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Skincare Q&A

Easy routines and targeted product picks to address your most pressing skin concerns.

 

Q: Every winter, my skin gets dry and flaky, what should I do?

Los Angeles-based stylesetter Julia Freidman (@juliafriedmann) shares her cold weather skincare routine.

 

Q: I am determined to fight back against these wrinkles. Can you spell out an effective routine for me?

  1. Use a cleanser enriched with soothing extracts and anti-aging botanicals, such as Royal Fern Photoactive Cleansing Balm.
  2. Exfoliate with a glycolic acid peel. We really like the easy-to-use and highly effective Dr. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads. Start with three times a week. As your skin adjusts, work your way up to daily use.
  3. Treat with concentrated doses of anti-aging ingredients. Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum has optimum amounts of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids.
  4. Apply an eye mask infused with hydrating peptides to target the thin skin around your eyes. Try MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask.
  5. Look for a moisturizer with ingredients like Retinol, vitamin B3, and peptides to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Dr. Barbara Sturm Rich Face Cream is a great choice, and the line even offers an option for darker skin tones.
Phytoactive Cleansing Balm 200ml
Royal Fern
Phytoactive Cleansing Balm 200ml
$85
Micro Peel Peptide Pads
Dr. Loretta
Micro Peel Peptide Pads
$60
Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask
MZ Skin
Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask
$106
Face Cream Women Rich 50ml
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Face Cream Women Rich 50ml
$230
Active Botanical Serum 30ml
Vintner's Daughter
Active Botanical Serum 30ml
$185
Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich
$230
 

Q: I can't believe I still have to deal with breakouts! What can I use to prevent and treat spots that won't cause my skin to flake off?

Eve Lom
Dynaspot 10ml
$34
Provides 1 Day of School
111Skin
3 Phase Anti Blemish Booster 20ml
$160
Provides 3 Days of School
The Organic Pharmacy
Manuka Face Cream
$85
Provides 1 Day of School
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Q: No matter what products I try, within a few hours my skin looks oily. Is there a routine I can follow that will help keep my skin shine-free all day long?

  1. Use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid to exfoliate your skin and get rid of impurities. Dr. Loretta Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser is gentle enough to use both day and night.
  2. A toner will extend exfoliation deeper into the pores. Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner unclogs the pores and is both clarifying and calming to the skin.
  3. Clay masks are the best type for oily skin, but they are messy. Starskin Silkmud Pink French Clay Purifying Liftaway Mud Mask gives you the purifying benefits of clay and the ease-of-use of a sheet mask. Keep it on for 20 minutes at least once a week.
  4. Continue to exfoliate and purify your skin with your serum. Sunday Riley Lactic Acid Treatment exfoliates pore-clogging and oil-trapping dead skin cells away to reveal brighter skin.
  5. An eyecream enhanced with hyaluronic acid will keep the delicate area around your eyes hydrated. Nuori Vital Eye Cream is lightweight and easily absorbed.
  6. Be sure your moisturizer is formulated for oily skin. Sisley Paris Mattifying Moisturizing Skin Care not only moisturizes, but it also contains astringents to keep oils at bay as well as mattifying extracts.
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Q: I experimented with new products that irritated my skin. What can I use to soothe it and keep my sensitive skin from acting up again?

Caudalie
Vinopure Purifying Toner 200ml
$28
Provides 1 Day of School
Chantecaille
Gold Recovery Mask 50ml
$270
Provides 6 Days of School
The Beauty Chef
Beauty Fix Balm 1oz
$30
Provides 1 Day of School
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