Holiday Skin Prep: Pointers for Troublesome Skin
Chapped lips, dull, dry or irritated skin got you down? We have solutions!

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Here we are, in the midst of the holiday season and its multitude of glamorous parties, begging our skin to be on its best behavior against the harsh winter weather! It's difficult to confidently choose the right products for you skin, especially when quality products are often an investment. In order to take care of your skin effectively and not add to the trouble, you must consider the facts about what is good for your skin type! Knowing your own skin type is extremely important because different types react differently to products. We wish it were easy to give you one magical lotion or face wash that works for everyone, but we cannot and neither can Sephora. Not to worry, we have some bad behavior, complexion killer solutions to help you "save face" this holiday season!

Dull, Dry Skin

It is important to exfoliate your skin, especially when it is dry and chapped from the winter wind. Scientifically speaking, exfoliating your skin's epidermis (outer layer) is crucial. The exfoliation accelerates your skin's renewal process and the generation of new skin cells. Exfoliating oily skin is great too because it can help balance your skin's sebum production (an over reactive sebaceous gland causes excessive oil). It is important to find the right routine when using an exfoliating product, usually once a week, for best results.

Try Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion by Origins. This product is free from all nasty synthetic ingredients like parabens, dyes, and GMO's. It uses natural ingredients instead like rice starch to exfoliate, lemon oil as an antioxidant, aloe to soothe and nourish, and peppermint for a refreshing kick. Check out more at home dermabrasion products here

Moisturizing is quite possible the number one solution to dry skin. Especially after you've used any kind of exfoliator, your skin needs adequate replenishment. Remember oatmeal baths to soothe itchy, irritated skin? Well First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream is like an oatmeal bath for your face. With colloidal oatmeal as the active ingredient along with shea butter, eucalyptus oil, and ceramides this cream is the ultimate skin quencher. Soaking deeply into skin, the emollient cream hydrates deeply without leaving an oily residue and is safe for the most sensitive dry skin.

Combination or Oily Skin

With combination or oily skin it's important to cleanse and moisturize without stripping the skin of all essential oils, which can often make matters worse by causing the skin produce more oil to compensate, or using products that leave skin greasier than before. Finding products specific for this skin type is essential. It always help to do a little extra research and you'll most likely find skin care lines that offer a customized routine that will product the results you desire.

Start with the perfect cleanser. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is a great multitasking product full of nature's best remedies that gently cleanses without robbing the skin of nourishing moisture. The fragrance-free and soap-free gel cleanses away the day's dirt and makeup. It's ideal for tricky skin types. This product's impressive formula includes soy proteins that promote skin's elasticity and moisture retention, rosewater that balances and tones, cucumber to calm and soothe, and borage seed oil for extra nourishment.

Follow up with an oil-free moisturizer; we've found gels complement combination or oily skin the best. Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Releif is ideal for combination skin types and boasts 24-hour hydration. It's a lightweight gel that plumps skin, whisking away dry patches, tightness, and fine lines. This is a product that will not only benefit you this winter, but protects and refreshes skin through humid summers as well. It can even be used as a moisturizing mask; lather on, leave for five minutes, and blot off extra product for instantly softer, smoother skin.

Red Irritated Skin

Redness can be caused by a number of different culprits. Dry or chapped skin, blemishes, or more serious skin conditions that over the counter products might not fix. However, before you visit your dermatologist, there are a few tips you can try to improve your skin situation. Skip the scalding shower. Nothing feels better when you are chilled to the bone, but hot showers can cause brutally dry skin and cause redness that doesn't subside for hours. Also, examine your current skin regimen. Your skin may be reacting to an irritating chemical or ingredient. Try products free of synthetic dyes and fragrances that can inflame sensitive skin. 

Murad's Redness Therapy Correcting Moisturizer is a tinted lotion that smoothes, moisturizes and protects with SPF 15. This lotion reduces the look of redness by neutralizing with a color-correcting tint. (Back to Color Theory 101: green and red are complementary, i.e., opposite, colors.) Active ingredients like goji berry and licorice extract soothe inflamed skin and reduce redness, while peppermint leaf extract offers comforting relief. 

Chapped Lips

Mistletoe, holiday parties, New Year's Eve--you have to admit, 'tis the season for extra lip action! Fight back against dry, chapped lips with Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. This conditioning balm has been receiving raving product reviews so we know we're not the only ones in love. Shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, mint and green tea all contribute to the highly effective and long lasting moisturizing treatment. Pick your favorite from flavors including Black Tea & Blackberry, Grapefruit & Ginger, Lemon & Chamomile, and Vanilla & Lavender. 



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