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Winter is brutal for the skin. The change in seasons call for a change of skin care. Twice a year your skin care regimen should be switched by substituting the proper products for that next season.Usually this will mean introducing a new skin care line and replace it with what you are already using.

The reason for switching skin care is because, like anything our bodies process, we eventually build an immunity to. The skin acts the same, and you will begin to see the unraveling of your products’ benefits.

Even though we are already in the dead of winter, do not worry; It’s never to late to start a good skin care regimen.

Here are some Winter into Spring Skin Care recommendations

Cleanse:

In the winter most people tend to lean toward the dehydrated and dry side. Having a good moisturizing cleanser will help to keep your skin supple and hydrated.

“Soothing Cleansing Cream” by Boscia ($26) is one of my favorites. This is an all natural line with no parabens, preservatives, or synthetic ingredients. It does have an oil base , so for those who remain oily stick to your regular cleanser. But this product will cleanse and remove unwanted makeup.

Tone:

Toners are the most overlooked product in a skin care regimen. This should not be the case, as they are one of THE most important product you can use. A properly formulated toner will balance the PH in your skin and allow your serum and moisturizer work to their best ability. If your PH is to Alkaline or Acidic your skin will reject the penetration and productivity of the followup products.

Mario Badescu’s “Aloe Vera Toner”  ($15) would have to be my favorite as it is non-drying , with no alcohol and soothing for any irritated skins. It can also be used by those who are oily as it will not affect their skin negatively.

Serum:

Serums are vitamins for your skin. They are the “action packed” product that will give you the best results on whatever skin condition you are trying to treat (dehydration, dryness, acne etc.) For everyday, especially in the winter, the use of a Vitamin C serum is absolutely necessary. Vitamin C does wonders for the skin as it moisturizes, gently exfoliates, Anti-ages, and aids in the quicker turnover of skin cells (healing acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and active blemishes including blackheads.)

Dr. Brandt’s “Lineless Vitamin C Serum” ($75) is an amazing and effective product designed by a practicing dermatologist. Although this will be the most expensive of the products, it is the most necessary. You apply it after your PH balancing toner , before your moisturizer. This product is good for all skin types, even sensitive, and best for aging skin.

Moisturize:

Picking a moisturizer can get tricky, but i have the answers! Your moisturizer needs to be tailored to your skin type and condition. Having a great moisturizer will keep you looking younger (as our skin needs hydration (water) and Moisturization (oil) ) and will help your makeup go on flawlessly while also preventing the skin from makeup that may “sit” in the pores.

I will recommend two different moisturizers:

The First is a product by one of my favorite cosmetic chemists , Danne Montague King . His line of skin care is perfect balance of natural and “paramedical” ingredients. Con: It can only be ordered through one place in Baltimore, MD but it only takes one call and it is shipped right to your house. Seems difficult, but this product will change your life. It did for me.

“Seba-E “, a serum that is used in conjunction with his “Herb and Mineral Mist (which can also be used as a toner for all skin types,) is formulated with vitamin E and herbal oils that mimic the natural sebum (oil) that the skin already produces. This product will last forever as you only use one to two drops on your finger and applied with a spritz of the Mineral Mist. The results you will get from Seba-E far surpass any moisturizer I have ever used. This product is designed for all skin types except excessively oily.

An appropriate option for overly oily or acneic skins would be Danne’s “Transdermal Sunblock.” Yes it is a sunblock (which is also necessary in the winter months) but it is a great moisturizer for those who have excess oil. It is thin and leaves no oily residue after about 15 min when it penetrates into the skin.

Please Call Von Lee International School of Esthetics and put in an order for either of these products. You will be extremely happy, and your friends will be jealous as these products are a hidden gem straight from the UK.

Hope this Skin Care First Aid Kit will come in handy!

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