Skincare

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What are the best face masks for making dry, combination, undernourished or mature skin look its best? We asked a few of our expert Beauty Stylists to tell us about their favorite masks. Find out what they’re loving at home and recommending in our stores for any skin concern.

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   Tenille Masaki Delp, Nordstrom Ala Moana

COMBINATION SKIN: Oily skin that lacks moisture is what I’ve had most of my life (symptoms: enlarged pores, oily T-zone, redness, slightly flaky skin at the chin, under the nose and upper cheeks). My secret combination infuses lightweight, nongreasy hydration into the skin while balancing out my oily but dry areas with vitamins and natural plant extracts. Here is my super easy and low-maintenance routine: 1) Using clean hands, apply a generous nickel-sized amount of Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask along with 3-5 drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate to the face and neck (if applied thinly, you can sleep with this mask on). 2) Remove mask after 10-15 minutes with a clean, warm-water-soaked towel. 3) Apply my favorite Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream for a naturally balanced glow day or night!

ALL SKIN TYPES: Lavender is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antidepressant ingredient. Here is my favorite super simple, 4-step luxurious lavender mask routine: 1) Using clean hands, gently remove makeup with peppermint/lavender oil–infused Lancer Face Polish. 2) Rinse off exfoliator, apply a generous nickel-sized amount of Fresh Rose Face Mask to the face and neck then wait 10-15 minutes. 3) Apply 5 drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to a warm-water-dampened towel to remove mask. 4) Apply Dr. Dennis Gross Oil-Free Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Cream to the face and neck for a naturally happy, nongreasy complexion!

SEE ALL OUR STYLISTS’ FACE MASK RECOMMENDATIONS

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‘Tis the season for mulled wine, cozy slippers, long books and drying out like a prune. Even in our native Northwest with all its recent rain, we can’t get away from the skin irritation, dryness and breakouts that come like clockwork with December. So when we heard Kate Somerville, skincare expert for more than 20 years and industry pioneer, was going to be in Seattle, we couldn’t let her leave without asking a few survival questions and gleaning year-round skin-saving insight.

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Winter is here and with it holiday travels. For those of us traveling to (or stuck for good in) harsher climates, how can we defend our skin?
Airplanes are so brutal. They just suck every bit of hydration out of you. Try not to wear makeup if it’s a long flight. I really recommend taking the Dermal Quench on your flight, along with the moisturizer that’s right for your skin. If you have a lot of oils, you’ll want to go oil-free. If you have normal skin, use our Age Arrest. Nordstrom is also launching our KateCeuticals line soon, which is really geared for dry skin and mature skin. The moisturizer is Multi-Active Revive. When you get back from wherever you’re going, steam your face. Take a wet washcloth as hot as you can handle and place it over your skin for about five minutes. Or put it over your face in the bath and really allow your skin to steam.

FIND OUT KATE’S SKINCARE RITUALS AND THE HUSH-HUSH PRODUCTS SHE’S LAUNCHING SOON

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The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

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Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.

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Chanel’s new oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, La Solution 10 de Chanel, has arrived at Nordstrom, and the reviews are rave. We spoke with Dr. Amy Wechsler, who collaborated with the iconic fashion house on their latest offering, about the product and why it’s so revolutionary for sensitive skin—and what we can do at home to make our own skin shine.

You are board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. How has that shaped your philosophy and practice?
A lot of patients come for help with their appearance and end up talking about life issues. Skin care can be so emotional. So much of how we think affects how we look, and vice versa. I’ve always believed in a very strong mind-body, and, more specifically, mind-skin connection. There are so many interconnections between the brain and the skin in terms of circulation, neurotransmitters and hormones. Anything that affects our mind, in either a positive or negative way, will definitely affect our skin.

You speak to what you call the mind-beauty connection both in your practice and in your book (of the same title). What are a few small things a woman can do with that mind-body connection to enhance her natural beauty?

Sleep! So many of us are burning the candle at both ends, and sleep deprivation has become the new normal. It causes stress, which can damage the skin and worsen skin conditions. While you sleep, your body repairs the damage of the day, and interrupting sleep by staying up too late or waking up in the middle of the night, slows down cell renewal. When your sleep is synchronized with your body’s natural rhythms, you’ll look better and feel younger.

There are lots of things other than sleep that are anti-stress and anti-inflammatory: exercise, sex, consuming anti-oxidants like red wine and dark chocolate. Seeing a friend face-to-face is anti-stress; getting out and looking at trees and nature for a few minutes a day breaks that stress cycle; deep breathing techniques. It’s different for everyone. For some people it’s yoga, for others it’s music, reading, travel, relationships, going out with your kids.

You’ve said before that it’s important to have an every-day skincare ritual. What, in general, do you recommend?

In the morning, use a gentle, mild cleanser. Follow with moisturizer and sunscreen, I recommend La Solution 10 de Chanel and Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50. These are great options for people with sensitive skin. Solution 10 is particularly great because you can also use it around the eyes.

In the evening, use an eye makeup remover and then wash your face with a gentle cleanser. I always use a really gentle, mild cleanser. A cleanser should remove the dirt of the day without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Your skin should never be squeaky clean. If it’s squeaky clean, then you’ve removed the good oils too, which isn’t healthy for skin. Follow with your moisturizer, I recommend moisturizing day and night.

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Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.

But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).

Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.

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Summer days are coming to an end, and whether or not you’re mentally prepared for the fall weather to come…your skin should be. After all the time spent outside, it’s time to give your skin a refresh. Whether it’s helping hyperpigmentation, dry skin or shedding dead layers built up from all that sunscreen, our Beauty Stylists are getting you ready for the new season to come with a roundup of their top picks to treat sun-damaged skin.

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We asked a few of our beauty directors to handpick some of their favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives.

 

Loredana Grama — National Beauty and Fragrance Director
“This season is all about the perfect makeup palette. Palettes are a great option for the on-the-go woman who wants her entire look in one easy place.”

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M•A•C Look in a Box Face Kits
“These palettes come in either a cool or warm shade option and include six eyeshadows, two blushes and two lip colors each. Why not get both?”

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Hot summer weather means your feet are (and have been) on constant display to the world and the elements. It’s prime time for backyard barbecues, tubing trips, stoopside soirees and every other sandal sitch you can imagine. If the thought of open sandals makes your toes curl (in a “hide me now” kind of way), it’s time to crank up the TLC on those sore, tired puppies and give them some much-deserved love.

Summer Foot Care at Home, 6 Tips and Products

To get the lowdown on best at-home foot care practices, products and tips, we enlisted the expertise of a nail therapist at Spa Nordstrom. Although we recommend seeing a professional pedicurist for trickier tasks like cuticle trimmings, a regular at-home regimen should keep your feet clean, smooth and, above all, healthy.

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Sunscreen, sun protection, sun care, UVA, UVB, SPFs … there are so many choices and a lot of jargon when it comes to taking care of your skin in the sun. Sometimes you just want an expert to tell you what they wear, how they wear it and why they love it.

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We rounded up seven of our Beauty Stylists to give it to us straight and find out the secrets to wearing sun protection: which ones to get for specific needs, how to wear it with makeup–both before you put on makeup and reapplication that won’t ruin your look after–plus the best new products out there.

Turns out, even with all the options available, there was a hands-down favorite among almost all of them. Read on to find out what it was and see all their other sun-care essentials.

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Now that summer is here, sunscreen is a must for me, and I carry these products everywhere I go to make sure I stay protected throughout the day. They make it super easy to touch up, and they never run or cause my makeup to look cakey.

1. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15: My go-to touchup powder. It’s super slim, compact and leaves my makeup looking fresh and natural all day without a heavy look or feel. I love that it comes with a convenient little puff. Plus, you can’t beat that it has your sun protection added as well! I also make sure to press the product into the skin rather than swiping; it gives a more natural look.

2. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10: Our lips need some love too when it comes to sun care, and this is one of my ultimate favorite lip balms for the day. It is nice and creamy, super hydrating and plumping as well. I use it during my morning routine alone, and I carry it with me to touch up. The great thing is that you can apply on top of or mix into any lip color you want (I’ll usually use a lip brush). Trust me, this product lasts a long time and is worth the price.

3. COOLA Suncare ‘Classic Face’ Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30: Here’s another little gem that I’ve added to my purse recently (it’s amazing for traveling). I am constantly looking for the newest additions for sun protection–especially something for touchups, since we should be reapplying every two hours. I apply right before I leave the house to set my makeup and easily reapply it during the day too. It not only instantly hydrates, but leaves you protected as well. Just remember: don’t get too close to the face, and you’re good to go!

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During her pregnancy, Nordstrom Beauty Buyer Tawni Hart tried some homemade organic balm, and it was so good, she jumped at the chance to bring the product to Nordstrom. She tells us her story behind discovering the Redefining Body Balm from Tata Harper Skincare.

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“This body balm is so special to me—it was born from a homemade version I created to keep my skin looking its best through my three pregnancies. This version contains some of the world’s most advanced toning and fortifying ingredients, and it’s a miracle for keeping stretch marks at bay. I’m so excited to share it with Nordstrom!” —Tata Harper

I met Tata Harper when I was four months pregnant with twin girls. My best friend had used her products and swore by them. Tata, a mom of three, said to me, “You have to use my body balm. It’s all homemade and truly organic. I’ll send it to you; just use it daily on your stomach to help with stretch marks and to keep your skin soft.” I thought, With twins I’ll try anything!

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