Along with forcing your hand and brain to process the fact that it is now an entirely new year (2017!!!?!), the month of January also comes with one other predictable struggle: the DRIEST skin of the year.
The cold weather, hot water (from showers and face-washing), and moisture-sapping indoor-heat combine to leave your poor epidermis as thirsty as possible. Even if you are conscientious about applying moisturizer, you may still find that your skin feels dry. The arid air will act like a sponge, and suck as much moisture out of your skin as it can, 24/7.
To make it worse — that hot shower or bath further confounds the situation. Every time your poor, dry skin comes into contact with hot water, your natural oils are being washed away.
So, what is a dry face (and hands, feet, legs, etc.) to do?
Meet your Winter Skin’s new Best Friend: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2.
The launch of SkinCeuticals new Triple Lipid Restore was timed perfectly. It was released in Fall 2016, just in time to gain a little exposure before it became a seasonal skin-necessity.
TLR (just using abbreviations so that you don’t have read the clunky product-name over and over) is made up of a unique combination of fatty acids (amongst other skin-nourishing ingredients) that help create a protective barrier on the surface of your skin. TLR helps keep the moisture in your skin, and the vampire-air out.
Worried that something made with FAT will clog your pores, make you look greasy, or cause break-outs?
TLR will not make you break-out or make your skin look oily. Instead, you’ll have skin that is smooth, soft, and hydrated, even in the coldest of weather.
The “2:4:2” part of TRL’s product name represents the key, active ingredients.
- 2% Pure Ceramides
- 4% Natural Cholesterol
- 2% Fatty Acids
This cholesterol-dominant ratio works to strengthen your skin’s “barrier”, while providing deep hydration and encouraging your skin to naturally self-repair itself. (The moisture surge also contributes to an anti-aging effect, fine lines and wrinkles are plumped up instead of appearing as dry cracks in the desert-landscape that is your skin.)
As a part of your skincare regimen, in the morning this product should be applied after your anti-oxidant or growth-factor, and before your sunscreen.
At night, you can apply this before or after any potentially irritating products; retinol, acne treatments, etc.
This also feels delicious on the skin after any kind of laser procedure or chemical peel.
Because it is fairly rich, this likely wouldn’t be a product you’d want to use in the thick of summer (unless you just had a laser treatment), however it is PERFECT for thirsty, dry, irritated skin.
Due to the price-point and product size, you probably won’t want to use this all over your body, however a little goes a long way — and if you wanted to apply some to your poor hands, or other winter-traumatized body area, your skin would be forever appreciative.
$125 for 48mL (For a face-cream, it’s a pretty generous-sized tub.)
Want more TRL Facts?
In a 8-week study, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 significantly improved the appearance of key visible signs of accelerated aging:
- 66% improvement in smoothness
- 35% improvement in laxity
- 20% improvement in evenness
- 26% improvement in radiance
- 44% improvement in pore appearance
TRL Fun Fact:
Rumor has it that SkinCeuticals developed this product to be a competitor to La Mer, the cult-favorite, ultra-luxe moisturizer of the glitterati. At a price-point that’s a fraction of La Mer, and hard-data and science to back-up it’s anti-aging, skin-beautifying capabilities, Triple Lipid Restore is the no-brainer choice between the two.