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It’s 2019, and Mandy Moore has a rash. “I started getting these red splotchy, itchy, inflamed, and peeling spots all over my face,” she recalls. “I just assumed, ‘Well, I’m working a lot, I wear a lot of makeup. This probably has something to do with that.’”
It didn’t. Even after “throwing the kitchen sink” at the situation, the uncomfortable symptoms persisted. “[Finally], I was like, ‘Okay, I need to get a real doctor’s eyes on this.’” When she did, her dermatologist diagnosed her with atopic dermatitis—the most common form of eczema.
For many, the diagnosis might feel like a setback, but for Moore, it was a relief. As she puts it, “Once I knew what it was, I could move forward and understand what triggered it and how to prevent it.”
Four years after that initial rash showed up, Moore’s gotten a pretty solid handle on how to deal. “My atopic dermatitis really flares up this time of year, as it starts to get colder and drier, so I know come winter I’m going to have to implement some different things that I don’t necessarily need to do year-round,” says Moore. This means stocking up on occlusive and skin-soothing ingredients ahead of the colder months as well as keeping her routine as streamlined as possible all year round.
These days, she keeps her regimen “pared down to a really manageable, easy, simple level,” she says. Think: fragrance-free formulations, more natural ingredients, and always having some Aquaphor ($13) on hand. She’s also a fan of Cerave products, particularly the brand’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($16) and Moisturizing Cream ($18), both of which are formulated to suit sensitive skin types and are packed with ultra-nourishing ceramides.
Equally as important as what you put on eczema-prone skin is what you keep off of it, which is why part of Moore’s treatment plan involves advocating for herself and her skin needs while she’s in the makeup chair. “I have my own bag of tricks,” she says. “If I haven’t worked with a makeup artist before or haven’t been able to have a conversation with them prior, I bring my makeup bag and say, ‘Hi, I have eczema. So there are certain products that I like to use, certain things that I don’t like to use, certain things that irritate my skin.’ I know what works best for my skin.” A few of her go-to brands (which happen to be our favorites, too)? Kosas, Westman Atelier, Merit, and Saie Beauty.
Of course, effectively managing eczema goes beyond just switching up your topicals with the seasons—and Moore has found that a holistic, 360-degree approach works best for her individual skin needs. “Food is a big help, like having things that are rich in omega-3s,” she shares. “I’m a huge salmon and sardine fan; that really helps establish more of a moisture barrier in my skin. Stress is also a trigger, which is unavoidable for most of us.”
While eczema affects the skin physically, it can also take a toll emotionally—which is something Moore learned firsthand during her early struggles with the skin condition.
“Your self-confidence can absolutely take a hit and that’s no small thing,” says the actor, who has partnered with Incyte on its “Moments of Clarity” campaign to raise awareness around eczema. “It’s how you feel in the world and it’s how you present yourself to the world, because we’re all ‘public-facing’ in one way or another.”
For Moore, it’s all about having grace for herself and turning to her all-important toolbox of treatment methods in those less-than-pleasant moments. “I would just encourage people to harness their power and talk to a doctor and know that you don’t have to suffer in silence,” she says. “There is a way to feel confident, feel like you’re putting your best foot forward in life and to not be uncomfortable anymore.”
“I know what it’s like to live with eczema…and I know the different ways and means to help myself and get through this,” Moore continues. “I know how to find relief for my symptoms. Those kinds of things, I think, are helpful in those moments. But really just recognizing that this is just a moment in time and tomorrow will be a new day. Just the simple, ‘This too shall pass.’”
Know this: It’s not at all uncommon.
Since beauty lovers tend to do their research when it comes to ingredients, quality, and benefits, going rogue on a random skin-care product won’t quite cut it this gifting season—unless you’re fine with including a gift receipt so they can get what they actually want on their beauty shelf.
Don’t waste time scouring the shelves for various products from all different luxe brands (and wind up still wondering if they returned your assortment of guesses), instead go with a sure-fire win—aka the Sunday Riley Grand Collection skin-care set that features seven of Sunday Riley’s most famously fan-favorite products. Psst: It usually runs at $241, but is currently on sale for $199 until tomorrow, so act accordingly.
“If you’re new to Sunday Riley, the cult-favorite skin-care brand honestly makes some of the best serums I have ever tried—they’re seriously like facials in a bottle,” Well+Good beauty and fashion writer Jesse Quinn previously wrote for Well+Good. We’ve got another beauty lover’s stamp of approval already.
Up first in the collection is the Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, which contains a botanical blend of superfood seed oils, vitamins A and C, as well as omegas 3, 6, and 9 to not only brighten the skin’s appearance, but also enrich it with antioxidants that support anti-aging.
Next up is the Good Genes lactic acid treatment, which might be one of the best products that comes in the set. “The groundbreaking product combines gently exfoliating lactic acid with brightening licorice extract and hydrators like aloe vera to form a sort of skin-care perfection trifecta,” Erin Bunch previously wrote for Well+Good. “And it really works, hence the innumerable five-star reviews you can find scattered all over the Internet.” Not to mention, it only takes 10 minutes to start seeing the smoothing results.
Since we’re already talking serums, let’s move onto another slam-dunk product in the set: the CEO Vitamin C Brightening Serum. “I encourage all my patients to use a form of vitamin C each morning under their sunscreen to [help] preserve their skin,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian previously told Well+Good. And this vitamin C-packed product helps improve the appearance of dull skin, so you’re left with a more glowy complexion all-around.
The A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum is the low-stake, high-reward product for those new to retinols. On top of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, the white honey, ginger, and cactus extracts also help reduce the look of pores, leaving an even, super smooth skin tone.
As if this skin-care set wasn’t outfitted with enough beauty cabinet all-stars, this beauty lover’s dream set comes with an Auto Correct Eye Cream (goodbye puffiness and dark circles) as well as the Ice Moisturizing Cream, which has beetroot and coconut extract, ceramides (these help form the skin’s natural moisture barrier), vitamin F, and pomegranate (hello antioxidants) for baby-level soft skin.
Rounding out your beauty bestie’s new-and-forever-improved routine is the loved-by-all Luna Sleeping Oil, which is a nighttime moisturizing oil that also contains a retinoid derivative. It works overnight to improve signs of aging, uneven texture, and dullness. Plus, it’s balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils to ease any signs of sensitivity or redness, so they’ll wake up with an even-toned complexion that straight up glows.
Prepare for the most thoughtful thank you card after you wrap up and send out this Sunday Riley skin-care set, because it’s official: Your beauty-loving bestie is about to hit the jackpot of holiday gifts.
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Whether you’re a frequent flier or only take to the skies occasionally, you’ve probably noticed that air travel can do a number on your skin and hair—especially if you throw jet lag or switching climates into the mix. Because about half the air inside the plane is pulled from the atmosphere, in-cabin air has little moisture once the plane reaches higher altitudes, making our bodies prone to dehydration—and that can be felt even more intensely on mature hair and skin that already tends to be dry.
But as any flight attendant will tell you, there are ways to combat this dehydration before, during, and after your flight. So we asked Connie Watson, a Delta flight attendant who’s been flying for 25 years, exactly how she keeps her mature skin and hair from drying out on even the longest international flights.
Editor’s note: The below product picks were selected by our team based on Watson’s recommendations.
Before heading to the airport, Watson always applies an SPF lotion topped by an SPF foundation. “It’s critical because of all the different climates we travel to,” she says.
Watson favors a lightweight, non-greasy SPF lotion with niacinamide (a derm-loved ingredient that helps retain moisture and also protects skin from environmental factors like pollution and weather), like Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 ($35) layered under a long-lasting SPF foundation, like the Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Foundation SPF 45 ($45) that will hold up during travel. “I’ll switch from a lightweight foundation in the warm weather to a creamier formula in the winter,” for added moisture, Watson says.
According to Watson, leave-in conditioner is a must before departure. “Especially when we sleep in bunks on international flights, static cling can be a real problem,” says Watson. “But a leave-in conditioner can keep the static away every time.”
Watson especially likes leave-ins with natural ingredients and extracts, along with amino acids to smooth, condition, and strengthen mature strands. One of our favorites that fits the bill? Briogeo Superfoods Avocado + Kiwi Moisture Leave-In Conditioner ($25)
Flying can really dehydrate your lips, so Watson says she always travels with both moisturizing lipstick and balm, applying them frequently. “I constantly am making sure to put something on my lips during the flight, then it’s lip balm at night, every night,” she says. The Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Lip Therapy ($29) gets the derm stamp of approval for keeping mature lips well-moisturized.
This is one product you’ll want to (literally and figuratively) keep “on hand” during a flight. Watson says she never flies without a tube of hand lotion in her pocket, especially because she washes her hands frequently. Her favorites are advanced formulas that contain humectants to draw moisture into the skin plus emollients like ceramides to support the skin barrier and help lock moisture in, and dermatologists recommend CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream ($11) for doing exactly that on mature skin.
Once she’s arrived at her destination, Watson says cleansing her face thoroughly before applying a rich night cream is a must to keep post-flight dehydration at bay. She favors products with beta-hydroxy, vitamins, and aloe vera designed to nourish, soothe, and replenish mature skin, along with helping combat free radical damage after travel. Whether you’re in-flight or at home, Olay’s Night Cream with Beta-Hydroxy Complex and Vitamin E ($31) is an A+ option for mature skin, whether you’re traveling or not.
Finally, Watson says perhaps her biggest essential to keep skin and hair healthy is good ol’ H20. “I can’t stress enough water, water, and more water,” says Watson. “Drinking a lot of water is essential to maintain moisture for your skin and hair as well as your lips.”
And drinking water regularly throughout the flight isn’t just good for your appearance—it will keep your body hydrated, help combat post-travel fatigue, and have you feeling ready to go once your feet are back on the ground.
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