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6 Easy Seasonal Skincare Tips

9 Mar

As we get into these days of transitional weather (not quite winter, not quite spring), it’s helpful to change our skincare up a bit. The colder the air, the more moisture skin requires – even when the sun’s out. Ever put lotion on your legs before a day of spring skiing? You get out of your ski clothes later to find dry and scaly legs. Altitude plays a part, but colder weather can wreak havoc on our skin because it causes moisture to evaporate quicker.

Here are 6 super easy tips to get you through this transitional season.

1. Look at the labels of your skincare and body care. We want ingredients that hold onto water and lock in moisture – like Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Vitamin E, Coconut, Sunflower and Jojoba oils.

2. Try applying a replenishing serum onto a cleansed face (before cream) in the morning to feed skin antioxidants and HA for the day – like CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum. This one is great for anyone with sensitive skin, which is almost all of us. During these transitional months, even the most “normal” skin can react more sensitively to the environment.  


3. Swap your oil-free facial lotion for more a potent cream and apply it over serum. Disclaimer: I love almost every product by Supergoop. Give me a minute and I’ll make you a brand-convert. The Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 is one of my favorites. It protects against the sun and blue light. Plus, it’s considered a clean beauty brand at Sephora. If you don’t love layering, mix your foundation and moisturizer, then blend them onto your face simultaneously. Or just try a good CC cream.

4. For dry hands and feet, look for ingredients that seal in moisture like Shea butter or even petroleum jelly. Thicker creams tend to form more of a protective barrier than thinner lotions. For dry cracked skin, slather some on and sleep with mittens or socks to create an overnight mask – like the Triple Cream Eczema Care & Severe Dry Skin.


5. Some people swear the secret to glowing skin is applying pure oils right out of the shower. The truth is, oils like Jojoba act as an excellent sealant but aren’t effective on their own. Skin needs nutrients first and then oil to lock it all in, so to speak. Usually I add a few drops of Jojoba oil to my body cream. But when I’m in a hurry (90% of the time), I opt for a formula with effective ingredients AND the oil to absorb them, like Gold Bond Restoring Lotion. This brand doesn’t get nearly enough love IMO. Big fan!

6. I won’t suggest a lip balm or mask, because I think they’re important (especially if you wear lipstick!) year-round. But my face sometimes feels oily when I’m using thicker creams – even though none of the above clog pores – so I tend to do quick at-home masks more often. Recently I tried a Purifying Peel-Off Charcoal Mask by Merle Norman that did wonders for my pores. Also, peel off masks are way more fun (or “satisfying” as my niece would say!) to take off.




West Coast Prescription: Dry Skin Care

19 Dec

Coast to coast, the weather is dry this time of year. Even in sunny Los Angeles, we’re trading our light moisturizers in for heavy body crèmes. This season, a few body treats are topping must-have (or must-give) lists on the west coast.

Kiehl’s has launched a new sumptuous option for skin hydrating. A more indulgent version of their original Crème de Corps, the new formula debuts just in time for the holiday season! Promising up to 24 hours of moisturizing, the new Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is air-whipped with Shea Butter, Jojoba Butter, Beta Carotene, and Squalane oil.

Perfect for gift giving, the holiday label features artwork of Jeff Koons’ TULIPS (1995-1998 Oil on Canvas) from the iconic Celebration Series. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from collection sales will benefit The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Grove in Los Angeles

Another addicting treat comes from ALBA Botanicas’ Hawaiian collection. The Sugar Cane Body Polish is exfoliation-heaven. Skin is smoothed with fine grains of sugar cane, and then nourished with nutrient-rich honey, tropical macadamia, kukui nut and almond oils. It’s great for even the most sensitive or dry skin, is hypo-allergenic, and made with 100% vegetarian ingredients.

Check it out at Alba Botanica or any local Whole Foods Market. 

For perpetually dry winter hands, TokyoMilk hand creams don’t disappoint. Though it’s almost a shame to throw out such charming packaging, rest assured that the cake is just as good as the icing here. All the scents are delish but our favorite is Honey & The Moon No. 10 Bon Bon Shea Butter Rich Lotion – a sweet recipe of Japanese Green Tea, Dandelion, Shea Butter, Macadamia and Brazil Nut Oils mixed with honey, Sugared Violet, Jasmine and Sandalwood.

Pick one up for yourself or as a surprise stocking stuffer – Anthropologie or Fred Segal Santa Monica.

Finally, if you really want to improve the texture of skin, check out Dr. H. Bellin’s Scar & Stretch Mark Body Cream. Perhaps not the sexiest of products – but this cosmeceutical cream claims to replenish dehydrated skin AND produce a filling effect, thus reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Personal note: I honestly take all do-away-with-stretch-mark promises with a grain of salt. That said, this formula is a highly concentrated blend of peptides, specially treated hyaluronic acids, Vitamin B, and pure Swiss Edelweiss extract. While I’m not promising erasure miracles, I will say that you’ll undoubtedly notice a difference in firmness and overall texture with regular usage.

And what are the holidays anyway without a little eggnog, peppermint bark, and preventative skin damage cream…