Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Easy Tricks For Flawless Skin
One of our biggest beauty pet peeves is when a celebrity tells us that the secret to her perfect skin is that she "drinks lots of water."
We know you've got a literal army of skin care gurus on speed dial for whenever the first hint of a clogged pore appears on your pristine face. But why should celebrities get to hog all the professional help? We asked celebrity facialist Joanna Czech, the woman behind the flawless complexions of Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet, to share her best winter skin care tricks. Better take notes, kids — a session with Joanna usually costs upwards of $250, but we scored you her best celeb-tested tips for free.
1). Keep It Simple
Czech is a big fan of sticking to the skin care basics of cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Her ideal routine consists of a pared-down morning plan and doing the majority of your treatments at night. "Nighttime is the most important time to hydrate because it's your healing period — skin is able to absorb more moisture at night," she says. Splash your face with water in the a.m., and apply a moisturizer. At night, use your cleanser and toner, then follow-up with a healthy dose of moisturizer on your face, neck, and decolleté. If you're worried about fine lines or dullness, Czech suggests incorporating creams that contain vitamins A and C, which will help soothe skin and promote cell turnover. Her faves: Environ Evenescence C-Boost and Ionzyme C-Quence.
2). Party Prep
Going out and need to refresh your skin? Try this trick: Grab a piece of cotton gauze and dampen it with toner or mineral water, press it to the skin, lightly pulling it taut, then quickly release. This should happen in a vigorous motion, focusing on the forehead, eyes and nasal folds. Czech calls it the sponge technique because you are expanding the skin when you press, so that when you release, your pores absorb the moisture and create a temporarily plumped effect.
3). Skip The Makeup Remover
Keep your skin care simple by ditching the makeup remover in favor of a cleanser that does double-duty. Czech loves Fresh Soy Cleanser because it gets off even the toughest makeup, without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
4). A Banana A Day...
Keeps your skin glowing! Since they're full of potassium and magnesium, bananas help regulate your digestive system, which in turn makes your skin glow. In addition to eating them as a daily snack, Czech loves to make this at-home treatment: Mash up a banana and stir in some flax seed oil and ground oatmeal to make a paste. Slather it on your skin and let dry, then tissue it off to reveal hydrated, calm, nourished skin.