4 Year-Round Skin Care Essentials
You already know the basic steps for maintaining a vibrant, youthful glow. But with so many products to choose from on the market, you may have a tough time deciding which to trust, or even try. Why not start with these? You can always tweak your arsenal accordingly, based on how your skin reacts.
L'Oreal's RevitaLift skin care system is available almost anywhere and provides everything you need to maintain healthy skin from start to finish without embarking on a 30-minute ritual every morning: gentle exfoliating cleanser, firming eye cream, sunscreen-enriched day cream, total care night cream. You need only three products and five minutes in the morning and before bed, and you're done! You can add products like a face and neck contour cream or a wrinkle-repair night cream, depending on your individual needs. It's gentle, works for all skin types and you won't have to cut in to the grocery budget to afford it. Yes, this is technically an anti-aging system, but there's nothing that says you have to be X years old to use it. Remember, it's easier to prevent -- or at least hold off -- signs of aging than it is to eliminate them once they're there.
For a gentle, natural way to keep your lips soft that's not formulated to make you need more (in other words, a solution that lasts much longer than until your next meal), try Natural Ice lip balms or Burt's Bees beeswax lip balms. Both come in many different varieties and are available anywhere. Buy three or four tubes, and keep one in your purse and/or gym bag, one in your bathroom, and one by your bed for quick access day and night and on-the-go. Burt's Bee's has an entire skin care system, so if you love beeswax skin care, their website is a Utopia.
The Vaseline Total Moisture line is the most effective way we've found to keep arms, legs, shoulders, feet -- or anywhere you fight stubborn dry skin -- soft. It's formulated to fight even the toughest dry skin like many get on their heels, hands and elbows and it comes in three varieties: Total Moisture (with pure oat extract), Aloe Fresh (pure aloe and stratys) and Cocoa Radiant (pure cocoa butter and stratys). It also comes in a variety of sizes, so in addition to the bottle you keep on your vanity, don't forget to grab a travel size tube for your purse.
During the winter especially, it's easy to begin looking pasty and dull. Even if you wear no other makeup, brush on some bronzer for an instant bit of glowing color. It seems like a small thing, but you'd be surprised at how much difference this little thing can make. We like Victoria's Secret Baked Mineral bronzing powder or Maybelline Fit Me bronzer. Also grab a theBalm mini kabuki brush - it works like a charm and fits easily in to your purse or gym bag.
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