Winter is coming. Those famous words is the motto of House of Stark couldn’t be truer in the city I call home. Technically winter is here and it has hit my skin like a doozy. With the constant flux in temperatures ranging from -20 to 5, everything skin related is important to me. I am always spending a great deal of time trying to achieve that flawless dewy complexion. The biggest way to give your skin that radiance that comes from within is hydration…and a few quality products that can help you get that glow.
Up until last week, I used to cleanse my face once or twice a day. Once in the morning and once right after I remove my makeup with a makeup remover.
After my recent visit with celebrity esthetician Taisiya, (she has worked on many celebrities including Maggie Q), she advised me that I need to cleanse my face twice when it comes to removing my makeup. After I apply the makeup remover to take off all the makeup from my face, I should use a cleanser with a bit more grit to help me remove any residual trace of makeup and pollution that’s still lingering on the surface. After I have rinsed off this initial cleanser, I should cleanse one more time with something more gentle because this time I will be actually cleansing my face.
For cleansers that have a bit more grit to help me slough off residual makeup and pollution, I rely on a combination of exfoliators or cleansers with tiny microbeads. I personally love the TRUTH SMOOTHIE COMBO, which consists of The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser and Transforming Walnut Scrub, from Ole Henriksen because it does a great job without drying out my skin. Another favorite that has zero grit and is incredibly gentle is The Cleansing Gel by La Mer. The last one that I basically survived on in the holidays is Nannette de Gaspe’s, Essense Noir Polish (or what I call the caviar of exfoliates).
For days when I am wearing heavy makeup (like weddings or a photo shoot), I rely on cleansing oils. Cleansings oils is a must for me to helps breakdown the makeup that’s still lurking around my eyes, nose and cheeks. My favorite cleansing oil that works wonders on my skin is the Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil by Biossance.This baby is rich in anti-oxidants, light and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated.
As for a gentle cleanser, the two I highly recommend is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel and Shiseido’s White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam. Both have done wonders to my skin and I alternate between the two depending on how my skin is feeling.
One shocking thing I learned in my late twenties is that once you hit your mid-twenties, your natural collagen production declines anywhere from 1-1.5%. Once you hit your 30’s, the loss of collagen is noticeable so you rely on products to help you mask it.
Around this time, I came across Vichy’s Liftactiv Collagen Specialist. This amazing product has been brilliant in helping me increase the elasticity of my skin, make it feel firmer and hydrated. The first time I used this product, I was instantly obsessed. I have tried a few products that can help me correct the signs of collagen loss, but this was one I could see and feel the difference directly on my face.