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Winter weather always wreaks havoc on our skin no matter how many oils, creams, lotions and potions are applied. Dry and flaky skin is simply inevitable given the harsh conditions in most areas of the country (and world). With Spring now officially here to stay, we wanted to share a few staples that we work into our regimen to keep the flakiness at bay while our skin is transitioning with the Spring season.

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Prep your skin (right): Arguably the most important first step is exfoliating (with something gentle) to remove the surface layers of dead skin and follow with a super hydrating moisturizer or oil. We love Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel, an effective but very gentle Lactic Acid enzyme peel or Tatcha’s Deep Rice Enzyme exfoliator followed by Fleuressence “Native Botanical Cell Oil”. If you’re feeling extra dry, you can seal with your preferred heavy cream moisturizer to ensure that all moisture is locked in.

*Tip: For extreme dry areas, pat an extra dab of oil onto the targeted spot and let soak in.

Say goodbye to powder: Powders tend to lay on top of dry surfaces, build up, clog pores, and make it appear that your make up looks “caky”. Instead of grabbing your compact foundation, opt for a blush stain (we love Tarte, Benefit and ByTerry), as it will give you an elevated natural flush glow and stay on all day long.

Introduce a skin highlighter (game-changer): We have talked about skin highlighters before (because we LOVE them) and they are perfect for adding in that extra POP to your skins glow. Best to be used to accentuate the bone structures – cheek bones, nose brim, eye brow OR mix in a tiny drop with your foundation.

We love: Nars Copacabana, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Illuminator and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter.

Drink water: As much as people talk about this, it’s true. Drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day not only keeps you hydrated, but it also helps to flush out all of the toxins and impurities that lead to pore-clogging mishaps. Keeping your skin hydrated is the least expensive way to take 5 years off of your age and eliminate dark circles and splotchy skin.

 

 

Fall has arrived with winter quick on its heels. During the colder months skin can start to look pale, lackluster and dull. This does not mean it is time to run off the Bahamas or to your local tanning bed to try an attain that “healthy” glow.  Sun damage can last a lifetime so why not try the natural approach?

Getting glowing skin is easy thru exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, improves the appearance of fine lines, reduces pore size, and leaves healthy, radiant skin. Cult favorite and Kate Hudson’s, DOCTOR’S SCRUB, is the answer to glowing skin. Dr. Goldfaden’s coveted exfoliator contains powerful ruby crystals that provide immediate cell renewal by polishing away dead surface cells, leaving skin brighter, clearer and younger-looking. Formulated with line-filling Hyaluronic Acid to deliver long-lasting hydration while nourishing Seaweed and Organic Red Tea Extract provide antioxidant protection. BOOYA! And we didn’t stop there…

During the rebrand of GOLDFADEN MD, we were adamant about creating a product that would brighten uneven skin tone and give an overall luminous glow. Thus, VITAL BOOST was born. VITAL BOOST contains skin boosting and rejuvenating Vitamin D  to maximizes the skin’s immunity, provide powerful antioxidant protection, improve elasticity and promote a more youthful complexion. Brightening skin agent, Indian Gooseberry, leaves skin looking dewy, radiant and flawless. I love this moisturizer because it goes on silky smooth and dries matte, leaving the slightest hint of a highlight.  Your skin will look fresh and radiant.

To give your glowing, hydrated complexion that extra kick, try a bronzer or highlighter (NOT the tanning bed). My top four bronzer picks for the season are Burberry Warm Glow in Nude Glow No.3 , which gives the illusion that you’ve just spent the afternoon lounging on the beeches of Greece. Armani Sheer Bronzer provides a sheer, natural color for those less daring. BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, adds an iridescence(I cannot get enough of this product). And as always Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Bronze makes you look like an ethereal sun kissed goddess!