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The buzz in the beauty world is all about what’s underneath: we’re talking skin care, people.
   Here are Lucire’s hot picks for what should be going on your skin in these colder months.
   La Mav’s sweet orange foaming facial cleanser (100 ml, NZ$54·90) is designed to gently remove impurities from oily to combination skin types. All La Mav products are 100 per cent plant-based, from naturally derived ingredients.
   Packed with a bundle of natural ingredients, including bilberry and sugar cane extracts that help purify and exfoliate, while helping to refine and unclog your pores. Add in witch hazel, which has anti-inflammatory properties, and you’ve got a cleanser bursting with natural goodness. And we can’t forget the seaweed and green tea extract that help promote that luminous complexion we all strive for.

Murad Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15
If you’re suffering from dry, thinning skin, lacklustre tone, deep lines and wrinkles, Murad’s Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 (NZ$143) may have the answer.
   Women’s hormonal fluctuations can contribute to dramatic changes in your skins appearance. Murad Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 is specifically formulated to fix skin problems associated with hormone changes during pregnancy, menopause and other health issues.
   Natural extracts help restore elasticity and smooth fine lines. Avocado oil and shea butter help deliver hydration to your skin. A special blend of luminescent minerals leave complexion naturally radiant.

Weleda almond soothing facial oil
Weleda is committed to all things natural, organic, eco-friendly, sustainable and Fair Trade, and is fresh from winning Best Ethical Range 2012, as voted by Natural Health magazine. Its new natural almond oil is a deeply absorbent, fragrance-free treatment that restores your skin’s healthy balance and revives its natural protection.
   The Weleda range grows all plant and herbs used in its skin range formulas in a biodynamic garden in the Derbyshire countryside. What’s more, all exotic plants needed are sourced from sustainable and organic farms that meet Fair Trade standards.
   This gentle-on-skin oil’s active ingredient of sweet almond makes it an intensive treatment for the whole body as well as helping to calm itchy skin.—Roanna Bell, Assistant Fashion Editor





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 Written by contributor Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home.

Along with frigid temperatures, the winter months bring a variety of skin care challenges. For many of us this means dry, thirsty skin that needs some extra attention.

Today we will discuss five natural ways to take care of our skin this winter.

Drinking enough water helps your skin stay in good shape no matter the season.

During the colder months we spend a lot of time inside, with heaters blowing or fires crackling; our bodies are losing moisture and it needs to be replenished.

Keep the kettle going and sip herbal tea throughout the day or fill a jug or bottle with water in the morning with the goal of finishing it by dinner time.

Apparently drinking with a straw helps you suck down more water.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but if you’re struggling to drink enough, it might be worth a try.

Dry skin means dead skin cells. Dead skin cells mean dull skin. Take care of both by exfoliating weekly.

Inexpensive, homemade sugar or salt scrubs are excellent exfoliators for the body.

To make a basic body scrub: add a cup of sugar or salt (or a mixture of both) to a bowl and stir in a little oil until the desired consistency is reached. I usually use around 1/3 – 1/2 cup of oil and 1 cup of sugar).

For further details, see my ebook, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give or try one of my favorite recipes: Lemon-Lime Sugar Scrub.

To make a facial scrub, mix ground oatmeal, cornmeal or oats with a little water or milk until a paste forms. Apply in circular motions, staying clear of the eyes. Leave to sit for a minute of two and rinse off with warm water.

Scrubs usually work best when applied to damp skin.

Never use scrubs on broken skin or skin that is wind-burned or sun-burned.

Many commercial moisturizers don’t hydrate skin effectively and often contain chemicals and fragrances that can be drying.

Oils such as coconut, olive, safflower and jojoba are perfectly natural and actually nourish skin as well as moisturize.

The best time to apply oil is right after drying off from a bath or shower. It’s not necessary to be completely dry, a little dampness is a good thing.

This has a different feel to regular lotion, but doesn’t take long to get used to.

Oil can be used straight from the bottle, however it’s also easy to make scented body oil, if you’re so inclined; simply add 20 to 30 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of oil, or try these lovely combinations from Crunchy Betty.

Hot water dries out your skin. It’s a sad fact, I know. I love my hot showers, too.

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Express-Times Photo | SUE BEYERWhat will keep the scales off your skin this year? Read our reviews of products to combat winter skin.By Tiffany Bentley and Kelly Huth

The onset of colder, drier weather means winter rebellious skin.

With a plethora of products on the market designed to combat and prevent the effects of winter beaten skin, we decided to weigh in on the ones that were thrown our way and also recommend the ones we use every day.

Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief
This lotion claims to moisturize for 24 hours with soothing oat oil and shea butter. The results don't seem to last that long, but we feel better knowing that more natural ingredients are listed above water (which is the final ingredient).
Retail: About $6
Available for purchase at most chain pharmacies and grocery stories. 

Eucerin Daily Skin Balance
This product claims to strengthen skin's protective barrier and leave hands and cuticles soft and smooth. The nongreasy formula promises to absorb quickly. It has a light fragrance and its main ingredients are water, glycerin and panthenol.
Retail: About $6.52
Available for purchase at most chain pharmacies and grocery stories.  

Curel Ultra Healing and Daily Moisture Lotions
Curel Ultra Healing is a remedy for extremely dry skin during the winter, but not a necessity, as it can also leave a greasy feeling if skin does not need the extra nourishment. Daily Moisture lotion suffices and offers a moisture maintenance to get ahead of winter dryness. Website product descriptions indicate Curel replenishes ceramide levels in the skin with time-release moisturizers to offer 24-hour hydration. Retail: $7.99
Available for purchase at most chain pharmacies and grocery stories.  

Olay Complete
This is a lightweight lotion that doesn't leave your face looking like a grease slick. We like that it has SPF 15 in it, because there's only so many tonics and lotions we remember to put on in a day.
Retail: Between $7-$8
Available for purchase at most chain pharmacies and grocery stories. 

Arbonne Skin Conditioning Oil
Formulated in Switzerland, this all-purpose beauty oil can be used on the scalp, mixed with body lotion or applied directly to weather-distressed hands. The tube's convenient applicator makes it perfect to treat skin cracks, especially torn cuticles.
Retail: $12
Can be purchased through your local independent Arbonne consultant. Photo Courtesy of Creative Media MarketingVichy LiftActiv Night
This night formula should only be used while sleeping, where no one can see your face. Do not mistakenly use this during the day because it is potent and may be conducive to extreme shine. Product manufacturers promise visible wrinkle reduction after two weeks of use, especially for forehead wrinkles and crow's feet. The star ingredient is Rhamnose - a naturally derived plant extract that works its magic over time.
Retail: $49
Product is available at CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens and online at

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The winter months may inspire time spent outdoors – pitting a man’s skin and hair against frigid winds and chilling temperatures. With the ups and downs of the winter season, a guy’s skin and hair is isn’t always as tough as he thinks it is, so take advantage of these cold weather tips. 

When it comes to winter skin and hair care, it’s important for men to tweak their typical regimen to adapt to colder weather and harsher elements. So to lend a helpful, healthy hand to your skin care routine, here are five products to add to your skin and hair care toolkit.

1. Body moisturizer: Although it might be tempting to grab whatever lotion is lying around the house, it’s important to realize that men’s skin is physiologically different from women’s. Dr. Monica Carezani-Gavin tells Men’s Health to find “ a moisturizer with single lipids and ceramides - two natural moisturizers we have in our skin.” Rub it on in the morning and at night after cleansing. And for hands that are rough from long days of paperwork or wood chopping, grab a product just for those leathery mitts.

Product pick: Try Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, which comes in a handy 3 oz. travel size or stay-at-home 16 oz. size. It’s rich and non-greasy, made with vitamins A and E to condition your skin and rice bran oil to moisturize.

2. Lip balm: Any guy that’s had chapped, cracked lips has to admit that lip balm isn’t just for women. And they don’t just come in flavors like strawberry and piña colada. There are plenty of guy-friendly lip products that’ll layer his pucker with lasting protection.

3. Moisturizing shaving cream: To maintain a soft and supple complexion,skip shaving creams that include alcohol as these can dry out skin. Instead, look for lubricating emollients like: jojoba oil, mineral oil, palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, lanolin, glycerin, petrolatum, sorbitol and urea. According to Discovery Health, “ oils are a great way to replenish your skin’s natural moisture barrier, whether it comes from natural or petroleum-based ingredients.”

Product pick: Alba Botanica Moisturizing Cream Shave boasts aloe vera, jojoba oil, vegetable emulsifying wax and vitamin E blended in the form of a hydro-active gel. This skin-friendly shaving cream boosts absorption the water to maintain hydration while lifting and softening stubble for a smooth shave with fewer nicks and less irritation.

4. Face moisturizer with sunscreen: It’s hard to find a guy that doesn’t appreciate a multi-tasking product. By using a two-in-one moisturizer that hydrates and defends against the sun’s damaging rays with UVA and UVB rays, he’ll save time and money while improving his skin. And for all of the outdoor enthusiasts, remember that even during winter it’s important to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Just because you don’t feel the heat doesn’t mean you can’t get burned. WebMD says that snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays back onto our skin, while sand and water reflect less than 20% back.

5. Hair conditioner: Even hair takes a hit during the cold months. Dermatologist David Colbert suggests to Men’s Health that guys should pick up a conditioner with panthenol to protect, condition and hydrate the sensitive hair shaft....

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If your skin is feeling as papery dry and flaky as onion skin, and your lines and wrinkles are suddenly all the more apparent, it's a good time to break into the many remedies to help improve the look and feel of your winter-parched skin.

The skin is the body's largest organ and is intended to protect you from the elements, but it suffers both indoors and out, come winter.

"Skin is much affected by the abrupt change in temperature that typically occurs in winter, as well as by the dry air that accompanies excessive indoor heating," says Julie Chamoun, a Montreal-based medical and scientific expert for Vichy Canada. "The results are both objective and subjective."

Objective results include thinner, flaking skin accompanied by rough, red areas, dullness and a loss of skin elasticity. All of these factors combine to create the subjective feelings of tightness, dryness and discomfort that you'll likely experience on both your face and body during the winter.

Solutions to winter skin issues can be as easy and inexpensive as turning down your thermometer to help prevent the drying effects of indoor heating from sapping moisture, aka water, from your skin.

"Drink lots of water and eat water abundant foods such as fruits and vegetables to help moisturize your skin from the inside out," says Holly Sherrard, a Toronto-based education manager for high-end skin-care line Dermalogica. "Eating good oils such as those found in flax and fish can help your skin to seal in its natural moisture."

If you don't already have one, invest in a humidifier and keep it pumping moisture into the air to help your skin maintain a healthy moisture content, elasticity and glow.

Changing your skin care products to include thicker, more protective moisturizing creams and lotions will also help seal in the moisture or water content of your skin.

As the skin's natural exfoliation process goes into near-hybernation mode in the winter, moisturizers may not absorb as well unless you give your skin some gentle help in sloughing off the buildup of flakes and dead surface skin cells.

"The skin's natural exfoliation process slows, contributing to a dull look as well as the skin's inability to fully absorb the moisturizing, nourishing and anti-aging products that are so important to keeping your skin healthy and moisturized," says Sherrard..


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