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Give Your Skin a Drink!

Give Your Skin a Drink!

Taking care of your skin is important all year round, but that doesn’t mean the products used in the summer are best for your skin in the winter. As the seasons change so do your skin’s needs, and in the wintertime, hydration is key (yes, even if your skin is oily!). Fighting the irritation and dryness associated with New Jersey winters can save your skin from long term damage. I have a specific nightly routine that keeps my skin hydrated with anti-aging benefits.

Whether or not I’ve worn makeup for the day, I start by double cleansing. Double cleansing is exactly how it sounds: using two separate cleansers, one specific to makeup removal and one that gives a deeper, water-based cleanse. Lancome’s Lait Galatée Confort Cleansing Milk (Ulta, $30) is my go-to makeup removing cleanser because it’s gentle and conditions the skin using Honey and Sweet Almond Extract. As part of my second cleanse, I use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (Sephora, $38), which contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and natural fruit enzymes to purify the skin without stripping away natural oils.

To ensure my skin is completely clean, I use Lancome’s Tonique Confort (Ulta $30), a rehydrating toner. Not only does this remove any residual makeup, but it also contains Honey and Sweet Almond Extract to immediately rehydrate.

For an extra boost of hydration while providing myself with an anti-aging treatment, I use Kate Somerville’s Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum (Sephora, $95). This product features powerful HA³, aiding in the skin’s ability to hold water for long-lasting hydration and a plumper look. While this absorbs into my skin, I use The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG underneath and around my eye contour to help combat puffiness and dark circles. EGCG is the most powerful antioxidant found in green tea!

Just a few more steps: I love to top off my skin with Farsali’s Volcanic Elixir (Sephora, $39) for the ultimate hydrating and soothing experience. Volcanic Elixir is made with 100% pure Polynesian Tamanu Oil. Known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties, this oil regenerates skin tissue while repairing and conditioning, making it perfect for battling the effects of a cold, harsh winter.

When it comes to hydration, you can’t forget your lips. I like to use Vaseline or Laneige’s Sleeping Lip Mask (Sephora, $20) in Vanilla, both products aiding in intense hydration and restoration. My final step for this routine is jade rolling to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I run hot water over the large side of the roller (better for absorption) and cold water on the smaller side (reduces puffiness and darkness).

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Then it’s off to bed with hydrated, plump, dream-worthy skin!

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Carissa Abraham

An Italian-American New Jersey native, Carissa Abraham is no stranger to the entertainment industry. She got her start on TV at the age of 16 and her voice hit the New York City radio airwaves at 18 on Seton Hall's Pirate Radio, WSOU. At 22, she became a full-time morning drive traffic anchor for New York's Z100, KTU, WOR, Power 105.1, as well as WSUS, WNNJ and Max 106.3 in Sussex County, NJ. She currently works for Entercom Communications Corp., where she is on the executive programming team and is responsible for selecting and contracting national news, weather and satellite services, and the day to day communications and policy implementation for broadcast operations. She also plays a key role in partnership fulfillment at large scale events such as The Grammy Awards, Country Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Outside of her "9 to 5" job, she is a skincare specialist and makeup aficionado. She spends her time researching and experimenting with the latest beauty trends, products and techniques. She loves helping people reach their beauty goals. Have a question? Feel free to reach out to her on Instagram @radiocarissa.

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