While the holidays are a time to let loose and enjoy, your skin is likely to have suffered from the effects of too many sweets, too little rest and not enough attention to skin care. Winter's onset, and its effect on your skin, is often ignored in our skin care regimen. The New Year is a perfect time to examine how you care for your skin and make necessary adjustments to achieve the flawless, glowing new look you desire, from your face all the way down to your toes.
Cleansing is the first step in achieving beautiful skin. If your skin is dry and itchy from the contrast between dry, indoor heat and the blast of winter's cold temperatures, use Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser. This mild cleanser helps restore brightness to your skin without drying it out. If red, irritated or inflamed skin is a problem, use a gentle, calming cleanser like Dermalogica's UltraCalming Cleanser. Key ingredients like lavender and echinacea calm the skin while panthenol helps heal irritation, and an anti-ozonate complex shields the skin from environmental stress.
If unsightly blemishes have made an unwelcome appearance, iS Clinical Cleansing Complex will deep clean your pores with salix alba extract (salycylic acid) to battle breakouts while sugar-cane extract (glycolic acid) renews the surface layer of the skin, and chamomile oil soothes irritation. Oily or combination skin can be particularly difficult in the winter since you must strike a balance between combating excess oil without stripping your face of its essential protective barrier. SkinMedica's Facial Cleanser is a good choice to effectively cleanse your skin while balancing its natural oil production. Oat amino acids prevent water loss by strengthening the lipid barrier, and borage extract removes excess sebum, leaving your skin toned and conditioned.
Choosing a moisturizer for winter generally means using a richer formula than what is used in the warmer months to better protect your skin from the harshness of the elements. For dry or mature skin, an excellent choice is PCA Skin's Collagen Hydrator. This rich emollient cream softens and hydrates the skin with its key ingredients of shea butter, hydrolyzed wheat protein and olive fruit oil, while sweet almond-fruit extract adds a smoothing, nutritive film to the skin that balances pH and protects against the winter elements. The challenge of fighting blemishes while keeping the skin hydrated becomes particularly tricky in the winter. M2 Skin Recovery Moisturizer is an ideal solution to fighting acne without overdrying the skin. This versatile cream also reduces the appearance of dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
Of course, healthy skin isn't just about your face. Body scrubs are the way to go for ridding yourself of rough, dry flakes and revealing your fresh new skin. They work to exfoliate and smooth the skin's surface and leave it more receptive to the benefits of moisturizing lotions. Eminence Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher is a gentle but effective scrub ideal for all skin types. Unlike harsh chemical exfoliators, it has the natural microdermabrasion action of poppy seeds and walnuts to gently remove dead skin to leave skin polished and glowing.
Once your body is clean and radiant, apply a body cream or lotion to lock in moisture and protect your skin from the harsh effects of winter's elements. Replenix CF Green Tea Antioxidant Moisturizing Lotion is an ultra-hydrating formula with penetrating lipids and soothing emollients to moisturize and protect. Top-rated Avene TriXera Selectiose Emollient Cream is an excellent choice for those with severe skin irritation and dryness, while Epionce Renewal Enriched Body Lotion is suitable for all skin types. It fortifies your skin's natural moisture barrier with date-fruit extract to nourish and rose-hip extract to lighten and brighten, giving your skin a glowing look.
Last but not least, despite the sometimes dreary days of winter, sunblocks for face and body are still critical elements in protecting your skin for the long-term. But why settle for a simple sunblock when you can get a three-step treatment for your face with just one product? La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen combines an anti-aging treatment, matte primer and sunscreen in one innovative formulation. Top-rated Pevonia Botanica Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 is an ideal choice to protect your body from the damaging effects of the sun. This soothing lotion provides effective broad-spectrum sun protection while it brightens and moisturizes.
The New Year brings a perfect opportunity to rev up your skin care routine. Take a new approach to pampering, protecting and preparing your skin for the months ahead!