When winter comes, hydration goes. Cold, dry weather coupled with indoor heating zaps the moisture from your skin and that tight feeling can’t be far behind.
According to Washington DC dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, “Dry skin need an infusion of hydrating agents to restore the moisture barrier and keep water in the outermost layer of skin. Moisturizers contain some combination of humectants, emollients and other ingredients. For tight, dry cold weather skin, choose a heavier, oil-based moisturizer. Petrolatum-based products are also effective because they help prevent water from evaporating from your skin.”
Here are four terrific ways to recharge the moisture in your skin:
Lately my skin and I have not been getting along. For the past few months, I have had terrible bouts of breakouts which don’t seem to go away, no matter what I do. Iâ€™ve tried everything: cleaned all my makeup brushes, got rid of old makeup, washed my face diligently every nightâ€¦ Iâ€™ve even resorted to using Proactiv, which I used when I was 16 – Iâ€™m now in my 20s. Iâ€™ve determined that the stress of being a recent college graduate trying to find a job in a deflated economy, plus looming student loan payments, are working their magic right on my face.
But Iâ€™m determined to have clear skin. And one thing that has truly helped is the Gentle Peeling Sm
Summer is over (sigh) and schoolÂ is back in session. Whether you’re finishing high school or starting college â€“ itâ€™s going to be stressful to the max. That means fighting oil slick, breakouts, redness, and sensitivities when you want to look your best for that all important first impression.
â€œThe first thing to remember is breakouts come and go, theyâ€™re not the end of the world,â€ says Alexis Vogel, makeup artist to the stars. â€œThere are plenty of great products on the market to help keep your skin stay soft and supple so you can have the best time of your lifeâ€
GOT ZITS? SEE THE LIGHT. GET ANSR: Â ANSR: delivers narrow-band, high-intensity blue and red light waves to target pimples before they ruin your day. treating acne. Blue light waves kill bacteria that causes inflammation associated with acne, called P. Acnes. This in turn releases porphyrins which absorb the light to and are destroyed. No P. acnes, no inflammation, no acne – it’s that simple. And the blue light doesn’t cause dryness, redness or pain. Red light therapy helps to heal the acne lesion and smooth the skin. The ANSR: phototherapy device is a white flying saucer shaped device that is light, portable, and fits easily in your hand. It is a dual light system; the blue and red lights are designed to work in tandem with the product range that includes Prep, Day and Night. Prep is a mild salicylic acid cleanser that gets used before you apply the light; first blue for 5 minutes and then red for 5 minutes. You can use the ANSR: device once or twice daily. Follow with Day Acne Lotion and Night Acne Gel for morning and evening, both of which contain Azaurin, intended to keep oil slicks at bay and prevent breakouts. The whole program can be done in 15 minutes each time for the 4 steps, for a total of half an hour a day if you use it twice. Â
FINAL VERDICT: GOTTA GET IT (GGI) – I am a sucker for home devices, and it’s comforting to have something standing by for emergencies 24/7, when a visit to your Derm just won’t work. I also liked the products in the kit which are non-irritating and work great. The whole kit is $185 and the device is rechargeable so the only additional costs will be to replenish the products when you run out.