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As a part of our 12 Months to Transform Skin Care series, we’re featuring a complete guide for winterizing your skin care routine – including the leading tips and treatments for maintaining gorgeous, glowing skin during cold, dry weather.

Cool weather is just around the corner. Take some time to review your skin care routine and see which summer formulas need to be swapped out before winter arrives. From tips about daily sun protection (yes – even in winter!) and the latest, most effective products for defending against dryness, here’s your winter skin care guide.


Why does skin change with the seasons?


Whether you live in an uber-cold climate or in a more moderate place without much snow, the months between November and March are likely to bring cooler, drier air and more wind. Keep in mind that no matter how much time you spend outside during the cold weather months, your skin is still affected by winter. In addition to the cold, windy outdoor air, your skin will also respond to the drier indoor atmosphere that results from the furnace, fireplace and other heat sources that suck humidity from the air.


The way that winter affects your complexion has as much to do with your skin type as it does with how dramatic the weather is where you live. If you have especially oily skin during the summer months, you may find that your skin is balanced and normal when cold weather arrives. If your skin is just right in the summer, you might need an extra dose of hydration during the winter. It’s all about staying in-tune with your skin and paying close attention to your complexion. Even if you’ve never noticed any visible changes in your skin with the changing seasons, your skin can respond differently to seasons as you age.


Tweak your routine


The transition from the cold temperatures outside to the warm indoor air may trigger dry, itchy skin. While your first thought might be to infuse a bit more hydration into your daily routine, it’s also important to pay attention to other parts of your daily regimen, including ingredients and exfoliation.

Exfoliate often. When it comes to treating dry skin, it’s most common to reach for a moisturizer – but that’s not enough. Julyne Derrick of About Beauty points out that regular exfoliation enhances your skin’s ability to absorb lotion. So be sure to exfoliate from head to toe on a weekly or biweekly basis. For the face, use a gentle scrub. For the body, applying a salt or sugar scrub during your shower works well, but using a dry skin brush beforehand is best.Avoid hot water. Hot water robs skin of moisture, triggering dry skin. So, no matter how much you long for that steamy hot bath, if you battle with dry skin, turn down the temperature. Also, avoid showering more than once per day, and try your best to keep showers as quick as possible. Skip hot tubs, which not only bathe your skin in steamy hot water, but also potentially harsh chemicals. Pay attention to ingredients. Soaps and alcohol-based cleansers can be drying to skin, so choose creamy cleansers that include ingredients like glycerin or petrolatum. Lotions with shea butter are ideal for the body, while hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and dimethicone are great ingredients for the face, in addition to non-clogging oils including avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, almond oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil.Don’t forget SPF. Think you can skip SPF during the snowy winter months? Think again! Not only are UV rays still damaging to the skin, but when they bounce off the bright snow they are even more potent that summertime rays. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your face and any other exposed areas of skin.

Swap out your summer skin formulas


Not sure how to tweak your winter routine? From face to feet, here are our favorite formulas to add to your cold weather regimen.


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Makeup i'm wearing in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qDWgk1PdA

I have an oily skin type that is not too sensitive. Products that work on me may not work on everyone. For example, the bio oil was not moisturizing enough for me in the winter but I still have oily to oily/combination skin in the fall/winter.


Many factors can account for acne, dull skin, etc. such as hormones, your diet, sleep habits, weather conditions, your skin type, your skin regimen, use of products that may not agree with your skin. Overdrying the skin will stimulate your oil glands and can further make you break out. DO moisturize! It's just a matter of finding the right one for your skin type.


Personally for myself less is more. Try to not use any face washes that make your skin feel too tight and dry but if you do make sure to moisturize your skin really well! It is pretty much a balancing act to maintain your skin's moisture.


If you are wondering why my skin is glowing? Let's get more personal now. Usually before my period starts up until about the third to fourth day of my period, my skin is clearer and brighter. I still do get spots but somehow my complexion just looks better. While this was filmed this was on the second day of my period. After my period ends, I find that this is when I start getting a few more spots here and there.


Last but not least, I do NOT have flawless or perfect skin. There are times where my skin will look better due to hormones but overall I have enlarged and clogged pores leading to many many blackheads since I have oily skin. I used to get more acne and such around my jaw and chin due to hormones but I think this may have decreased over the years.


Here are the products mentioned in the video:


Night time routine:
-Target brand Up & Up eye makeup remover
-Walgreens brand Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes
-Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser
-Bio-Oil


Daytime routine:
-Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control
-Bio-Oil
-Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream spf36 PA+++


Once to twice a week:
-St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control


Don't forget to drink lots of water and try to have a healthier diet and lifestyle!


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  Ealing make-up artist Claire McDonnell


I thought this week I would talk about skincare as it’s vital to get your skin in a good condition so that your make-up sits properly.


Even if you have the most expensive make-up in the world, if your skin is not in a healthy condition your make-up won’t look as good. Here are some basic skin care tips which can help you get your skin in a good condition:


Cleansing


This is one of the most important parts of a good skincare regime. Cleansing must be done twice a day – once in the morning and once at night to remove make-up, dirt, excess oils from the skin. (If you don’t clean your face before bedtime your skin cannot renew overnight.)


There are different types of cleanser and the creamier types tend to be better for dry skin and the oil free types are good for oily skin. If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin just go for what you suits you. If you do wear a lot of eye make-up, I find it better to use a separate eye make-up remover first as some cleansers for the face can sting if they get into your eyes.


Never, ever use soap on the face – it’s not designed for delicate facial skin! After you’ve cleansed your face give a final rinse with a splash of warm water to remove any final residue.


Exfoliation


Exfoliation is key to lifting off dead skin cells, stimulating circulation and evening out skin tone and texture. If you exfoliate regularly (once a week maximum) you can increase your skin’s capacity to absorb moisture and it also gives your skin a lovely smooth feel. There a lots of exfoliating scrubs to choose from but make sure you buy one that is specifically for the face as body scrubs are much too harsh for the face.


Moisturise


Everyone needs to wear a daily moisturiser. Choose one that is right for your skin type and make sure it has sun protection (spf) in it for the daytime as 90% of wrinkles are caused by sunlight. Most Dermatologists say that sunscreen is the most important thing you can use to keep your skin looking younger. Also use a daily eye cream with spf to protect the delicate skin around the eyes, which is the first place on your face to show lines.


To find out your skin type wash your face and then wait 10 minutes - if your skin feels very tight you have very dry skin, slightly dry then you have dry-normal skin, oily you have oily skin, combination skin feels dry but there is some oil on the t-zone (forehead, nose & chin). There is a misconception that if you have oily skin you don’t need to use moisturiser, this is not true as your skin still needs it, just choose an oil-free formula.


Your nighttime moisturiser will be a cream or an oil, whatever suits you. I like my nighttime moisturiser to contain some essential oils as these really nourish my dry skin. Don’t use a moisturiser that contains spf for nighttime as they are not suitable.


Serum


Another great product for the skin is a serum. Serums are applied to the face and neck area before your moisturiser (when you’ve applied your serum wait a few minutes to let it sink in before applying moisturiser). They come in many different varieties and are often meant to target a specific problem such as aging, dark spots, pigmentation etc. I really like serums as I feel they even out my skin leaving it feeling soft and even toned. I always apply serum before my night cream so it has all night to work.


Face Masks

Face masks are really good to use once a week on the skin. Use a face mask that is specific to your skin type, so for dry skin you will need a moisturising mask, oily skin will need a toning mask, if you have spots use a mask specifically for those.


You don’t have to buy expensive face masks and can make your own from products in your kitchen. One of my favourite masks is simply applying honey to the face and relaxing for 10 minutes. Any skin type can use honey as it gently exfoliates the skin as well as moisturising. Give it go and see how your skin feels!


In my experience, if you follow these basic skin care guides, along with a healthy diet (no smoking!), you should reap the rewards of great looking skin that is ready for your make-up application. View the original article here

As summer arrives, we’re often too busy updating our warm weather wardrobes and hitting the beach to worry about skin care. But by summer-izing your skin care routine, you’ll ensure a healthy, gorgeous look that lasts long after your bikini is put away for the fall. From bronzers to sunscreen, discover how to reinvent your summer skin care routine.

Summer is here, but there’s still time to revise your summer skin care routine. From sunblock to shaving, read on for essential advice to ensure healthy – and gorgeous – skin from head to toe.


Embrace SPF


The number one most important part of your skin care routine is to protect your skin from the sun. Even though SPF should be a regular part of your regimen all year round, summertime brings more direct rays from the sun. So, whether you live in Arizona or Alaska, it’s essential to amp up your arsenal of SPF products before the weather gets warm.


Sunscreen has a shelf life of about one year, so it’s recommended to start each summer with fresh formulas to ensure efficacy. Always look for UVA/UVB protection or “broad spectrum” on the label to make sure it blocks out all types of rays. Generally, the higher the SPF the better, although keep in mind that an SPF of 60 provides less than 2 percent more protection than SPF 30. When it comes to optimal protection, it’s more important to apply thoroughly and frequently.


When selecting sunscreen, it’s best to embrace formulas that are specialized for different parts of the body. Here are our top picks for this summer:

Face: While it’s important to use a daily SPF moisturizer during all seasons of the year, seize this summer to adopt this skin healthy habit. SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 is ideal for everyday use as it goes beyond SPF protection and includes ingredients to improve the signs of aging and strengthen skin.

When out in the sun for extended periods of time, your daily moisturizer won’t do enough to protect skin. Always apply a lightweight, oil-free sunblock like La Roche Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face. In addition to broad spectrum SPF 45, this sunblock features the unique CELL OX-SHIELD and advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 45 to defend skin right down to the individual cells.

Body: Like the face, it’s important to apply a daily SPF lotion to the areas of skin that are exposed to the sun during the day, including the arms, hands, legs and chest. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer shields skin from the sun, while layering it with nourishing ingredients including DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and fruit extracts for a more radiant look.

When spending lots of time outside, it’s important to apply a stronger sunblock. For the body, lather on Ti-Silc Sheer SPF 45 by Neova. In addition to SPF, this lotion also adds a subtle tint for a sun-ready look. With a micronized Titanium Dioxide and silicone base, this waterproof lotion boasts broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.


If your plans include more than lying on the beach, be sure to use a sport sunblock like Coola Sport SPF 45 Unscented. This unique complex of organic extracts infuses skin with vitamin-rich antioxidants and anti-aging nutrients, while ensuring maximum sun protection.


Always exfoliate


Summer is the time to show off your skin. Exfoliation helps maintain a fresh, healthy complexion from head to toe by sloughing away dead skin cells. Exfoliation also improves the efficacy of shaving and self-tanning. Just make sure not to overdo it, especially when it comes to the face – use a gentle product that doesn’t irritate, and stick to just a few days per week, not every day.

Body: Beautify and brighten skin from head to toe with Yonka Phyto Gel Exfoliant. Formulated with green algae, sweet almond extract and jojoba esters, this gentle exfoliator gently buffs and shines skin for a healthier, more radiant look.Feet: For feet that are flip-flop ready, lather on Yonka Kirogel. This non-greasy all-plant gel delivers cells with ingredients that heal, soothe and exfoliate for feet that you can show off. For tough to treat calluses and thickened skin, use Tweezerman Pedicure Ceramic File.

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We all have those days. Whether it’s a late night or you have to be up early for a morning meeting, sometimes you hit that snooze button one too many times. But don’t despair; you can roll out of bed and still create a professional appearance in just half an hour. 

Shower, blow-dry and style hair, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation and a full face of makeup – unfortunately, there isn’t always time for a complete morning routine. But don’t let running late stress you out too much – try this time-saving routine.


A late start doesn’t have to ruin your day. Keep your supplies on hand for those late days, master the art of quick makeup application and soon you’ll be ready for anything.


A: Try a tinted lip balm instead; not only will it add a touch of color, but it’ll moisturize and condition your lips. Use a clear gloss over the top to get that shiny look. A: Your best bet is either a bun or a simple twist. You can dress up the bun by pulling out strands around the crown to frame your face, and incorporating small braids into the bun. If your hair is long enough for a twist, simply gather into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, then twist and pin up using bobby pins or a clip. A: Skip the fancy polish and just concentrate on having healthier, stronger nails. First, file your nails down so that they’re even across the top – nails should be equal length, if possible. Then, go for a simple nail product that’ll clean, brighten and strengthen your nails all at once, such as TALIKA Instant Manicure. You can finish with a shiny topcoat or leave them looking natural.


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