Energize Winter Skin: THE MAGIC IS IN THE MIST

Get Ready for Your BEST Winter Skin!

For every season we need to adjust our skincare to ensure maximum radiance for a healthy glow, and keeping skin healthy is also important during the winter months. "As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out" says Bonnie LaPlante, an esthetician with the Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, Mass. "It doesn't matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry." 
With our misted elixirs as a foundation for your favorite serum or moisturizer routine and as a continuous purposeful application throughout the day, SKIN UP will work as your ultimate skincare partner while you battle both the heat and the cold that can wreak havoc on your complexion. "As winter temperatures fall and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price," says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. In frigid conditions, he explains, the skin is less able to protect itself. "This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation." This is the time of year you really need to focus on hydration and protection, rather than harsh exfoliating or foam formulations, since skin irritation can increase along with dryness in winter months. 
These conditions mean the opportunity to explore a skincare upgrade to combat the elements, and the one issue that transends all skintypes: skin needs to be hydrated! SKIN UP and our Phil Pharma Active Elixirs are the convient, luxurious answer to any skin care routine with our feather-weight, misted hyaluronic acid and free radical fighting antioxidants. So what can we do to win the battle against winter weather skin? SKIN UP!
We always say this, but the magic really is in the mist. Our lotions are made up of some vital ingredients necessary in your winter skincare arsenal: Hyaluronic Acid, Lipoic Acid, CoQ10 & Aloe. 
  1. BASE: Use SKIN UP's misted elixirs to create the base of a homogeneous layer of ultimate hydration and antioxidant protection for all other skincare &/or makeup products (even sunscreen). This first layer will allow the active ingredients to work directly on the targeted skin surface - allowing optimal results. Don't forget the sunscreen - sun damage and photoaging still happen, even when you're not baking in the summer sun. 
  2. SET: After your initial skincare routine (on top of the first feather-weight layer of our elixirs), mist another luxurious layer to lock in moisture and provide a top barrier of purposeful hydration and skincare.
  3. REFRESH: Throughout the day, at the office, in the car, or at home, holiday shopping (anywhere you need it!) quench your skin with another layer of our misted skincare to both refresh and moisturize and continue to work the buildability of our weightless lotions. Even though you don't feel wet or oily - it doesn't mean it's not working!
  4. EVENING: At night, before tucking yourself into that warm winter bed, apply another light layer of our misted lotions before any PM skincare for a boost of hydration and antioxidants to replace what your skin lost during the day battling the winter elements. 

Every one of our Phil Pharma Active Elixirs for SKIN UP provide skin a misted dose of these winter skin fighters:

  • HYALURONIC ACID (HA): HA holds up to 1000x it's weight in water. This means you are creating a layer that not only holds in the water in your body - but also attracts water from the air. Your body produces it naturally, but as we mature we need to introduce this magic moisture magnet for ultimate moisture and hydration.

"Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a fancy name for a vital natural substance that’s a youth-supporting part of skin. As the chief glycosaminoglycan in skin, hyaluronic acid works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed. It also has the stunning capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture.

This science-based magic lies in hyaluronic acid’s ability to replenish moisture, a lot of moisture! One gram (0.03 ounce) of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water. Now that really is mind-blowing! But what’s even more impressive is that hyaluronic acid can do this for skin without tipping the scales and giving skin too much water. Surprisingly, too much water is a problem for skin because it causes key substances holding skin’s surface intact to break down.

Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-binding characteristic is exceptionally important when it comes to skin aging. One of the qualities of youthful skin is its ability to hold water and retain a balanced amount of moisture. As we age, our skin loses the ability to maintain this vital, plumping moisture as well as it once did. The result is visible loss of firmness, pliability, and diminished appearance of plumpness and suppleness.

Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison with anything else, and at the same time revitalize skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and, especially, radiantly hydrated! That’s how it instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."


  • LIPOIC ACID (ALA): The Universal Antioxidant is an antioxidant found in every cell in the body. It offers free-radical fighting properties and also has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and can reduce skin redness and puffiness.

"Alpha Lipoic Acid is sometimes referred to as the “universal antioxidant" because it regenerates or recycles 400 times better than other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10 and glutathione when they lose their ability to act as antioxidants. It also has the power to protect both cell membranes and the inside of cells against oxidative damage. Vitamin E is only effective at protecting cell membranes and other lipid-soluble structures from oxidative damage, and vitamin C only works well in a non-lipid environment. Alpha lipoic acid works well in both of these areas."


  • CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or Vitamin Q): This amazing antioxidant is also found in every cell of the body. Your body naturally makes it to produce energy it needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from free-radical damage. 

"A vital element in the basic functioning of our body's cells, it aids in slowing down the aging process. When used topically, it can repair damage done to the skin and also regenerate the skin for a more youthful and healthy appearance. Professional moisturizers and serums that featurwe this potent anti-aging ingredient help halt the aging process by preventing the appearance of find lines and wrinkles from forming. It also reduces the appearance of UV ray damage, stimulates healthy collagen production to lift and firm slack skin, and combats the substances in damaged skin that expedite aging inhibitors."

Coenzyme Q-10 is considered a regenerative antioxidant (Journal of the American College of Nutrition). When applied to the skin, Coenzyme Q-10 has been shown to penetrate the skin layers and reduce the oxidation, reduce wrinkles, and prevent UVA-irradiation damage (Biofactors).

  • ALOE (ALOE VERA BARBADENSIS): The Multitasker, Aloe vera has been used for a host of purposes since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

1. It acts as a moisturizer.

Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion. For women who use mineral-based make-up, aloe vera acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying. For men: Aloe vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

2. It treats acne.

Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.

Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

3. It fights aging.

As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

So enjoy your best winter skin with SKIN UP! Boost your hydration & radiance - and as always, keep in touch with me at 

References for this Blog Article:

Journal of the American College of Nutrition