Earlier today, I shared tv-screen space with Marilyn Denis (I'm still a little starstruck). On behalf of The Kit, I was on set at The Marilyn Denis Show to chat about how to winterize your skin.
Five Ways to Winterize Your Skin:
You don't need them all -- choose what appeals to you. Here's the rundown:
A generous spritz of thermal water on bare skin before serum/moisturizer gives skin an instant hydration hit. (Thermal water is uh-maze-ing for skin -- details here.) Pat the excess off with a cotton pad or a tissue, then load up on your serum or moisturizer immediately. L'Occitane en Provence Shea Fresh Face Water is a little different -- it's a toner enriched with shea butter extract and glycerine, and really does provide near instant relief to dry skin.
Spritzers featured: Avene Thermal Spring Water, $21/300mL, $9/50mL; La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, $14.50 (the audience got this one in their gift bags!); L'Occitane en Provence Shea Fresh Face Water, $25; SwissTec Aqua Mineral Mist Thermal Water, $38
Some folks think the solution for winter-dry skin is a heavier face cream, but many of us just. can't. take. them. A hydrating serum is a must-have to winterize your skin. A serum is a no-weight, moisture-add answer, a quickly absorbed texture you can apply to damp skin before you put on your regular moisturizer. (Serums are a skincare super-boost for everyone -- here's why.)
Natural-oil serums are great for dry skin as well as for oily, dehydrated skin. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery is especially terrific for oily skin because it sinks right in without any greasy residue.
Featured: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, $81; Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Concentrate, $38; Bioderma Hydrabio Serum, $43; Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $48 (this one's an oil); Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum, $29.99 (also oil)
3) Super Hydrating Gel Creams
These light textures are ideal for thirsty skin that just. can't. take. heavy. creams. Most are super-charged with hyaluronic acid, which, if you're a beautygeek, you know is a hugely effective moisturizing ingredient. Aquasource (I've geeked out about it here) uses a slightly different ingredient, and has a delicious cooling effect on skin.
Featured: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream, $55; Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection, $48; Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, $11; Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection, $48; Lise Watier HydraSmart 3D Hydration Gel-Creme, $40 (this one offers an eco-refill option -- the centre well is removeable, recyclable and replaceable, and saves you $6)
4) Gel/Cream Moisturizing Masques
These are options for once- or twice-per-week use. On cleansed skin, apply a layer -- thin or thick depends on the package instructions -- and let it sit for about 10 or 15 minutes. Rinse or massage the excess into skin (again, according to the package directions), then apply serum if you use one, then moisturizer.
Featured: Linden Leaves Herbalist Moisture Replenishing Facial Masque, $30.25; Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask, $39; Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn & Cucumber Moisturizing Mask, $14 (this one has exfoliating beads in it for a little extra smoothing when you rinse your face); Balea Chocolate Nourishing Mud Mask, $2.50 each
5) Moisture-Infused Fabric Face Masks
Also options for once- or twice-per-week use, fabric masks are my new obsession. I've been known to fall asleep with them on. Of the masks on the show, so far I've found the Olay Pro-X is the most moisturizing. It's also part of an intensive 30-day skin replenishment programme -- I mention it in the current issue of The Kit. The Neostrata Intense Moisture Rescue Sheet is brand new -- check out my goofy application vignette on Marilyn.ca (thank you for your demo help, Roz!).
Featured: Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera and Green Tea Fabric Facial, $1.99;Pure & Simple Skin Restoration Mask, $14.95 each; Neostrata Intense Moisture Rescue Sheet Mask, $40/8 masks; Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Treatment Mask, $60/5 (incl 30 mL serum); La Mer The Hydrating Facial, $280/6 masks
See the full Winterize Your Skin segment on Marilyn.ca.