On bitter cold days, when our skin gets dry and even our lips basically fall off, start using these products and you will keep glowing in winter gloomy days.
As much as we love our extra hour of beauty sleep in winter, the end of “Daylight Saving Time” gives us a gloomy reality check: chilly temps, dry air and harsh winds are the way and the battle for getting a healthy and glowing skin in winter. To beat dryness, you need some extra TLC and loads of hydration. Ready to glow? I’ve found the best products that every skin type needs:
Bobbi Brown – Instant Detox Mask: its purifying formula does the dirty work – providing a deeper, more thorough cleaning. Like a deep cleanse for skin—this mask removes impurities, pollutants and excess oil from pores without stripping skin. A unique blend of Hawaiian Sea Water and mineral-rich Amazonian White Clay work together to help extract toxins and impurities, while reducing the appearance of pore size. Combined with the detoxifying powers of Sea Salt and Sea Water, the powerful clay-based formula helps remove pore-clogging debris and excess oil from skin, while simultaneously nourishing—never over-stripping.
Bad skin at our age…it shouldn’t happen, right? Well, it does. We hear about adult acne very often, but can someone who has this problem get it under control? Yes, with professional skin analyzer and SkinCeuticals treatment. Here is my personal experience, how I solved my acne problem in a short time.
As a teenager, my skin was great! I almost had no pimples, maybe sometimes before my period, but in generally my skin was radiant and clean. My friends always asked me, what I’m doing to my skin? And my answer was always, nothing but washing my face with baby soap and moisturizing with a light day cream. Some of my friends had spots, but that was normal in that age and there was always Clearasil Hide The Blemish. I thought in the fact that when I get older, my skin would be still blemish-free and beautiful, but when I got 30 it wasn’t the same!
For many of us, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. The cold also brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: they get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed). You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. My first tip for protecting your skin in winter is, to find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face! Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Be careful with shea oil (or butter), because is controversial, and can clog facial pores.
The intense heat of a hot shower or bath breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. So you’re better off with just warm water, and staying in the water a shorter amount of time. After bath use body oils to moisturize your skin.
Here are my favorite products, I’ve been using this season:
This year I already posted about the new SkinCeuticals products and Metacell Renewal B3 was also there. I’ve been using this gel-lotion since July, and my skin got used to it very quickly. Metacell Renewal B3 corrects the signs of photoaging that appear at different intensities according to skin biology, lifestyle, geography, sun protection behavior, and skincare regimen, they have a multiplicative effect, creating a prematurely-aged appearance.
#2 Aperion jojoba oil
You’ve heard thousand times, and I will reply it again: I love body oils. This natural gold liquid is oxidative stability index of approximately 60, which means that it is more shelf-stable than safflower oil, canola oil, almond oil or squalene but less than castor oil and coconut oil. Provides all day moisture – jojoba oil doesn’t evaporate like water based moisturizers can. Unsightly skin issues including scabs, scars, and stretch marks may be reduced by massaging the vitamin-E rich oil into the problem areas. Plus, it may speed the healing process of wounds and cause scars to fade over time. Using jojoba oil in winter will also reduce itch and chapped skin, since the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil work to reduce dryness and irritation.
The best mouse I have ever had and that perfectly purifies the skin. The ideal complement to make-up removal, this luscious airy Mousse de Beauté from Guerlain is super rich and dense, it gently cleanses and clarifies the complexion. It transforms into a silky cream on contact with water. Skin gets soft, smooth and radiantly translucent. Unfortunately a bit expensive!
Enriched with vitamin B5, Hydrating B5 Gel replenishes nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger. This moisture-enhancing gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin.
A limited edition Essence Absolute moisturizes and protects with intense nutrition. Rapidly absorbed into hair fiber, it rebalances the moisture level of dry hair. The soft-sleek velvety oil creates a supple touch with high shine and provides UV protection. Formulated for daily use. Safe on color-treated hair.
Cult Classic Cleansing Oil Shampoo with a limited time look. Delicate formula that transforms quickly into a rich foam that effectively draws out the impurities and build-up on the scalp without stripping the natural oils. Leaves hair naturally radiant, soft and in balanced state – volumized and moisturized. Safe on color-treated hair. Paraben and silicone free.
Luxurious, revitalizing and hydrating shower cream. Incredible smell, creates a creamy foam with floral and powdery scent.
#8SkinCeuticals– Hydrating B5 Lip Repair
A hydrating serum replenishes moisture and restores radiance for a smoother complexion. Emollient treatment helps improve environmental damage, while smoothing and refining the lips surface.
Great for everyday shower gel, with amazing scent of plant extracts of Edelweiss and linden blossom, extracts from apricot oil, apple and witch hazel and rock salt to nourish the skin. The unique fragrance blend of ginger, lemon and cardamom refreshed gives an incredible kick to a great start into the new day.
Advanced skincare created by science, SkinCeuticals maintain and improve skin health, that contains three fundamental elements: Prevention, Protection, and Correction
The SkinCeuticals product philosophy is built around these principles, Prevention, Protection, and Correction. Designed to prevent signs of future damage, protect healthy skin, and correct the appearance of previous damage, SkinCeuticals is committed to advanced skincare products that are backed by science.
Last week SkinCeuticals invited me among other bloggers, such as Kathi, Vicky, Mirela, Hristina and Sylvia for an exclusive SkinCeuticals treatment at Vienna’s Park Hyatt Hotel‘s SPA and to complete the luxury treatment, we were invited to a wonderful dinner at the hotels The Bank restaurant.
Starting from the professional SPA treatment I had, it was defiantly a wonderful experience. The cosmetician checked my skin in ultraviolet light box first. Sometimes we need to see in oder to believe, so luckily, there was no proof of any damage. As I already knew my eye circles are dry and also some parts of my face, like around the mouth. But my facial skin is a mixture of dry and some oily parts, like the t-zone. However, after the UV light box, I had the treatment including scrub, serum and cream added on my skin. The results were brilliant and the cosmetician gave me tips to use these following products:
1) SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3: the newest SC product, launched recently and will be available from September. This lightweight gel-lotion formula would have been an option for any skin type to help treat signs of aging in skin. Metacell Renewal B3 utilizes a patent-pending inverse aqueous emulsion to deliver a high concentration of 5% niacinamide combined with 2.5% tightening tri-peptide concentrate and 15% glycerin improve the look of early photoaging. While signs of photoaging appear at different intensities according to skin biology, lifestyle, geography, sun protection behavior, and skincare regimen, they have a multiplicative effect, creating a prematurely-aged appearance. Metacell Renewal B3 is a comprehensive daily corrective moisturizer that visibly corrects the appearance of early photoaging to re-clarify skin, reduce wrinkles, re-tighten surface elasticity, and even skin tone.
Renews skin by increasing cell turnover
Reduces the appearance of discoloration and the look of redness
Formulated to deliver intense hydration without a tacky feel
2) SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30: provides high broad-spectrum protection against photo-ageing. Formulated with a HyperBright Complex, this corrective and protective sunscreen helps prevent the occurrence of future brown spots and pigmentation. Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 is a daily-use, hydrating sunscreen with state-of-the-art UV filters. It helps prevent the appearance of UV-induced hyperpigmentation. Apply just before exposure. Re-apply frequently and generously to maintain protection, especially after swimming, perspiring or towelling. Avoid sun exposure at peak times. Avoid the eye area. In case of contact with eyes rinse immediately and thoroughly.
3) SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50: protects skin from the range of UV rays known to cause premature skin ageing. Formulated with state-of-the-art UV filters, this high-protection sunscreen helps prevent UV induced collagen breakdown. Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 combines state-of-the-art UV filters for comprehensive protection against the appearance of UV-induced dark spots and collagen breakdown.
Apply prior to sun exposure. Re-apply frequently and generously to maintain protection, especially after swimming, perspiring or towel drying.
4) SkinCeuticals C E FERULIC®: a daytime antioxidant serum delivers advanced environmental protection, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
C E Ferulic is a revolutionary antioxidant combination that delivers advanced environmental protection against photoaging by neutralizing free radicals that can accelerate the appearance of aging. Provides advanced environmental protection against damaging free radicals. Increases firmness and replenishes lipids to visibly reduce wrinkles. Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent step in your skincare routine. The addition of ferulic acid to 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) doubles the protective power.
In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply 4-5 drops to a dry face, neck and chest. It is normal for vitamin C products to darken after opening due to air and light exposure. Any change in color does not affect the product’s efficacy.
So these are the products that I was professionally recommended to use, and I must say that my skin feels much better than before. It’s hydrated, luminous and glowing now and I will continue using these products from now on.
Here some insights form the SPA day and dinner:
Park Hyatt Vienna SPA Suite
Dinner Deluxe: this was our last course, and everything was incredibly delicious!
Beautiful interior of The Bank Restaurant at Park Hyatt Vienna.