How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

Images courtesy Vogue.com

Fall Getaway: 5 Essential On-the-Go Products

Part of planning your fall vacation is stocking up on the essential beauty products you’ll need while you’re on the road. It’s true that hotels provide some limited items, like shampoo and conditioner, but you’re usually on your own when it comes to other things. Fortunately, theBeautyPlace.com is stocked with everything you need to look glamorous on the go. Here are five essential products for your next getaway.

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Take your dermatologist’s best tools on the road! The Dr. Brandt Glow Travel Kit ($42.99) is a two-piece set that includes pump bottles of Overnight Resurfacing Serum and Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme. Apply the cream to cleansed skin in the AM, making sure to follow with sunscreen (retinol can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn). Before bed, apply the serum to your skin and wake up to smoother, deeply hydrated skin in the morning.

There’s no guarantee your brows won’t go astray even during a short weekend trip. Keep them in perfect control with some help from Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit ($20.99), which is packed with everything you need to achieve picture-perfect arches on the go. Use the tweezers to pluck pesky strays, the Browmousse to keep brows in place, and the Eyenhance pencil to highlight the brow bone for an eye-opening finish. There’s also a shaping brush to help control thicker brows.

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Lip moisturizer is a must, especially if you’re flying and exposed to dry cabin air. Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm ($12.99) works instantly to hydrate parched lips. It even soothes the pain of chapped lips. Its formula is a revitalizing cocktail of vitamins E and F, plus Avene thermal spring water. The combination imparts long-lasting moisture while keeping lips healthier and smoother in the long run.

fb_fallskincareSince most hotels don’t offer toothpaste, you may as well pack the best of the best. The Supersmile Pro Whitening System ($2.99) includes tubes of whitening toothpaste and whitening accelerator. To use, apply a drop of each onto a dry toothbrush and gently brush. This tiny duo will last you a month—or several trips!

Why lug around a heavy bottle of foundation when you could slip a tube of La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Cream SPF 30 ($1.99) into your cosmetic bag or purse? It evens out your skin tone and is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. It also hydrates dry skin and contains sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays.

Stock up on your fall skincare essentials this weekend during our Falling for Skincare Sale! Get $10 off skincare orders over $99.

Tutorial Tuesday – At Home Face Scrub

TT-at-home-facescrub This may not look too appetizing, but hey, it isn’t meant to be eaten! Pour Splenda into a bowl – we don’t recommend eating Splenda, but it is softer than sugar and will be more gentle for your face’s tender skin. Use a strawberry to apply the sweetener to your face and scrub in a circular motion. Rinse and then apply yogurt in a thin layer like a mask to clean skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes. It will harden during this time. Rinse again with warm water and you will be perfectly exfoliated!

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