Patricia Asmar (aka Red Shoe Beauty Goddess) is the go-to expert for glowing skin. She has the power to unearth ‘glow’ and transform even the most dry and lack luster complexions. Patricia is truly a miracle worker. Here she weighs in with tips on how to create and maintain the sought after glow even through the harshness of fall and winter.
Cheryl: Is it possible to have luscious, glowing skin during the winter months?
PATRICIA: Absolutely! Just like we layer our bodies with clothes as the temperature dips, we have to rethink our skincare too.
Cheryl: What do we need to know in terms of our skin care regime and the products we use?
PATRICIA: In the winter months, think layers, from light to heavy. Start by using a good milky exfoliating cleanser such as the Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser.
You want to remove the dry barrier your skin produces as a protection from the cold. This layer prevents the next nutritional steps from absorbing well.
Second very important layer is a serum. Eminence Serums are oil free which allows the ingredients to penetrate deeper than an oil based product. My favorite for this season is the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum. You can feel your skin spring back to life as soon as you apply it and it smells like pure strawberry jam!
Next step – Oil! (a running theme when I talk about skincare) using an oil concentrate either before applying your moisturizer ( you can also mix into your moisturizing cream) ensures you are replenishing the skins moisture balance. A good oil concentrate will not leave you feeling greasy. An oil such as the Eminence Calendula Oil, with bursts of citrus, absorbs deep into the skin to heal dry patches erase dullness.
Still not done…..now comes moisturizer! Choose a heavier cream for the winter. The moisturizer works to hydrate plus it protect skin from the moisture sucking environment (cold outside, warm furnace inside) for sensitive skin my favorite is the Linden Calendula Treatment – especially good for rosacea.
For an extra tool in your Arsenal choose a moisturizer with natural retinal added such as the Coconut Corrective Moisturizer.
Final Step, insulate your skin to hold in all the active ingredients you applied and to shield your skin from the environment. Apply a layer of the Eminence Sun Defense SPF 32 Mineral Powder while your skin is still moist from your cream application. This leaves your skin glowy and flawless plus you are protected from all those damaging free radicals floating around.
Cheryl: That takes care of facial skin. What about the body that’s wrapped up under layers of warmth. How to keep body skin soft and supple?
PATRICA: Number one thing is keep ahead of the dry layers. Switch from showering to Oil baths as often as you can. Applying a few capfuls of the Eminence Apricot Oil to your bath water softens the skin so when you dry off, the dead skin rolls off as well. You can reapply the apricot oil after the bath as well to give your whole body a glow!
Cheryl: Any other tips up your sleeve to get us beautifully through winter months?
PATRICIA: Adding in moisturizing masks 2-3 days a week is a bonus that won’t go unnoticed.
My recommendations are: Pumpkin Latte Hydrating mask, Blueberry Soy Hydrating Mask, Citrus and Kale Mask Keep up your water consumption; teas and broth are a great alternative to keep warm.
Cheryl: As always thanks for the fabulous advice Patricia! PS….I LOVE my coconut moisturizer with added calendula oil!
Red ShoE Zone Insiders – I’m fortunate to have a third-Tuesday-of-the-month standing appointment with Patricia when she works magic on my skin. I’m totally blessed because I live in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area where she’s based.
Here’s the next best thing — you can still access Patricia’s bottomless depth of knowledge. She invites Red Shoe readers to get in touch (how-to below), tell her your specific skin concerns and she’ll be happy to engage in a glowing skin talk and offer advice and recommendations just for You.
Click on her website – The Facial Room proceed to the Contact page and spell it all out for her in the message box.
More tips from Patricia:
How to have glowing skin in your 50’s and beyond
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