable serum transforms your skin into a perfect canvas for your foundation. MAC Mattifying Gel sells for $19.00 USD for .75 ounces. Best for: Any skin type looking for matte finish.
To Buy: MAC
How to Use Face Primers
THINGS I LOVE!