Oh, skincare. It is a necessity that takes time, money and effort. I’ll admit that I get lazy sometimes and don’t want to take all of the steps for great skin. And my skin has suffered through the stressful holiday season. But since I am now forty-five, flirty and fabulous — I have to do my best!
Below are a few new products that I am testing to make my aging skin the best it can be. A little exfoliation, products for my sensitive skin and hands (hands show the first signs of aging) should make this a beautiful new year.
NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System ($15.99) — For softer, more luminous skin today and firmer, younger-looking skin over time, Neutrogena® Microdermabrasion System starter kit delivers noticeable results every time you use it.
Microdermabrasion System is a simple, convenient at-home system that features single-use puffs and the microdermabrasion applicator. Each puff is pre-dosed with ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers for the perfect degree of gentle exfoliation. What’s more, the massaging micro-vibrations boost surface cell turnover for firmer, younger-looking skin.
A dermatologist clinical study showed that Microdermabrasion System helped reduce multiple signs of aging:
91% had smoother, more luminous skin instantly
88% had visible improvement in the look of fine lines after 1 week
88% had significantly reduced appearance of wrinkles or age spots after 4 weeks
72% had substantially firmer-looking skin after 8 weeks
What I think: This affordable system is an effective way to exfoliate. I also think that all skin types can use this. My skin is sensitive, but I can use this once or twice a week. After use, my skin is so soft and glowing.
The dermatologist developed skin care brand, Sebamed, has launched an Anti-Dry Collection with head-to-toe products formulated at pH 5.5, the exact pH of hydrated, healthy skin. Incorporating these moisturizing miracles into your daily routine can optimize skin’s protective barrier to retain moisture during dry weather and repel environmental irritants that exacerbate dry skin.
Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defense Cream ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): An essential prep step for going outside on a cold winter’s day! Protect your skin from harsh winter weather with the smoothing and soothing properties of avocado oil (with skin-related lipids, Vitamins A and E). The cream slides easily over the skin where it is totally absorbed, leaving no sticky traces or residue. The pH value of 5.5 supports the skin’s own natural acid barrier against dehydration and irritants. Dermatological tests have proven Sebamed Anti-dry Day Cream used in combination with the Night Cream can restore the essential moisture balance of dry skin.
Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream ($23.95, SebamedUSA.com): Recover and restore your skin after a long day. This cream is rich in phytosterols (3%), jojoba oil and glycerin to protect, smooth, calm and regenerate the skin without clogging pores. The intensive and rich properties of this Night Cream stimulate the skin’s own renewal process overnight for fresher skin by morning. The pH value of 5.5 promotes the skin’s own acid protective barrier against dehydration and irritants. Dermatological tests have proven that Sebamed Anti-dry Day Cream used in combination with the Night Cream can restore the essential moisture balance of dry skin.
Sebamed Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): In a three-week dermatological test, this lotion improved the moisture content of dry skin by 26 percent, even after 10 hours of wear, and despite interim washing. Shea butter and plant derived lipids form a protective barrier on skin to retain moisture and protect against dehydration and irritants.
Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): Replenish and balance moisture content to relieve dry, irritated skin with its amino acid and lipid-enriched formula. This soap-free and nutrient-rich formula works to hydrate and restore the skin’s equilibrium, leaving skin smooth and supple.
What I think: I have been testing the Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion and the Day Defense Cream. These products are so gentle, but effective. Used together, my skin is clean and soft. They are perfect for the cold, dry air in Kansas City right now. My skin feels so parched, and these products have helped hydrate it.
Purchase or learn more at SebamedUSA.com.
Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream ($14 USD) — This rich moisturizing hand cream is for all skin types and frees your skin from artificial mineral oil so it can breathe freely. Sunflower seed, coconut, and soybean oils are packed with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants for truly healthier, softer skin.
What I think: Carol’s Daughter products are always so moisturizing and good for you skin and this hand cream is no exception. It smells fantastic, perfect for any almond-scent lover! And it leaves my hands so soft and not greasy! Don’t forget to take care of your hands because they will definitely give your age away!
Available at www.carolsdaughter.com.
What products are you using to take care of your skin in 2014?