Update your beauty routine with products for hydrating and calming skin, adding volume and control to hair, and freshening your makeup routine.
Whether you’re battling the effects of winter weather or some long-nagging issue, the new year is a great time to take a fresh look at your beauty routine.
Here are some products for hydrating and calming skin, adding volume and control to hair, and freshening your makeup routine.
Cold weather and heating systems can exacerbate dry skin. Add intense hydration with the new Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm ($27.50 at Kiehl’s stores). It has the feel of a stiff pomade, but goes on smooth, with benefits from the edelweiss flower, Antarcticine (which hydrates) and squalene (a healing botanical).
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Cleanse skin without drying it out with the new Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil ($36 at elizabetharden.com). Cleansing oils are growing in popularity, and this version contains apricot, safflower and olive oils to provide antioxidants and moisture to the skin.
Adult acne is normal, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Effectively treat breakouts without drying with Osmosis Skincare’s Clarify Vitamin A Blemish Serum ($60 at dermstore.com), which also minimizes oil production and the size of pores.
If you resolved to go organic in 2016, consider the new KORA Organics Age-Defying Phytox Oil ($65 at koraorganics.com) to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Model Miranda Kerr’s line contains antioxidants, fatty acids, and macadamia, jojoba, acai and rose hip oils, among others.
Commit to treating fine lines around the eye with Dr. Hauschka’s Regenerating Eye Cream ($68 at beauty.com), which firms and smoothes with antioxidants and botanical oils, and without parabens and synthetic fragrances.
If you’re noticing changes in your skin due to age, pregnancy, medical treatments or other factors, consider a light chemical peel to refresh the skin. Unlike the harsh peels spoofed on shows like “Sex and the City,” today’s peels have few noticeable side effects. Deity’s TCA Peel ($210 at Deity, Fremont), takes just a half hour to apply and results in some very mild peeling for a couple days. An oxygen recovery service one week later is included in the price and leaves skin glowing, with fewer fine lines and a more even skin tone.
Men can up their skin-care game with the new Yes To Natural Man collection ($6–$9 at Target, available in February), which includes Charcoal Bar Soap, Cleansing Cloths, Shaving Cream, Face Lotion and more.
Also for the guys is the new Clarisonic Alpha Fit ($189 at clarisonic.com), which has a more manly shape than the classic version and cleans deeper to get through facial hair, remove dirt and oil, and prep skin for shaving.
More blow drying means more damage. Go longer between washes with Redken’s Pillow Proof Two-Day Extender ($18 at Ulta), which refreshes hair between shampoos and adds texture to updos. Or try the new Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Nirvana Black Dry Shampoos ($28 each at Sephora), which do the same, but with a touch of the outstanding Nirvana fragrances.
If your hair is as dry as your skin, use Hair La Vie’s Revive Deep Hydration Masque ($35 at hairlavie.com) once a week for 20–25 minutes. The keratin-infused formula uses antioxidants and protein to add strength and softness and tame frizz.
If thinning hair is an issue, invest in the six-week Philip Kingsley Trichotherapy Hair & Scalp Regime ($215 at philipkingsley.com), which consists of a protein spray, volumizing scalp drops and a vitamin and mineral dietary supplement.
While a classic look is usually best, there are a few fun makeup trends worth trying out. Strobing — highlighting the cheek bones a little or a lot — is an easier way to contour and is perfect for a night out. MAC Cosmetics’ Strobe Cream ($33 at MAC stores) adds a touch of glow and treats dull skin with vitamins and green tea.
Or put the shimmer on your lids to get a bright look that complements paler winter skin. Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tint ($38 at Nordstrom) goes on smooth and has just enough shimmer for a grown-up look.
Try on the season’s fuller brows with the Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette ($13 at Ulta), which includes a sculpting wax to set the shape, a powder to fill and color, and a highlighting powder to define below the arch.
As a finishing touch, you can finally find your perfect red lip with the Bobbi Brown University Lip Palette ($60 at Sephora). The collection of 12 colors can be mixed to find just the right shade and finish, all while moisturizing and leaving lips more conditioned than before use.