ORGANIC POMEGRANATE ANTIOXIDANT HYDRATION SPF20

I had such a huge response from my last post about 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream I decided to test another product from the line. This time I was looking for a light 2 in 1 moisturizer/SPF combo. The Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration with a SPF of 20 is a perfect lightweight lotion that can be used with so many skin types. Because I am a  dry I layer a richer serum before I apply this and it gives me enough hydration. For an oily/combo skin this would be enough on its own.

The sun protection is mineral based (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) in combination with antioxidants such as Pomegranate, White Tea and Grapefruit. And you can’t complain about the price tag at 26.00 bucks! Check out the website to learn more about the product: 100% Pure

 

Thankful

 

I am thankful for all of you who follow I ♥ Skin Care, thank you for your support! I wish you the happiest of holidays, Thanksgiving is one of my all time favorites.

♥,

Le Blanc Spa Resort

I could write a small book of praise regarding my stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort and the total blissful experience my husband and I shared for our honeymoon. However, this is a blog so I will do my best to keep it short although I want to share every last heavenly detail. In the past I have traveled extensively for my jobs with different luxury brands and have experienced many four and five star hotel spas so I was really picky when it came to my personal holiday (this choice took me almost as much time as planning my wedding!).

We chose Le Blanc in Cancun because it is a short (and direct) flight from LA, it is all inclusive, has an amazing spa and they really cater to honeymooners/couples. I had high hopes because I had done my research but was still completely blown away!

If you enjoy going to the spa on your vacation (and who doesn’t?!) you will not be disappointed. We spent quite a bit of time there (that is according to my husband-I could’ve gone every day), each service we experienced was amazing. The staff was highly trained and the facility was spectacular. I loved the water wall, foot massage station and the co-ed relaxation room. The fitness area is state of the art and there is a classroom where you could take yoga, reformer pilates and even personal training sessions (ALL included). We did it all, even a sunset yoga class overlooking the water. At least starting the day in the gym made me feel better about lunch time Bloody Marys and  7 course gourmet dinners paired with wine.

We stayed for 2 weeks and I was STILL sad to leave-it really felt like home. If you are looking for a destination resort for a special occasion please check out Le Blanc Spa Resort. We would have spent quadruple what we spent for the value of our stay. It was truly an experience I will never forget and one I think of often.

 

FAQ-Skin care edition

Over the years in the treatment room and in trainings I have been asked questions that seem to repeatedly come up. Here they are with my answers/opinions below:

Q. Should I put on my skin care products on dry or wet skin?

A. Always moist skin. If by the time you are applying product when your skin is dry just spray with a toner of your choice. This will help your products penetrate further making them more effective.

Q. In what order do I apply my products?

A. Cleanse, tone, treat/serum, eye cream, moisturize, SPF (A.M.) If using an exfoliation or mask apply after toning the skin and use an exfoliation before a mask.

Q. How to apply eye cream.

A. iCare

Q. Should I wash my face in the AM if I washed it the night before?

A. Yes. Oils from the hair or on your pillow should be removed. If you are not oily you can do a quick tone with a hydrating toner if you do not want to over-wash and then apply daily products.

Q. Should I wear sun protection if I am not laying out in the sun?

A. Sun protection should be applied daily even if you are not going to the beach. We get sun more than we realize (walking to into buildings at work and driving in the car) safer to be protected.

Q. When is the best time to exfoliate?

A. Best time is at night so you will not be immediately exposed to the sun. Be diligent about using sun protection the following morning.

Q. What are the most important things to do to prevent dehydration on a plane?

A. Drink tons of water, limit alcohol (but you are not taking mine away) and wear an extra hydrating serum/moisturizer. Be sure to wear SPF, you are much closer to the sun!

Q. Some tips to prevent acne on your forehead and chin.

A. Pull hair back at night, wash pillowcases regularly, clean phones (especially cell phones and work phones-the cleaning crew doesn’t!) and stop touching your face!

Q. How MUCH product should I use?

A. Click here

Q. How often to get a facial?

A. Best case scenario 4-6 weeks. This is hard for most people so maintain with at home treatments.

Q. What is the best device I can use for my skin?

A. It all starts with a properly cleansed skin. Using a Clairsonic brush will change your skin…for the better of course!

That is all for now, I will update this as I think of more or leave a comment asking your own skin care questions!

Happy Halloween!

It’s one of my favorite holiday’s and everyone is in the spirit at my house (My Devil Dog is no exception). For a last minute costume idea, why not go as a Spa Queen? You can dress up in a robe in slippers, pull hair back with a band and apply a skin care mask. Make sure not to choose one that is made for acne or oily skin types as it will be too drying to keep on for an extended period of time.

You can always stay in and get into the spirit by exfoliating with a product with pumpkin enzymes like Kate Somervilles Exfolikate or Sircuits Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.

Trick or Treat!

Oysters-Super Skin Food!

One of my passions in life other than skin care, is food. I love to cook and of course I love to eat! As I educate myself more and more about the best foods to eat and feed my family, I am also learning which foods can be beneficial for your skin. Taking this inside-out approach to skin care when combined with the best topical products ensures the best results. We have talked about the benefits of Lycopene in tomatoes and now we will discuss another ‘super skin’ food.

Oysters have high amounts of the mineral zinc (as well as Calcium and various vitamins) which supports elastin and collagen production in the skins’ dermis. Helping to keep the skin looking “plump” and smooth.  My favorite way to eat them is raw on the half shell with a glass of bubbly in hand. Taking care of my skin is hard work, but I am dedicated.

More ‘super skin’ foods to come!

H2woo!

I have several friends and family members who are pregnant right now. It got me thinking of what I used to drink when I was pregnant (and secretly wanting wine). I loved to drink sparkling water in a wine glass and I would add natural flavors such as fresh mint, lemon and cucumbers. It is fun to drink something “pretty” so I got the idea to freeze fruit in ice cube trays and put it in the water. Here is what I do:

Sprinkle organic mixed berries into an ice cube tray

Fill with water and freeze

This idea is super simple and it lightly flavors the water.  Of course this is not just for pregnant people, drinking water all day long can get boring so this is a way to spruce it up. Hydration is key for beautiful looking skin and overall health. Don’t forget you need to drink extra water for every cup of coffee and soda you drink.  Sugary soda drinks are out, spa-like water is in! After all, water is what SPA is all about!

If you want other fun recipes check out:

The creator Pam has much prettier and delicious recipes to choose from!

Other posts:

SPA WATER

Evian Mineral Spray

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty-Pretty in Pink!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be highlighting a few of my favorite beauty products that participate by donating a portion of sales to breast cancer research. Feeling good about spending money on yourself just got a little easier!

1. Clarisonic Brush-It’s no secret I love the Clarisonic brush. This pink brush was designed for Breast Cancer awareness and $10.00 of every sale is donated. Clarisonic has raised over 100,000 to help fight breast cancer, bravo!!


2. OPI PINK SHATTER Pink of Hearts 2011-Limited edition color in honor of breast cancer awareness, OPI also donates 25,000 annually to the Susan G. Komen for the cure.

 


3. Bobbi Brown-Pink Ribbon Collection. With each purchase, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® plus free shipping in October if you purchase from http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Great products helping to support an important cause. Learn more about how you can help at: http://www.bcrfcure.org/ and http://ww5.komen.org/