When the seasons change, it’s a good idea to adjust our skin care regimens. Sometimes that means trading in the heavy cream that works so well in winter for a lighter, oil-free moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you do not want a moisturizer that contains a lot of heavy oils. Fortunately, many oil-free moisturizers contain ingredients that work the same way. Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients that absorb or help another substance retain moisture. These ingredients are called humectants. Glycerin pulls moisture from the environment instead of sealing it in the skin. Even oily skin needs moisturizing and oilier types shouldn’t be afraid of using a daily moisturizer. The key is finding the one that suits your skin.
Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer is one of my recent discoveries. This excellent moisturizer hydrates the skin, controls oil production, and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m very impressed with the instant results. I apply it in the morning before my SPF and makeup and surprisingly, it’s the product that keeps my skin looking great the entire day. I don’t have to apply powder or use blotting sheets—this product does all the work for me! The formula feels as though it vanishes into my skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. This moisturizer can also be used at night. My other go-to oil-free moisturizer is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. Hyaluronic acid holds up to a thousand times its weight in water, which instantly plumps up the skin for a very youthful look. Over time, I noticed it was giving my skin a firmer feel and I even noticed a difference with the texture on my cheeks where I deal with congestion. People who have adult acne or those prone to oily skin will really enjoy the way this moisturizer feels and how it keeps their skin beautifully shine-free all day long.
Renowned celebrity dermatologist and scientist Dr. Perricone offers a full skin care line that addresses anti-aging by reducing inflammation both internally and topically. We have had only great experiences with his line, but one product we really love is the Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint SPF 30.
This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer has a hint of color that flatters all skin tones and gives that radiant glow. The Vitamin C ester, a stabilized Vitamin C, will help brighten the skin, which makes it on par with a CC Cream, but in a jar. Literally just a pearl-sized amount is enough for your entire face. One jar should be a four-month supply. What we really love is that it seems to blur discolorations and imperfections.
Best of all, you get a sun protection factor of 30 with no harsh chemicals and no sunscreen fragrance. The light scent of roses gives this a truly luxurious essence. Plus, there is no residue after it absorbs, so you hardly know you are wearing anything, much less a sunscreen. It also comes in a non-tinted version if that is your preference. If you are looking for science in your skin care with a better-than-makeup, naturally healthy look, you will love this! We do!
We’ve all heard the claims that promise “Youth in a Bottle,” but we’ve been duped more than once. So what are the actual benefits of a moisturizer?
Moisturizers of course prevent dryness, which makes skin look dull and frankly, older. They also provide a protective barrier to shield your skin from environmental pollution that creates free radicals, the culprits that cause wrinkles and damage skin cells. If you use a serum, a moisturizer literally seals the deal. Putting that last layer of armor over your serum not only helps it penetrate better, but keeps any residue from evaporating. Serums tend to be the priciest products in any line, so we don’t want to waste our investment.
How are moisturizers different from hydrators? Hydrators address the level of water in your skin. They are water-based, as opposed to moisturizers, which typically have a measure of oil in them. They are great for dehydrated skin as they penetrate more deeply to really hold moisture in, keeping your skin cells plump. Every skin type struggles with dehydration, regardless of water intake. People who travel frequently are often in need of extra hydration.
Every skin type, even the oiliest, needs moisturizer. If you need help determining your best option, please call us and speak with our estheticians for a personalized recommendation.
This mask is a powerhouse! We are talking about a nutrient-rich hydrating treatment that helps soothe and nourish skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants. This gel mask helps prevent dehydration by retaining healthy water levels in skin over extended periods and through the most intense climatic conditions.
Blue Marine Algae is a nourishing seaweed that infuses skin with nutrients and humectants to help defend against dehydration and prevent future damage. Antarcticine, a unique glycoprotein sourced from Arctic glacial ice, helps skin retain water and protects against water loss in extreme climates or temperatures. Tea, sourced from the Jeju Islands of Korea, delivers deep nourishment and abundant moisture, leaving skin instantly hydrated and smooth with a healthy, dewy glow.
Over time, as the treatment balances skin’s hydration levels, fine dehydration lines are diminished.
• Suitable for all skin types.
• Hydrates and nourishes skin.
• Helps skin retain water.
Is winter wreaking havoc on your skin? If so, swap out your usual body moisturizer for a silky and soothing body oil instead. When applied right after a shower, oil absorbs quickly to instantly hydrate and comfort dry skin while locking in moisture to protect it from the bitter cold.
Since 1988, AHAVA has been the definitive Dead Sea Minerals beauty expert. Advocating a healthy, natural lifestyle, AHAVA harnesses the restorative benefits of the Dead Sea to create innovative skin-friendly products that are paraben-free, SLS- and SLES-free, allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.
AHAVA is inspired by its environment and the flora and fauna that naturally thrive in the desert area surrounding the Dead Sea. Its Desert Precious Oils is formulated with a pure blend of nourishing plant oils that hail from desert regions – legendary Myrrh, Desert Date and Jojoba oils to immediately replenish moisture, smooth and nourish skin.
Desert Date Oil naturally contains a high content of essential fatty acids with unparalleled regenerating and repairing properties. It plumps the skin and helps promote an even skin tone.
Myrrh Oil has been used for centuries for its healing properties and is valued for its ability to prevent the signs of aging and soothe cracked or chapped skin.
Jojoba Oil is unique since it closely resembles the skin’s natural oils with strong antioxidant properties. Unlike most oils, its lightweight texture penetrates the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy after-feel.
AHAVA’s Desert Precious Oils is a truly luxurious treat and remedy for dry winter skin. This lightweight oil pampers the skin with a subtle scent, leaving it glowing and radiant.
Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box Set is a professional strength AM/PM regimen rapidly reverses all visible signs of aging skin. Each proprietary blend works in synergy to reveal your most youthful, healthy & radiant complexion. With nurturing textures and indulgent aromas, witness the transformation as you delight in the experience of treating your skin.
When used regularly, the results of this trio of products are truly amazing. Each formulation is oil-free, firming, lifting, pore tightening and all promote uniform pigmentation. As an added bonus, each product feels sensational and is a pleasure to use every day.
–Invigorating Night Treatment, 1oz This powerful treatment gel helps to hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, while smoothing and refining the surface texture.
–Sheer Transformation Creme, 1oz This luxurious, anti-aging creme fades skin discolorations, smoothes fine lines and protects from environmental damage.
–Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 1oz Get radiant skin with this incredible anti-wrinkle, firming and smoothing Vitamin C complex skin booster.
Is your skin ready for an amazing shot of silky moisture, rich in vitamins, age-fighting organic botanicals and absorbs in a flash? This broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer glides on smoothly and leaves skin soft and velvety plus it’s armed with hi-tech broad- spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This multi-tasking moisturizer not only protects skin with a non-irritating mineral based sunscreen, but delivers intensive hydration with organic extracts and pure Icelandic glacial water. Plus, it helps run damage control on contact—treating fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots you already have, while preventing future damage. It is suitable for all skin types including sensitive. Sounds amazing right?! SkinStore is giving this product away! Click HERE to enter.
How is your skin holding up this winter? Are you chapped and dry? I have the perfect solution for you! Bioelements Crucial Moisture is a rich moisturizer that hydrates without leaving you greasy and also provides great anti-aging benefits. This fast-penetrating formula visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, relieves dehydration and softens skin. Power-packed with Chinese herbs, aromatherapy oils and high-speed hydrators, this nutrient-rich, emollient cream was designed to instantly relieve chronically dry skin. If you are looking for optimum hydration and to reverse the signs of aging look no further!
Elemental Herbology combines the ancient holistic healing know-how of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Element philosophy with high-performing and nutritious natural botanical ingredients. Each of the UK-based ranges meets your skin’s needs as the seasons change.
As we move into fall, nurture sun parched summer skin with Elemental Herbology’s star product, Purify & Soothe Cleansing Balm. This oil-rich cleansing balm deeply cleanses the pores without stripping the skin’s own natural protections. The natural oils penetrate the skin delivering vital nutrients and are super-hydrating, for silky, soft and glowing skin.
As featured on MSN GLO in “13 Skin & Makeup secrets from Kate Hudson” quoted “If I’m not wearing much makeup that day, I’ll use Elemental Herbology’s purifying cleanser at night.”
Follow with the go-to moisturizer throughout the fall & winter, Cell Plumping Facial Moisturizer, which is packed with moisture-boosting Royal Jelly, Argan, Sacha Inchi and Evening Primrose oils which plump, nourish and deliver instant hydration.
Post-summer and throughout the colder months skin can become dull and dry, so exfoliating weekly with the Facial Glow Radiance Peel to shed dryness and stimulate cell turnover is really important!
These three simple steps to create your at-home spa facial will leave your skin radiant, healthy and hydrated!
As we move into the fall and winter seasons don’t forget to renovate your skin care routine as well as your closet! It’s important to hydrate your skin and protect it against the harsh weather ahead. In the warmer temperatures, our body kicks into high gear by lubricating the skin and producing more sebum (oil) and increasing perspiration. In contrast wind, lower temperatures and constant heating indoors dehydrate the skin. Here are a few of the amazing moisturizers we recommend this solstice to help protect you from chapped lips, red noses and sallow skin tone.
Obagi Hydrate Facial Mosturizer: Obagi has gained critical acclaim in the past few years and it is easy to see why. The company keeps practicality in mind by offering 8 hours of protection against the elements with a non-comedogenic, gentle, hypoallergenic formula perfect for all skin types especially sensitive or sensitized skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream : A thick, rich emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of Collodial Oatmeal, Shea Butter, soothing Eucalyptus Oil and ceramides, DAB Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for stressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair Cream can be used all over the body and on the face.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream : If you are searching for the crème de la crème, search no more! The name says it all; this thick, luscious moisturizer will hydrate the most dull winter skin. Packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins to fight off free radicals, the delectable cream not only protects the skin but firms and tones to ensure you are looking fabulous at the next holiday party or winter getaway.