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If your skin has been dehydrated or dry this winter, then I have some hero hydrators to share with you. It is important to note, however, that if you haven't modified your skincare routine from the warmer months of the year, then it is definitely time to do so. Rather than going out and purchasing all new products, begin by modifying what you have been using to address the needs of your skin during the colder months. Switch out your lighter face oil for a richer one, use a richer cream rather than a lighter lotion, and so on. The best advice that I can give is to assess the needs of your skin each day, and then choose products accordingly. This is how I approach my skincare every single day, and this fully customized approach is by far the best method that I have ever used.
Amarte Aqua Mist Toner ($67.00 for 4.2 oz. from Amarte and Dermstore): This antioxidant-rich mist toner, which contains Hyaluronic Acid, deeply hydrates that skin while brightening, clarifying and softening even the most sensitive skin. It can be used any time of the day, and it doubles as a wonderful hydrating mist to set makeup. It has a light and uplifting citrus scent that makes this a delectable must-have for me. It has pride of place on my vanity, and it gets used every single day!
Directions: Spray on to face, neck, and décolleté after cleansing and anytime throughout the day to instantly refresh.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Arbutin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Caviar Extract, Elemental Sulfur, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Trehalose, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol Fragrance: Oroblanco.
Amarte Skin Care was created by a dermatologist who wanted to introduce a new holistic approach to skin care, embracing the ancient Korean philosophy of a multi-step skin care ritual. Amarte exceeds current U.S. standards of anti-aging treatments by using nanotechnology, a breakthrough formulation method that allows higher concentrations of retinol, purified elemental sulfur and natural actives to penetrate more deeply into skin for faster results, without irritation. With unique botanical ingredients like arbutin, argan oil and ginkgo biloba nut, the line brings out the clarity, beauty and brilliance of every person's skin.
Dear by Renée Youth Soothing Crème ($74.95 for 1.7 oz. from Dear by Renée): This is, unquestionably, one of my best recent skincare discoveries! This soothing and healing cream, which contains Arnica and Calendula Extracts, soothes, calms and heals dry and irritated skin. It is formulated to, "target chronic itchy, red or problematic skin leaving a radiant and hydrated complexion." It is a mid-weight ultra-emollient cream that is fast absorbing, very nourishing and deeply moisturizing. It leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and luminous. It has no fragrance added, and its natural aroma, from the ingredients, is very light and fresh.
Directions: With the airless pump design, just ONE TO TWO pumps is enough for your entire face. Massage gently in an upward and outward circular motion. Recommend for use in the morning and evening. To amplify your results, please pair it with one of our serums.
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Heterotheca Inuloides Flower Extract, Isopropyl Myristate, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Water, Citric acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Arachidyl Alcohol (and) Behenyl Alcohol (and) Arachidyl Glucoside (Vege, Ecocert), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (Definsil-Plus), Panthenol (and) Escin (and) Glycerin(and) Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract (and) Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (and) Centella Asiatica Extract (and) Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein (and) Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Biophytex), Aqua and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40 and Caprylyl Glycol (Telangyn), Butylene Glycol (and) Water (aqua) (and) Citric Acid (and) Acetyl Hexapeptide-49 (Delisens Solution), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant), Sorbitol, Acacia Decurrens / Jojoba / Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters (Plant, Ecocert), Maltodextrin, Aqueous Extract of Cyanidium Algae (Tego Stemlastin), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Powder Extract (Organic), Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Root Extract, Cistus Incanus Extract (and) Maltodextrin (Tego Cistus), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate.
About Dear by Renée,
Dear by Renée® is an advanced clinical skincare line that provides the most professional and convenient solution for every skin concern. Designed to help people with different types of skin-care problems, the products transform complexions to a healthy, smooth and natural looking glow with clinical backings that show results in just FOUR weeks— 100% GUARANTEED! Each of the line's skin healing products are infused with a high concentration of active ingredients such as Arnica Extract, Aloe Vera, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Volcanic Kaolin Clay and more to enable them to deeply penetrate the skin and repair targeted skin cells while protecting against future damage. The range includes everything from hydrating face masks and botanical-based cleansers and toners to cell-renewing serums, eye creams and acne spot treatments.
CHUDA Hydrating Healing Cream ($80.00 for 1 oz. and $150.00 for oz. from Chuda Skincare, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Beautyhabit): Described as a, "ground-breaking hydrating cream" made with the most potent and pure medical-grade, and scientifically advanced, ingredients– this cream feels like a hug for the skin in a jar. Chuda created a truly unique formula that miraculously heals dry, dehydrated and chapped skin. You simply warm a tiny amount in your hands, and this ultra-concentrated blend of antioxidant-rich ingredients, vitamins, peptides, essential fatty acids and vitamins nourish, deeply moisturize and heal the skin. It is thick, rich and emollient, and yet it sinks into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue, and it leaves skin baby soft, smooth, supple and luminous.
According to CHUDA,
Chuda was created by Dr. Elena Ocher, a brilliant diagnostician who has helped thousands of patients successfully find relief with her healing cream.
Rooted in the centuries-old, skin-healing Remedea Compound™ and boosted by the most scientifically advanced, medical grade actives, Chuda™ Healing Hydrating Cream deeply hydrates and rapidly heals dry, damaged and compromised skin. A highly active, fast-acting formula, skin is quickly restored to its healthiest state—soft, smooth supple, plump, hydrated and radiant.
Directions: Mornings and evenings, warm a pea-size amount of Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream between fingers and apply all over the face, including the under eyes, neck and décolleté. Can be applied directly to clean skin or layered as the finishing step in your skincare routine. Additionally, use to spot-treat areas on the face or body experiencing extreme dryness or redness associated with sunburn or a non-invasive cosmetic procedure.
Ingredients: Purified Water (Catalyzed), Cyclopentasiloxane, Petrolatum, Sorbitol, Dromiceius Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Urea, Mannitol, Remedea Compound (Olea Europeaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Beeswax, Pollen, Propolis), Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Glucosamine HCL, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Allantoin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Glycosaminoglycans, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Yeast Extract, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel ($88.00 for 1.7 oz. from Skin 1): This lightweight hydrating gel immediately melts into the skin and re-energizes, protects and moisturizes parched skin. Made with a potent combination of active ingredients, such as Soluble Native Collagen, Honey Extract, Grapefruit Peel, Hydrolyzed Elastin and Oligopeptide-5, this miracle gel immediately hydrates winter skin, and it even plumps the appearance of fine lines. It has a faint and refreshing grapefruit aroma, but it fades very quickly.
Directions: Apply a thin film under the skin care cream for dry, dehydrated, atonic or mature skins.
Massage thoroughly. Add a suitable quantity of skin care cream and massage. Use as an intensive program: morning and evening.Use as a maintenance program: morning or evening or as recommended by your skin care professional.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polacrylate, Honey Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Polysilicone-11, Lecithin, Ethoxydiglycol, SOluble Collagen, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oligopeptide-5, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Actin, DNA, Glycogen, Arginine, RNA, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Fragrance, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylhexylglycerin, Red 33, Yellow 6.
About G.M. Collin,
G.M. Collin is dedicated to offering women and men of all ages an exclusive range of products, from superior performance clinical treatments to the highest quality dermo-corrective home care. The goal, no matter what the product, is a more radiant, healthier, younger-looking skin.
INGLOT Hydrating Day Serum ($55.00 for 1.7 oz. from INGLOT): I was so excited when I learned that INGLOT created a serum, filled with ingredients such as a microalgae complex and black pearl extract, that is formulated to provide skin with long-lasting hydration. Additionally, "bioactive peptides and hyaluronic acid reinstate elasticity and flexibility of the skin and improve its density. Buddleja davidii, also called butterfly bush, cares for the natural protection against external factors." Furthermore, this lightweight, and fast-absorbing, serum softens the appearance of fine lines, while Vitamin C brightens the skin and soothes it along with Vitamins E and F. Irritated skin gives way to calm, comfortable and luminous skin.
INGLOT Company was established over 30 years ago by Wojtek Inglot, a young chemist working at that time in R&D department in a pharmaceutical company. His principal objective was to produce high quality products at fair and reasonable prices, using only the best possible ingredients and raw materials from the most reputable suppliers. All INGLOT cosmetics are produced within the European Union and 95% of them are manufactured in our own state of art production facilities. We work with make-up artists and color consultants to bring the latest trends in color, texture and form to the market. Our unique Freedom System allows customers to experiment with countless shades and color combinations of different face products, giving them the opportunity to create their own customized color palette.
NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($16.99-$19.98 for 60-120 capsules from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sam's Club and Walgreens): I have not yet tried this, but I have friends who really love it. I am looking forward to trying it. I am not a medical doctor, and would recommend discussing taking any supplements with your doctor before taking them. I have my yearly physical in a few weeks, and am bringing this bottle with me to see what my doctor says.
According to NeoCell,
NeoCell is clinically proven to improve the appearance of your skin and help maintain suppleness, hydration, & elasticity. Additionally, each capsule includes powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water, which add an intense boost of hydration to your skin making you look all the more radiant! With just three capsules of this miracle pill daily, you will begin to notice a difference in just 15 days!
NeoCell is the originator and industry authority on solutions that promote vital collagen health. We create products of the highest quality, integrity and efficacy based on the leading scientific body of knowledge and manufacturing processes. Healthy collagen is crucial to overall health. With every product we develop, we maintain that as our vision so that people at all stages of life can live with confidence and vitality.
Overall Assessment: I am so happy with these winter skin saviors, and plan to use them all season! What are your favorite winter skincare products that you swear by?
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