The winter season brings a host of skin concerns for many of us whether we spend our time outdoors in the cold or inside near the heater. Inside we are exposed to the drying heat of the heater that zaps the hydration out of your skin and outside we are exposed to searing cold which also works to dehydrate our skin very quickly (you’ve heard of freeze-dried?).
Dry cracked feet are a very common concern during the winter season, but what can you do? SkinStore.com Esthetician’s answer this question all the time. Proper foot care all year round is important to your overall health and we always suggest that you focus on hydration on all parts of your skin including your feet daily.
If you require an aggressive approach you can incorporate a Ceramic File, Callus Rasp or a Buffer for additional callus removal by controlled friction. I would give you some caution that you should never go too aggressive with these tools as you could cause additional cracking or bleeding if you get your skin too thin so be gentle at first and perhaps do just a little but each day until you get the desired results.
A gentle alternative is the Barielle Total Foot Care Cream, this is a top customer rated cream that can be used twice daily. A great suggestion with this product is to apply the cream then place your plain 100% cotton socks in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and put them on and leave overnight.
If your feet simply need hydration, the Archipelago Botanicals Milk Foot Balm is a great selection. With milk solids, oat and soy protein, this product will provide adequate moisture if used morning and evening.
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Dehydration is a condition that can affect all skin types. There are both external and internal factors that can lead to dehydration. Common causes are change in climate, pollution, hormonal changes, being on a first name basis with your local baristas…just to name a few.
If you are battling with dehydration, one factor to consider is your current skin care regimen. Are you using the right products for your skin? For example, if you only experience the occasional breakout here and there but you are using an acne cleanser, it may be too aggressive for you and could be stripping too much of your skin’s natural oils. Try switching to a mild cleanser and using a spot treatment instead.
One way to add additional moisture back into your skin is to incorporate a hydrating serum into your current routine.
My personal favorite is the H2O Plus Oasis 24 Hydrating Booster. This oil-free formula absorbs easily into your skin without leaving a heavy or greasy feeling. The Hydrating Booster has time-released moisture to help maintain hydration throughout the day. One quick tip; the product does need to be shaken prior to each use. Also, since I started using the Hydrating Booster I have found that I am using less of my moisturizer each day so I’m saving money!
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Who couldn’t use a little boost of radiance? Why not brighten your day and your complexion with Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum Collagen Booster?! The powerful Vitamin C complex will firm and smooth the texture of your skin while brightening overall tone. The potent antioxidants in Truth Serum will protect your skin from the destructive effects of free radicals. This fabulous serum absorbs quickly and is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin will love it.
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You’ve tried product after product and have finally put together the perfect regimen to keep your skin healthy and youthful. So don’t let your hands give your age away! Our hands go through a lot and if we don’t take care of them they too will begin to show signs of aging. Common hand concerns are lack of hydration, discoloration and pigmentation due to sun damage, and crepiness.
Thankfully there is Goldfaden Hands On to turn back the clock for our hands. Hands On will hydrate, resurface and protect your hands. This hydrating hand cream combines anti-aging and rejuvenating ingredients such as Acetyl Glucosamine, Nicatinamide, and Retinol with the powerful antioxidants CoQ10 and Organic Rea Tea.
We love this hand cream and we think you will too!
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Exfoliation is an important element of any skin care routine. However, if you are dealing with sensitive skin you may feel your options are limited. Well, I have good news for you. Those wonderful folks at Juice Beauty have formulated a version of their for sensitive skin.*
The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive is a gentler, but just as effective version of the original. This weekly exfoliating peel combines a 10% blend of alpha-hydroxy acids with raw cane sugar to revive your complexion and reveal a fresh new you. This peel is also full of vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients designed to hydrate and nourish your skin.
Check out this video for even more information and step-by-step instructions.
*A patch test behind the ear is recommended prior to first use.
The winter months can wreak havoc on our skin causing it to be drier than it is the rest of the year. Our feet are one area that may need extra attention during this cold time of year.
Bliss Foot Patrol is a fabulous exfoliating and softening cream to treat those tootsies. This cream utilizes both alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid to exfoliate away those rough, dry skin cells while the soothing aloe leaf penetrates to soften skin.
Perhaps if you ask nicely, you might also get someone to rub those aching feet for you. You deserve it, right?
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Shea butter is a highly beneficial ingredient. It protects, nourishes and moisturizes the skin. Shea butter is an intensely nourishing ingredient perfect for use anywhere on the body. It is suitable for all skin types including dry skin, sensitive skin and even a baby’s skin. When added to soap, shea butter makes the soap milder and adds moisturizing properties. Shea butter also has natural antioxidant properties and contains cinnamic acid which provides UV protection.
L’Occitane is well known for its use of shea butter and has been using it in a variety of its beauty products for over 20 years.
This lightweight, daily leave-in hair treatment repairs damaged hair and protects strands from future damage with continued use. Hair is plumped, retexturized and transformed back into silky, healthy hair. Hair is provided with continuous moisture all day long. Doesn’t your hair deserve the same care and attention you give your skin?
Do you feel like every time you turn around those pesky roots are showing AGAIN? With the new Oscar Blandi Colore Pen you can extend the time in between salon visits. This purse-sized goodie isn’t just for root touch-ups, you can also add dimension to your hair by creating highlights and lowlights. The color dries quickly and lasts until you shampoo it out.
The Oscar Blandi Colore Pen is available in six different shades: Light Golden Blonde, Beige Blonde, Neutral Brown, Warm Reddish Brown, Dark Brown/Black, and Jet Black.
Here is Oscar Blandi himself with a more detailed overview of his creation:
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The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and we know that searching for the perfect gift among the numerous choices available can be stressful. Let us help narrow down your search with our top five picks for that special guy in your life.
The Jack Black First Class Five is perfect for the guy who is always on the go! This kit contains the All Over Wash, Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, Eye Balm Minimizing Gel and the Intensive Therapy Lip Balm Natural Mint and Shea Butter. Everything his skin needs and all in a convenient travel bag.
Anthony Logistics The Face Kit is the complete face for every man. Kick start his skincare regimen with this easy to use kit! This kit includes Glycolic Facial Cleanser for a deep cleanse, Deep Pore Cleansing Clay to help absorb excess oils and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer to keep the skin balanced while improving elasticity. Also includes two bonus Facial Scrub samples.
The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System-Gray is a wonderful gift for the guy that has everything and is serious about his skincare routine. The Clarisonic is a great tool to prep the skin prior to shaving and since it’s waterproof, he can take it right into the shower with him.
For more suggestions, check out our Holiday Gift Guide! And tell us.. what’s under the Christmas tree for YOUR man? A new powertool? A snuggie?