The weather in New York City has been pretty unpredictable lately—a nor’easter one week; sunny the next. Sudden changes in temperature and humidity (or Nemo!) pretty much wreak havoc on my skin and leave it looking dry and dull until I slathered on First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Face Cream ($44, firstaidbeauty.com). I massaged it into my tight skin before bed and instantly felt more hydrated. When I woke up, my skin looked dewy and even. The texture, which helps to strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier, feels like a gel-like cream—super light and fast-absorbing—a must-have for the rest of this crazy-weathered winter!
One thing I’ve learned since working in the beauty industry is that it’s never too early to start thinking about how your skin will look years down the road. Starting an anti-aging regimen in your 40s is a thing of the past. After years of being concerned with acne, I didn’t quite know what to do when I woke up with skin that was dull and dehydrated yet somehow still oily and starting to reveal fine lines. Feeling intimidated by getting a professional peel at a dermatologist’s office, I reached for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Packettes ($28, for pack of 10, dhskincare.com). After just one application of this two-step peel, I saw instant results. The alpha beta hydroxy acids combined with wrinkle-reducing antioxidants including retinol slough away dead skin cells and enrich your skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful and clearer complexion. Although it’s safe to use every day, I use them every other night before bed and now wake up with smooth, radiant skin.
One of the top ingredients on my skincare list is retinol. Often referred to as the gold standard anti-aging ingredient, it plumps skin, exfoliates dead cells and best of all, helps fight fine lines and wrinkles. Revision Skincare Retinol Facial Repair ($55, revisionskincare.com) is loaded with high levels of pure retinol. I like how the lightweight formula doesn’t leave my skin feeling smothered or greasy (or irritated!) and I love waking up to a brighter, healthier looking complexion.
—By Daniella Araujo, beauty intern
We love a glass of red at the end of the day just as much as the next gal, so we’re excited to share these wine-related beauty tidbits from Jody Levine, M.D., dermatologist for Tone in New York City (their Vino Moisture Crushed Grape Shea Butter Body Wash contains potent grape extracts) and Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Vineyards:
- Wine has high antioxidant levels due to the polyphenols that naturally occur in grapes, so it can protect your body and skin from damaging free radicals.
- Vinotherapy treatments, like those offered both at home and in-spa by Caudalie, are a growing trend in skincare and provide anti-aging benefits.
- The pulp found in the residue from wine-making is great for gently exfoliating the skin and soothing without irritation.
- A glass of wine can temporarily cause blood vessels in the face to dilate, giving your skin a glowy flush. Don’t overindulge, though—too much alcohol can cause inflammation.
Keep your eye out for another surprising skincare-related use for grapes in our October issue, on stands in September!
At 49, supermodel and actress Carol Alt isn’t afraid to reveal her age, because she’s looking better than ever. On top of a diet of raw foods and treating her body to the recommended amount of sleep, she follows an all-natural beauty regime. We got the chance to chat with the stunning skincare entrepreneur about her new raw food-based line, Raw Essentials, as well as what’s inside her makeup bag. Take a peak:
-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern