Skin Relief Yvonne Coan, a hair and makeup artist with the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, also was a model in her younger days. Now she works behind the scenes on everything from high-fashion magazine shoots to advertising campaigns for such clients as Cabela’s. We always pick her brain and ask for suggestions when we work with Yvonne because she looks great, even when the call time is 6 a.m. While the models typically have flawless skin (ahhh, youth), Yvonne knows that the rest of us are eager for any advice we can get. We asked her for a couple of tips for face and body in this season of dry skin. And we picked out a couple of products we’re partial to. — Meda Kessler Face scrubs As we age we tend to have drier skin, so using a daily exfoliator is essential for the body and the face. It causes your skin to “turn over” and helps your moisturizer do its job. Products we like Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, $8-$24, available at Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta. Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, $85 for 2 ounces, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser, $20.50 for a .5-ounce tube. Available at Origins stores, Macy’s and Sephora. Body oils Use oils when your skin is still damp (you can buy almond, avocado, coconut, apricot kernel or your favorite in bulk). After showering, apply oil directly to your skin, including fingernails and toenails. Be careful as they make hard surfaces slippery. Then pat dry with a towel. If your skin is still patchy, seal in the oil with your favorite moisturizer. Products we like Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil. It’s marketed to pregnant ladies, but it’s good for everyone. $7.99 for 4 ounces. Available wherever BB products are sold, including Target. Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Bath Oil. Pricey, but we’re worth it. $65 for 8.4 ounces. Available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser. $29 for 8.4 ounces. Available at Kiehl’s stores, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Love Your Hands In the winter, we switch from salt scrubs to hand scrubs to battle dry skin and rough cuticles. (Salt tends to sting when it gets into the tiny cracks around our fingernails, a perpetual problem in cold weather.) — Meda Kessler Lavande Sugar Scrub Craig and Dana Stewart started out growing lavender in Texas before moving most of their company operations to the Santa Ynez Valley in California when it came time to expand. We met them at a few local pop-ups and loved their products. Thankfully, they still have an online store. If you’re in Austin or Houston, you can find them in farmers markets (the list is on the website). The sugar scrub comes beautifully packaged, as do all Lavande products. It contains pure cane sugar, sweet almond oil and lavender essential oils. We use it on our hands winter and summer. $25, lavandefarm.com. Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish A longtime favorite, Brown Sugar Body Polish from Fresh indeed smells good enough to eat. It uses real brown sugar crystals along with oils such as evening primrose and apricot kernel to help moisturize nails and skin. $39 for 7 ounces, Neiman Marcus. It’s also available at Sephora and Nordstrom. Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub A mix of sugar crystals, argan and coconut oils, and shea butter is a guaranteed win against chapped hands. The pretty jar is a bonus. $38 for 10 ounces. Find it at Sephora (multiple locations) or josiemarancosmetics.com. Free People Coffee and Grapefruit Scrub While not all Free People stores carry the beauty products, we think FP’s Coffee Grapefruit Scrub is worth sleuthing out (or ordering online). It’s certified vegan and the oils help keep our hands in top shape. $18 for an 8.5-ounce jar. Multiple stores; check availability or order at freepeople.com.
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