I’ve spent 3 of the last 5 weeks away from the moist, humid air of Hawaii and my skin is most definitely suffering. The cold, dry air of Northern Nevada sucked the moisture out of my skin, leaving my face looking dull and lifeless.
Now that I’m back in Hawaii, I’ve found I’m still not free from the winter weather. Not even kidding. It’s been windy and cold (okay, maybe not your kind of cold but 58 degrees here means we make a fire and wear fleece onesies to bed) and I’m in desperate need of a brighter face come Friday (it’s my birthday and I def don’t want to look the part.)
Here are five ways to instantly brighten up your complexion:
I try to visit my aesthetician once a month or at least once every two months. She has access to professional product lines that treat my skin for specific problems I’m having (dehydration!) and I can walk out of the salon looking bright times a million. Totally worth the money, in my opinion.
If you don’t have the extra time or money for a facial, invest the five minutes needed for a super hydrating moisture mask. Right now I love the Paula’s Choice Hydrating Treatment Mask. You can use it like a regular hydration mask or you can leave it on all night long for extra moisture. (It also doubles as eye cream in a pinch.)
This one is such a no-brainer because when I take the time to exfoliate my skin feels amaaaaaazing…but I always seem to forget. This is likely because my sensitive skin keeps me from exfoliating daily, so it hasn’t been part of my regular nightly beauty routine. Until now. Enter: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate GENTLE.
Can we just have a tiny moment of silence for this younger, sweeter sister of the original ExfoliKate?
I adore ExfoliKate and even keep a travel size tube with me when I travel, but I love that ExfoliKate Gentle is an option during winter months when my skin tends to be more dry and sensitive than normal. This gentler formula can be used daily yet still has all the fruit enzymes to remove dead surface cells while hydrating Vitamin E and honey keep skin supple.
Pores & wrinkles vanish immediate with Olay Regenerist Instant Fix Wrinkle & Pore Vanisher. The silky formula fills in fine lines and wrinkles while the thousands of tiny, light-blurring particles create the illusion of perfectly smooth skin and primes the skin to help foundation last all day.
Blush is the quickest way to brighten up your face with a touch of color. It takes two seconds to apply and makes everyone look prettier. I love Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Fresh Melon, a peachy pink that looks fresh and natural on most skin tones (try Calypso Coral for deeper skin tones). Be sure to apply right to the apples of the cheeks and blend down and out toward the ears. I like to use my finger and gently tap to blend.
As always, hydrate with lots of water and fresh fruits and vegetables for beautiful skin from the inside out.