Women of all ages recognize the need to hydrate and protect their skin from damage. We all want a product to help us keep our skin resilient, soft and radiant. Now with the myriad of delicious smelling mouses, whips, gels, serums, lotions and cremes we navigate our search using sight, smell and feel. Does it smell like a scent we will love to use daily? Do we love the way it feels as we slip it over our skin?

Depending on our skin type we may prefer a lightweight slip as opposed to a heavy lingering cream. We are all concerned about skin clogging formulas that may cause us to break out. Do we chose between a natural or high tech formula? And what about sun protection?

Amala Rejuvenating Face Cream uses a natural approach to restore skin’s moisture with whole plant ingredients. Cocoa Bean, helps stimulate microcirculation while restoring elasticity and providing antioxidant protection from free radical damage. Acai to rejuvenate, repair damage and protect skin from harmful free radicals. Cupuacu Butter prevents moisture loss for superior softness and provides a time released hydration. Green Algae helps firm and smooth fine lines.

Shiseido’s Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream incorporates moisturizing ingredients in micro-size water balloons that open when it is applied. Olay used starch based polymers that are like tiny sponges absorbing water and glycerine to hydrate your skin. Use a dab or use a dollop as it contains a broad-spectrum SPF 25.

Bottom line is chose what feels right for you. If you love the way your skin care product feels and smells, you will use it daily. Your skin will reap the benefits.

“Natural beauty comes from within, it does not come from a bottle or tube. Makeup is designed to be used to enhance the features you have naturally been blessed with. On a day to day basis makeup should be applied with a light hand. Remember that less is more when it comes to a glowing natural look.” states makeup artist Ashly Beggs.

“To give a flattering glow with pink and gold tones, use Dior Halo highlighter on the brow and cheekbones, Cupid’s bow and the inner corner of the eye. Because of its silky consistency and seamless blending, my “go to product” when working on models is Makeup Forever’s Couture and Highlight Cream kit. It always produces a dewy polished finish.”

Remember that less is more when it comes to a glowing natural look” states makeup artist Ashly Beggs. @ashlys.makeup