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JUARA-Avocado-Banana-Moisture-Mask.jpgWant your skin to be soft and smooth—and looking like winter hasn’t arrived? Then you need the JUARA Avocado Banana Moisture Mask in your arsenal, stat.

Ten minutes with this mask and your skin will go from flaky and dehydrated to moisturized and nourished. We tried it this week, when our skin was really acting up—dryness, redness, the works—and immediately after removing the mask, we noticed a dramatic difference! Gone were the dry patches and the dehydration. Now our skin is so supple and smooth, we just can’t believe it!

This mask hardens slightly upon application, but not so much that your face will feel like it’s cracking. We start to feel a bit claustrophobic with masks like that, and this did nothing of the sort. It also has a wonderfully rich, whipped consistency and smells delicious.

The JUARA Avocado Banana Moisture Mask retails for $35 at


Like most women hovering around age 40, we begin to see noticeable changes in our skin. Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, loss of tone, sun damage or dry skin, it’s a fact that our skin just isn’t the same as it was when we were 20. Accordingly, it makes perfect sense that our skincare regime should evolve as we age — what works for a 20-year-old may not be enough for a 40-year-old. Here are some tips on how to tailor your skincare routine to your age.

Age 20

Sun Protection — The most important thing you can do for your skin at any age is to use sun protection. Any tanning or burning you do now will affect your skin later in life. So while a tan may make you look good for the moment, you’ll regret the sun exposure later in life, I promise you. Stick to sunless tanners and wear SPF 30 or more every single day — yes, even in the winter. Be sure to protect not only your face, but your neck, chest and hands.

Individualized Skincare — Depending on the needs of your skin, use products that address any issues you may face including acne and dry or oily skin. Cleansers, moisturizers, and acne treatments should be part of your daily routine.

Age 30

Continue to use your daily sun protection and acne products if needed. In addition, add the following:

Exfoliate & Cleanse — Choose an exfoliating cleanser or use a cleansing brush to exfoliate regularly. Be sure to use a gentle, non-drying cleanser.

Moisturizer — If you’re not already using a daytime and nighttime moisturizer, start now as skin begins to lose some of its natural moisture.

Eye Cream — Fine lines begin to form in our 30s, so begin adding an anti-aging eye cream to your morning and evening routine.

Anti-Aging Serums/Creams — It’s never too early to start tackling the aging process. Look for products that contain retinoids to improve skin’s texture and tone, and Vitamin C to fight free radicals.

Skin Brighteners — Pregnancy and sun damage can cause melasma, discoloration, or pigmentation issues, so look for a skin brightener if needed.

Age 40

Continue to use your daily sun protection and acne products or skin brighteners if needed, along with your exfoliator and gentle cleanser.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer — Women in their 40s will begin to see a loss of skin tone, increased dryness, and fine lines and/or wrinkles, so an anti-aging moisturizer is essential for day and night. Look for ingredients that build collagen (like peptides and retinoids) and retain moisture (like hyaluronic acid).

Anti-Aging Regime — In addition to moisturizers, anti-aging eye creams and serums are important.

Age 50+

Continue to use your daily sun protection, anti-aging regime, eye creams, and serums, and acne products or skin brighteners if needed, along with your exfoliator and gentle cleanser.

Moisturizers — Dry skin and sagging are our biggest concerns at this age. Avoid any products that tend to dry out skin and keep skin well hydrated day and night. A richer moisturizer and ingredients like hyaluronic acid can help.

Retinoids — Whether as a separate treatment or as an ingredient in moisturizers or serums, a retinoid like retinol will help stimulate collagen and improve skin’s tone and texture to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

NewOlayLogo_BlackOnWhite.jpg.jpg.jpgAs a leader in skincare with an eye for emerging trends, Olay is bringing the first-ever mass market CC line of products to the United States {Canada} beginning in October 2012. CC, or Color & Correct, Creams have started to emerge in Asia as a new category and are designed for women who love BB Creams for their ability to provide a quick, flawless finish but are seeking skincare solutions that deliver long-term benefits.

The Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizers fight seven signs of aging, while also providing immediate color correction with tinted formulas that include UV protection and tone correction over time. The multiple, must-have instant and long-term benefits leave skin luminous and even-toned with the reduced appearance of discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles.

yes-to-carrots-intense-repair-hand-cream.jpgIt may be unseasonably warm where I live but that doesn’t stop me from worrying about the cold, winter air and what it does to my skin. My hands can become so dry that the skin just cracks. Worst of all is all the cuts and scrapes I seem to get as a result of them already being dried out — Just reaching into my purse can feel like a torture device. This is why I’m a proud user of Yes To Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream. It brilliantly moisturizes my hands and is actually formulated for use in winter months. Maybe this year my hands won’t look like they’ve been working with thorny roses all day.

You can buy Yes To Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream for $8.99 at
Neutrogena-Deep-Clean-Blotting-Sheets.jpgWe all have it. It’s just that no one likes to talk about it. What are we talking about, you may ask? Here’s the answer, plain and simple … shine. Sometimes our faces just get a little too oily or greasy, and the residue can make us look shiny in pictures (or, you know, in real life). That’s where Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Blotting Sheets come in handy.

We’ve tried many a blotting linen in our day, and these definitely rank among our favorites. We love the silky, almost rubber-like texture of each sheet—they’re so much different than all the thin paper versions we’ve tried before. And, because of the different texture, they really seem to soak up all the excess moisture on our skin instantly!

Where we’ve needed two or even three linens with other brands, one does the job more than adequately in this case. We watched all of the unsightly grease slide right off our face and onto one sheet—with more than a little excitement, if we’re being completely honest.

After using one of these sheets, our skin feels so much cleaner and more matte than before. And, the best part is, there’s no shine left in sight!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Blotting Sheets are $5.99 for a pack of 50 sheets at
Ole-Henriksen-Celebrate-The-Truth-Kit.jpgIf you can only ask for one beauty gift this season (perish the thought!), make it a good one. And we’re standing behind the Ole Henriksen Celebrate The Truth Kit. This kit has every product from the Ole Henriksen line that we’re completely obsessed with. It comes with the following products:

Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Truth Creme Advanced Hydration
Truth Is In The Eyes Eye Peel Concentrate
Truth To Go Wipes

And they all come presented in a vibrant orange travel pouch!

Plus, every product in the Truth line smells absolutely fantastic. They’re formulated with Vitamin C to brighten and hydrate the skin, and they smell just like oranges! We’ve long been using every product in this kit and we can vouch for their utter amazingness.

The Ole Henriksen Celebrate The Truth Kit retails for $60 at

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