Showing posts with label Moisturizer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moisturizer. Show all posts

The Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

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Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

I first reviewed Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream in 2007 (yes, 10 years ago), right when it was being released. I was blown away by this super moisturizing face cream! It was full of peptides to improve collagen production. There was also a lot of hyaluronic acid to really help plump up the outer layers of your skin while it hydrated, something that it did without feeling heavy on your skin.

Since my initial review, I have been recommending this cream left and right. You're 20 and want to start anti-aging early? You want to prevent premature aging without irritating your skin? You want a cream to use with your retinoid? You want a drugstore cream? You want a department store cream? Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is the correct answer for each and every one of those situations.

How Does It Work?
Since I first reviewed it, Olay has made some minor adjustments here and there in the formulation. The list of active ingredients is even longer, and the cream is just... better. It's true!

I don't have the full ingredient list from the original Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. However, I do have the new list and I don't remember so many active ingredients.

• Amino-Peptide: This was my major attraction to the original. They increase collagen production in your skin, decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They are non-irritating and in my opinion should be included in everyone's anti-aging skincare routine.

• Niacinamide: This is a Vitamin B3 derivative and in skin care it boosts cell turnover, which improves your skin's tone and texture. It also helps with maintaining the moisture barrier, which is overall very important for your skin's health and function.

I need to be honest and say that the exact chemical structure of the derivative makes a big difference in skincare! The different derivatives will work, but some versions of niacin cause flushing and irritation of the skin. Typically you will find non-irritating niacins (usually niacinamide derivatives) in much more expensive skincare. Olay has included a non-irritating Niacinamide in Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.

• Panthenol: A derivative of Viamin B5, you'll find this in a lot of soothing face products. It also easily penetrates into the skin, where it holds on to water and moisturizes the skin. Your skin will also use it to help create coenzyme A, which is very important to your skin's health, and it helps in wound healing.

• Vitamin E: A great anti-oxidant, it neutralizes the oxygen free radicals created by exposure to things like the sun and pollution. Over time, the free radicals can result in skin damage and premature aging. It also helps maintain your skin's moisture barrier.

• Olivem: A derivative of olive oil, it increases the penetration of anti-aging ingredients into the skin.

• Carob Seed Extract: Newly added to the formulation, this extract is also active in skin repair and regeneration.

• Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid: Two of my favorite moisturizers, they both hold a lot of moisture in to your skin but won't feel heavy or greasy. This is why the cream is able to plump up the outer layers of your skin so well! The result is a great smoothing and glowy skin effect!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

What are the Results?
For me, my skin is well moisturized and feels smoother when I'm using Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. My skin is combination, with dry spots on my cheeks and an oilier T-zone. However, it doesn't overwhelm my combination skin. You can see my skin above, right after I've washed my face and then about 5 minutes after applying the cream. Notice that the lines, especially right under my eyes, are much less visible almost immediately.

If you want more results, the Good Housekeeping Institute performed their own independent testing, and they found that Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream outperformed 10 top prestige creams, including one that cost $440. Their testing was well done, it was a blinded consumer study with the participants not knowing what cream they were using. They collected more than 10,000 hydration measurements!

• Olay's hydration was the best of the creams at the 3 hour time point. It had moisturized 400% better than a cream nearly 18 times its price and beat all other products tested.
• Olay increased moisture by 50% on average over a 24-hour period.
• In blinded tests, 80% of the participants preferred the feeling of Olay over the other creams. They reported that it felt "rich" without being heavy.
• Based on testing, they found that Olay Regenerist improved skin's texture by 10% in just four weeks.

• 1 day: reduces the appearance of lines, boosts hydration and brightness
• 2 weeks: Skin is noticeably firmer and skin elasticity is improved
• 4 weeks: Wrinkle appearance is improved

Who is it Best For?
It works for pretty much everyone. Whether your skin is dry or oily, the moisture in Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream just works. It soothes and hydrates my dry areas and it doesn't overwhelm my oily T-zone. I've used this cream in the middle of the winter and in the summer, both with great results. Because the active ingredients are all non-irritating and soothing, this is a cream that you can easily use every day to fight premature aging and get glowy skin. I love that it's at a price point that works for every budget.

How Does It Fit Into a Skincare Routine?
I especially love to recommend Micro-Sculpting Cream when someone is completely overwhelmed by anti-aging skincare. There are so many products out there, and it is very easy to get overwhelmed by gimmicky ingredients which have minimal evidence supporting anti-aging benefits. This is the perfect product to build an anti-aging skincare routine around.

In my ideal world, an "easy" anti-aging skincare routine includes:
• Sunscreen: Use it every day, look for broad spectrum coverage with at least SPF 30. Dermatologists all agree, this is the number one way to fight premature aging.
• Retinoid: There are many different retinoids, they are derivatives of Vitamin A. They'll increase cell turnover, improve your skin tone and have a lot of evidence supporting reversal of fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, even the over the counter versions can be very irritating to skin; and they aren't safe to use while pregnant.
• Peptides: Increase collagen production without irritating your skin.
• Anti-oxidants: Fight free radicals by neutralizing them before they cause damage to your skin.
• Hyaluronic Acid: Yes, a moisturizer. This is my favorite moisturizing ingredient to look for in skin care, it doesn't feel heavy and makes my skin well hydrated. Yes, it makes me look younger and it works almost immediately.

You'll notice that Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream checks 3 of those 5 boxes with just one product. It is the perfect product to build an anti-aging skincare routine around. Just add a broad spectrum sunscreen and a retinoid product, and you're set! Since retinoids can be irritating, especially when starting to use them, it is best to use them every other night and work your way up to every night if possible, layering it over a moisturizer to decrease irritation.

My usual recommendation to friends and family is to buy the Micro-Sculpting Cream, add a light sunscreen product each morning, and a retinol. Start the retinol every other night over Micro-Sculpting Cream, increase to every night when you are able.

For more information, go here to learn about Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.


There's A Perfect Fit: L'Oreal Hydra Genius Skin Care Review

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There's A Perfect Fit: L'Oreal Hydra Genius Skin Care Review

I feel like sometimes choosing the correct skincare is a guessing game. Which we need to keep doing over and over, since skin changes throughout the year. Will this moisturizer be too heavy for my combination skin? Will this lotion help my dry skin? There are plenty of products out there that might have the right active ingredients that you're looking for, but they aren't quite right for your skin type.

L'Oreal is trying to at least make moisturizers a bit easier with their new Hydra Genius line. There are 3 versions, all formulated very similarly in terms of active ingredients, but they are labelled with your skin type. Have oily skin? Here's the lighter weight version for normal to oily skin. On the drier side, or really dry side? You can chose between the cream or lighter gel lotion, depending upon how dry you feel your skin is at that time.

Mixing it Up: Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

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Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Recently I shared my battle with dryness and keeping my skin hydrated. When my skin is well moisturized, I just feel more comfortable. My skin feels softer and feels smoother when I have been moisturizing it regularly.

Curel® Hydra Therapy actually makes the whole moisturizing process much easier for me! You step out of the shower, apply Curel® Hydra Therapy directly to your wet skin, and the water helps the moisturizer to absorb into your skin, rather than creating a layer on the surface of your skin. Just gently rub in the moisturizer and pat your skin dry. My skin felt super soft and the moisturizer doesn't feel like a heavy layer on your skin.

I have to admit, I was pretty worried about applying my lotion to wet skin at first. Would it sink in to my skin easily? Would the lotion hydrate my skin enough? Won't I just be rubbing all of the lotion off with my towel? How does this work?

It turns out, there was no reason to worry. The lotion feels like a normal lightweight lotion. I pat myself dry right after application, and can go about my day!

After using Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, my skin felt so soft. And hydrated. It didn't feel heavy like I had just put on a ton of lotion, which I loved! I hate feeling like I've just slathered my legs up with grease. This product should be used on a daily basis for the best results! I swear my legs felt softer and more hydrated.

This lotion is going to be a stock item in my shower for now on! What do you think, could you use a lotion on wet skin?

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Gentle and Hydrating: Every Night Skin Care with Simple Skincare

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Gentle and Hydrating: Every Night Skin Care with Simple Skincare

I've partnered with Simple Skincare and Walmart this week to change up my skin care routine a bit. And really, the timing couldn't have been better! The weather has been crazy in my area. From a horrible wind storm that caused some damage to my home, to plummeting temperatures and no humidity. Walking to the end of the driveway to get the mail results in cold, red, and irritated skin. The results just aren't pretty!

Gentle and Hydrating: Every Night Skin Care with Simple Skincare

So, I've been following this routine each night to gently remove all of my makeup and hydrate my skin. I do add in a 4th step (more on that in a bit, but it's because I typically have on waterproof eye liner), but the entire thing takes about 2 minutes from start to finish!

1. Remove Makeup: Simple Cleansing Wipes
I love these wipes! They remove pretty much all of my makeup, except for that last 5% of my waterproof eye liner that I mentioned above. They don't leave residue behind, which I love.

2. Remove Eye Makeup: Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
I add in a second step of makeup removal with the Micellar Water. Since I usually have on waterproof liner, I wipe my eyes with a cotton round and the Cleansing Water. It gets all the last bits of eye liner off, and it doesn't leave anything behind on my skin.

3. Wash Face: Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash
So, if I've already done two makeup removing steps, which don't leave behind residue, why bother using a cleanser? Because this is more than a cleanser. I swear! It has a nice light lather, and it feels great on my skin (but keep it away from your eyes, it isn't formulated to work there). It rinses off easily, and afterwards my skin feels like I've moisturized it. It isn't a full replacement for my lotion, but it really helps my skin feel more hydrated.

4. Moisturize: Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer
What's a winter skin care routine without a moisturizer? This one is a bit more hydration than my usual lotion, and it really helps to calm and soothe any irritation.

The best selection of Simple Skincare that I've found is from Walmart, head there to try out the products! The wipes will go on special in Walmart stores on 3/19: Buy Any, Get Free 25ct wipes ($7.99) for Simple Skincare.

What changes have you made to deal with winter skin care issues?

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Preventing the Itch, A New Moisturizer Strategy

This post is sponsored by Curél®, a KAO Worldwide brand, but all opinions are my own.

Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
If you've read my blog for a while, you probably know that I have some skin issues. I should emphasize that. My skin has issues. I feel like I'm constantly struggling to balance the needs of my skin.

Over the years I've discovered that I need to be very vigilant about keeping my skin well moisturized. Moisturizers help to restore the skin's barrier function, which is vital to maintaining optimal moisturization. But, it can't be just any moisturizer. A moisturizer with heavy occlusive ingredients such as paraffin or petroleum just feels heavy on my skin.

I've found that using a moisturizer with ceramides (which already make up roughly 40% of the lipid layer in your skin's outer cornified layer in the epidermis) is my best bet. Using said moisturizer within a few minutes of getting out of the shower is even better. Most dermatologists say the magic time is 3 minutes. Apply your moisturizer within 3 minutes of showering, so you can lock in moisture from the shower, before it evaporates.

Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is a new moisturizer that I am really excited to use! They actually named it "Wet Skin Moisturizer", because that is when you apply it to your skin. After showering, but while you’re still in the shower, you apply the moisturizer daily, before you even dry off. It penetrates deeply in to your skin, absorbing almost immediately and not feeling heavy or greasy after application. It has a special Advanced Ceramide Complex to mimic your skin's own ceramides, and it has already received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.

I've already tried it once, and I was amazed at how smooth my skin immediately felt! I'll check in again with a follow up post, but I couldn't resist sharing this new find!

Visit for more product information! Then be sure to follow Curel® on Facebook and Instagram.

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Makeup Wars: My Favorite Face Oils

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My Favorite Face Oils
My face oils hanging out on the counter this weekend. Yes, that's a lot of hair product in the background. I might have issues.

Today for Makeup Wars we're sharing our favorite face oils! I admit that a few years ago, the idea of putting oil on my face was completely crazy to me. Why would I do that on purpose? But, I've definitely come around, I use them almost daily, and I can't imagine how I got through winter (or a plane ride) without a hydrating face oil!

I currently have 3 different face oils, which I use at different times. In the past there were a few others that I liked as well, and they're at a slightly lower price point. I'll discuss them at the end!

1. In the AM, Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate (from Kiehl's, or Nordstrom, full post here): This is the oil I use the least often. It is a lightweight oil that has a lot of antioxidants to help your skin fight off potential sources of free radicals, such as sun exposure and pollution. It also adds a nice hydrating punch, but if you give it a few minutes to sink in you can still wear makeup over it! I don't use it often because I use my Midnight Recovery so often, using both together is just too much moisture for my combination skin. But, if I've forgotten to use Midnight Recovery or I need a mid-day perking up, this is the oil I reach for.

2. In the PM, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (from Kiehl's, or Nordstrom): This is the oil I use the most often, and I go through about 2.5-3 ounces every winter. I've written about this face oil too many times to count! It is lightweight, sinks into my skin very quickly, and can add a lot of moisture to my skin when it desperately needs it!

I pay a lot of attention to how my skin feels at the end of the day, and if it is feeling dry at all (which definitely happens in the winter or when I've been traveling), then I'll add 2-3 drops of Midnight Recovery at the end of my skin care routine. I wake up with my skin much glowier and more hydrated!

I go through so much of Midnight Recovery because I don't only use it on my face, it also goes on my hands, neck, chest... you get the idea.

3. Heavier Duty, Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil (from Bobbi Brown, or Nordstrom): In the past, I've packed a deluxe sample of Midnight Recovery every time I travel. But, now that it's been on so many trips, my little bottle suddenly fell apart recently. I took this as a sign that it was time to try something else.

I did a little looking around, and opted for Bobbi Brown's Face Oil. It comes in three different sizes, this is the 10 mL travel size, there's also a 6mL Rollerball (which would be great for in your purse, but I don't want a rollerball for travel) or a full 30 mL (which comes in a cute little bottle, but I can't tell on-line how you get the product out, is there a dropper? Do you just put in your fingers?)

Bobbi's oil is a bit heavier than Midnight Recovery (it is olive oil based), but it does sink in to my skin pretty well. I think it is best for night time, even with just a few drops it is too much for under makeup. But, this is some serious moisture, I think more than Midnight Recovery. Similar to Midnight Recovery, only a few drops are needed. In the morning I wake up glowy!

Other option:
• L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil (at ULTA, or Amazon): This one is very similar to the Midnight Recovery, not surprising as Kiehl's is owned by L'Oreal. It's a great lower priced option if you want to try that one.

• Derma e Hydrating Facial Treatment Oil (at Amazon): This is a bit heavier and more hydrating than the L'Oreal. I've bought it in person at ULTA, but it isn't on their website.

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YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow Review

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YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow Review

If your skin is dry, you need to prepare yourself for a J Lo level of glow. Really, that super moisturized, glowy but not oily skin? That level of hydration has always been hard for me to get. Previously, my skin was a tad too oily in my t-zone, and over the last year or two I've become drier. I can moisturize all I want, but that glow? It's almost impossible to get that just right level of glow.

Until I tried this stuff.

The YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow is interesting. It's meant to be a primer for over your skincare. It has a silicone based with glycerin, but feels suprisingly light. It has a light pink color, which goes away completely when applied to your skin. It really feels more like a dry gel, almost like aloe vera. Since it has still been pretty warm out, I've been applying this to my skin right after sunscreen, without another moisturizer, and I give it about 5 minutes or so to really sink into my skin before I add any makeup over the top.

Once the Instant Moisture Glow has sunk into my skin, my skin is pretty smooth and well prepped for foundation. Foundation that I apply over it applies smoothly, similar to other silicone based primers.

Apparently there is some blurring action and it can make your skin looks better, I have to be honest and say I don't see much difference with just this alone. Perhaps if I was 20 and had very few imperfections this would make a big difference for my skin. Alas, I am now 39, and while my skin looks pretty decent for my age, it is not the skin of a 20 year old. So, mostly this smooths out my pores a bit.

The difference really is in how well moisturized my skin is! Currently, it's enough moisture for my slightly dry (though with a sometimes shiny t-zone) face, but I know I can add some moisturizer into the mix as the weather gets cooler and my skin gets drier. It makes the biggest difference on my difficult to hydrate areas, the spots that seem to always be dry and flaky (and therefore look horrible under makeup). Currently that is my chin, but sometimes there are a few spots on my forehead as well.

If I want to really glow, I can add a little bit more of the Instant Moisture Glow over my makeup. It really does add a subtle (and non-sparkly) glow to my skin. It lasts all day long!

You can buy it at Sephora or YSL Beauty

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Does Oily Skin Need Moisturizer?

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Does Oily Skin Need Moisturizer?

If you have oily skin, chances are you aren't using a moisturizer. Why would you? Your skin doesn't need it.

Or, does it?

This is a conversation I seem to be having a lot lately. I'm hoping to convince you that sebum production does not equal high moisture content in your skin. Read on to learn more.

Natural Beauty Section Picks for the Summer

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Natural Beauty Section Picks for the Summer

Have you noticed that the "natural beauty" section at your local big box store is slowly (or not so slowly) expanding? What you could once only find at Whole Foods (which, by the way, has a pretty amazing beauty area) is now available at Target, Walmart and CVS. But, which products are worth picking up?

I've only just started to explore those beauty areas, but so far I have found some great products! Here are some of my favorites for summer.

1. Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser (from Amazon)
This is a great, basic cleanser. It is very gentle, takes off pretty much everything and doesn't overstrip my face of natural oils. This is extra important after being out in the sun, my skin just doesn't need another source of irritation!

2. Jason Gentle Basics Day Lotion (get it from Amazon)
This is a lightweight, very basic and non-irritating lotion for under makeup. Note, you do still need to add a sunscreen over this. This is one that I'll be recommending year round.

3. Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream (from Amazon)
My skin needs a little extra pampering if I've been outside a lot. This cream from Weleda is nicely hydrating without being "too much", and it helps sooth any irritation I might have.

4. Avalon Organics Bath & Shower Gel, Refreshing Lemon (from Amazon)
It smells soooo good!

5. Avalon Organics Cream Shave, Nourishing Lavender (from Amazon)
Again, it smells great! I don't have to shave often (once a week or so, I did laser hair removal), but this shaving cream definitely helps me have a closer shave and it doesn't irritate my skin.

6. Weleda Oat Replenishing Treatment (from Amazon)
Being out in the sun and swimming can really dry out your hair, this deep treatment helps to reverse the effects. Use it once or twice a week as your hair needs it.

7. Waxelene (from Amazon)
A great alternative to a well known petroleum jelly, this can be used as a lip balm, moisturizer, or anything you want. It's also gluten free, which is great news if you have celiac!

8. Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 (at Amazon)
I'm a fan of physical sunscreens with full UV spectrum coverage. This one does just that, keeping you protected but it doesn't feel too heavy on your skin. Don't forget to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming.

Zinc Oxide 14.5%, Titanium Dioxide 2.0%

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Super Hydrated Hands: Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream Review

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Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream Review

Vaseline recently sent me their Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream to try out. It came packaged with other jellies in a cute but somehow eye opening box. Who knew jalapeño jam was a thing?

Easy Changes To Make This Winter To Prevent Dry Skin

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Easy Changes To Make This Winter To Prevent Dry Skin

I recently shared some of my favorite ways to transition my beauty routine into the winter, and while I made quite a few specific product recommendations, I didn't really mention all of the ways that I change my lifestyle when the cold weather hits! These changes are just as important as the product swap outs that I do. There are a lot of little changes that need to take place for me to prevent my hair from getting frizzy and keep my skin hydrated.

A Daily Dose of Extra Moisture: Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Review

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Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Review

I'm a big fan of everything Kiehl's. Their Ultra Facial Moisturizer was one of my first big beauty splurges, and I swear is the product that finally cleared up my acne, back when I was in college. I have hoards of Kiehl's products stashed in my bathroom, and I refuse to travel without their Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I only need a few drops on my face at night, and it turns my travel weary, dry and lackluster skin into healthy, glowy skin. It completely reverses the effects of a flight, something that takes a few days with other moisturizers.

When I learned of their new Daily Reviving Concentrate, I had to try it! It promised to be the lighter weight cousin of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, with a few other skin loving benefits rolled in, such as anti-oxidants.

A Time Saver? Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

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Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

Have you seen this lotion yet? It's an in shower lotion, and it will completely shake up your post shower hydrating routine. Really, it will!

When you shower, the outer layers of your skin absorb water and plump up. Most dermatologists recommend applying moisturizer within 3 minutes of your shower to take advantage of this, you can seal in that extra water, really making your skin hydrated! But, if you wait too long, that water will evaporate. And it can take more water with it. Leaving your skin drier than before your shower, not good!

Moisturizing on the Go: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

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Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

I'm big on moisturizer. I love how soft my skin feels when it is well moisturized. Keeping my skin well moisturized also has the side benefit of helping keep my skin's moisture barrier intact (there's some doctor lingo for you!) and therefore it helps keep my eczema under control. That's a win-win in my book! If I could remember or had the time, I'd reapply moisturizer to my whole body many times a day. But, the truth is that I just don't have time to do that.

Spring Renewal: Trying out Burt's Bees Renewal Line for 28 Days

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Spring Renewal: Trying out Burt's Bees Renewal Line for 28 Days

I make no secret of my love for Burt's Bees. I post about their lip products on here all the time (and despite the fact that the company has sent me literally every color that they make, I'm still buying new ones all the time. Why? So I have them everywhere. I will not run out of the Apricot and Peony lip shimmers!)

So, you know when something new showed up in the big Burt's Bees area at my local Walmart (yes, I shop there all the time, I could walk to it from my house it is so close), I noticed right away. Hmmm.... what's this new stuff here right in the middle??

Burt's Bees Renewal Line at Walmart

I've been really curious about these products, especially the day lotion with sunscreen. They're right there. Right in the middle of the display, under my beloved Burt's Bees lippies. So, when they asked if I would go buy some and write about using them as part of their 28 Day Face Cleanse Challenge, I pretty much ran to my local store to pick up a few of the products. There is also a night cream, eye cream and firming serum. I bought the cleanser and day lotion.

Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30
I recommend using a daily light sunscreen every day, but there actually aren't that many out there that I like, and most are at a higher price point. In addition, most lotions only have SPF 15, and usually the sunscreen is chemical, rather than physical.

Not the case here! SPF 30!


And yes, full UV spectrum protection, SPF 30.

What is so special about these products? Per Burt's Bees:
"Our Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex, infused with wrinkle smoothing White Hibiscus and intensively hydrating Apple, locks moisture inside the skin to plump up cells and help visibly tighten the skin’s surface. The look of wrinkles is diminished and skin appears smoother and firmer."

I do have to say that only retinoids have been found to reverse wrinkles, but Hibiscus is an anti-oxidant that really helps counteract UV damage in the skin (reference), has anti-cancer activity (reference), and helps with wound healing (reference). The "Apple Rejuvenating Complex" is an extract of apples, which does have some anti-oxidant activity (though not as much as other juices such as pomegranate) and naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids.

I've used the lotion a few times already, and it is nicely hydrating but sinks in to my skin quickly. Perfect for under makeup!

Renewal Refining Cleanser
This is where I admit that I have a "thing" for cleansers. I seem to collect them, forever in the hunt for my new favorite. I have 3 next to my bathroom sink as I write this and a few more in my shower.

This cleanser is said to be hydrating and gently exfoliating, both of which really appealed to me. I've used it a few days, and it is very hydrating for a cleanser and easy to rinse off, which I loved. I'm on the fence about the grit in the cleanser, meant to help exfoliate the skin. It's a bit larger than I'm used to with cleansers, but as long as it is used gently (rather than with a deep cleansing brush like Clarisonic), I think it is fine.

Here I am, sans makeup (and after a long night with the baby, so be kind!) before starting my 28 Day Challenge. I'll post an update in a few weeks over on social media.

If you want to join me and try out a few of the products too, here's a coupon to get started!

Get $3 off a Burt's Bees Renewal Skincare Item at Walmart

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Intensive Moisturizing For Late Winter: New Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Review

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New Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum Review

Now that winter has been in full force for a while, I have to admit that even my most hydrating of routines has been defeated by the weather. My hands are dry, my legs itch if I don't moisturize every 12 hours, and I know that soon my eczema will be flaring!

So, I've been in search of a new super hydrating moisturizer. The new Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum is all over stores, and it is not a regular lotion.

It has 3 important ingredients:
PPAR Activators: Ingredients that go into skin cells and turn on genes to help heal the skin
Elastomers: Special polymers that make the product feel silky
Vaseline Jelly: Super hydrating! To help keep your skin feeling smooth (and not greasy), the product has micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly. You'll get the benefits without the greasy feeling.

These work together to help your skin heal and hydrate faster. Vaseline says that it "moisturizes to visibly heal dry skin by 10X over time".

There are 3 versions:
Advances Relief: moisturizes to heal and calm severely dry skin
Radiance Restore: moisturizes to heal and restore radiance to dry, dull skin
Deep Repair: Deeply moisturizes to heal rough cracked skin

I have both Deep Repair and Advance Relief, Vaseline sent them to me to try out. They came wrapped up with some cute cookies (though mine were a bit smooshed and not cute for a pic) My friend Genia (from Geniabeme) posted this cute picture on Instagram!

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I've been using the lotion for a few weeks, mostly right after I wash my hands and as I get out of the shower, so the Vaseline Jelly micro-droplets can really seal the moisture into my skin. I love that it feels great on my skin! It really feels amazing, but it doesn't feel greasy at all. It really does help to hydrate my skin, making my itchy winter skin feel much better!

You can find the new Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serums at food drug and mass retailers nationwide for $7.99.

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StriVectin SD Advanced Review: One Of My Favorites, Only Better

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You may have missed the news, but StriVectin recently updated the formulation of their best selling StriVectin SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles, which is a product that I really loved when I reviewed it back in 2010.

StriVectin SD was insanely popular. “With one tube sold every 59 seconds around the world, we realized rather quickly that StriVectin SD was a skin care phenomenon,” said JuE Wong, CEO of StriVectin. “We took this cult classic often credited with starting the cosmeceutical category and went back to the lab to create a new groundbreaking age-fighting formula with state-of-the-art highly active ingredients proven in clinical trials to help visibly transform skin and fight wrinkles."

StriVectin has done more than just update the packaging and add Advanced to the name! Many of the previous active ingredients are still there, like their exclusive NIA 114 and a big list of peptides, super moisturizers and even anti-oxidants. Added to this formula is the Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, which is a complex of ingredients that work work together to increase Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid in the skin.

StriVectin SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles Ingredients

What's in it?

I have a complete list of ingredients (from the StriVectin website) at the bottom of this post, but I thought it was easiest to look at the actual list of ingredients and break it down into ingredient groups, which I've highlighted above. What does what, and will it really do what it claims?

Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex
This is the biggest new feature of StriVectin SD Advanced, and while I haven't been able to find the exact list of ingredients included in the Complex, it is described as a group of ingredients that work together with an energy complex to increase Collagen I and III production (more on those later). Really, this is a group of peptides combined with copper to get the job done.

Peptides: Peptides are amazing things! They stimulate the increase in numbers of fibroblasts in your skin, these cells in turn increase collagen production when exposed to the peptides, and the collagen is broken down more slowly due to the peptides. Peptides also help copper to reach further down into the dermis to do it's thing.
Learn more about how peptides increase collagen in the skin.
Copper: Copper is great for wound healing, in large part because it actually stabilizes collagen to keep it around longer. Research studies have shown improvement in fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and decreased photodamage with copper use. As well, copper has anti-oxidant properties.

NIA 114
NIA-114 is a patented variation of Niacin, an ingredient that you'll find in a ton of skin care products such as Olay, Clinique, Rodan & Fields... I could go on and on. Almost every brand has Niacin in a product, simply because it works. There are many forms of Niacin, such as regular Niacin, Nicotinic Acid, Niacinamide... StriVectin has added a long tail to the molecule, which helps it to penetrate further into the skin (learn more about why NIA-114 is different). Note that it is during this penetration into the skin that the NIA-114 is converted over to Nicotinic Acid, activating it. Many of the side effects of Niacin that we don't like, such as redness, are associated with Niacin and not Nicotinic Acid.

Once it has been activated and is in the right spot, the Nicotinic Acid gets to work! It will increase cell turnover which helps treat hyperpigmentation and evens out your skin texture. Melanin transfer within the skin is disrupted, which fights hyperpigmentation. Sirtuins are activated within cells, helping to support the skin cells so they live longer. Nicotinic acid also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, both of which help to prevent damage to cells that can cause aging. Because NIA-114 is converted to Nicotinic Acid, it is the only Niacin derivative that also releases Leptin, which acts as a natural repair hormone in the skin.

I've seen other brands make claims about Anti-Oxidants including immediate anti-aging/lose 10 years to other miracles I won't mention here. What's the truth? Anti-oxidants are free radical scavengers (learn more about how anti-oxidants help to prevent aging). They go after free radicals/reactive oxygen species and neutralize them before they can damage (or further damage) your skin. They prevent the damage, but they can't reverse it or fix it. Because those free radicals/reactive oxygen species are often an issue with sun exposure, pollution and even exposure to second hand smoke, it's a great idea to incorporate anti-oxidants into your daily skin care routine!
Note that I've color coded most of the ingredients with anti-oxidant properties as such, but several of the key ingredients here including NIA-114 and Copper, also have a lot of anti-oxidant activity.

Super Hydrators
The new StriVectin SD Advanced was formulated to specifically be more hydrating than the previous StriVectin SD. There are a lot of hydrating ingredients packed into this formula, and I think that it definitely is more hydrating than the previous version. With SD I needed to add a light moisturizer over the SD at night, even in the summer. The new SD Advanced is just the right amount of moisture for my skin this fall, so there is definitely more hydration than before.

Why do you want to have more moisture? Dehydrated skin looks aged. It's really that simple. Hydrating the outer layers of your skin will plump up those cells, making fine lines and imperfections disappear. It is the perfect way to instantly look younger!

Hydroxy Acid
Hydroxy acids are great for your skin! While most of them aren't considered pregnancy friendly, the one included in StriVectin SD Advanced is Lactic Acid, which is fine for pregnancy. Hydroxy acids will increase cell turnover, helping to improve hyperpigmentation and texture. There is even evidence in the medical literature that hydroxy acids will increase collagen and elastin production in the skin, helping to reverse the signs of aging (read more on how hydroxy acids help your skin).

Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isocetyl Stearate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Peg-100 Stearate, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Zingiber Of_Cinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex, Resveratrol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Seed Extract, Rutin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Laureth-7, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cinnamic Acid, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Stearic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, BHT, Parfum (Fragrance), Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin
**note, this product list is pregnancy friendly!

How StriVectin SD Advanced works

How do those ingredients work on the skin?

Reading through the ingredient discussion above probably gives you a pretty good idea of how all of the active ingredients are working together. Cell turnover is increased, helping improve both texture and tone. Melanocyte transfer is affected, resulting in improved hyperpigmentation. Sirtuins are stimulated, helping skin cells to live longer. And due to the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the ingredients, further damage is decreased, helping to fight aging.

But a lot of the emphasis with this new formulation is on the collagen production. The peptides will help to increase the number of fibroblasts in your dermis, and stimulate them to create more collagen. The collagen is then stabilized by the copper for longevity, and the peptides will actually slow the breakdown of the collagen even more. The end result is more collagen in your skin!

“I’ve always discussed with my patients the importance of rebuilding collagen as a critical way to improve fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Ellen Marmur, New York City dermatologist.

One way in which this formula is different than other peptide containing products is that it not only targets Collagen Type I, but also Collagen Type III. Within the dermis there is a mostly random appearing matrix of proteins that provide the structure of the dermis. This matrix is about 80-85% Collagen Type I, 10-15% Collagen Type III and the rest is elastin fibers and other molecules. (Note, this is a gross over simplification, but with a hubby who is actually a extracellular matrix scientist, I could go into way too much detail!) Collagen Type III is much more prevalent before we're born, and later the proportion shifts to mostly Type I. You'll still find Collagen Type III, primarily around blood vessels. As we then age, in particular early photo-aging as a result of sun exposure, collagen break down is increased. Collagen Type I is broken down a bit more than Type III (this actually shifts the proportion of Type I and Type III collagen), but there will be decreased amounts of both in the skin.

One of the key points for the StriVectin SD Advanced is that it uniquely targets increasing the amount of Collagen Type I and Type III, helping to restore the Type I and Type III proportions seen in healthy adult skin. According to StriVectin's clinical research, by 15 days of use the production of Collagen Type III has increased by 194%.

“Now, we are realizing the essential role Collagen Type III plays in regenerating the skin," adds Dr. Marmur. "Skin care products that address this offer a radically new approach to how we look at skin aging.”

Does it work?

In a word, yes it does, which isn't surprising given the active ingredients above.

Here's what StriVectin claims that it does (starting in just 15 days):
• Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles
• Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin
• Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture
• Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance

Their research found:
91% of women saw healthier skin
88% of women saw extremely nourished and restored skin
74% of women saw dramatically improved skin

How did I like it?

I liked it a lot. I've been using it for about 3 weeks, and while you can't see a difference in my before and after pictures (I think because I'm 37 without a lot of signs of aging yet, I didn't even both posting them because I know I'll hear about it!), I do see a difference in person. I think that my skin is well hydrated, is smooth and I think my areas of hyperpigmentation look a little better already. I love that there are so many active ingredients but I don't have any redness or irritation despite my rosacea related sensitivity being a bit worse while pregnant. It's also one of the few products that can help hyperpigmentation but is still pregnancy friendly.

This formulation is definitely more hydrating than the previous formula. I've been using it in the early fall, and I haven't had to use another moisturizer over top to add more hydration. It sinks into my skin pretty easily and quickly without any residue, so it is easy to apply makeup over it. I was able to use my BB Cream over it as a foundation and SPF as well.

While I'm technically "done" with my review, I wanted to know if the 15 days was realistic to start seeing a difference and I did, I'm going to keep using StriVectin SD Advanced. I've used the StriVectin SD quite often in the past when I'm between product testings, and I know this updated formulation is one I'll be turning to quite a bit in the future.

Now it's time for you to be able to try out StriVectin SD Advanced for yourself! I have 10 boxes of StriVectin sitting here in my office, and you can win one of them!

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January Labs Skincare Review: Reveal Your Glow

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It's finally spring, and I can't tell you how glad I am to have warm weather! With any change of weather, I need to change things up a bit. Especially skin care. The super hydrating products I was using all winter are too heavy for spring, and suddenly I feel the need to extra clean everything up. Luckily I've been using the perfect skin care line for this time of year!

January Labs is based out of Southern California (very close to where I used to live in Orange County). Their philosophy is that less is more, so they make the most of their active ingredients. They pair active ingredients that work well together and put everything in the right environment to make that ingredient as active as possible. For example, Vitamin C has to be in an acidic pH environment. It seems simple, but not every skin care line is formulated that way.

Retexturizing Night Cream
The Night Cream is more of a lotion packed full of active ingredients that love an acidic environment. Because of this, it was difficult for my Rosacea. I did have a bit of tingling after application, but the next day my face was red. Stupid Rosacea! I did retry a few weeks later, applying a very light layer under a basic moisturizer and my skin could handle the lotion roughly every 3 nights or so. I think this was all due to my sensitivity from Rosacea, someone else would be able to tolerate using this product every night.

The lotion sinks in pretty quickly, and while it is hydrating it isn't super hydrating. It doesn't leave behind a residue and is pretty light, you could easily layer something else over it.

Retexturizing Night Cream Ingredients

A few ingredients in this formulation:
• Lactic Acid: This is a 9% Lactic Acid product, which is quite high. This will help
• Verbena Extract: Applied topically, it can help wound healing.
• Beta Glucan: This is a sugar that can penetrate down into the skin. It helps with wound healing, and helps calm irritation.
• Niacinamide: The same active ingredient as StriVectin (though StriVectin has modified the molecule for their own products), you can learn all about why it is kind of amazing in this post.
• Hyaluronic Acid: Not really an acid, this is a very large molecule that can hold on to a lot of moisture and super hydrate your skin.
• Vitamin C: I have a whole post about how Vitamin C works in skin care, it's great stuff!
• Vitamin E: Great for healing and anti-oxidant activity.

Revitalizing Day Cream
Due to my sensitivity to the Night Cream, the Day Cream became my go-to product. This product is also more of a lotion than a cream, it sinks in quickly and has light hydration. I found that it works great under makeup.

Revitalizing Day Cream Ingredients

A few ingredients in this formulation:
• Verbena Extract
• Beta Glucan
• Niacinamide
• Hyaluronic Acid
• Vitamin E
• A lot of extracts such as Green Tea which have anti-oxidant activity and help soothe the skin.

Glow and Go Power Peel Exfoliant
This is probably my favorite of the January Labs products. This is a mask, but also kind of a facial peel, but it is very gentle while it reveals glowing skin!

The product looks like honey, and has a similar, but non-sticky, consistency. When you apply it to your face it does smell a bit like a chemical (almost like lactic acid, but that isn't in the product). After about 30 seconds the smell goes away. It dries on your face over about 10-15 minutes. It feels a bit like dried plastic on your face, and the drying process doesn't hurt or feel like anything is happening really. I wash it off in the shower, it does take a little scrubbing with your hands just because you're rehydrating it and washing it off.

Once the mask is off my face looks great! My pores look smaller, things feels smoother and more importantly, not at all red and irritated. I just look glowy!

January Labs Glow and Go Power Peel Exfoliant Review
January Labs Glow and Go Power Peel Exfoliant Ingredients

Restorative Tonic Mist
This is the product I used only a few times, I full admit that I'm not used to misting things onto my face! I just would forget about it, but I did really like it. The mist is light and refreshing, you can apply it before your skin care or just randomly throughout the day.

Overall, I really have liked using January Labs. I'm impressed with how many ingredients they pack into each product (I've only highlighted a fraction of what is in each product, it was quite the list!) and this spring my skin has really loved this line! I'm pretty glowy and my pores look great thanks to the lactic acid every few days in the night cream and the Glow and Go Power Peel.

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When In Doubt... Aquaphor and the Million Uses

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In my peds residency we dealt with a few common dermatology issues in our clinics, before we would refer on to dermatology. What was interesting was that with one exception (acne), we had pretty much the same answer for everything. Aquaphor.

what is in aquaphor and how does it work?

Aquaphor is mostly petrolatum, which explains why the lotion is so greasy. While a lot of people try to avoid petrolatum because it is derived from petroleum, this mix of hydrocarbons is the gold standard for an occlusive, noncomedogenic moisturizer. Petrolatum also acts as an emollient (read more about types of moisturizers). Petrolatum's occlusive property that helps hold moisture in the skin also forms a barrier over the skin. This barrier won't heal anything, but it can protect the skin from allergans and irritants, letting it heal without irritation. Allergy to petrolatum is so rare that it gets reported in the medical literature.

Let's take a quick look at the other ingredients.

Mineral Oil: Also derived from petroleum, this is another great occlusive moisturizer that can act as an emollient. Mineral oil is also noncomedogenic and while exposure in industrial situations has been linked to cancer, those exposures have massive quantities and are of a different extraction process than cosmetic grade mineral oil. Cosmetic grade mineral oil has never been linked to cancer.

Ceresin: A naturally derived wax that is used as a thickening agent.

Lanolin Alcohol: A third occlusive moisturizer with some emollient properties. Lanolin is basically derived from the sweat of sheep, it gets washed out of wool after the shearing. Lanolin has a bit of a reputation for allergies, but is actually considered a "weak allergen" in most dermatology text books.

Panthenol: A pro-vitamin of B5, this is both an emollient and humectant moisturizer and very easily penetrates the hair shaft, which is why you'll find it in so many shampoos. In addition to hydration, it helps wound healing and helps decrease irritation.

Glycerin: This is a strong humectant.

Bisabolol: A key active ingredient in Chamomile, this is largely responsible for the anti-inflammatory action.

So, basically this is one big moisturizing powerhouse. Mostly it acts as an occlusive with some emollient and humectant properties. There's also a little added bonus for wound healing and anti-inflammatory action.

Around my house, I swear we've gone through about 3 tubes of Aquaphor in the last 2 months, which is quite a bit more than usual. Maybe it is this bad winter weather, but there seem to be a lot need around my house for super hydration and barrier protection for rashes.

While I've been using up the Aquaphor in the house, the biggest user is actually my little 3 year old daughter. Winter has really done a number on her face, every little irritation gives her a rash! We slather it on her face a few times a day to help protect her from the cold and wind as well as offer protection so any irritation can heal.

Here's a quick peek at everything that we've been using it for around my home:

1. Moisturize any dry spots.

2. Protect our faces from the super cold wind.

3. Underneath lip balm for extra moisture.

4. Over any irritations or rashes to offer extra protection.

5. Around my nose (and even in it) for irritation from blowing my nose (and to prevent it from bleeding... fun times!)

6. On my entire body after a shower to seal in moisture and help my eczema.

7. On my hands cuticles when they're feeling dry at all, this is about 3 times a day.

8. On feet at night (under socks) to help keep my feet feeling soft.

Have you been using more moisturizer than normal this winter too?

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Super Hydration: Tips and Products to Fix Your Dry Winter Skin

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Super Hydration: Tips and Products to Fix Your Dry Winter Skin

Is it spring yet? If you're like me you are definitely ready for the seasons to change, and it isn't because you're getting a bit of cabin fever! This is the time of year that I'm fighting to keep my skin hydrated, keeping the winter itchy away. I've got some great tips and products to share with you from dermatologists, skin care experts and even a few of my own!

Celeste Hilling's favorite dry winter skin advice
Celeste Hilling, Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority

When moving from heated homes to heated cars to heated office buildings, our skin experiences less than 4% humidity in artificially heated, recirculated air. When skin is denied moisture, two things occur: surface skin becomes dehydrated and chapped while beneath the surface, sebaceous glands compensate by producing more oil. The oil and debris become trapped in the dry surface layers. This can lead to breakouts and irritation.

To counteract this onset of winter skin blahs:
• Daily Cleansing: Avoid the temptation to take hot showers as the heat will further dehydrate skin. Keep temperatures lukewarm and exfoliate from head to toe to slough off dead skin cells. Use a cleanser with small, gentle micro-beads versus large scrubbing particles which can damage fragile skin. Apply a body moisturizer with anti-inflammatory ingredients (Shea Butter, Aloe, Olive Oil) as soon as you step out of the shower to seal in moisture.

• Exfoliation: Don’t be afraid to exfoliate your face. Regular facial exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, which allows the body to produce moisture-bearing properties like hyaluronic acid. Exfoliation also helps plump the skin by churning up elastin and collagen production. I recommend using a resurfacing agent like glycolic acid. Commonly derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid gently dissolves dead surface skin cells, instead of peeling or scrubbing, signaling the body to replace them with new, plump ones.

• Masks: Masks play an important role in restoring nutrients and protective antioxidants the help skin fight effects of overexposure to cold, dry winter air. Try applying a mask of eucalyptus, clay and sulphur once a week to put nutrients and moisture back into your skin while fighting inflammation

• Protection: Snow or sun, don’t forget sunscreen! Apply a full spectrum, moisturizing sunscreen daily to all exposed skin, which often includes our faces, neck, ears, décolletage, hands and forearms.

• Vitamin D: Lack of sun exposure and shorter days lead to less Vitamin D production. Vitamin D is a key hormone needed for strong immune function. Apply a topical Vitamin D Serum daily under sunscreen to give the skin a daily dose of D.

My favorite moisturizers for face and body are form Skin Authority: Age Defying Moisturizer (face); Olive Fig Shea Butter Body Cream (body)

Ellen Lange dry skin
Ellen Lange is an esthetician and founder of Ellen Lange Skin Science

Our bodies are like tea kettles constantly giving off steam. We want to lock in moisture which helps keeps the skin hydrated. Creams should provide moisturizers and also an occlusive barrier to helps enhance the skin's natural barrier. Hylauronic acid serums are good for attracting and holding moisture. I also keep a pot of Crisco in my bathroom for my hands. I have sensitive skin and it seems be on the few products that does not burn or sting my cracked hands during the winter.

During the cold dry winter months it is essential to peel your skin so your favorite cream or treatment can really be effective. When you remove the top dull outer most layers of the skin, these products can actually reach the skin and work better. In addition, by eliminating the dry uneven layer of skin, cosmetics glide on more smoothly, making it less likely for the makeup to get caught in the pores and fine lines.

Peeling must be done on a regular basis because your skin regenerates itself about every 30 days. That is why I created the Ellen Lange Retexturizing Peel, which is can be done at home. It is less than $10 per a peel. It is so easy to use and the results are immediate. Then I just apply a little bronzing powder, a favorite lip gloss and mascara!

Sinead's favorite hydrating products for your face
Sinead Norenius is an esthetician and founder of Beautisol

Dry skin needs lipids and oils so look for ingredients like safflower oil, jojoba oil, grape seed extract, shae butter, borage oil or evening primrose oil. All of these ingredients are extra nourishing and rich in vitamins and helps prevents water loss in the skin cells.

For super hydration (meaning water, not oil) look from products that have a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid. Think of this ingredient as your "big gulp" of moisture.

I LOVE Dermalogica's Hydrating booster to go under ANY moisturizer - especially good in the dry winter months and with heaters etc...

I also love Boot's Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Lotion for dry skin in the winter. It's gentle, inexpensive and does not strip the skin. It gets makeup off really well and your skin feels soft and supple afterwards!

I also LOVE the overnight facial masks / moisturizers from Korres - the rose and the yogurt ones are AMAZING!!!

Debra Jaliman MD favorite dry skin products
Debra Jaliman, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New York City.

My favorite body product for dry skin is the Retexturizing Body Butter by Restosea. My favorite face product for dry skin is Cream Extreme by Osmotics.

For extreme dry skin in the winter I like Cetaphil Restoraderm Moisturizing Lotion for the body and CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion for the face.

Dermatologist Avery Kuflik and his favorite tips for dry winter skin
Avery Kuflik, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New Jersey.
As weather conditions change our skin care routine should change too. For example in the winter we should use an ointment moisturizer that is oil-based, whereas in the summer we should use a moisturizer that is water-based. This is because the oil-based moisturizer will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a water-based moisturizer.

Also, don't forget the lips! They lose moisture too in the cold weather and need nurturing.

We love Dr. Hauschka's lip care stick or lip balm and La Roche Posay's Nutritic Lips.
We love La Roche Posay's Lipikar Baume AP for the body and Obagi's Hydrate for the face.
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