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Winter Weather Skin Care Tips

Even the most stout-skinned of us need to brace our faces against harsh winter weather. If your skin is sensitive, you’ve probably come to fear winter like the zombie apocalypse. And unfortunately, it’s not just Jack Frost’s nose nips that put our skin through the ringer. The colder it gets out, the harder we pump the heat indoors. Our days then consist of going from cold to hot to cold. This constant switching from bitter cold to incredibly drying convection heat and back to bitter cold again can severely stress and deplete skin. Here are some tips and tools to give skin the extra protection it needs in winter.

  • To begin…In summer, we leave the house in nothing but a tank dress and sandals. DONE. In winter, it’s a hat, gloves, scarf, sweater, parka, etc. In the same vein, if you leave your house in winter with your face “wearing” the same old products as it does in summer, you’re leaving your face incredibly under-protected. too exposed to the elements and environment.
  • Expand your product arsenal. Using a (gentle) cleanser, toner, scrub, serum/essence, balm, oil, cream and SPF is NOT excessive for winter months. When you use each productand how much you usedepends on your skin’s needs. Experiment with different combinations to see which makes your skin the happiest and look its best. If you apply a product and see your skin is drinking it in, add another. Your skin obviously needs it. One caveat: Try to keep your SPF as a standalone product, and don’t have it be the first product you put on clean skin, as it will only clog pores. Apply a toner and at least a serum first, so a layer is created between the SPF and your skin.
  • Calm down with the cleansing. At this time of year, your skin needs every drop of moisture it can get, so don’t strip it twice a day with an industrial strength cleanser. As much as you may love a soapy, foamy, bubbly face wash (I know I do), switch to a gentler cleanser, at least until April. You can’t go wrong with B. Kamins Laboratories Vegetable Cleanser, or for a more luxe choice, try Sapelo Skin Care Seaweed Cleanser. For a real moisture surge, use a cleansing balm. In the winter (well, all year round, really) we love Cosmetics 27 Cleanser 27 by M.E. SkinLab and the cult favorite Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Both balms are silky, gentle, all-natural and full of high quality botanical ingredients that not only deeply cleanse skin, but also nourish and repair it.
  • I loveLOVEmy steamy (read: scalding) showers…especially on a cold winter morning! You too? Well, as good as we know that hot water feels, we must resist the temptation to stand under a scalding shower stream to warm ourselves up. As I’ve aged, I’ve really seenand feltthe toll that super-hot (and therefore super-drying) water has taken on my skin…from scalp to sole. The skin on my legs and tops of my feet, where the water hits most often, seems impossible to keep smooth and dewy these days. So keep the shower water warmtepid even. If you can’t tolerate the tepidness for an entire shower, aim for at least a portion of it. The most beneficial moments to turn down the temp would be when you’re rinsing off shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.
  • While you’re in the shower, exfoliate. Everywhere. I know I’m entering broken record territory here about exfoliating; I only mention it in EVERY SINGLE BLOG POST. But really, exfoliating regularly will TRANSFORM your skinface…body…all of it. Lavido’s Gentle Exfoliator Peeling Cream for face is super-gentle, with Oyster Shell Powder and Pomegranate Peel Grains to provide a subtle scrubbing action. For body, Glytone Body Wash, withyou guessed it—glycolic acid, is the gold standard exfoliating wash. It is definitely not a “green” product, though, so if you want to stay away from chemicals, the Sasawashi Mesh Body Scrub Towel, Yu-be Foaming Skin Polish Body Scrub and Mio Skincare Double Buff Dual Enzyme Exfoliator are solid exfoliator choices that provide manual, as opposed to chemical (like Glytone), exfoliation. Yu-be Foaming Skin Polish and Mio Skincare Double Buff can both also be used on your face. Don’t forget your scalp, too! Does your scalp dry up once temperatures drop? Philip Kingsley’s Exfoliating Scalp Mask is brilliant. Not just for a healthy scalp, but for the overall quality of your hair. Healthy scalp=happy, beautiful hair.
  • Even in winter, use an acid. Work a peeling/exfoliating product into your routine 1-2 times a day (only once at night if your skin is particularly sensitive/reactive). Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads are my hands-down favorite. They come in several different “strengths”, so even those with sensitive skin can use them. Follow your peel pads with a spritz or cotton pad soaked swipe of a hydrating toner (we know you read our recent blog post on toners, right?!) before applying your serum. Quick note on toners: This is the time of year to avoid all alcohol-heavy products. They are incredibly drying and irritating, especially after an AHA product.
  • Multimask! Though you should continue to use face masks year round, opt for more hydrating ones in the winter, as opposed to detoxifying clay/mud/charcoal based ones. If you have combination skin that still breaks out occasionally in winter, you can always multimask! Use a deep-cleansing/detoxifying mask on your T-zone and problem areas, like Binchotan Facial Cleansing Mask then a moisturizing mask on cheeks and drier areas. Winter is also the perfect time to work a hydrating sleep mask into your skin care routine. And honestly, any creamy mask can be a “sleep mask”, just apply before bed and leave it on overnight. The best of the best? Celeb (and royalty) favorite, Heaven Skincare’s Bee Venom Mask.

What are your cold weather skin care hacks? Let us know in the comments!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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Yasmine Djerradine Shares Expert Skin Care Advice

Travel Beauty’s Exclusive Q & A with Yasmine Djerradine of Yasmine Djerradine Institut de Beauté.

TB: What do you love most about what you do?

yasmine-djerradine-expert-skin-care-adviceYasmine: So many things…I love to take care of people. There is something intimate about caring for another’s skin. I like to customize each treatment.

People often call me and describe their skin over the phone and ask me to recommend a regimen for them. I always tell them that I need to see and touch their skin in order to understand their unique health and beauty needs.

TB: What is the single most important, best piece of skin care advice that you give your clients?

Yasmine: Please don’t overdo it! Your skin is an organ, and your body’s first line of defense against the elements. Many harsh procedures actually strip your skin of what it desperately needs to protect itself! Focus on cleansing and hydrating, and your skin will always be there to protect you.

Customization in skin care is also crucial. Everything has to be “sur mesure”, or made to order. Everyone ages differently and responds to the elements and pollution uniquely.

TB: If you had to recommend a few essential skin care products that you would encourage people to splurge on, what would they be?

Yasmine: Today people are living longer and so we need our youthful complexion to last indefinitely. It is more important than ever to take care of ourselves as we age. If you think about the adverse effects of collagen collapse, sun or wind damage, cancer, etc., all of these issues can be traced back to the various ways we have neglected our skin. We must utilize a serious moisturizer during the winter to protect ourselves from the cold and wind and the best sun protection when we are in the sun – basically all year round.

TB: What defining moment in your career had the strongest influence on you?

Yasmine: I have defining moments all the time! I am constantly discovering new products, working with new clients and experimenting with new treatment technologies. This is why, even after 30 years, I am still so passionate about skin care. It is my hope and vision for the future that each new experience will be insightful and exciting. I strive for every moment to be the next “aha” moment!

Read more about Yasmine on her Travel Beauty Expert Page.

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Holiday Ready

Getting Ready to Celebrate

Getting ready to celebrate can be hard work! At just the time when we want to look our best, we do many things that actually detract from our natural beauty. We are constantly running around: from party to party, between friends, family and work commitments and celebrations.

We may indulge in rich foods that we do not normally eat and imbibe more spirits than our bodies are used to. When we finally get to bed, stress over this fast-paced time of year can keep us awake much later than we’d like, leaving us sleep deprived – and looking it!

All this, coupled with the onset of cold weather (here in the Northeast, at least) can have a visible impact on our skin. Many of our holiday commitments may be out of our control, but how we nourish ourselves during this hectic time is in our hands.

Protecting Our Visage from the Elements

Protecting our visage from the elements and stress – basically taking care of it as best as we can – is the most important thing we can do for our overall health and appearance. Make sure to use a rich moisturizer that will protect your face from the cold and wind. B. Kamins Laboratories has a new line of plant stem cell products that offers excellent anti-aging moisturizing benefits, and can be used everyday and all year round. Nia-Stem Moisturizer Kx, is a perfect daily anti-aging moisturizer for all ages and skin types! This non-greasy formula contains niacin, plant stem cells and an exclusive Bio-Maple™ Compound, designed to improve skin tone and texture, enhance cell metabolism and promote tissue regeneration. You will truly see a younger, fresher, brighter complexion.

Daily use of B. Kamins Nia-Stem Moisturizer Kx will help reverse and protect your skin from the signs of aging and visible dark spots due to sun damage. The B. Kamins line is also fabulous for sensitive skin. For rosacea related issues, make sure to check out the Soothing Skin Concentrate.

Pollution Protection

It is also extremely important to protect ourselves from pollution, especially for those of us that live in cities and/or spend a lot of time outdoors. In the winter months, Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash is specially formulated to gently protect us against environmental damage.

Treat Yourself to a Facial

The holiday season is also a great time to treat yourself to a facial. A facial will give you an extra glow, lift and an overall improved appearance, as well provide the added support your complexion needs during this demanding time of year. Best of all, you’ll leave the spa feeling more glamorous and relaxed than before – a holiday gift to yourself you certainly deserve!

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