First off- WTF is with this weather?! I dont care where you live, its out of control. Im having to come to terms with the fact that us Californians just dont have winters anymore. I realize that I shouldnt be complaining and people all over the world would kill to live here and the rest of the country is frozen blah blah blah.... but I got really cute sweaters and new boots for Christmas that I cant even wear, ok?
Anyhow, whether youre able to hit the beach in "Juneuary" or youre in a foot of snow, we all have one thing in common - our skin is like a desert. I really cant remember being so freaking DRY in my life! All of my clients are calling for emergency facials because their skin is going crazy and asking what they can do to give it a daily drink of water. There are a bunch of "home remedies" and about a million things on Pinterest that you can try or experiment with, but lets be real.... having good skin is a commitment and there comes a point when you need to bite the bullet and splurge on some quality products. If you can only purchase a few, heres what I suggest as some staples in your morning/daytime rege....
1. CLEANSE. Dry/Dehydrated skin needs the moisture of a good cream cleanser. Even if you are oily or have problematic skin, you should have a nice gentle cleanser on hand to give your skin a rest once in a while. Use it in the a.m. to refresh with some cool water. My favorite is Bioelements Moisture Positive Cleanser - Its creamy, natural, and smells amazing, but most importantly it thoroughly cleans the gunk off your face without stripping it, leaving it cool and moist. It runs about $35 for 6oz and is worth every penny. I sell it in my spa or you can purchase at http://www.bioelements.com/moisture-positive-cleanser-products-2.php?page_id=517
2. TONE. A good toner that you can mist onto your skin will make your other products like serum and moisturizer work A MILLION times better. Plus it adds extra moisture and it just feels really nice and refreshing. My ABSOLUTE favorite for a quick glow is Epicuren Discovery Protien Mist Enzyme Toner. I use 3 key Epicuren products every day and this is the first. Its it so amazing, you can also use it alll over your entire body after the shower before you put on lotion and youre smooth as a baby's bottom. I also sell this or you can purchase from Epicuren http://epicuren.com/Toners-Mists/Protein-Mist-Enzyme-Toner.html
3. MOISTURIZER W/ A KICK. Yes you can use just a good moisturizer after the toner BUT, adding this little gem will seriously make it look like you just had a professional treatment. I do this next step every day and people always comment on how pretty my skin is and even ask if Im pregnant because Im glllllowing. In the palm of your hand, mix the 3 of these and massage into face, neck & chest:
Epicuren Hydro Plus Moisturizer (dime size) - http://epicuren.com/Moisturizers/Hydro-Plus-Moisturizer_2.html
Epicuren Enzyme Concentrate Vitamin Protein Complex (1 pump) - http://epicuren.com/Metadermabolic-Enzymes_2/Enzyme-Concentrate-Vit-Protein-Complex.html
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream - Normal to Dry Skin (Dime Size). You can use any BB cream but I LOVE the Garnier, it gives light coverage and a nice glow and is actually moisturizing (and its only like $13 at Target)
I swear, even if you use your own cleanser, using the Toning Mist followed with the Moisturizer, Enzyme, and BB Cream mixed together, you will feel and look SOOO glowing and moisturized. And its such a great base for a mineral makeup. Make sure you let your face dry for a few minutes - the enzyme concentrate may seem a little oily but your skin will suck it up if you let it chill for a bit. But the most important step to this whole thing....
4. WATER. Yes, Water. Its practically free, people... and I guarantee youre not drinking enough of it. In order to be properly hydrated you need to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces (i.e. if you weigh 120lbs you need to drink at least 60oz of water per day) and drink extra if you smoke, drink tea, alcohol, soda or eat chocolate. Its not that hard, just do it. If you think its boring add some good shit - lemons, limes, strawberries, mangos -whatever, you get the point. You will notice a difference is the bottom line.
One more thing - I do not recommend using this on acneic or problematic skin. The protien enzymes may cause breakouts or aggrevation.
Have fun experimenting- New stuff is so fun!!
Licensed Esthetician, Makeup Artist, Massage Therapist