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AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Collection

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There’s no denying the fact that I am a HUGE AmorePacific fan. I absolutely adore their Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil-Free for Summer months when moisture isn’t as much of a concern. And in Winter months, I turn to their Moisture Bound Vitalizing Crème to keep my skin well hydrated and glowing.

I could hardly wait to get my hands on their newest line, launching this Spring, the MOISTURE BOUND Rejuvenating collection.  Complete with a cream, a serum (my favorite – I sub it for the cream) and an eye treatment, these 3 products are meant to “accelerate cell turnover and regenerate fresh skin while deeply hydrating, effectively protecting youthful tone and texture while delaying signs of time.”

Basically, the collection gives your skin a complete resurgence of moisture. So, if you’re feeling parched following this wretchid winter weather, this line is for you and your face!

Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Collection promises results of 50% improvement in hydration levels in just one day and 76% improvement in two weeks.Each product in the Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Collection employs AMOREPACIFIC’s 5-Hydra Complex™, a potent blend of Asian botanicals handpicked for their intense quenching benefits and age-delay power. More hydrating than water, Bamboo Sap and Bamboo Leaf extract deeply moisturize while accelerating skin cell regeneration.

Here are the products:

*Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme ($150): This revitalizing creme mimics skin’s own barrier function to achieve optimal moisture levels, effectively improving cellular turnover and regenerating new cells to maintain a fresh, youthful complexion.

*Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment ($85): This penetrating formula intensely hydrates the delicate eye area, fortifying the most vulnerable skin against aging.

*Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Serum ($100): The oil-free, lightweight consistency assures fast, efficient delivery of nutrient-rich Bamboo Sap to the deepest layers of the skin, working synergistically with complementary Moisture Bound Rejuvenating treatments to delay and correct premature skin aging, such as surface lines and wrinkles.

Yes, the products are a bit on the pricey side, but they last for ages and they are soooooo worth it. Your skin will glow, and when your skin glows, so too does your soul. Ugh, that was tres cheesy. You get my point. Good products = good skin. Sometimes, it’ll cost you!


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With the plummeting temps comes the curse of winter skin. Too dry, flaky, chapped. I’ve enlisted Angelique Cray-Cassell, aesthetician at Ona Spa in Los Angeles, to help us fight back with winter skin remidies!

Here’s what Angelique has to say:
“During the winter months, skin can become a little troublesome, an array of problems can occur, but luckily there are some winter remedies!

Cooler temperatures and harsher environmental changes such as indoor heating and air conditioning, make our skin ‘freak out’. Scientifically what this means is that the skin has problems shedding its stratum corneum and replacing and re-nourishing the cells, thus creating flaking, tightness and dulling to the skin.

Trying to get the skin to balance and nourishing the cells, without clogging the pores can be a tad tricky. One of the best ways to provide nourishment to the skin is to use some natural enzymatic exfoliants. Try Ona Spa’s Rejuvenating Pumpkin Peel, this potent, effective but natural exfoliator is unique as pumpkin’s natural enzymes eat away at the skin, but deactivate the exfoliation process after 15 minutes, which eliminates over-exfoliation of the skin! Adding this to your facial routine once a week is a great way to freshen up the skin.

Vitamin C during the winter is another way to brighten the skin; it is also a great preparation for extra protection from the harmful UV rays in the summer months. L-ascorbic acid the chemical term for vitamin C also aids in the elimination of dead skin cells thus brightening dull winter skin. Try Environ’s Intensive C-Boost, this is a potent cream based serum that will also leave the skin with a smooth hydrated feel.

One of the most important winter remedies is getting hydration to the cells without clogging the skin. Flaking and cracked tight skin can be painful and unattractive. Opt for a moisturizer for dehydrated skin, not dry skin. This will provide hydration to the cells without over stimulating the glands which provides more oil to the skin, creating congestion! A great way to do this is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water, allowing it to replenish the skin’s own natural levels. Whether you change your moisturizer to something like Ona Spa’s Hyaluronic Calming Day Crème, or use a serum-based enhancer such as Environ’s Focus hydrating serum, they are both excellent ways to hydrate the skin and eliminate winter flaking and uncomfortable tightness!”

Get a glow (thanks to GLAMOUR)

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For all my eco-ways, I remain something of a magazine junkie. I have cut down the subscriptions, read as many online as possible and due to the economy have done away with international subscriptions (88 euros a year for British Vogue!). And yet. The most fabulous thing about magazines, be they fashion, beauty, literary or design…you never know where inspiration will find you. Case in point: the March issue of GLAMOUR has a fabulous little inset featuring advice from celeb skin magician Sonya Dakar for getting rid of the winter skin blahs in two easy steps. Not only are they as eco as they come but you might just have the ingredients right in your pantry.

First, get rid of all that dry skin with a gentle scrub (I love Arcona Cranberry Gommage). Remember that “pain is beauty” should never be part of your exfoliating routine. In fact, imagine those tiny granules as glass shredding away at your skin. So, be gentle.

Second, make a trip to your pantry for some almond or grapeseed oil. They’re both super rich anti-oxidants and won’t clog your pores. As per Dakar’s instructions apply several drops to your fingertips, “Rub in circles along your cheekbones, up over your temples and forehead, down the sides of your nose and across your chin to stimulate blood flow.”

I know those with combo to oily skin might freak out at the thought of rubbing oil directly into their skin. I know when I began using Dr. Hauschka’s oil a few years ago I was a bit skeptical. But it’s important to understand that oils come from many sources. Mineral oils are petroleum based and will clog pores. But many oils are noncomedogenic, and will actually help to balance oil production. By the way, I get these oils by La Tourangelle at Wiliams-Sonoma but you can find them at Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market and other stores here.

So simple, fabulous results. Your face, your wallet and the planet will thank you. xo alex.

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