July 17th, 2013

5 essentials for beautiful skin

Although nothing enhances a woman’s beauty like healthy, younger looking skin, many of us feel it’s just too late to turn back the clock.  Not true.  Not even close to true!  Read on to learn about five essential beauty steps for you to follow, along with a selection of our beauty experts’ favourite and most affordable product suggestions.  With just a few tweaks to your beauty regimen, you’ll be thrilled by your skin’s look and feel in no time!

Beauty essential 1: exfoliate

By removing excess oils, sweat, dead skin cells, and makeup residue, exfoliating on a regular basis allows your skin to function properly.  Exfoliation also stimulates the skin, encourages the growth of new cells, and makes it easier for replenishing skin products to be absorbed. Be sure to use a gentle exfoliate with man-made round beads to prevent scratching and damaging healthy skin cells.

ClarinsWe recommend: Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliation Cream.  Enjoy softer, deeply cleansed skin with the help of this rich cream’s two different micrograins. One micrograin exfoliates, lifting impurities and dead skin cells; the other purifies and tightens pores.  Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliation Cream contains soothing mimosa tenuiflora extract.

Beauty essential 2: tone

Toners are important, because they return the natural pH balance to your skin.  Without toning, any products you use after washing your face can’t provide their full benefit.

We recommend: Shiseido The Skincare Hydro-Balancing Softener, a gentle, alcohol-free lotion that instantly softens and rehydrates the skin for enhanced suppleness.

Beauty essential 3: repair

JouvianceDesigned to reach the deepest layers of your skin, serums are able to correct and revitalize any imperfections you may have. Depending on your particular skin challenge, here are just a few of the products we recommend:

Eye serum: Jouviance Revitalizing Eye Serum lifts the contours of your eyes, reduces puffiness, diminishes dark circles, and erases the signs of fatigue often associated with tiredness and stress.

ShiseidoCorrective serum: Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum is a time-fighting serum that delivers revolutionary solutions to counteract wrinkles, sagging, and dullness.  Skin immediately becomes smooth and radiant.  Results are enhanced with daily use.

Brightening serum: StriVectin Get Even Brightening Serum is a radiance-boosting serum that minimizes the appearance of dark spots and discolourations to reveal a more even looking, luminous complexion.

Firming serum: Lise Watier Lift & Firm Instant Lifting Serum is a powerful concentrated serum that instantly tightens and firms your skin with the help of an ultra-tightening polymer.  Day after day, long-lasting peptides restore collagen and elastin fibres, making your skin feel firmer over time.

Beauty essential 4: hydrate

NeostratA lot of skin issues are caused by dehydration.  In order to achieve healthy, glowing skin, it is important to drink plenty of water and avoid foods and beverages that cause dehydration.  It’s also important to use a quality hydrating cream.

We recommend: NeoStrata Moisture Infusion Cream.  Ideal for all skin types—even for dehydrated or sensitive skin—this hydrating cream replenishes the skin’s moisture levels, achieving softer, more supple skin.

Beauty essential 5: protect

Sunscreen is by far the most important beauty essential for your face, hands, and body.  Use it every day, all year round, even in overcast weather.

aveneWe recommend: Avène High Protection Mineral Cream. This broad-spectrum sun protection cream has an SPF 50.  Avène “White” sun care offers 100% mineral, chemical filter-free sunscreen products to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without irritation.  It is safe for even the most sensitive and intolerant skin.

rocWe recommend: Roc Soleil Protexion Cream. The UV filters in this formula provide effective, broad-spectrum protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.  Enriched with high performing moisturizing and nourishing agents, this formula provides your skin with the hydration it needs, while leaving a delicate velvet touch. Its moisturizing formula also protects against abuse from environmental elements to help prevent the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

neostrata sunscreenWe recommend: NeoStrata Oil-Free Anti-Aging Sunscreen Lotion.  Ideal for all skin types and all ages and appropriate for the face, neck, and décolleté area, this oil-free sunscreen helps reduce the appearance of premature aging and offers broad spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays and the damaging effects of the sun.

avene self tannerWe recommend: Avène Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion.  This non-greasy lotion with a pleasant fragrance gives the body a healthy, natural-looking tan without the damaging side effects of exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.

Not only is sunscreen the best way to protect and preserve the youth and brilliance of your skin, it can actually save your life.  We invite you to watch an informative video and pass it along to all of the people you care about!

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