The Holiday season can take a toll on your skin. Late night parties and harsh winter weather can leave your complexion looking tired and dull. The New Year is the perfect opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. This blog explores key ingredients that help repair and revitalize your skin for a radiant start to 2024. 


Hyaluronic Acid: Moisturize & Rejuvenate 


Why do I need to moisturize during the winter? 

During the colder months, the air tends to be drier; indoor heating systems further deplete moisture from the skin. This can lead to a variety of skin problems, including dryness, flakiness, redness, and increased sensitivity. Moisturizing helps replenish the skin's lost hydration, creating a protective barrier that locks in moisture and prevents it from evaporating. Moisturized skin also looks healthier, radiant, and more resilient. 


What is Hyaluronic Acid? 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance with an exceptional ability to retain moisture. In fact, HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water! HA helps plump the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promote a smoother, younger-looking complexion.  


Product Recommendation:  

AM Daily Moisturizer SPF 45+ is an oil-free, highly moisturizing sunscreen and anti-aging complex formulated with vitamins E and B5 and lactic & hyaluronic acids. It offers broad-spectrum protection as it works to make your skin smoother, plumper and younger looking. AM is the perfect addition to your wintertime skincare routine. 


Glycolic Acid: Exfoliate & Brighten 


Why do I need to use products containing Glycolic Acid? 

Glycolic acid is a natural alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It works by gently dissolving dead skin cells, promoting cell turnover, and unclogging pores, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & acne scars. Additionally, glycolic acid encourages the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins essential to maintain skin firmness & elasticity. Regular use leads to smoother, more radiant, and younger-looking skin.  


Why should I exfoliate during the winter? 

Winter’s low humidity and exposure to cold weather leaves the skin more prone to dryness and flakiness. Exfoliation removes the buildup of dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers and other skincare products to penetrate more effectively. This not only promotes better hydration, but it also helps prevent dullness and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation also stimulates the skin's natural renewal process, encouraging the development of fresher, brighter skin cells.  


Product Recommendations: 

For a thorough cleanse that also exfoliates, Perfect Glycolic Gel Cleanser is a must-have product. Formulated with 15% glycolic acid, peptides, botanicals and advanced antioxidants, PGGC effectively removes oil, dirt, and makeup without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Glycolic acid brightens and promotes a smoother texture, ensuring your skin is better able to absorb ingredients of the other skincare products in your routine. 


Perfect Glycolic Treatment 15% expertly blends glycolic acid with aloe vera, bisabolol and a special blend of algae & mugwort extracts to soothe irritated skin and decrease the visible signs of aging.  The result? Brighter, fresher-looking skin. PGT also helps clear acne, blackheads and milia, making it an important addition to your skincare routine. Once your skin is accommodated to glycolic acid, step up to Perfect Glycolic Treatment 25% for higher efficacy. 


Vitamin C: Firm & Protect 


What is vitamin C? 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, UV radiation, and environmental pollutants. Its antioxidant properties encourage collagen production, promoting skin elasticity & reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Vitamin C also brightens by inhibiting melanin production, effectively fading dark spots and uneven skin tone.  


Why should I use vitamin C in the winter? 

Using vitamin C in the winter is essential to protect the skin from harsh weather conditions, maintain a healthy moisture balance, and protect against UV radiation damage. Additionally, vitamin C's skin-brightening properties counteract the dullness often associated with reduced sunlight during winter months, ensuring a radiant and revitalized complexion. 


Product Recommendation: 

CE Serum combines vitamins C and E with ferulic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it firms and brightens. Your skin will become more radiant, with a brighter, more even tone.  


Botanicals: Naturally Repair 

What are natural botanicals? 

Botanical extracts represent a gentle, plant-based approach to nurturing the skin. Here are a few examples:  

  • Papaya extract, rich in enzymes, helps exfoliate dead skin cells, revealing a brighter complexion and promoting a more even skin tone.  
  • Grapefruit extract is packed with antioxidants, which can protect the skin from free radical damage and reduce the signs of aging.  
  • Aloe vera calms inflammation and hydrates, making it an excellent choice for sensitive or sunburned skin.  
  • Cucumber extract is known for its cooling and hydrating qualities to reduce puffiness and revitalize tired skin.  

Natural botanical extracts offer a holistic approach to skincare, promoting healthier, more radiant skin. 


Why are botanicals important during the winter? 

Winter can be hard on your skin.  

  • Papaya extract's exfoliating properties help remove winter’s dry, flaky skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion.  
  • Grapefruit extract's antioxidants protect the skin from the environmental stressors that can be more intense during this season.  
  • Aloe vera soothes and hydrates, offering relief from dryness and irritation caused by cold winds and central heating.  
  • Cucumber extract's cooling, moisturizing effects reduce redness and puffiness. 


Product Recommendation: 

Green Enzyme Peel is a gentle, exfoliating peel with a combination of all-natural extracts, including grapefruit, cucumber, papaya, pineapple, and aloe vera. It unclogs pores, removes dead skin cells, and stimulates the growth of new cells. The result is instantly brighter, more even skin tone with a diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Suitable for all skin types, GEP is a great choice for natural, effective skincare. 


January is the perfect month to hit the reset button on your skincare routine. Incorporating products with hyaluronic and glycolic acids, vitamin C and botanicals will help repair and rejuvenate your skin. Get a fresh start to achieving a brighter, healthier complexion!