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Winter Beauty | Part One | Skin Care

January 16, 2014
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I’ve had quite a few emails about skin care and some of my most recent winter beauty looks, so I thought I’d take some time this week to break down how I’ve switched up my routine to deal with the cooler temperatures that can wreak havoc beauty-wise!
It only made sense to me to start off with skin care before launching into the beauty tutorial that I’ll be sharing tomorrow – if you take proper care of your skin, eat well and drink plenty of water, you’ve pretty much done 90% of your work, so it really and truly is the foundation for all other beauty looks. Evening out skin tone, a touch of blush and maybe some lippie is all you really need to look pulled together when your skin is well looked after. It’s so much harder to stay looking fresh-faced and brighter during the winter when skin naturally takes on some pallor and dulls though, so today is really all about bringing that glow out.
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First things first, I’m a big believer in the notion that what you put in your body shows up on your skin. As someone who’s recently made a big switch eating-wise (after finally identifying my allergens, I cut out them out entirely this month and feel only, I don’t know…400% better now), I can’t stress enough how much of a difference I saw literally within a couple days of days. My skin was brighter, clearer and more even almost instantly. Whether or not you have allergies or sensitivities, try to eat as many hypoallergenic, nutrient-rich and calming foods as possible – leafy greens, fish, alkaline fruit like papaya, etc (check out a very detailed list of alkalizing food here). This is never more important than in the winter, particularly after the holidays when you’ve loaded up on too much rich food and alcohol.
Start your day off with some hot water and lemon to alkalinize your system and then get going on skin care. Three times a week, I use a Korres pomegranate scrub at night after removing makeup, then I use a richer face cream by Antipodes or Jurlique (not pictured here). On all other days, I just remove makeup and then use Korres’ milk protein cleanser (lactose and amino acids are key for boosting brightness) or La Roche Posay’s Effaclar cleanser if I have any breakouts. Spray with Avène to remove any final traces of makeup, to soothe your skin and to rehydrate! Mornings are effectively the same, though I really only exfoliate at night (it’s just more satisfying to go to bed truly clean).

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I’m absolutely in love with this Korres Wild Rose eye treatment – it really brightens like nothing else. Post-cleansing, this is what goes on next.

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A makeup artist I worked with once told me to really extend the eye cream way more than you’ve been taught – even past your eyebrows and down toward your cheekbones. Another tip: at night, don’t apply directly on your lid or near your lower lash line – the cream will creep into your eye overnight and make them appear puffy the next day!

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Another winter weapon: Barrier Repair by Dermalogica! It feels so amazing and particularly when it’s cold out, it really helps shield the skin and rebuild its barrier. I finish off with Dermalogica’s Skin Perfect primer, which not only provides just the right amount of coverage for day but it also helps shield the skin from the sun (still important in the winter!).
Body-wise, I try to dry brush every morning (more about it here) – it just wakes me up and it really does wonders for my circulation and the health of my skin. I read recently too that applying coconut oil before showering helps shield it from the water’s stripping effects, so I’ve been doing this for the past couple of weeks or so and my skin has been feeling consistently more hydrated! Give it a try – do it after dry brushing, shower with an oil-based cleanser (L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is a favourite and smells amazing) and then if you need a bit more hydration, lock in moisture with a rich cream like Lush‘s Celebration lotion, which is also the most delicious-smelling cream ever .
Last skin care note: I steam my face then do face masks about 2-3 times a week (love Lush‘s selection) and when I’m consistent about this, it makes a world of difference. Not to mention it gives me a reason to take some alone time and relax a few times a week!
Stay tuned for tomorrow – will be sharing my latest favourite winter beauty look!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Adventures in Fashion January 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Ok, it's settled — I'm buying a body brush today!

    Also, future blog post suggestion: Dish on this healthy diet of yours… I need some inspo! God, why must I love sugar so much, Alex — why?! xx

  • Reply OceanWind January 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Love posts like that, thank you so much for the tips and for sharing dry brushing, going to try it today my main problem is persistence especially when I'm tired!

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  • Reply Monika Faulkner January 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I love Korres products, too!! I haven't tried their eye cream yet, though…that will be next on my list!! Thanks for the tips, Alex!!

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  • Reply Rebecca Jane January 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Korres products are awesome, I am a huge fan of them. And I am intrigued by this dry-brushing idea, have to say.

  • Reply Tessa and Scarlett January 17, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Hmm, the tip about extending your eye cream past your eyes makes sense! After all, I've noticed that eye crinkles (when smiling) can actually go pretty far down for some! Anyway, your skin looks radiant!

  • Reply Megan January 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Where did you get a brush for dry brushing? I have no idea where to buy one. I live in Vancouver so I'm hoping you bought it somewhere here.

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  • Reply Awais khatri January 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Medical grade skin care products are your safest and most effective choice. Many products are not carefully regulated by the FDA and include ingredients that can actually harm your skin. Choose only skin care products made with all natural ingredients that are selected for your specific skin type and needs. This should be determined by a qualified aesthetic practitioner after a careful skin evaluation. Product lines like Obagi Skin Care products and the AFA Amino Acid line by Biopelle are excellent choices. skin care treatments

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