Winter Skin

As seen on - written by Billy Lowe - Sunday Oct 25, 2009.

Through the years, and on all the reality shows I have been on, and the thousands of women I've worked with or spoken to, I have discovered some key elements that work consistently each and every time for basic and seasonal skincare needs.

Just as seasons change each and every year, and we dress accordingly, our hair, skin and basic beauty needs also change season to season. Our skincare needs in the summer are not the same as those in the winter. Also, our needs may vary location to location (i.e. skincare needs in Palm Springs-dry heat - vs skincare needs in Portland - wet and rainy) .

So, here are your basics:

1. Cleanse
2. Exfoliate
3. Treat
4. Moisturize

1. Begin cleansing the skin - either manually or with a cleaning device. My personal favorite is to do a manual cleanse first to remove congestion sitting ON the skin, then follow up with Clarisonic's facial cleansing device (see Use comfortably hot water when rinsing, and be sure to rinse and splash well. This brings circulation to the skin, increases oxygen to the skin for brighter results, and you're really taking off the day by rinsing and splashing your skin.

2. Exfoliate - Either chemically or physically. I use a mild facial scrub each and every day and that has been my biggest weapon for nearly 20 years in my own skincare. Dead skin cells build up over time and unless we remove them to speed up that cellular turnover, our skin looks dull and lifeless, and moisturizer doesn't penetrate. Ask your skincare prrofessional about this delicate process and don't over-do it.

3. Treat - On shower fresh & slightly damp skin, treat your skin w/ your anti-oxidants, serums, eye creams etc. These products are usually the most "active" and need to go to work first.

4. Moisturize - Right away. Don't let your skin dry out before applying moisture. Applying moisturizer to slightly damp skin evens out the porosity (increasing even absorption) and gives a smooth and comfortable glow to the skin.

A few of my personal favorites:

1. Clarisonic facial brush
2. L'Occitane body cream for all over body
3. Erno Laszlo sea mud soap and active Phelityl oil, and REM night cream

I hope you find this information helpful.


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