Estée Lauder Hydrationist Creme

When your skin is dry and tight, it’s uncomfortable and drives you crazy. Your makeup sits on top of the dull, dry, flaky skin and never has a luminous glow about it. I remember a story a woman told me years ago about her Crisco home facials where she’d layer the shortening an inch thick on her face just to relieve the tightness. It’s a pretty extreme example, but women who have dry skin usually reach for the heaviest creme they can find to get some relief.

Estée Lauder’s new Hydrationist line of cremes and lotions is made for ultra dry skin using their exclusive Bio-Mimetic Water which is engineered to be better absorbed into the skin so you can feel its hydrating effects immediately. Hydrationist is a rich, whipped cream that encourages your skin’s moisture barrier to hold hydration better over time which lessens your skin’s dryness. Since its texture isn’t over-the-top heavy, it sits well under makeup and gives the skin an instant glow.

Hydrated skin is youthful skin, so before you try to disguise dehydration, reverse it instead with a creme that solves the problem.

Also available in an SPF 15, Lotion, and Eye Creme

 Estée Lauder Hydrationist Creme

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Erno Laszlo Active pHelityl Oil

Every Beauty Editor’s favorite things list contains a cleansing oil nowadays. I’d call it the hot new trend in skin if it wasn’t something that has been used worldwide many years. Erno Laszlo’s Active pHelityl Oil pre-cleanses while calming inflammation which in turn allows your skin care to absorb more deeply giving a bigger result.

It’s so simple it won’t feel like an added step, just rub a dime sized amount into the skin and continue on with your chosen cleanser. Foundation and long-wearing mascara melt right off without excessive rubbing. Your skin will feel so soft and you’ll love the warm, sexy scent.

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Weleda Almond Facial Oil

Weleda has managed to turn the most potent ingredients cultivated by nature into a best-selling hit for natural grocers like Whole Foods. By now I already know that anything I try from Weleda I’ll really like, which is made easier by their often single-digit ingredient lineup. You know exactly what you’re getting right off the bat.

Almond Face Oil has exactly 3 ingredients; Sweet Almond Oil, Plum Seed Oil, and Blackthorn Flower Extract that make an oil that’s lighter than most and absorbs lightning fast. I understand that when they named it a ‘Facial Oil’ they were just trying to convey that it’s multi-purpose, but in doing so I think its actual value might be minimized.

Although I mostly use it for an eye makeup remover, or as an all-over facial pre-cleanse to break down makeup, it’s also a dry skin savior this time of year. Just a few drops under your moisturizer day and/or night will give your moisture barrier a boost to get rid of that annoying tight feeling our faces dread in the winter.

For sensitive skin, it’s incredibly soothing when your face becomes red and irritated from the cold. You’ll see an immediate calming of the redness with zero irritation since it’s fragrance free and high in natural antioxidants.

Or, skip your face altogether and add a shot of it to your lotion to really tame dry hands and cuticles- I can use it while I’m typing without making a greasy mess out of my keyboard.

Weleda Almond Facial Oil

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Liz Earle Superskin Range

Liz Earle’s Superskin collection is a well executed offering of products that add moisture and to nourishment to dry, sensitive, mature, and stressed skin.

Just know that when you use a Liz Earle product, you’ll get 100% quality and satisfaction with each and every product. It’s a line that I absolutely trust because it’s responsibly made with top-notch ingredients. She still makes one of the best cleansers I’ve ever tried which I still use it daily, so I wasn’t at all surprized when her new Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment $50 became my go-to eye cream for night and day. Fine lines vanish immediately but without a tightening effect, plus it’s great for those lines around the mouth to prevent lipstick from bleeding.

25% plant oils are used in her new richer than rich Body Cream ($50)that creates a glowy radiance and the appearance of healthy skin. It’s honestly the most moisture I’ve experienced in a cream, but it isn’t the least bit greasy.

Also new to the lineup is her Bust Treatment ($50) to lift visibly plump and firm skin that’s lost its elasticity using kigelia extract.

Her Superskin Concentrate ($70) contains pretty much everything you’d want in a moisture booster; oils of argan and organic rosehip, neroli, lavender and chamomile and vitamin E. It’s 100% plant oils for all skin types to help calm, soothe, and add some needed moisture.

Worth checking out is her new Try-Me kit containing smaller sizes of all 5 Superskin products along with her signature Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (the one I use), and an Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer.

Liz Earle Superskin Range

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Ren Omega 3 Overnight Lipid Renewal Serum

By now we know the importance of taking omega 3 supplements, so it’s only natural that omegas would start popping up in our skin care. Known for their many nourishing benefits, omegas are as beneficial when used on the skin as when taken orally.

I can’t think of a better vehicle for the omegas than a serum- which are an important accessory to any skincare routine since you use them just when you need them. Just a shot of it under your moisturizer can really amp up your moisture barrier, fight free radical attack, and add suppleness and elasticity when your skin feels sensitive, dry, or just in need of some extra love.

1.7oz, $60, Space NK, SpaceNK.com, RenSkincare.com

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Nude Skincare Advanced Smoothing Complex

Nude Skincare has pretty much rocked my socks since I first fell in love with their Cleansing Oil, technology, and safe-yet-effective philosophy. I gave a shout out to their Advanced Smoothing Complex in my Cleansing Oil review, but didn’t really understand how cool it was at the time to write about it in depth.

Nude has managed to make some of the pickiest Beauty Editors in the world fall in love with their collection which has received some high praise in the press since their launch. Because 70% of products used topically end up being absorbed into your bloodstream, leaving out ingredients they deem toxic, and downright irritating to the skin (which accelerates skin aging), is a huge part of their mission. For years, they perfected a concise line of skincare where nature meets technology to resoundingly effective results.

I’m always trying out new products to review, but 80% of what I use on a daily basis is now Nude, which I’ve been slowly purchasing to replace every category of skincare I own.

Nightly, over clean skin and under my moisturizer, I pat 1 pump of Advanced Smoothing Complex over my face for its combination of vitamins, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. Not only does it relax wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and increase cell turnover, but it also carefully combines ingredients that aren’t irritating making it easier for the good stuff to be absorbed into your skin’s calm environment.

It’s truly a one-size-fits-all product blanketing all skin types with a powerful combination of protection and nutrients. If you’re going to try just one product from Nude, let it be this one. The others will soon follow.

$90, 0.5oz, Nude.com, Sephora, Barneys, Select Whole Foods Nationwide

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