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Face the Music
By Danielle McFarland on Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy 2012 fashionistas! It's a new year and with that, comes new goals. Get  in killer shape, get in style, get outta debt, get a man...and the list  goes on and on. Perhaps one of the majors on your list this year is to  get it together with your skin care. If this is you, welcome, we've been expecting your visit. No need to rush to your dermatologist and blow  your paycheck on product after product when there are affordable and  easy solutions to achieve the results you want. So check out these  babies and stock up for your best skin year ever!

First things first - start off with a facial cleanser morning and night to  keep your skin looking clean. Makeup, dirt and residue can build up  within your pores and, well you know the rest. Try Philosophy's Purity  Made Simple.  Not only will you rid your face of the grime of a long  day, but your skin will feel soft and look youthful with this  best-seller.

Follow that with the sweetest treat you'll have all day:  Bath &  Bodyworks' True Blue Spa Really Refreshing Face Scrub in peppermint.   The tiny granules will take off dead skin without irritation like other face exfoliants.  And, the menthol sensation will leave your face  feeling revived and refreshed.

Moisturizing is key, as sun and cold weather can dry out skin. No one product is  suitable for every skin type, so the most important part of selecting a  moisturizer is finding the one right for your skin. I recommend a trip  to your local Sephora for a free appointment with a Sephora Skincare  Expert (there is one in every store). They can determine the right  treatment for your specific skin type and budget. And don't forget,  they're required to give you a small sample for any product you'd like  to try.  So to prevent breakouts, allergic reactions or irritations,  take a bit home to test it out first.

I'm completely at peace with being thirty-something, but not with the way  my eyes can scream my age! Solution? Ole Henriksen's Ultimate Lift Eye  Gel. Just a tiny dab underneath your eyes and on the lids before bedtime can make a drastic change quickly. Better yet, keep it in the fridge  for that cool, soothing feeling on your sleepy peepers.  For a boost of  morning energy, Sephora-brand Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel can take  your eyes from drab to fab before you walk out the door.

Next, if your lips are anything like mine, they tend to get chapped and dried out during the winter months. Blistex can only get you so far, so how  does one rid the lips of this seasonal faux paux? Try this simple DIY  remedy:
  1. Mix a pinch of brown sugar to some Vaseline or clear gloss in a small container or anything with a removable lid
  2. When doing your nightly ritual (wash face, moisturize, etc), apply the scrub to your lips
  3. Massage in a circular motion to eliminate flaky skin
  4. Sleep with a moisturizing balm (Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Balm works well)
In the morning you'll wake with soft, kissable lips!

Another key ingredient to keeping your beautiful face looking gorgeous is  obvious…sun block! Most moisturizers contain some form of block these  days and if you're worried about the sun's harmful rays, add some  additional block of your own to your moisturizer. On that note, get  enough sleep, drink lots of water and limit alcohol - your skin will  thank you.

It's never too late to start taking care of your skin because whatever you do now, will pay off in the long run.

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