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The holiday season has officially begun! I went to the King of Prussia mall last week and Christmas decorations are already out.
According to the news, shopping early this year is a great idea to have a better chance of picking up the must-haves for the season.
Sales are already out and I am here to give you a breakdown of which products to seek out for your skincare needs. I love these sales as an opportunity to stock up on some skincare products with a little less guilt. As much as I try to have my patients focus on affordable skincare to avoid waste, there are some really great products that can run a little pricier but may be worth the splurge for occasional or more routine use.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Moisturizer is a wonderful lightweight moisturizer that has vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and squalane. These hydrating ingredients form a nice base to work as both a moisturizer and a primer for a night out. Without the SPF, I use this product for evening looks or for added hydration during the winter as a nighttime moisturizer.
I had always found it fascinating in reviewing skincare routines with patients that many are eager to simplify and reduce costs associated with their routines - except for some of my patients that had been using this product. I could not understand how with such a high price tag so many would be willing to continue using this product given widely available alternatives. So, I tried it. I was genuinely surprised at just how good my skin looked and felt with it. I do not use it routinely however every now and again it’s a great way to pamper my skin!
I love gel eye patches- they are great to deliver superficial hydration to the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines. The key to recognize is that these are not for puffiness or bags under the eyes- they are ideally suited for fine lines and dark circles. If a product like this goes on sale and you are curious to try it out, this is a great opportunity to see if it works for you!
As women age, our hair first becomes finer as the hair follicle “miniaturizes” prior to shedding leading to female pattern hair loss. It is important to recognize these initial stages of hair thinning when the hair tangles easily and becomes frizzier to bring them to your dermatologist’s attention for early intervention. However, to help manage this stage, leave-in conditioners are ideal in that they coat the hair shaft to hydrate and add weight to the hair to make it less likely to break easily.
I’ll be the first to admit that it took me over 18 months to finally purchase this product but it is worth every penny. It is volumizing and less heat damage to the hair. There is a medical diagnosis referred to as “bubble hair abnormality” that results from wet hair exposed to high heat / high temperatures. The heat results in bubbles noted within the hair shaft when looked at microscopically. These bubbles make the hair brittle and break easily. The Dyson uses air flow as opposed to heat making it a great choice for hair drying and styling. (Keep an eye out on social media for videos of me drying and styling my hair with one hand while texting with my other hand in less than a few minutes with this amazing tool!)
This product that can improve the appearance of the texture of facial skin. I have patients that really love this device. The challenge for me to recommend it is the price tag. It likely tones nicely, but I tend to say its worth waiting for a sale since you may not make time every day to use it!