Countdown to Holiday: 5 Steps to Fabulously Festive Skin

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for your social agenda, but your skin has other ideas. If the season’s low temperatures and brutal winds are wreaking their very special brand of havoc on your skin, you may find yourself wondering if there’s any possible way to restore your complexion in time for all of those events on the calendar. In a word, yes! We’ve rounded up five key products that you need in order to reverse the irritation, protect your skin, and prevent future issues. If you start now, your skin will be ready right on time. Here, our skin-loving picks for the season.

Cleanse Right

If you haven’t yet swapped cleansers for the season, make it a priority to switch from your standard to something more emolliating. Decleor Aroma Cleanse Micellear Oil ($20.99) is a dream for skin that’s disturbed by winter’s chill. Smooth and silky to the touch, it melts on contact and instantly removes even the most stubborn makeup. Watch as it transforms into a milky substance that gently and effectively gets rid of the gunk and leaves skin softer and healthier.

 

Treat Yourself

Just like you savor a steaming mug of cocoa on a chilly evening, your skin begs for a little comfort every now and then, too. GLAMGLOW has the solution with its ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($50.99). True to its name, this elegant mask drenches your skin with essential moisture. It’s free of potential irritants, including sulfates and parabens, and is ideal for all types of skin. That’s a huge bonus for those who are typically sensitive. Use it at least twice a week to achieve a brighter visage that’s softer to the touch.

 

Glow Nightly

Your skin does most of its work overnight when you’re resting. That’s good news for the bevy of PM-friendly products that are formulated to rescue upset skin, like Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum ($50.99). It’s infused with a time-release form of retinol that helps increase cell turnover. The end result: brighter, healthier, more luminous skin. Over time, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished, dryness is reduced, and irritation is calmed.

 

Heal Dryness

Ultra-dry skin requires far more than a basic face cream. Karin Herzog’s Vita-A-Kombi Facial Oil ($38.99) is just the answer that most dehydrated skin types need in the face of brisk winds and low temperatures. If your skin has a tendency to feel irritated on top of being simply dry, this oil does a beautiful job of nourishing and gently coercing your complexion back to a healthier state. Apply it at night for best results; you’ll awaken with a calmer face—and hopefully a brighter smile when you catch sight of that glowing complexion.

 

Get Buttery

If you prefer creams to oils, the bareMinerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream ($35.99) is a superb choice that feels decadent to the touch. With a thick, whipped consistency, this pampering moisturizer is infused with shea butter, amino acids, and peptides to both soften skin and reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Hints of bergamot and eucalyptus add a scent that is lively, yet not so bold that it’s cloying. The end effect is subtly pleasant and destined to treat your skin with the nourishment it so desperately needs in cold weather.

Images courtesy Vogue.com

 

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What to Do When Your Skin Freaks Out

We’ve all been there. One day your skin is completely fine, and the next morning it looks like something out of a horror movie. Whether it’s an unfortunate allergic reaction to something mysterious, a surprise breakout on your chin, or some ruddiness that doesn’t seem to want to budge, there’s no easy way around the fact that your skin is simply freaking out. The good news is that we have some solutions for your serious skin woes. Here’s what to do when…

 

Your Lips Are Chapped  

You try your best to handle your lip game. And usually it’s pretty easy to keep them moist, but during the colder months of the year your skin—including your lips—has a mind of its own. To the rescue comes Glo Skin Beauty Lip Revival ($25.99). This high-impact treatment is formulated to drench lips with moisture and improve moisture levels so that your lips stay softer for longer. Use it at night to obtain lasting results.

Your Acne Scars Are In Effect

Acne scars don’t just develop overnight, but if you’ve just recovered from a serious breakout there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some lingering pigmentation issues. Bid farewell to that dark spot by applying SkinCeuticals Phyto+ ($78.99), a highly effective lightening gel enriched with natural ingredients designed to gently lighten skin in the areas that need it most. It’s free of hydroquinone, too, which means it’s great even for the most sensitive skin types.

Your Dryness Is Unstoppable

Winter has a habit of wreaking havoc on the skin, and it often seems like no matter how much you treat it you can’t quite stay on top of all of the dryness. The Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum ($55.99) makes an amazing addition to any dry-skin routine. Don’t be fooled by its lightweight consistency; it’s loaded with moisturizing ingredients that flood your skin with hydration and give it a plump, healthy finish. Use it before bed to combat dryness and signs of premature aging.

 

Your Skin Is Bright Red

There’s nothing like waking up, refreshed from a great night’s sleep, only to discover that your complexion resembles Rudolph’s nose. While it’s tempting to just slather on several layers of makeup and go about your day, that won’t exactly solve the problem in the long run. Treat your ruddiness with La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 ($11.99). It’s formulated to gently heal even the most sensitive skins, even those recovering from procedures or suffering from dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis.

Your Acne Is Out of Control

Stubborn acne is an annoying skin woe that can often seem insurmountable. Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($21.99) are infused with salicylic acid and tea tree oil and are designed to target only the skin that’s affected. This helps reduce the telltale dryness that many acne medications cause, while effectively treating even the most difficult blemishes. Wear them throughout the night, or during the day if you don’t plan to leave the house.

 

Images courtesy Vogue.com

The Do’s & Don’ts Of Self Tanning

Get ready to glow! With the winter season here, we’re not as exposed to the sun as we wish and our tan lines are most likely to be invisible. But don’t worry, there’s still hope that we can have our summer sun kissed skin even when the temperatures are going down. Do we even have to mention that tanning beds and lying out, with out sunscreen are not viable options? By now, you should know to practice safe sun and the only safe way to get a tan is to fake it. Faking it is far easier than you think, and rather inexpensive. However, there are some things to keep in my mind that you should and you shouldn’t do when doing self-tanning:

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Do’s:

  1. Exfoliate your skin before: in order to get better results with self-tanning, your skin needs to be on great conditions. One way to prepare your skin is to exfoliate it at least 8 hours before. The Avene Akerat  ($25.99) is a smoothing, exfoliating cream for body. Ideal for dry to very dry skin types, it minimizes rough and hardened skin and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
  1. Use an applicator: knowing how to get the perfect tan can take some time. If you’re pulling and rubbing at the skin when applying your self-tan you are likely causing streaks. That’s why we recommend a tan applicator, a mitt or a self-tanning product for beginners such as Tantowel Endless Tan Classic Kit ($16.99) This is a combination of the TanTowel Classic self-tanning towelettes and the clear liquid Tanning Mist. You won’t believe how easy is to apply it and get the tan everyone is dying to have!
  1. Moisturize to maintain your sexy tan longer! It is recommended to apply a good body lotion at least once a day. Not only to maintain a beautiful tan, but also to hydrate your skin. John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion ($14.99) is ideal for all skin types and perfect to use every day.

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Don’ts:

1.Don’t use anything with oil before self-tanning — no moisturizing products. It will get in the way of your tan. Self-tan needs to get right down to your skin without something blocking it.

2.Don’t layer It on! Your skin can only absorb a certain amount of product. Depending on how you apply. What we recommend is two decent coats or a few light layers is always sufficient. One of our favorite ones are Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide and Glow Sleek – Fair to Medium ($33.99) this tinted body firming spray contains Amazonian maracuja oil and caffeine to firm and reduce puffiness. It gives you that luminous glow and you won’t have to apply hundred on layers to get the tan you want.

3. Don’t shave immediately before applying. Shaving exfoliates the skin, leaving it supple and ready for bronzing, so it should be done before self-tanner is applied, just not right before since shaving can     open pores and create cuts. Prevent irritations and take your precautions.

Don’t forget to take into consideration these previous advices and achieve your desired golden glow without the dangerous effects of the sun!

 

Beauty visual about suntan. Model's face divided in two parts - tanned and blanc.

Beauty visual about suntan. Model’s face divided in two parts – tanned and untanned.

 

 

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