I've noticed that after this especially dry winter, my normal exfoliation routine just doesn't cut it anymore. Bleh. I've found two awesome products that I use in tandem every Sunday night to ready myself for the week. They were both highly rated online, with a ton of reviews praising both products. In fact, I started using these after looking for ways to get rid of dark circles in the under eye area. But, I found that this routine refreshes the skin as well.
First, start with a clean dry face. Then, use Aloette's Restorative Enzyme Peel, applying a thin layer and rubbing gently until little beads form. Finally, wash off the peel with warm water and pat dry. This is great for sensitive skin -- it's pretty mild, but works so well.
→ Buy the Aloette Restorative Enzyme Peel, $40.95, at aloette.com.
The second product I recommend using lightly if you have very sensitive skin: Phytomer Gommage Marin Purifying Gommage Exfoliant. Use it on a clean dry face (I use after the enzyme mask), and very sparingly. Pat a thin layer on problem areas -- under eye, nose, cheeks. Let dry for a couple minutes and then remove with fingers in circular motion over skin. Try to get as much off as possible with fingers, then rinse with water.
→ Buy the Phytomer Gommage Marin Purifying Gommage Exfoliant, $41.07, at drugstore.com.
Your skin should be oh-so-soft and ready for a moisturizer! I dig Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream personally. No scent, it just does its job. A good night of sleep and you should be refreshed with some beautiful renewed skin for your week.
→ Buy the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, $26.50 - $46.50, at kiehls.com.
If you still have flaking or dryness, pull out the big guns and hit up one of my favorite lines -- Make Up For Ever with their HD Elixir. This stuff is insane -- all you need is a tiny little drop, just on the stubborn dry patch. It will absorb and gives you 520% hydration! You will never see those dry patches again. Always a good product to keep around.
→ Buy the Make Up For Ever HD Elixir, $40.00, at sephora.com.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on March 31, 2011. It has since been updated to ensure all links are up to date and all prices are current.
Pearl C. is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. After nine years in SoCal, Pearl returned to her east coast roots, taking up residence in NYC. Formerly with Interscope Records, Pearl now does Marketing & Artist Relations for super hot music video site Vevo. Although a smart girl all-around, Pearl's true gift is for finding the best party in town.