Last week, if you were to run your finger against my cheek you would have felt dry, chapped skin. Somehow, I’d let things get a bit out of control. The dry indoor air combined with the freezing cold outdoor air left me with a parched, irritated, dehydrated complexion, and in my quest to correct the situation I gave my skin some tough love instead of treating it with kid gloves and only exacerbated the problem.
Sometimes you need to know when to say enough is enough and call in the big guns so I stopped everything I was doing and decided to bring in an expert. I remembered the transformative Hydrafacial I’d had a while back and how it made a huge difference in my skin’s texture, tone and overall appearance after just one session so I immediately booked one that day at a local day spa to jumpstart a healthier skincare regimen and get my complexion back under control.
The Hydrafacial was the right move as it completely reversed things and left me with silky soft, hydrated skin. But, to keep it in check I couldn’t revert back to my bad behavior. For this extra-dry season, I have had to stick with gentle, replenishing products.
If your skin is in need of some tender, loving care right now, give it a boost with a HydraFacial treatment and follow that up with skincare that show you and your complexion the love. Below, our best bets:
Sustainable Youth® Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion ($50) – This gentle cleanser combines anti-inflammatory alasta (the potent immunostimulatory ingredient derived from Aloe), anti-oxidant rich cocoa seed butter, essential fatty acids and vitamins to gently and effectively cleanse your complexion, removing all traces of makeup, and leaving the skin pH balanced, comforted, silky soft and hydrated. Morning and evening, simply massage 0n and rinse off with warm water before gently patting dry for a soft, healthy, hydrated complexion. It’s also clinically proven to boost elasticity and firmness up to 72%.
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($78) – A perennial favorite, this super-moisturizing repair serum is formulated with Hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant capable of retaining 1,000 times its weight in water. Vitamin B5 replenishes lost nutrients and repair the skin’s barrier function. Use your fingertips to gently apply up to three drops to face, neck and chest.
L’Occitane Shea Face Comforting Oil ($42) – This nourishing oil immediately gets absorbed to comfort dry, dehydrated skin. It contains 5% shea butter to renew, repair and protect and healing antioxidant-rich marula oil. Use it alone or add to your usual day or night time moisturizer.
Zo Skin Health Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Creme ($102) – Ommerse easily and effectively repairs your skin while you sleep. It works with your skin’s own natural recovery process to calm, soothe, restore, nourish and reinforce its protective barrier. It contains Ceramide 2, soline, squalane and shea butter to hydrate, and Canadian willow herb extracts and evodia fruit extracts to reduce redness and irritation. Apply one to two pumps before bedtime and wake up with healthier skin.