This time of year when we are transitioning from our summer skincare routines to our fall/winter ones, the main focus should be hydration! Here are my top 3 tips for hydrated skin to help you keep that gorgeous glow.
1. Don’t over-cleanse!
I once read a beauty editor’s advice column in a major magazine. The advice seeker wanted to know which skincare product she could spend the least amount on and which product she should splurge on. The editor said that because your cleanser only sits on your skin for a short while, it’s the least important product in your routine and so any ol’ product would do. Apologies to her, but she’s got it backward! Your cleanser sets the tone for the rest of your skincare routine – start with something too harsh and you’ll have to make up for it with more products down the line!
Find a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin. When you have a cleanser that works for your skin, it prevents dehydration, irritation and more. Of course, different products work for different people – but the goal for everyone is to use a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling supple and refreshed. That squeaky clean feeling, itchiness, tightness or the feeling that you immediately need a moisturizer all signal that your cleanser is too harsh for hydrated skin.
These are my favorite cleansers for each skin type:
JOSH ROSEBROOK COMPLETE MOISTURE CLEANSE
LAUREL WHOLE PLANT ORGANICS FACIAL CLEANSER | NORMAL-DRY
MARIE VERONIQUE PURE + E.O. FREE OIL CLEANSER
PAI CAMELLIA ROSE GENTLE HYDRATING CLEANSER
EARTHWISE BEAUTY MARSHMALLOW FACE CLEANSER
OSEA OCEAN CLEANSING MUDD
As the air gets dry, it’s vital to remember to hydrate! Water loss through the skin results in dull complexion, accentuated fine lines, flakiness and eventually irritation due to the skin barrier being disturbed. Hydrators come in several forms (mists, gels, serums, etc) and should be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing for optimal hydrated skin.
Here are my favorite hydrating treatments for dry skin, sensitive skin, and broken out skin:
JOSH ROSEBROOK HYDRATING ACCELERATOR
OSEA HYALURONIC SEA SERUM
PAI SEA ASTER WILD OAT INSTANT CALM REDNESS SERUM
EARTHWISE BEAUTY NAP IN THE MEADOW FACE SERUM
LAUREL WHOLE PLANT ORGANICS FAVIAL ELIXIR | OILY-COMBINATION
3. Layer your moisturizers
Continuing on the hydrated skin discussion, most people need a little extra boost during the cooler months. As oils have become more popular, many people use a face oil as their only moisturizer, but oils do not hydrate! They do not contain hydrating ingredients; instead, they protect the hydration in the skin (among other things). What we commonly hear is, “I’m applying my face oil so frequently but I still feel dry!” This usually means skin is dehydrated, which cannot be resolved by oil alone.
So, read your skin. If it’s feeling thirsty, use a water-based moisturizer (ie, a cream) and then place your oil on top. If you are extra dry, you can also layer with a balm, which is more protective than just oil, thanks to plant butters and waxes. These ingredients provide a greater shield against water loss.
Give these a try, according to your skin type:
AYUNA CREAM II
MAYA CHIA THE SUPER COUPLE
PROVINCE APOTHECARY NOURISHING REVITALIZING MOISTURIZER
PAI ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE OIL
OSEA BLEMISH BALM
PROVINCE APOTHECARY CLEAR SKIN ADVANCED FACE SERUM
Surprise! I have a 4th tip!
Use facial massage tools like Gua Sha! These tools help work your products deeper into the skin, help increase circulation and support healing for hydrated skin. Using Gua Sha or a facial roller makes an incredible visible impact on the skin, sans needles or injections. Want to learn this technique from a master so you can do it correctly at home? Come to our Gua Sha class with NYC esthetician, Sandra Chiu (ticket price includes the jade Gua Sha!), or explore our collection of face massage tools online here.
FACIAL GUA SHA BASICS
Monday, Oct. 29, 2019
Our Georgetown Shop
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We welcome your questions and can’t wait to help you find your perfect cold weather skincare routine! Ps: if you want hands on help, book a consult here!