Beauty Tips & Tricks with Nicole Toledo: Dry Skin Survival Tips

Beauty Tips & Tricks with Nicole Toledo
Dry Skin Survival Tips
|| by Nicole Toledo, ||
It's officially November, which means that if your hands and lips aren't dry and cracking yet, consider yourself lucky. I absolutely love living in Denver, but as you know we live in a super dry climate and need to take better care of our skin than most. To keep your skin looking and feeling it's best, I wanted to offer some tips and tricks to get you through fall and winter season.
If you consider moisturizer your friend, then consider La Mer Creme your best friend. This moisturizer is not only anti-aging and hydrating, but actually heals your skin using its touted "miracle broth."
If you already love your current moisturizer, just add a few drops of the new La Mer Renewal Oil to boost its hydrating power.
I carry the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater everywhere I go. I mist my skin anytime my skin looks and feels dry and flaky. It's the best $7 you can spend.
Dry, flaky lips? Try the Lip Scrub by Sara Happ. Use circular motions over the entire lip area and they will be instantly exfoliated and silky smooth after just one use. I cannot get through this season without this product.
I am also in love with the YSL Volupte Tint in Oil. You can wear it alone for a sheer glossy look, or layer it over your favorite lipstick for a more bold effect. It smooths your lips with four essential oils to give the most amazing look to your pout.
Now is a great time to transition to more creamy, balmy textures with your makeup. Opt for a creme cheek color like Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks. For foundation, try Bobbi's Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm. It gives the skin a dewy look with a lightweight coverage. If you like a little more coverage apply it with a full coverage brush, instead of your fingers.
Before you shower, try dry brushing. This spa technique will not only exfoliate your skin, but it will improve circulation and detoxify. As an added bonus, your body products will absorb better once all that dry skin is exfoliated. Remember to apply your body moisturizer while your skin is slightly damp for better absorption.
Essential oils can be used for any number of things, but I especially love diffusing them. Not only does my home smell amazing, but Young Living has a diffuser that doubles as a humidifier and air purifier as well.
Maybe you've heard about a new trend called "facial steaming." You can use essential oils like rose, chamomile, or lavender added to a bowl of boiling water. Drape a towel over your head and allow the steam to work its magic. This will help to open the pores so that your serum and moisturizer penetrate better and become more effective. An added bonus is that the steam will open up those nasal passages during cold season.
You've heard about drinking water, but how about "eating your water?"
Dr. Murad coined the concept. Basically, if you eating water rich fruits and vegetables like blueberries, pineapple, cucumbers, and grapefruit, your "cell membranes will be richer and thicker." What this means for you is more hydrated skin with less visible lines and wrinkles.
Omega Fatty Acids also help the skin look and feel more hydrated. Give your skin a hydration boost by eating foods that are rich in omegas like salmon and flax or by taking a daily supplement.
Have you seen the adorable BKR bottles? Basically, the concept is that if you have a chic looking water bottle, you will be more apt to carry it and drink more water.  There is a lot of thought that went into both the bottles colors and functional design. Of course, it is also made from glass which is much healthier to drink from as well.
Cheers to better looking and more hydrated skin, Denver!