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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weathering the Cold: Part 2 (The Face)

It pains me to even write about how I adjust my skincare for the cold weather. I detest the cold.  There is simply nothing redeeming about a winter day, especially in New York City.  The bracing wind slaps me in the face as I trudge down the street – cracking my lips instantly, cold tears trickling down my cheeks making my face feel like a peeled apple.

My skin is always sensitive, can you imagine what it’s like in the winter?  I go into total crisis lockdown mode. Put away any foaming or soap cleansers. Think soothing.  For everyday, I love Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38)  (always; not only in the winter) which has cucumber and amino acids.  For days when I’m feeling extra sensitive, I use Decleor ‘Aroma Cleanse’ Cleansing Milk ($36).  It is balancing and softening, but most importantly, I can remove it with a cotton pad.  You would be surprised to know how many harsh minerals are hiding in your tap water.   I store my toners and replace them with Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35). Not only does this “soothing, aromatic mist” smell delicious, it works wonders for rehydrating throughout the day (and it doesn’t disrupt my makeup; just makes me dewey).

I still use my Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel ($152) and Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel ($85) because the war on free-radicals is never over. Then I slather on First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate  ($28).  It’s a lovely whipped texture and can basically treat any distressed skin condition. This is the first thick cream I’ve ever worn during the day, but it doesn’t feel greasy and it creates a shield for my face.  And, at only $28 you won’t feel wasteful when you use it all over your body on super cold days.  Since it doesn’t have SPF, I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock 30 ($12.99), which absorbs super fast and doesn’t irritate my skin.  At night I use Decleor ‘Aroma Night’ Neroli Essential Night Balm ($73), which literally melts into my skin. I wake up to more balanced, brighter, hydrated skin. If you want to know how much I like this product, I gave this out to my sister and sister-in-law last year for the holidays.  I swear by it for all skin types.

Lastly (and most challenging), is the task of trying to keep my lips soft and hydrated. The one thing worse than feeling dry, cracked lips is trying to apply lipstick to dry, cracked lips.  Hot crusty mess. I use Laura Geller Lip Strip to gently scrub away the mess with sugar crystals. Then I coat my lips with Aquaphor, the holy grail of lip balms.

Don’t forget my lovelies, in the foreboding words of George R.R. Martin, “Winter is coming!”

Photo courtesy of Tazis

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Review: First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30

There are very few beauty products I won’t cheat on — First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF ($38) is one, the soul mate for my sensitive skin.  It’s a light, thin consistency yet it hydrates and treats my irritated skin. I love that it multi-tasks (from Sephora):

What it is:
A multipurpose, antiaging moisturizer with SPF 30.

What it is formulated to do:
Supply your skin with all the ingredients it needs to stay young and vibrant. This formula uses five active facets that work together to keep your complexion healthy.
– Zinc Oxide sits atop the skin’s surface to reflect harmful ultraviolet rays.
– Bisabolol offers soothing properties.
– Alpha Arbutin evens out skintone.
– FAB Antioxidant Booster (comprised of licorice root, feverfew, and white tea) combats free-radical damage.
– Homeostatine® (a complex of two natural botanical ingredients) prevents and reduces wrinkles by protecting younger collagen fibers from unwinding and becoming brittle.

What else you need to know:
Appropriate for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, this blend is allergy tested, fragrance free, and dermatologist recommended; it excludes harsh chemicals and colorants.

Research Results:
Independent Clinical Results:
– After 4 weeks, skin hydration improved by 79%
– 85% reported an improvement in the overall appearance of their skin
– 71% reported a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
– 89% reported an improvement in the radiance of their skin
– 71% noted an improvement in the evenness of their facial skin tone

The SPF is strong enough that it lasts all day. Mind you, if i know I’m going to be exposed to sunlight more than gazing out an office window or a short Starbucks run, i will pat on Supergoop 30.  You can never be too careful when it comes to SPF! All I know is that this face cream seems to be one of the only multi-tasking powerhouse beauty products that make the cut in all seasons and weather conditions.

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