Refresh Your Face
Now that the holiday season best known for overindulgence is a fuzzy memory, its time to refresh your face and unveil a new you! Slough off last year's skin with a menagerie of facial scrubs and masks that will leave your pores as pure as newly fallen snow.
Do your eyes feel like they have seen better days? Ancient Chinese sages believed that supple, youthful skin was more of a reflection of good health than a vain desire to appear pretty when posing for the mirror. Combining beautifying Chinese herbs with modern technology, Nefeli, a new holistic herbal skincare line, has created an Eye Rejuvenating Mask that diminishes fine lines, minimizes dark circles, bags, and puffiness, and reduces signs of aging (and overindulgence). Eye Rejuvenating Mask, $65.00, www.nefeli.com
You take impeccable care of your body, eat organic foods, benefit from such holistic therapies as massage and acupuncture, and exercise weekly (if not daily). Considering the amount of time and energy that you dedicate to your physique, which is generally hidden by multiple layers of clothing, why don't you treat your skin with such enthusiastic conviction?
Stop covering your face in chemical cocktails and indulge in natural skincare. 100% Pure, a vegan skincare line, is so pure you can actually eat the naturally sweet-scented stuff. To strip your skin of dead cells, apply the Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel Mask, made from pineapple and papaya enzymes, vitamin C, citrus, and clay. The intense tingling sensation will make you well aware that it's definitely working! Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel Mask, $16.00, www.puritycosmetics.com
Sometimes it's the simplest ingredients that make the greatest impact. Try Kerstin Florian's Clarifying Exfoliating Scrub, which combines honey, natures candy with finely ground almond meal, and peppermint and lavender oils, to soften, hydrate, exfoliate, refresh, and balance your face after your holiday hurrahs. Clarifying Exfoliating Scrub, $29.00, www.kerstinflorian.com
Too many cocktails, cookies, and in-laws sap your skin's natural vibrancy? It's time to refuel! Jurgen Klein, PhD, aromatherapist, and self-described alchemist, created Jurlique, a unique skincare line devoted to preserve nature's life force (and transfer it to your skin). Jurlique's Deep Penetrating Cream Mask will refresh your face with lemon and orange essential oils, and remind your skin how good it once felt to be firm, nourished, hydrated, and calm. Deep Penetrating Cream Mask, $39.00, www.jurlique.com
So what's the secret to the soft skin and flawless faces that Hawaiian and Japanese women are known for? It's contained in a jar that holds the new Pure Hapa Sweet Papaya Facial Exfoliant. Hawaiian sweet papaya and the Japanese azuki bean dissolve dead skin cells, clean debris-packed pores, and gently polish the skin to ageless perfection. Celebrity devotees include Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Garner, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry. Sweet Papaya Facial Exfoliant, $21.00, www.purehapa.com