Summer is not your skin’s best friend, as I’m sure we can all see in the fall. Too much sun can leave its mark in the form of premature aging, dullness, uneven skin, and congestion.
Time to reboot your skin with the Fall Skincare Boot Camp challenge! Here are Olga’s 2-week, step-by-step instructions to transform your skin and get back your radiant glow. Just in time for the holidays!
Olga's Fall Skincare Boot Camp Challenge
Every PM for 2 Weeks
If you are using Vitamin C serums use only every second day.
Use light, non-comedogenic sunblocks.
At the end of the two weeks, continue with the recommended weekly usage of the Red Carpet Facial or the Deep Detox Facial (once a week). Or, if your skin is moderately to highly congested, you may use the Deep Detox treatment twice a week.
Tip: Prior to sunless tanning use a granulated exfoliant to prep the skin.
For added free-radical protection, use a daily vitamin C serum under your SPF. For added hydration, opt for one with vitamin E. Our go-to serums:
For normal to dry complexions looking for added hydration, turn to Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic. For normal to oily complexions looking for a barely-there feel, try Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF. Both offer high concentrations of antioxidant protection in skin-nourishing formulations that layer perfectly under your moisturizer and SPF.
Tip: To make your packing easier, start thinking like a facialist and cocktail your products to save space. Add a few drops of serum to your daily moisturizer and leave the serum bottle at home. The added richness will also allow you to temporarily ditch your night cream.
Leave Your Retinol at Home
If there’s ever a time to give your skin a break from using retinol, a weekend full of lounging by the pool or sipping cocktails by the beach is the time to do it. Sunshine and retinol don’t mix, so if you’re headed somewhere warm, take your retinol out of your regimen a week before your leave and don’t reintroduce until you’re back at home.
Ok, we know you want to be silky smooth in your bikini, but make sure your wax appointment is scheduled at least a week in advance of your trip. Not only will that give your skin time to calm down after any potential irritation, the added time will minimize your skin’s sensitivity to hyperpigmentation.
Don’t leave home without it! Morning and night, folks. This tiny must-have packs quite a punch. Our favorite: Olga’s The Eye Cream.
Tip: Dry weather, dry lips? The Eye Cream makes for an excellent overnight lip treatment!
Feel like your skin is looking a little less-than-wow? Are you clinging to some products that should have been thrown out a long time ago? Does it make you cringe to think about the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Spring is here, it's time to do some clean up! Here are just a few ways of spring cleaning your skin care routine. Time to cleanse your skin, your body, and your cabinets!
A green juice cleanse is beneficial for more than just your waistline. Consuming nutrient-rich veggies like kale, spinach, cucumbers and celery help detoxify your liver, giving you a clearer, more radiant complexion.
Let It Go
We get it…skin care is an investment. But that department-store serum you bought on the whim last summer has got to go. Same with the lip gloss you never wear that’s been floating around your bag, and the waterproof mascara you only use at weddings and on vacation. Skin care should be used, or tossed, six months after opening. Powder foundation and blush have longer staying power, but mascara should be thrown away after three months.
Dirty Brushes, Dirty Skin
If you’re going to spend the money to get a facial, don’t ruin it by applying your makeup with a dirty brush. It’s as simple as that. Clean your brushes once a week.
Winter is rough on more than just your face. Give yourself a fresh start with these spring-friendly detoxifying and reparative treatments.
Kinara Lymphatic Treatment: Rid your body of toxins, exfoliate your skin and improve your circulation. It’s the ultimate fresh start, inside and out.
Kinara Deep Detox Facial: The name says it all. Clean your pores, eliminate dead skin cell buildup and increase hydration…just in time for summer!
Kinara Red Carpet Pedicure: Your feet have been in boots all winter; get them sandal-ready with this must-have, summer-prep pedi.
It’s like asking a Michelin Chef what they make themselves for dinner. The best-of-the-best in the Beauty World have access to the latest ingredients and the know-how to decipher which new products are worth it and what new trends to avoid. Here’s a look into how celebrity esthetician and Olga Lorencin Skin Care founder, Olga Lorencin, treats her skin before going to bed.
“A lot of what I use at night depends on what new products I’m trying at the time, or if I need to test samples from the lab. But if I were to list out my tried-and-true routine, here it is...
Wow, that puts our haphazard cleanse and moisturize to shame. Our takeaway from Olga’s routine: Don’t be afraid to custom cocktail your skin care, and take the time to treat your face like it’s the only one you have, because it is.
It’s amazing how quickly the right mask can bring balance to problematic skin — whether you’re looking to add moisture to a dull, dehydrated complexion, calm irritation or combat congestion. But the benefits are heightened when you amp up your skin-care game and mask like a pro. Here are a few ways you can take this tried-and-true beauty ritual to the next level and maximize your results.
Know Your Skin Type
Sharing is caring, right? Sure, but not when it comes to your skin care. What may work wonders for one skin type could be disastrous for another. This is not an exaggeration. Get your mask recommendations from an expert, not your girlfriends.
Exfoliation is Key
If you’re masking over dead skin cells you’re doing nothing for your complexion. Make sure your skin is cleansed and exfoliated before you mask. I prefer a chemical exfoliation (peel) to a mechanical one (scrub). My top choices are the Red Carpet Facial or the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel. Either option can be used immediately before masking.
Okay, Now We Can Have a Little Fun
Normal to Dry Complexions
If your skin is dry, start by massaging coconut oil in a circular, upward motion — you could also opt for a high-quality vitamin C serum to up your glow. Next, apply a generous amount of your dry-skin mask, but rather than painting it on with your fingers, or using a brush, actively massage it into the skin. After massaging your mask for a couple of minutes, apply another layer and leave on for an additional 15 minutes. For a moisture boost, add a teaspoon of honey to your mask.
Oh, and one more thing: Do not let your mask dry out. Similar to how a clay mask works, it will draw moisture from the skin. Mask while in the shower or tub, the steam will keep it moist.
Normal to Oily Complexions
I love creating masks for oily skin — when done right they can be a very powerful tool in your arsenal. When buying a mask for oily skin, opt for simple, mineral-based mud masks, particularly ones containing sulfur or zinc. AHA or vitamin C serums are an excellent base for your mask, but skip the massage. You’ll only encourage an increase in oil production. One of my favorite at-home tips for treating oily skin is to add a little bit of charcoal to your mask.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match! If you have dry cheeks and an oily t-zone, treat each area with the mask best suited for its concern. That’s how professionals mask their clients, and themselves — there’s no reason you can’t do the same.
And Finally, Eyes and Lips
The lips, as well as the skin around your eyes, are considerably more sensitive than the rest of your face. This is when a custom mask can really come in handy. Here is one of my favorite recipes:
1 teaspoon of honey
1/4 teaspoon of egg yolk
A few drops of olive oil, marula oil, coconut oil or a combination of the three
Mix together and apply around the eyes in a circular motion, and just above your lips to prevent those dreaded wrinkles around your mouth. Of course you could just use The Eye Cream, which has all the benefits of the ingredients above, plus more.
That winter can be pretty harsh on your skin is an understatement. What's the trick to keeping the winter skin care blues away? A little “cocktailing” can turn your dehydrated and lackluster complexion into hydrated, dewy and glowing.
Replace your foamy cleanser with less drying, hydrating versions. But, if you prefer to stay with a foamy cleanser, add a few drops of avocado oil or olive oil into your cleanser.
Use few drops of rich serum in your moisturizer daily. If buying a rich serum is not feasible, add a few drops of pomegranate or olive oil.
Combine serums for better absorptions and hydration. My favorite combination is alphahydroxy serums with rich, oily peptide concoctions — such as the Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum cocktailed with the Reparative Nutrient Serum. Mix half and half and massage into your skin at night and watch your skin transform in just a couple of applications.
Add a few drops of hyaluronic acid serum to all your moisturizers and eye creams for more hydrated, dewier complexion.
Mix your favorite mask with equal amounts of avocado and olive oil and instead of leaving it on your face, massage vigorously into your skin while taking a bath.
When in freezing climates (think skiing) use only products with an oily base rather than water-based moisturizers. Water-based products will freeze on your face and cause more environmental damage. My recommendation: Reparative Nutrient Serum.
I can’t help but love your impeccable sense of style, your provocative ad campaigns, and your willingness to push the envelope. You have taken the fashion industry by storm and developed a brand that exudes a cool, sophisticated excellence. But when I saw your name on a bottle of skin care, I was more than a little confused. When, exactly, did you find the time to develop your expertise in skin care?
Now to be fair, you’re not the first, nor will you be the last individual to expand the boundaries of their brand. And bravo to you! But skin care? Some things are better left to the experts.
Let me explain.
To create a product that’s worthy of your skin, you need to have an incredible amount of cosmecuetical knowledge. You need to understand ingredients, how those ingredients work together and the results they should produce. I can hardly draw a circle and you don't see me partnering with Frank Gehry and designing the Los Angeles Music Center. Your creation of a skin care line is the same thing. And no, I'm not exaggerating.
To create a product that’s worthy of your skin, you need to have an incredible amount of cosmecuetical knowledge. You need to understand ingredients, how those ingredients work together and the results they should produce.
Now I’m sure you could justify yourself by saying you only hired the best team of developers to create a product that embodies what you like most about skin care. Good for you! But you should have kept the line in your own bathroom for your own personal use. I’ve spent years watching clients spend thousands of dollars on designer brands only to walk around with broken out or uneven skin tones, so I’m sure you understand my frustration.
Still, I had to see what all the fuss was about.
My curiosity led me to a department store where I purchased a few pieces from your skin care line. The most interesting one to me, and the first one I opened, was priced at whopping $250. The packaging was absolutely gorgeous; a thick beautiful textured carton with an impeccable graphic. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. When I opened the box I found a stunning square glass bottle, even more elegant than the outer packaging. The serum had the consistency of thin liquid and was clear. After reading the directions I applied it to my skin. Then I turned to the ingredient list. It was much worse than I could have imagined.
The first few ingredients: squalene, evening primrose oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil were fine. A nice blend for most normal to dry skin types, and a boilerplate formula that many brands have. But it was the following ingredients that shocked me. Patchouli oil, ylang ylang oil, sandalwood oil, bergamot oil...these are ingredients suitable for fragrances, not skincare. The serum also contains coffee, which works to dehydrate fatty cells, and is often used in body products for the treatment of cellulite. So perhaps, by way of dehydration, your skin would be smoother after use.
The best I can do is recommend this product to those looking for a nice body oil with a pleasant scent. Even if I found some quality ingredients like tetrapeptide-7 or seramides, it wouldn’t matter due to the serum’s horrible combination of perfume oils. One would have to hope your skin could be beautified by osmosis from the sleek and sexy outer packaging, because what’s inside has no redeeming qualities. With so many volatile oils in the formulation of this serum, it would need to change its name to Intensive Facial Perfume: Use at Your Own Risk!
All too often we're expected to put our trust, and our money, in an individual rather than an expert. Skin care is an investment; you should know exactly what you’re paying for.
All too often we're expected to put our trust and our money in an individual, rather than an expert. Skin care is an investment — you should know exactly what you’re paying for. This is your face we’re talking about. Be savvy, informed, educated consumers, and make sure your skin care is coming from an expert!
As you look over your collection of skin care wondering how you’ll fit every precious bottle in your suitcase as you're traveling this holiday season, think about maximizing each product’s versatility and simplifying your regimen. You’d be surprised how efficient and streamlined both you and your carry on could be.
If you’re headed for a little fun-in-the-sun, make sure you’re packing a vitamin C serum for added free radical and sun damage protection. I recommend SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic for normal to dry complexions, and the Phloretin C F for normal to oily. Remember, your moisturizer always goes on after your serum. For warmer, more humid climates, opt for a lightweight, oil-free hydrator, and of course do not omit your sunscreen! It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of January — you need it. I’m a big fan of mineral sun blocks that can be applied with a brush. You can wear them over your makeup and they’re perfect for on-the-go touchups. Here's more on how to choose the right sunscreen.
For Acne Prone Travelers
The most important items to travel with are your cleanser, toner, and some form of salicylic acid to keep breakouts at bay. Keep in mind, if you’re traveling with an active enough toner, you can use it as a purifying mask. Just saturate a piece of gauze and lay it over the skin for 5–10 minutes. Our pick: Rebalancing Toner. If you’re using retinol or strong exfoliating acids, make sure to stop two weeks before your winter vacay or tropical escape to avoid permanent damage due to overexposure. And finally, pack an oil-free moisturizer chalk full of anti-aging ingredients. Weightless Moisturizer has been a must-have for my oily-skin clients looking for added preventative benefits.
Fall is here. How is your skin feeling and looking? Now that the hot summer days are over, you are probably left with a little more sun damage than you'd like. Most likely you are sporting some defused hyper-pigmentation, sun spots or both. Your skin is craving some serious recuperation and deep hydration! Here are some options for how to get rid of pigmentation.
Two-step depigmentation process that, unlike hydroquinone and retinol which can be harsh, uses azalaic and kojic acid, which are great inhibitors of melanin in the skin. The process is fairly simple; it takes about a week or so. After your skin is thoroughly cleansed, an aesthetician will apply a mask on your skin that you will have to leave for about four hours before removing it. Depending on your skin type, the mask might need to be left on longer, but never more than eight hours. You will be required to do some homework as well, by applying addition masks to reinforce the peeling process. This peel can reduce visible discoloration and improves the overall look and feel of your skin.
IPL Laser, more commonly known as Photo Facial
This laser generates intense pulse light, which is a safe and noninvasive form of light energy. You will need two to three treatments for pigmentation or sun damage and five to six treatments in order to reduce redness in your face or blood vessels. Treatments are usually scheduled every four weeks. This is a great laser for depigmentation and occasionally can help with the reduction of large pores. Your skin will be smoother and more even in appearance and texture. The face is the most common area treated, yet this laser is also great for arms, hand, chest and neck area. There will be a down time of anywhere from 7–14 days.
Picosure is a new-generation laser that has zero downtime and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, which are two components in more youthful looking skin. Using highly-targeted energy, PicoSure disrupts the particles responsible for a range of pigment conditions like freckles, sun spots and other discoloration. A minimum of three treatments are necessary, two weeks apart.
Smoothing away dull, uneven tone and texture with zero down time, microdermabrasion reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and hyper-pigmentation Clients experiencing this less-invasive alternative to open dermabrasion begin to see results after a minimum of three to six treatments. This number of consecutive treatments is necessary to achieve a complete turnover of the skin. Treatments in the initial package must be no more than two weeks apart to achieve optimum results. After the initial round of treatments is completed, a maintenance treatment should be done every two to three months.
Keeping It Going
Once you get discoloration and uneven skin under control, regular maintenance and home care is a must. Include mild to moderate peels on a weekly basis in your skin care routine — such as the Red Carpet Facial or Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads. Alphahydroxy serums — such as the Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum — that can be layered under your moisturizers or mixed with other serums can also be very helpful tools in maintaining your skin's even and youthful appearance.
We talk a lot about the importance of using topical antioxidants during the summer months, mostly due to the added protection they provide against the damaging effects of the sun. But if you’re looking for some serious anti-aging, clear-complexion, oh-so-radiant-skin benefits, these little free-radical scavengers should be a part of your daily routine, no matter what time year it is.
Discoloration, premature wrinkles and loss of elasticity — these are just a few side effects from unprotected sun exposure. Give your skin the tools it needs to defend itself against environmental stressors now, rather than relying on corrective treatments later. Just remember: Antioxidants are meant to contribute to, not replace, your sunscreen. Your serum should be layered under your daily SPF for best results.
Get to Know Your Vitamins
Skin care is an investment in your future skin. Make sure you’re investing in products that deliver. Look for high concentrations of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Reveratrol, Lycopene or Extracts of Green Tea, Grape Seed and Coffee Berry.
With the ability to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Vitamin E is always a winner. But it comes in two forms, Alpha Tocopheryl and Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate. Opt for Alpha Tocopheryl, it penetrates deeper into the skin.
Summer skin care is all about protecting your skin from the sun, as well as minimizing congestion from increased sunscreen use and warmer temps. Vitamin C, known for preventing sun damage and unclogging pores, is an excellent summer go-to.
Niacinamide (a.k.a. Vitamin B3) & Resveratrol
As if boosting collagen and preventing free radical damage wasn’t enough, Niacinamide ups the ante by reducing hyperpigmentation. Resveratrol, which also builds collagen and evens tone, has anti-inflammatory and non-surgical micro-lifting perks. Yes, please!
Our Favorite Serums
Not all antioxidant serums are created equal. Here are two we can’t live without.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
The power of Vitamin C and the nourishing benefits of Vitamin E make SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic an ideal serum for those with normal to dry skin.
Olga Lorencin's Weightless Infusion is an oil-free, antioxidant serum formulated with cutting-edge peptides, powerful antioxidants and lightening agents, and can be used on all skin types.