Regular facials and excellent skincare can improve your skin texture- that is a fact. But what do I mean by skin texture? The way your face feels and often times looks. It can include flakey, rough patches, a crepe-like appearance on the cheeks or around the eyes, and the skin is dry and rough to the touch.
Also, how does your skin feel on you? Does it feel tight and sometimes hot? Does it feel irritated and look red? All of these conditions can be caused by dry and dehydrated skin. And skin sensitivity will heighten during this state.
Here are products that I am loving right now that have, hands down, improved my skin this winter season. In no particular order...
Please do not remove your make up with your cleanser. The cleansing process must start with a gentle makeup removing step. During a facial, we call this a "double cleanse". At home, we call it "taking your make up off". Dermologica's Precleanse is a lightweight cleansing oil that emulsifies with a little bit of water. Massage on the face with dry hands/dry face and then add water and watch it become a milk and rinse away! Won't clog pores and removes every bit of your long day off your face.
Have you already heard the enormous buzz around this miracle serum? Hyaluronic Acid hit peak hysteria in 2015, but it still delivers and people still want this amazing product. There is a reason this will be a skincare hall of famer. Our bodies already make this acid naturally (the crusty gunk in our eyes every morning? Yup- that's HA) and so our skin happily accepts it. But what makes some Hyaluronic Acids better than others? Ability to penetrate. Generally speaking, the molecule is pretty big so you get a little penetration, but a nice, moisturizing barrier for your skin. Image Skincare Hyaluronic Acid has a smaller molecule and a fantastic delivery system so it penetrates deeper, giving your skin a plumping effect and deep hydration. Hyaluronic Acid hold 1000x its weight in water- which is phenomenal when you think about how, as we age, we lose precious moisture. We are basically evaporating. Hyaluronic Acid is excellent for all skin types. Use alone and then follow with a moisturizer, or add it to your serum as an enhancer.
The 55% water-infused primer is why this has totally won my heart. It feels different than other luminous primers- it's the water! I love this stuff. It's light weight, blends like a dream and is NOT a foundation. It's a primer. My skin looks so incredibly smooth, hydrated, and healthy when I wear it. Apply over your skincare and SPF. Makeup is optional.
Peptides, organic avocado oil, and tons of anti-oxidants protect, soften and plumps up lips. Say goodbye to chapped lips and fine lines around the mouth! Yay!
Base layers are key to hydration and a smooth appearance. This under eye primer reduces puffiness and under eye discoloration while providing amazing hydration. I use this on myself and my clients. Amazing results!
Sometimes that dull, dry texture on your face is simply dead skin sitting on top. And as we get older, the new cells deep below need encouraging to come up to the surface! One way you can do that is by exfoliating one or two times a week. This powder has pumpkin enzymes (they eat away the dead skin layer) and Lactic Acid (milk) which soften the skin. Rice and pearl powder brightens and lightens the skin, aiding in a more youthful appearance (if you like that kind of thing). Place a teaspoon of powder into your wet palm, massage to create a creamy lather and massage all over your face, neck, and décolletage. I love using this in the shower. (Another benefit is your skincare will penetrate better.)
Here's the night cream! I would be remiss if I didn't tell you what I'm currently using at night. I switch up my serums a lot, but I am truly digging this cream this winter. It is thick, creamy, heavy (in a really good way), and no scent. My skin is like butter in the morning. Plant and flower stem cells go deep and protect the new cells. These stem cells combat and prevent the effects of aging on the skin. My skin looks and feels amazing. Why the steep price tag? The ingredients are off the hook: tripeptides- one in particular has a Botox effect on the muscle and relaxes them- therefor lines cannot take hold. The delivery system is a Vectorize- Technology: ingredients in a sphere that releases over 48 hours! And that's the tip of the iceberg.