It’s a new year—the perfect time to get your skincare habits on the right track. We got advice from Kate Somerville, celebrity aesthetician and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care, on how to get your best skin (and body!) ever in 2011:
- Do a detox. “With a new year, it’s time for a new game plan: Detoxify through exercise, nutrition, steaming and massage. When you detoxify, you’re getting rid of toxins and impurities, giving you more energy than you’ve ever had before, and leaving your skin looking luminous.”
- Cleanse, exfoliate, pamper, repeat. “You can externally detoxify three ways. The first is to cleanse daily – morning and night – with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type. Exfoliating is another form of detoxifying. I suggest using an exfoliant on your face two or three times a week, which leaves the healthy cells on the surface and helps keep pores free of impurities. The third way to detoxify is with facials: I recommend having them monthly, whether at a skin-care salon or doing them at home.”
- Look inward. “Cleansing internally is equally important, and can be easily done with certain drinks and foods. You can get a really effective cleanse by cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, added salt, meat and processed food from your diet for just three days. Drink only water, juice or herbal tea; and load up on a variety of raw, fresh produce. The fiber in the fruits and vegetables acts like a brush throughout your intestinal system, sweeping away all the junk as it goes through. This kind of detox will not only cleanse your body, but it will also recalibrate your taste buds.”
Along with the crisp air and colored leaves, autumn brings dry skin. While it’s easy to moisturize your body with creamy and freshly-fragranced lotions, it’s not so simple when it comes to your face. My sister Sabrina noticed her skin getting drier as the weather has become colder, leaving her face dull and her foundation flaky. She asked me what she could do to keep her face smooth throughout the season, and I told her my secret to keeping skin soft all year round: exfoliating.
Using a soft scrub in the shower removes excess dead cells and keeps flakiness at bay. For chronic dryness, it’s best to use scrubs with physical exfoliators like the beads in L’Oréal Paris Go 360˚ Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub or Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Also look for scrubs with fruit enzymes, like Wei East Pomegranate Buffing Beads Exfoliator.
For acne-prone skin, choose scrubs with salicylic acid, such as St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub. The salicylic acid clears breakouts, while the refreshing green tea component tackles redness and irritation.
Scrubs are not recommended for sensitive skin types, but don’t worry, we’ve still got you covered! Try an exfoliating pad instead, like Philosophy Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, which slough skin, tone and brighten without the harshness.
The final key to combating dry skin is to use a moisturizer with SPF. This will keep your face hydrated, makeup smooth and skin protected! What scrubs do you use to keep skin soft during the chilly months?
-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern
With fall well under way, haunted hayrides and homemade apple pies aren’t the only things to look forward to this season. Pumpkin-infused beauty products have made their way back into stores, and this time, they’re taking over the beauty scene. Not only do pumpkins make for delicious autumn desserts and side-dishes, but they are also ideal for skincare. Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, and also contain enzymes with exfoliating properties. And because they are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin-infused beauty products are a superb choice for those with sensitive skin.
I’ve compiled a list of the Fall 2010 pumpkin-infused beauty must-haves, which are available at Sephora, except where noted:
1) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
2) Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
3) Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Lip Shine
4) Zia Treatments Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask (found at Zia Natural Skincare)
Too many trips to the pumpkin patches? Don’t throw out those leftover jack-o-lanterns! Try an easy at-home mask by combining 2 tbsp mashed pumpkins, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp honey, and 1/2 tsp milk, and applying to your face for 15 minutes. Will you try pumpkin-infused products this fall?
-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern