Although I do have some skincare staples that I use consistently throughout the year, from season to season there are some products that I change up. Not only do my skin’s needs change with the seasons, but I like the change of texture. As you “lighten up” for spring, consider some of these new finds!
One of my favorite makeup wipes is from POND’S® and this spring, POND’S® and renowned home designer Jonathan Adler have teamed up for a modern makeover with limited-edition vanity cases. The POND’S® + Jonathan Adler cases come in two choices: the green vanity case is exclusive to Target stores and Target.com; the blue vanity case is exclusive to Walgreens. Each case contains the Original Fresh towelettes variety and they can be refilled with any of the four POND’S® Wet Cleansing Towelettes. I love the spring makeover!
No matter how much I try to drink water, use a humidifier and be conscious of the need to moisturize in the winter, my combination skin is still susceptible to looking dehydrated, dull, tired and depleted. It’s one of the pitfalls of aging. Age-related dehydration is the number one issue esthetician’s identify with my skin when I get facials. So when I saw new Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate from Kiehl’s ($58), I was excited to test it. In a good control, I had a facial where my skin was examined and was told “dehydrated”. I used Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate am/pm for three weeks and went back for another facial. Guess what? NO signs of dehydration; the esthetician said my skin was soft, supple and healthy-looking. The key ingredients in Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate are plant-based glycerin and Shiso Leaf, which comprise 85 % of the emulsion. I didn’t experience any irritation and am thrilled with the results!
Because I have combination skin, I’ve always been a little conflicted about using a toner. There are many that will tell you that it’s just an extra step in your skincare regimen. But that’s really a misperception. A good toner can balance and nourish skin, preparing for the next steps of your skincare regimen, such as serum application and moisturizer. The Phytomer Oligomarine Flawless-Skin Tonic should be applied after cleansing. The formula is for normal-combination skin and contains Absolute Marine Matifier, Vitamin B3 and Witch Hazel (near the end of the ingredients, which I like, since that means it will tone but not dry out the skin). Gentle enough for sensitive skins, Oligomarine Flawless-Skin Tonic ($46.50) also has a delicate scent. You can find it in select spas throughout the US.
If you’re not into waiting for results with your anti-aging products, new La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster ($290) is for you. Formulated with a targeted delivery system, it delivers next generation ingredients exactly where your skin needs them most – into the cells responsible for the production of collagen and elastin. It starts working on day one. I love the gel-cream texture and light, fresh scent. The formula is centered around encapsulated peptides, Plankton Extracts for retexturizing and five different plants. I didn’t experience any irritation with twice-daily use. What I did see was gorgeous, healthy, glowing skin. Honestly, I would re-buy this serum, I liked it that much. And for La Prairie, this serum has a lower price point, making it more within reach as compared to some of the serums in their other ranges.
A dry oil body spray is one of my favorite ways to hydrate skin. While I love a thick, rich body cream in the winter, for summer, I like to lighten up. I’ve been using new AHAVA Cactus & Pink Pepper Dry Oil Body Mist ($40) and it’s a keeper. It’s super-light, yet very hydrating. It has a light, delicate scent of Cactus and Pink Pepper; plus the formula is fantastic. AHAVA Dry Oil Body Mist is composed of a blend of Dead Sea plant oils including Jojoba Oil, Sesame Seed and Vitamin E oils and a powerful antioxidant (Dunaliella Algae). It dries quickly, isn’t greasy and keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.
Do you change your skincare with the seasons? Let me know in the comments!