It’s finally getting chilly outside and the heat is starting to kick in. You know what that means! My aging skin is going to dry out and more wrinkles are going to sink in. Just the other day I noticed another two vertical wrinkles above my third eye – not a pretty sight. My hands are showing signs of aging too.
The rest of my post 50 body also gets super dry during the cold weather months. Having dealt with eczema since I was a child, I responded with a ‘yes’ when the PR team at CVS asked if I wanted to try their new line of CVS Borage Seed Oil Eczema skin care products. “I have the package in the mail for your Winter Skin Essentials and wanted to share some additional information on the products,” said the assistant account executive S.*
According to the experts at CVS, I am one of many in the U.S. who have eczema — 31.6 million others suffer along with me and at least 17.8 million people have moderate to severe eczema or atopic dermatitis. I was curious to learn more about Borage Seed Oil and these specialized products.
The Story of Borage Seed Oil
Known for its moisturizing properties, the borage herb (borago officinalis) grows wild throughout the Mediterranean. Borage seed oil is rich in the skin-nourishing fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and has been used for centuries to help soothe and calm skin discomforts like dryness, itchiness, and redness.
The new CVS cortisone-free line includes a Face & Body Eczema Wash, an Eczema Cream, and an Eczema Oil – all made with naturally soothing Borage Seed Oil. The eczema care system has been clinically shown within 3 months to help soothe itchy, dry skin when used as a regimen. CVS worked in partnership with Natura House, an Italian natural skin care company, to create these products. (Hmm! Sounds like I definitely need to keep some of these herb-filled products in my bathroom. Even better, maybe I should go to Italy or take a Mediterranean cruise and see the actual borage herbs for myself!)
More Tips On Skin Care From TAR Spa
Last winter, my BFF L gave me a Groupon to TAR Salon and Spa in Collingwood, NJ, for a massage and facial. The massage was very relaxing and my face looked fab after my facial. Since I was writing about skin care, I thought I’d ask TAR’s owner and skin care expert, Debra Smith to share some of her anti-aging tips for post 50 women. Here’s what she had to say:
♥ FOR A.M. SKIN CARE: “The skin becomes thinner as we age so exfoliation should be done once or twice a week with a light scrub. Always cleanse in the A.M. and follow with a toner or simple witch hazel to close your pores. Then use your moisturizer with an SPF for all year round. This will help prevent dark spots which are pigment discoloration,” says Debra. (Glad CVS included their Breakout Free Face Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection in my Winter Skin Essentials package!)
♥ FOR P.M. SKIN CARE: “You want to layer your skin care,” says Debra. “Cleanse, tone,serum, eye cream and then moisturizer. Don’t forget the neck and décolleté should be treated with the same regimen and care as your face.”
♥ FOR ANTI-AGING: “Anti-aging creams that contain Vitamin C , glycolic acid, and peptides should be used on a regular basis to help stimulate collagen and shed old skin cells,” says Debra.
♥ FOR WINTER SKIN CARE: To help with the dryness from the artificial heat at your office or home, Debra uses other natural ingredients in her facials like pumpkin for exfoliating, chamomile for sensitive skin, and acai to firm skin. (I like to eat pumpkin bread, drink chamomile tea and eat chocolate covered acai – wonder if consuming these ingredients will help my dry skin – likely not!)
Beauty Giveaway For A CVS “Winter Skin Essentials” Package
Thanks Debra for your helpful tips and thanks CVS for providing me with some moisturizing products for the chilly season. And now dear readers, if you would like to win a “Winter Skin Essentials” package of your very own, enter the Rafflecopter beauty giveaway below. Just leave a comment about how you intend to take care of your skin this winter.
* Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the #StayHealthyWithCVS campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.