Save Your Skin With Salma’s Secret (and Super) Products
We’ve previously discussed our love for the Nuance Salma Hayek line of products at CVS and I’m going to continue our love fest. When it’s cold and chilly outside, lips peel, skin gets troubled and hands crack. Lucky for us, Nuance offers these three products that are going to improve your winter woes!
1. Nuance Ageless Clarity White Clay Treatment Mask ($12.99) – My skin gets so cranky in the winter. With a wood stove burning constantly and the heat on, my skin enters a vicious cycle. My skin gets dry, I tend to over-moisturize, it gets too oily, I break out, I use some sort of acne treatment, my skin dries back out and peels, I glop on more heavy creams, and so on and so forth.
I’ve recently gotten into the habit of using masks to treat my upset skin and this mask from Nuance has been taking up a major spot in my rotation. Containing white clay to absorb oil, tepezcohuite (derived from a shrub native to South America and parts of Mexico that Mayans used to treat lesions for over a thousand years), lemon extract to lift away impurities and improve tone, and calendula extract to calm and soothe, this mask is perfect for temperamental skin.
I am a big fan of the slightly citrus/herbal fragrance – it’s a nice blend of soothing and invigorating, if that makes any sense. I find that when I’m using this I can skip the heavier creams and the acne treatments and get away with just a gentle acne-fighting face wash and some moisturizing SPF when I’m done. If I need to spot treat, I dab a little bit of this on a blemish and it’s gone by the next day or two – my skin is finally calm!
2. Nuance Rose Petal Hydrating Balm ($7.29) – I love a good lip balm and I require one in the winter. This balm fits the bill – the formula is a bit heavier and longer lasting than other rose-based balms on the market and the rose scent isn’t as intrusive.
The Rose Petal Hydrating Balm contains evening primrose, which is high in fatty acids and an excellent conditioner and shea butter for nourishment. As well as calendula flower extract, beeswax, and sunflower and jojoba oils. Lips never had it so good!
I put a little bit of this on in the morning under my lipstick and a dab on before bedtime and my poor chapped lips finally have healed after just a couple of weeks. My only complaint (and I say this with love so that the people at Nuance can fix this because the product inside deserves better) is to come up with a new jar. The balms I have tested do not seal properly and the lid loosely slides around and never gets a tight seal. Sadly, the jar compromises the portability and longevity of the product. However, I love the actual balm so much, it is not a deal-breaker and still makes my list of must-haves.
3. My Secret Super Brightening Hand Cream ($9.99) – If Salma Hayek has any more beauty secrets, I want them. NOW. This lovely hand cream contains nourishing shea butter, healing honey, and conditioning and calming evening primrose. The ingredients are just what my poor, little hands needed lately. Even better, for those of you with them, this is supposed to reduce the appearance of age spots.
This dense and rich cream smooths on and starts working immediately – my chapped hands felt almost instant relief. Like the treatment mask, I really enjoyed the vaguely citrusy/herbal fragrance. I’m very sensitive to scents and this one didn’t bother me at all. After only using this at bedtime, I found that this made a noticeable difference in my hands and fixed my dried out cuticles after about a week. Loving this!
So, if you’re like me, and doing your best to brave this harsh and chilly winter, these three products will help your skin and your piggy bank too. If you’re in a warmer part of the country, these products are still magnificent and worth adding to your rotation. But I also hate you just a little. I kid! (I don’t kid! Bwahaha!)
Readers – Do you have any winter weather must-haves?
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Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. Krista has been in the Bermuda Triangle twice and still hasn’t vanished. She is super proud of that.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush