We are ALL going through some skin woes with winter, I can tell from all of your comments on my IG, text messages and Twitter that dry chapped skin is the 'winters beast!' I have been a makeup artist for 20 years, yes I am that old... Along the way of my crazy career I have studied skin, worked for some credible skin care lines and passed (with a nearly perf score) the Nordstrom Skincare Specialist certification
I feel we are a smart group here, and you all know you should be drinking so much water right now, and you all are riiiight? Ok, so yes there is technically water in wine, but lets be real its cold out, you have the dry heat cranked up and your skin is freaking out. So go refill that wine and lets get in to this!
Winter skin care is a lot different than summer, and the 4 steps you all should be doing right now is
Step 1: EXFOLIATE
Listen to me when I say this because it is the gospel of good makeup artists, you NEED to exfoliate your skin...period! You can't expect to put moisturizer and pretty makeup on top of dry, flaky uneven skin and have it come out looking flawless. Now, listen to me again when I say this (please and thank you) put the apricot or whatever seed scrub you are currently scratching your skin up with DOWN! I don't care if its luxurious made of the rarest of organic matter purchased at Whole Food- seeds are sharp and sharp things hurt our skin...period!
These are my top 3 favorite chemical or enzyme exfoliators, which sounds really scary I get it! But if you want an easy way to break down all of that build up and have even gorgeous radiant skin, choose one of these!
Fun note, try the Sonia Roselli Sexapeel and literally watch your dead skin slough off- head to toe!
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads have been my go to for years
Juice Beauty is great if you have ultra sensitive skin
PS if you can get in to a reg exfoliating routine, I promise your makeup will wear sooo much better and longer through the day!
Step 2: CLEANSE
So simple, yet why do 50% of you skip this step- wash your face!
Here are my favs for winter skin, starting with you busy (or lazy) babes grab a bottle of Bioderma and a few cotton pads and swipe the day away. Sensibio is a lot nicer than those makeup wipes you are using once a week, so step it up! oh and click that link, I know what kind of shopper you are ;)
For me, the holy grail of skin cleanser by far are the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils they take it all off (YES eye makeup too) and leave your skin soft not itchy and tight
If you like a good foaming cleanser to use with your Clarisonic then Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser is the one.
Last but not least is the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse, smells like fresh oranges and melts away even the toughest makeup
Step 3: HYDRATE
This is my favorite category, because they all feel soooooo good when your skin is dry, but don't think you can skip steps 1 and 2 and jump to 3 to get the same results.. You asked for help, and these are the steps!
Everyone has a favorite go to moisture cream or lotion, and these are just a few of mine. Personally, I am a La Mer girl.. I swear by that magical jar of 'turning back time'.. and let's hope you all love me for years to send me work to pay for the stuff! but seriously it is worth every penny in my opinion!
New kid on the block is Waterbalm from Sonia Roselli, i have been going hard in the studio with this goodness in a jar and I am sold!
For those who really need that extra kick of hydration, I love Josie Maran's Argon Oil- just a few drops will add that extra layer of comfort
Lastly don't forget those dry lips!!! I just discovered the new Butterstick Lip Treatment from Kiehl's while I was out in Boston last week. My lips were to the point of cracking, nothing was helping and after a day of using this baby they were cured (can I get a hallelujah?) Also try mixing fine sugar and coconut oil for a quick lip exfoliating trick, home remedies are often the best!
Step 4: MASK
I don't know about you, but my grandma had beauty routines she stuck to. She passed in her mid 80s just after her weekly hair and nail appointment, there was no way she was going on with bad hair! Her name was Florence and she was definitely my "Glam'mother"
Florence was really one of my earliest beauty influencers and this has carried on through the women in our family. My mother and I share the same love of luxury skin care, spas and pampering, which brings me to the mask! We are some busy people anymore, but we need to slooooow way down and steal back some time. I want to urge all of you to pour a glass of wine or tea or wine , put on a nice face mask and put your feet up! Even better, have someone rub them for you!
Is you are an easy going no fuss kind of person, grab a hydrating sheet mask..peel open the package and throw it on. Just make sure you warn anyone who is home, you might look a little like an 80s horror movie star!
La Mer again my fav is a powerhouse of skin firming hydrating goodness- even comes with its own spa inspired paint brush to apply. La Mer Lifting & Firming Mask
Being a huge fan of the Bioderma line I can't leave you without introducing you to this beauty budget friendly Sensibio Mask
Whatever products you choose to buy, the MOST important part is being consistent because you will see the results when you are
Happiest of Holidays!