Monthly Archives: December 2015

Winter Skin Care Tips – Part One

1. Seek a Specialist

If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying high-end products. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, Calif. “In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What’s most important is how your skin responds to the product — and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it.”

2. Moisturize More

You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)

But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil — or butter — is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. And vegetable shortening, LaPlante says, is a really bad idea. “It would just sit on the skin,” she says. “And it would be really greasy.”

You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

Best Night Creams For Every Budget – Part Three

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

If harsher acne solutions containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are leaving you red and irritated (but still broken out), go the natural route. The organic, fair trade tea tree oil in this nighttime lotion contains terpinen-4-ol, an antibacterial agent that kills zit-causing bacteria while controlling oil production.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer

It feels light in your hand, but the shea butter formula transforms chapped, irritated cheeks into supple, glowing canvases for your prettiest blush. The enticing lavender scent puts your mood and your brain in sleepytime mode, and a dose of salicylic acid also helps keep breakouts at bay.

Naturopathica Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream

Retinol, a prescription-grade derivative of vitamin A, is one of the few proven ingredients to reduce wrinkles and repair your skin. “You usually have to wear serious SPF when you’re using a retinol cream,” explains Karcher, “but since you’re not exposed to the sun while you sleep, overnight is the perfect time to apply retinol.” This organic cream features a tri-retinol blend and a powerful peptide for prescription-worthy results.