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When you want to plump up lines and furrows or restore facial volume thatâ€™s declined with age, look no further than hyaluronic acid (HA). A naturally-occurring component of our skin, this skin-rejuvenating molecule is capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a superior hydrator whenÂ injected into the skin or slathered on it. Whether you want to start slow or hit the doctorâ€™s office ASAP, hereâ€™s your guide to hopping on the HA bandwagon.
The mist: Skin Inc. Pure Serum-Mist ($55)
Packed with low molecular weight HA (i.e. smaller molecules that have an easier time getting into the skin), moisture-holding humectants and mineral-rich Onsen water, t
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With cooler weather upon us, odds are your skin is starting to feel the effects. Prevention goes a long way when it comes to the symptom of winter skin, and you want to up the hydration ante well before you start to see flaking and cracking. Paying a bit of extra attention to your skinâ€™s barrier now can translate to smooth sailing until spring rolls aroundâ€”and these nourishing balms are so worth the splurgeâ€¦
Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment ($35)
Chapped lips are more than uncomfortableâ€¦ Dryness and flaking can get in the way of your lipstick, and no one wants that. This indulgent lip balm looks as good coming out of your bag as it feels on your lips, and itâ€
Called a mask, but really more like an overnight drink of water for your skin, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($32) puts your slumber hours to good use. You apply the mask at bedtime, sleep with it on, and awake with smooth, soft and nourished skin. Simply rinse off the mask in the morning when you shower or wash your face.
As soon as the nearly odorless creamy mask is applied, skin feels comforted and smooooth. The moisturizing effect starts immediately, but Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is actually formulated to maximize the healing mode that skin slips into at night. According to Clinique scientists, skin is programmed to fine-tune its rhythm for the next day while you sleep at night.
At night, you want to assist your skin as much as possible to heal and recharge. Moisture Surge Overnight Mask contains essential lipids that work to help calm skin and reduce irritation from daytime environmental aggressors. In addition, the ever-so-essential barrier function is boosted so you can meet the next dayâ€™s challenges.
The mask features one of BITBâ€™s favorite skincare ingredients: hyaluronic acid, which locks in moisture via an invisible moisture mesh. Other ingredients help to maintain the skinâ€™s moisture balance, repair and strengthen the barrier function, and clam and soothe.
Apply, sleep, and rest. The next thing you know itâ€™s morning and you have smooth, moisturized and softer skin.
So far, the summer of 2012 is shaping up to be a hot one. Record-breaking temperatures have already engulfed the country sending us scrambling to find easy ways to cool off. Donâ€™t have time in your busy schedule to take a dip in a pool or journey up to northern Canada? Donâ€™t worry; this collection of easy-to-use cooling products has you covered.
Face and body mists are a great way to get a refreshing on-the-go spritz. With just one spray, they provide a revitalizing burst of hydration that will get you moving again when the stifling heat has you feeling sluggish; they also have moisturizing properties that can help repair skin thatâ€™s been dried out or damaged under th