Tuesday, 3 January 2017
How to Get Your Best, Glowiest Skin in 2017
Chill the champagne and pop the cork: It’s time to celebrate a new year!
After a holiday season of parties, not to mention cold temperatures, your skin is likely in need of some serious TLC. Not only does colder weather mean a new skin routine (and baby, it’s cold outside), but the excesses of the holidays require extra moisturizing, exfoliating, and pampering to get your skin in tip-top shape. With a sharpened focus and plans for your best self likely on your list of New Year’s goals, why not add soft, smooth, lit-from-within skin, too?
To move into a new year with a gorgeous glow, you’ll want to pamper your skin as much as possible—which means moisture, moisture, moisture. Here’s the best path toward your prettiest and most perfect 2017 skin ever.
If your skin is super dry, you’ll want a thick cream that can provide an occlusive layer designed to keep your protective barrier intact. Look for ingredients like squalene, glycerin, dimethicone, and ceramides, and apply when your skin is still damp, after washing your face with lukewarm (never hot!) water.
Try: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration ($30) or Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Water Gel ($18)
Don’t make the mistake of thinking your oily skin doesn’t need moisture. It does! The key is finding the right type of hydration that’s light and won’t clog your pores. Believe it or not, lightweight oils are ideal to provide featherweight moisturize without leaving you looking like the Exxon Valdez at day’s end. (And lest you worry, oils can actually help reduce your oil output!)
Try: Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light ($48) or Yes to Blueberries Face and Neck Oil ($9)
While the majority of skin types are finicky in the winter, sensitive skin is particularly fragile during colder months and needs an extra level of care and attention. Sensitive skin should look for products with as few ingredients as possible—especially irritating and harsh chemicals—and seek out products that are specifically designed for your skin type.
Try: Avene Skin Recovery Cream Rich ($34), Simple Skincare Ultra Light Gel Moisturizer ($12), or Lancer The Method: Nourish for Sensitive Skin ($125).
When it comes to combatting wrinkles, fine lines, rough texture and discoloration—the hallmarks of aging skin—there are few ingredients better than the powerhouse duo of retinol and niacinamide. It’s important to space them out, however, and not to apply together: try alternating retinol and niacinamide on alternative nights.
Try: Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex ($93) or CeraVe Skin Renewing Serum ($17), Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($20), or Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum ($102)
– Nadine Jolie Courtney is a beauty and travel blogger, author, and contributor to VanityFair.co