How To Save Your Skin This Winter, With Lancome

My original plan had been to publish this story in January as part of a New Year, New You theme, but I am so excited about these products, and with the cold weather already here I decided to bring it forward.

Lancome will save your skin this winter with these two magic products: Advanced Genifique and Renergie Lift Multi Action

Living in the desert I don’t own gloves anymore. My hands were freezing!

The products in this post were gifted to me by Lancôme. All opinions are expressly my own.    This post contains affiliate links.

If you follow me on social media (Instagram @Corinnatravels, Facebook Corinna Cooke, Author) then you probably already know that the week before Thanksgiving I was in New York working my real job (makeup artist). I love to travel anywhere, anytime for work or for pleasure. Travel is hard on your skin though, especially when you go from the very temperate weather in Phoenix at that time, when you didn’t need long sleeves let alone a jacket, to the freezing cold of New York. Phoenix had been around 70 degrees Fahrenheit/20 degrees Celsius and New York was in the low 30’s Fahrenheit/ 0-ish Celsius.

We actually got snow while I was there, which was pretty fantastic for someone who lives in the desert. It had been years since I actually saw snow falling, and here I was in NYC, shooting on the 31st floor with floor to ceiling windows, watching the snow fall over midtown. It was magical!

 

Planning a good skin care game for the cold months can be tricky anyway – winter is the toughest season for your skin. Add in a near 40 degree change in temperature and you have the recipe for sensitive, irritated, dehydrated skin. Which was not the look I was going for.

How to protect your skin this winter. two products from Lancome that are game changers for winter skin: Advanced genifique and Renergie Lift Multi Action

Back in Phoenix it still feels cold out at night, but it is about 40 degrees warmer than it was in New York!

Luckily for me Lancôme sent me a care package. A big Beauty Box filled to the brim with all manner of fabulous things. I already wrote about the perfume they sent me (that I have been wearing every day since, and that I will forever associate with glamour and snow in New York!). You can read about it here: Life Is Beautiful With Lancôme.

Today I want to tell you about the skin care they sent me. It isn’t cold weather specific, but it is a cold weather skin lifesaver, as well as a fountain of youth.

How To Save Your Skin This Winter With Lancôme

Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate and Renergie Lift Multi Action Day Cream.

How to save your skin this winter: use Lancome Advanced Genifique and Renergie Lift Multi Action Day Cream

I have always been a skincare fanatic. Luckily for me when I was young my mother drilled into me the importance of taking care of my skin, using incredible skin care products, and using anti-aging products before the aging actually starts. Consequently I have great skin, but it is an ongoing process.

Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum

This is one of the greatest serums ever made. And that’s not just my opinion – since 2009 it has sold more than 15 million bottles. After using it for a week it was  easy to see why. It’s now been almost a month and I am in love.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

If you have heard me speak about skincare before you will already know that I don’t care about statistics and figures, what percentage improvement people see when using a product, what percentage of which ingredient is in there, etc. What I care about is seeing a discernible improvement to my skin, quickly.

Advanced Génifique has fantastic research results, which you can check out here if you would like to see the facts and figures, but let me tell you what I found with this product, and why I am telling you about it now instead of waiting until next year. This product was designed to give your skin a youthful radiance in just 7 days, and it does. It works.

est selling serums: Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Just one dropper every morning and night and in 7 days you will have radiant skin.

 

Advanced Génifique not only makes your skin look clear and radiant, it also boosts hydration. I am sure it is wonderful in the summer, but right now it is winter, skin is dehydrated and battling the elements and this serum has my complexion glowing. I am so impressed with it! Add flying back and forth to New York to the mix, the change of climates and time zones, the lack of sleep that comes with constant travel (and shows up on your face), normally I would be breaking out all kinds of products, trying to repair my skin. Instead I am just applying this serum morning and night and my skin looks lovely.

I can see why it is so popular all over the world, and why women keep buying it year after year. It is magic in a bottle.

Renergie Lift Multi-Action Day Cream

This is another Lancôme product that is really quite remarkable and gives you very fast results. Which is probably why it is an international best seller.

One of Lancome's most beautiful skin care products: Advanced Genifique serum and Renergie Lift Multi Action Cream

The claim is that it gives you firmer, lifted skin in just one week. And it does.

So here is what I am loving about this powerful day cream. It is deliciously hydrating. Remember dry, dehydrated skin looks old, so keeping the right level of hydration is really important. This one has a silky whipped cream texture, but instead of sitting on top of the skin it melts away into the skin, not only moisturizing but also leaving your skin looking soft and supple while firming it. When you use it keep an eye on your jawline and your cheekbones, you will see them lift and look firm. The hydration lasts beautifully all day, which means that your makeup looks beautiful all day.

Best selling skin care product, Lancome Renergie Lift Multi Action Day Cream

Renergie Lift Multi-Action Day cream has some SPF in it too, and you can never get too much sun protection, even in the winter!

It is suitable for all skin types.

I know plenty of you don’t want to wait until next year to start looking more youthful, and many of you need to start adding some power products to your daily regimen now rather than later, especially those of you in cold places. That’s why I am publishing this post now instead of waiting for the new year. They make a wonderful Christmas gift either for yourself or for someone else.

And of course, there is no better accessory for a fabulous New Year’s Eve dress than a gorgeous, glowing complexion…

Order online or read more about Lancôme’s Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum here and Renergie Lift Multi Action products here

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Micellar Water: A French Skincare Secret You Need To Know

What Is Micellar Water? Have you ever tried this fabulous skin cleanser? For years it has been a makeup artist secret but now anyone can get it. If you look inside almost any pro-makeup artist’s makeup kit you will find a bottle of micellar water and cotton pads. Prior to it being readily available in the United States I would bring back bottles of micellaire water every time I went to Paris, then once it was available at the pro makeup artist supply stores such as Naimies in Los Angeles, I would add bottles to every makeup order I placed.

This is a facial cleanser you need to know about.

skyn iceland micellar water

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What Is Micellar Water?

Originally developed for Parisian women as an alternative to cleansing their skin with Paris’ harsh water, micellar (micellair ) water is a highly effective and efficient skin cleanser. It removes all makeup, oil, and other gunk from your pores while toning your skin. It also works as a makeup remover on the toughest kinds of makeup – from lipstick to waterproof mascara. This fantastically dynamic cleanser is all thanks to tiny cleansing micelles that cling to debris on the skin, while purifying and softening the skin

How does it work? The way micellar water works is that a mild surfactant, the natural chemical that gets rid of dirt and makeup, clusters up into tiny balls called micelles. Once you pump it onto a cotton round, the micelles rearrange themselves for optimal cleansing. All you need to do is saturate a cotton round with the micellar water, and swipe over the skin. You can see all the grime and dirt sweep away!

The two main ingredients in micellar water are soft water and surfactants. These are cool little molecules that have a hydrophilic head at one end, that is attracted to water and repels oils, and a lipophilic tail at the other end that is attracted to oil and grease and repels water. Oil and water naturally repel one another, so it is difficult for water to cleanse away oil on the skin without help. Surfactants in micellar water surround the oils on the surface of our skin and “hide” them from the water, allowing the lipophilic tail to scoop them up and take them away, leaving no residue on the surface of the skin.

Who Should Use Micellar Water?

For makeup artists these cleansers are fantastic because we can do a quick sweep of the skin with micellar water on a cotton pad, and not only remove makeup and cleanse the skin, but also leave it ready to take a new makeup application without any slime or residue gunking up the complexion and making makeup slip off.

Micellar water is also great for everyday use for you and me. It is a lovely cleanser that not only cleans our skin but also leaves our complexion balanced. My pet skin care peeve is cleansers that strip the skin, creating a cycle of oil and dryness problems. Great skin begins with a cleanser that cleans skin while leaving it soft and supple and ready to accept skincare products. Micellar water is good for everyone.

Six Reasons You Should Use Micellar Water

1. It Removes Makeup 

Micellar water removes makeup, even longwear and waterproof makeup, and cleanses the skin. It picks up excess oils and cleans away dirt leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. There is no rinse cycle and your skin doesn’t feel oily or tight or tingly.

 2. It’s Good For All Skin Types, Even Sensitive Skin

Micellar water is mild and non irritating and is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. It works for those with oily complexions too – the surfactants lift away excess oil leaving the skin clean and clear.

3. Micellar Water Helps Keep Skin Clear

The cleansing agents in micellar water naturally clear the skin not only of sebum but also of the wax based substances that cause breakouts. Also, because you don’t need a washcloth there is no rubbing to further irritate the skin or cause redness.

4. Micellar Water Protects Your Skin From Harsh Water

Most big cities have harsh, hard water, full of chemicals and heaven only knows what else. Do your faucets get calcium deposits? Do your kettles and coffee makers get a build up of scales? If so you have hard water. It is no doubt drying out the skin on your arms and legs, requiring you to use lotions and body oils after you shower, and is also stripping the skin on your face. Micellar water was originally created to be an alternative to using harsh water that strips your skin and leaves it feeling tight and pulled.

5. It Leaves Your Skin Feeling Soft.

With no soaps, alcohol, detergents or chemicals to dry your skin out after cleansing, micellar water leaves your skin feeling soft and dewy.

6. Micellar Water Is Ideal For Travel

The only thing micellar water requires to cleanse your skin is a cotton pad. You don’t need a wash cloth, water, toner or additional cleansers. This makes it the ideal cleanser to keep in your gym bag, to take on a road trip or camping, and makes it perfect for airline travel and overseas trips!

You can find micellar water everywhere now, from Ulta to Sephora to Target. One of my favorite skin care lines, Skyn Iceland, also has their own micellar water. Skyn Iceland has been one of my favorite skincare brands for years. Using spectacular ingredients from Iceland they provide solutions for stressed skin. I first learned about the line from celebrities asking for their Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. These are the best eye gels I have ever used, and are a staple in my personal skincare travel products as well as my pro makeup artist kit.  They depuff, hydrate, cool and soothe and breathe life back into the delicate skin under the eyes. If you have ever not had enough sleep, been on a long flight, woken up with a hangover or allergies or just felt tired and run down, the Skyn Iceland eye gels are perfect for you – they provide instant relief!

Skyn Iceland Micellar Water contains Icelandic Glacial Water which protects, nurtures and fights free radicals, Arctic Algae Extract which detoxifies the skin, Nordic Birch Sap to boost collagen production and Aloe Leaf Juice to soothe. Plus, it comes in an easy to use pump package!

Check out Skyn Iceland Micellar Water here  and also look at the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels here.

In case you are interested I also found this info on Skyn Iceland:

Skyn ICELAND offers skincare solutions to combat and treat the damage caused by stress. Its high performance skincare system of products brings instant relief, immediate results and long term benefits addressing the five symptoms of stressed skin: accelerated aging, adult acne, irritation, dryness, and dullness. Skyn’s inspiration comes from nature, in the pure unspoiled natural resources of Iceland – with its mineral rich waters, antioxidant powered berries, soothing algaes, replenishing mosses and immunity boosting Angelica Archangelica. With these potent naturals, products soothe, stabilize, fortify and nourish skin, bringing it back into balance and returning it to a glowing, youthful state. All Skyn ICELAND products are certified cruelty free by PETA, 100% healthy and vegan.

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What Is PhotoFacial And When Should You Have One?

Have you ever had a photofacial? Do you know what a photofacial or IPL is? Last week I had a photofacial. A couple of my friends asked me what that was, so I decided to write a post on it for any of you ladies who aren’t familiar with a photofacial, or why winter is the perfect season to have one.

What Does A Photofacial Do?

Photofacials are used to treat skin that has sun damage/brown spots, broken capillaries, small spider veins and some forms of redness in the skin. You can treat any area of the body, but the most commonly treated areas are the ones that get the most exposure to sunlight, such as face, neck, chest, backs of hands, arms and shoulders.

In my case I was starting to see brown spots/sun damage on my face, mostly in my cheeks and lower face. In the past I had significant sun damage on my forehead and cheekbones that has completely disappeared with photofacials. This was new damage.

Corinna B Sun Damage

This photo was taken in Paris in September 2017 while we were having lunch outdoors at El Pais. When I saw the photo all I could see were the brown marks/sun damage along the side of my face and my nose. Suitably horrified, I called Sandra Caldwell at Blume Skin Center when I got back home to plan out an IPL strategy. We decided to start treatments in early January and have a second treatment in March. One week after the first treatment I am already seeing a huge improvement.

If You Are Wearing Sunscreen Why Are You Getting Sun Damage?

I am a sunscreen obsessive. Every single day of my life I apply a broad spectrum facial SPF 85-100, and have done most of my adult life. The problem is what was going on in the years prior to that.

My recommended sunscreen, the one I have been using for years and that I have written about many, many times is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, linked here at Amazon.com

I had several years during which I trusted the efficacy of the SPF 20 that was in my moisturizer and foundation. It turns out that the concept of an SPF built into a moisturizer or foundation giving you actual protection is, well, conceptual. You don’t actually get the protection you think you are getting, if in fact you get any at all.

Then there were the years prior to this where I wasn’t wearing any facial sunscreen unless I was sunbathing or going to the beach. It is these years combined with the SPF 20 in the moisturizer years when the damage that I’m seeing now actually occurred.

The signs of sun damage that are showing up on your skin now are actually from the damage you did years ago.

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What Is A Photofacial?

Photofacial uses a light technology called Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL. A technician uses a hand held device to deliver bright bursts of light to the skin. That burst of light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the dilated vessels in broken capillaries and spider veins, and in the excessive pigmentation that makes up the brown spots and sun damage, without damaging the skin.

Does It Hurt?

Photofacials without a numbing cream would hurt. I go to the Blume Skin Centre, and they use a numbing cream first to take away any pain. From that point it just feels like a slight rubber band snap, but not painful. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have no threshold for pain, so if this did actually hurt I probably wouldn’t do it.

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What Happens Next?

Once the treatment is done you can just go about the rest of your day. It is super important to stay out of the sun for a while and to have a super strong broad spectrum facial SPF on every day. I recommend photofacials in the winter, not the summer.

You will see what look like coffee grounds coming up to the surface of your skin. These are the damaged areas that have absorbed the IPL light. They will work their way to the surface and then shed away (I was helping mine to move on this morning with my ExfoliKate enzyme mask), leaving you with gorgeous, clear skin.

When my technician, Sandra Caldwell, was looking at my skin she noticed some broken capillaries on the sides of my nostrils and on one of my cheekbones, so she zapped them and they are now gone.

BBL Before and after

 

Obviously the picture here is not me. This is a before and after that I took from Dr Blume’s website that shows you how effective this treatment can be!

How Many Treatments Does It Take?

Normally it takes from 3 to 5 treatments depending on the severity of the discoloration or damage to the skin. The treatments are scheduled several weeks apart. Once you have completed your initial series you may need maintenance sessions from time to time. You can expect to see a 90% improvement in your skin.

Who Shouldn’t Get A Photofacial?

It is not safe for a person with sun tanned skin or for anyone who may be exposed to excess sun in the weeks following the treatment to have a photofacial, which is why I recommend it as a winter treatment.

This treatment is not advisable for women who are pregnant or breast feeding, for people using Accutane or for 6 months after using Accutane, people with autoimmune or connective tissue disorders.

 What Else Should I Know About Photofacial?


I absolutely do not recommend finding a medspa on Groupon or any other discount service for Photofacials, Ultherapy or any injectibles. The quality of your results depend entirely upon the quality of the machine and the heads used, and the quality and knowledge of the technician providing the service. If you are looking for the cheapest offer you will most likely be getting an inexperienced technician using an older, less effective machine. Read reviews on the places you are looking at and ask friends who have had success with the procedure for referrals.

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If you are in Arizona I recommend the Blume Skin Center. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that I have been using them exclusively for years, and that’s where I send all my friends, family and clients.

If you have questions about photofacials call the Blume Skin Center at (480) 699-7999

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