Rose of Jericho

This week I am highlighting one special ingredient used in my Hydra-Repair Toner, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract or Rose of Jericho. It is a botanical found in the desert of Mexico.

This plant is amazing because it can survive the challenges of the desert such as low humidity levels and high temperatures. It can withstand being almost completely dried up for long periods of time and then recovering when exposed to moisture. It is actually called the “Resurrection Plant”. Once the plant is exposed to moisture the plant is revived.

I use this ingredient in my toner because it provides intense moisturize and improved barrier function. It also provides a soothing and healing component. Coupled with the other moisture boosting ingredients the toner works wonder to hydrate and protect. I like to spray this before my treatment products and then layer my moisturizer. I also keep it in my bag and spray throughout  the day to protect! Always after being in the sun. To learn more about the Hydra-Repair toner click here!  

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Refreshing New Cleanser!

After traveling and our first round of holiday celebrations, I have found my skin is in need of some purifying. I have been using a new cleanser and I am loving it. The brand is Molecuderm Skin Care and the product is M-Cleanse. I think this is such a great cleanser for all skin types, I use it once a day because I am dry but up that to twice a day when I am having any breakouts.

My favorite part of using this cleanser is how invigorating it feels without stripping my oils and making me feel dry. Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils help achieve a purifying effect without being overly harsh and really cleansing effectively-I love it!

You can learn more about the product line here , as well as receiving more skin tips.

 

My Natural Beauty Product Pick of the Month!

 

I just learned about Astoria Naturals and am in love with their unique concept! This brand customizes skin and body care to meet your individual skin condition. I love that I can pick what is best for my skin based on what my skin needs. My skin needs are different from time to time and change with the season so I love the ability to customize. Plus they combine two of my favorite things, pure natural products and results!

I was sampled the body lotion and body wash. I love how invigorating the blend that was customized for me is and the body lotion is extra moisturizing which is what I need in this dry weather. With ingredients like Shea butter and sweet almond oil as a base for the lotion it goes on really buttery and has protected my skin. My skin can get so dry my hands start to crack around this time of year and this lotion has helped tremendously. The essential oil blends help make the product fragrant as well as the added benefits they offer. Plus they even have Autumn blends which sound amazing such as Orange, Cinnamon, Clove and Vanilla. YUM!

Astoria Naturals does not use parabens, SLS’s and is never tested on animals. You can read more about their story and other products here Austoria Naturals. I love the high quality ingredients and care put into the products and love the price point as well. They offer free shipping with a $40.00 dollar purchase to boot. Check them out at:

http://www.astorianaturals.com

50% off SUMMER sale is here!

 

Summer is here and enjoying some fun in the sun can leave your lips pretty dry! I am offering a 50% off discount for my Simply Jess Natural Coco-Mint Lip Balm.  Just enter the code, Summerfun1 at checkout! Click for the link to my Etsy Store HERE.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up to my blog to get sale info and discounts, you can do so here: www.iheartskincare.com and click subscribe. You will be e-mailed my e-Book, 5 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Healthy Skin, free!

This offer will only last until I run out of stock so hurry and order if you want to get the sale price. Happy Summer, keep those lips hydrated and shiny!

 

Help! My Tween is Breaking Out!

Rehydrating Neroli Water

Lately I am getting a ton of questions regarding the tween age child and breakouts. I am going to outline three of my favorite products to help prevent and heal existing breakouts in a gentle and effective way. These Kerstin Florian products I recommend are my go-to because of the lightweight and therapeutic nature. Also safe and gentle for the littles!

1. Clarifying Moor Mud Masque-Sweating during play or sports, makeup for dance, not washing their hands and then touching the face are all culprits of spreading bacteria that can lead to congestion. I love this organic mud because it gently exfoliates and deep cleanses. And they will love to get permission to play with mud!

I suggest this product be used in the shower because it should remain moist. After only five minutes they can rinse if off and that’s it!

Clarifying Moor Mud Masque

2.Rehydrating Neroli Water- One issue with breakouts I have seen time and time again is dehydration. The skin at this age may lack hydration (water not oil) and a simple way to help this is to use a floral water. This is a pure and natural product using the extract of the bitter orange blossom to hydrate and oxygenate the skin. The aroma is very uplifting and great for anxiety, perfect for the tween!

Neroli Water can be sprayed throughout the day, at night and whenever the skin needs to be freshened up. It is fun to put in the refrigerator and spray on a warm day, they will love it (and so will mom)!

3.Rehydrating Remineralizing Face Crème– I love this lightweight moisturizer for breakouts because of its protective and re-mineralizing properties. It is safe, recommended for sensitive skin and can be used at night if the tween is feeling a little oily during the day.

All of these products can be purchased on Kerstin Florain’s website, click here for link. Remember to keep it simple, at this age kids should not be focused on long regimens or worrying about their skin. Make it simple and fun and they will respond very positively! Please share this post with any mom you know who may be dealing with tween breakouts and let me know in the comments if there are any products you have used with great results!

Hylunia Wellness Day Spa-Escape to Bali

View albumI am so excited to share my experience with Hylunia Wellness Spa in Costa Mesa which combines natural skin care with Eastern age defying therapies. I am asked frequently which spa I recommend to get a facial treatment in Orange County and after the glowing results I had, this is it! Hylunia Skin Care has been a favorite of mine for over a year when I discovered the Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I was drawn to the Hylunia product line not only because of the purity of the ingredients but also how efficacious the line is and was thrilled to learn of the signature spa opening in Orange County.

I attended a Beauty Blogger Event to experience the spa and receive a facial.  It is an escape to Bali from the products in the retail area and imported furniture to the eastern therapies and rituals they provide. There is no front desk to wait behind, you are free to roam around and check out the authentic Balinese imported goods and skin care. Next in the relaxation room, I had the opportunity to de-stress as I went on a guided meditation journey with the sights and sounds of Bali. I loved having a transition from my hectic day to my actual treatment.

hylunia photo 1 FILEminimizer Relaxation Bali Style in the OC: Hylunia Wellness Day Spa

Purple Room where I received my facial.

I received the Hylunia Exclusive Custom Facial, a 75 minute treatment. This is literally a head to toe experience beginning with a foot treatment (yes please!),  back massage and on to the facial treatment itself. It all began with selecting a custom oil, which is intuitively  selected by the guest based on scent preference.  Not surprising to learn I chose an oil used to invigorate and energize! The facial includes a double exfoliation, massage and treatment mask, based on the needs of the individual skin type. Each and every product used in the spa is in the Hylunia Skin Care line which means it is green, holistic, paraben and GMO free. When I saw my skin after I was surprised how toned and hydrated it looked even without make-up and it continued to glow for almost a week.

Hylunia Wellness Spa is offering a special offer for my readers until September 30, 2014. If you purchase a membership you will receive 20% off (cost is normally $50.00) and there are no monthly or annual dues. Use the code BLOGGER2014 to receive this amazing deal. You are able to schedule any one service FREE just by having this membership! (75 min maximum and up to a $130.00 value!) You can also receive 50% off Yoga, 10% off all spa services and retail products, free wellness and cooking seminars and more. It is an amazing offer. Check out the website to read more about the treatments offered, it is incredible.

Guests are able to book treatments and classes online or can call 949-313-776 to book appointments. I am looking forward to trying out some of the eastern rituals such as Stress Relief + FIRE Therapy Massage, Shirodhara Ritual Massage and am taking my three year old to Kids Yoga this weekend. I will be reviewing some of the products I received as well as I am seeing some amazing results with them. Stay tuned!

 

 

Let it GO!

So I may be the only mom who hasn’t seen the movie Frozen yet, I hear the song Let it Go is pretty popular. It’s also the theme for my house as I prep for baby #2. I can’t believe how attached to “stuff” I can get and how this “stuff” is totally dragging me down. I saved many items that my son grew out of because I knew we were having another child. And lucky me I am having another boy so many of those items will really come in handy! My two boys will be sharing a small room and this room was already full and overcrowded. I put off re-organizing and making room as long as I could until all of a sudden I realize I have less than a month until Baby Ezra is here!

What I noticed was the stress of the clutter, just looking at it, was making me stressed beyond belief. I have been sick a lot this pregnancy and I know being stressed out played a role in that. The funny thing is once I got in there and started letting go of what I thought was so important to keep, my mood improved and I felt like a huge weight was being lifted.

I have talked about stress and how it affects the skin in a negative way and also overall health. I am living proof of that. I know its easy to let the clutter and things pile up on me and how badly it makes me feel. Sometimes a good purge is just what the doctor ordered. If it was up to my husband my son would have one toy and everything else would be gone. I love that he is not attached to “things”, it seems so freeing. I am working on being more like that as well.

Update on the room:  there is enough space, we have what we need and I think the boys will be very happy in there. That is all that really matters. Now just waiting on his arrival!

Other posts on this topic:

Oh I’m Stressed!

Lavender Oil

Dermalogica MV Power Recovery Masque

 

New Dedorant is Here!

Simply Jess Skin Care has a new product to announce! The Coco-Mango Deodorant is now available for purchase in my Etsy Store, Simply Jess Skin Care. Below I touch upon why I personally switched to a natural deodorant, why I created one myself and what makes my deodorant different.

What is a deodorant vs. an antiperspirant?

Many people know by now why it is important to use a more natural deodorant vs. an antiperspirant and what the difference is. Antiperspirants are designed to decrease sweating through the use of aluminum based ingredients that are absorbed into the skin. The FDA requires that antiperspirants decrease sweat by 20%, so it doesn’t completely stop the process. Of course the higher the aluminum the more the sweat will decrease and the more you are exposed to toxic material under your arms and close to the lymph nodes.

Deodorants on the other hand are designed to help block odor primarily and can help absorb wetness to an extent. Because sweating mixed with the bacteria under your arms causes the odor, they are designed to kill bacteria so the odor problem does not occur. Usually they do not contain aluminum based ingredients, however they may contain alcohol, artificial fragrance, even antibiotics.

Are antiperspirants dangerous?

There is much debate about this question currently. Many people have claimed that the use of antiperspirants contributes to cancer. While there hasn’t been an official government warning against these ingredients and cancer specifically,  there are many studies out there linking the dangers of applying these materials so close to the lymph nodes, especially in regard to breast cancer. Even the FDA admits the aluminum in these products are absorbed into the skin (one of the reasons I stopped using this type of product), and I have never seen a study stating what levels ARE considered safe. And did you know the yellowing/staining effect you see on your clothes are due to the aluminum in the antiperspirant?

My experience

I have always hated to sweat, in fact I refused to get married in the summer months for fear of sweating! In the past I used a strong antiperspirant daily and even kept a secret stash in my car. This particular product I used used Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex at 15.40% as the active ingredient with a bunch of other undesirable ingredients. It would work but then as the day went on I would start to sweat like crazy. I thought it was just how my body worked.

After learning about deodorant and why it was a good idea to ditch the potentially harmful ingredients I decided to throw away my precious stick and try it out. For the first week and a half I was sweating like crazy, I really thought it isn’t going to work! But then my body started to regulate and the weirdest thing happened, I started to sweat less than I ever had. I think that while I was wearing the antiperspirant, my body was not able to expel sweat, which is a natural and crucial function of the body, and that was causing the excess sweating. It is what helps us detoxify. Every time the product wore off I would just sweat like crazy until I would reapply it and then start the unnatural cycle over again. I realized my body does sweat but not as much as before and the more I wore the natural stuff the more I regulated, which was awesome!

I started to use natural deodorants I would buy at the health food store and I found a few I liked. But I realized that even the natural sticks had very unnatural ingredients. That is when I decided this would be my new project, when I say it is natural, it really is.

Simply Jess Coco-Mango Deodorant

My new deodorant helps kill bacteria causing odors and minimizes sweat while letting your body’s natural detoxification process work. It helps absorb excess perspiration thanks to natural ingredients such as Kaolin Clay.

The solid stick easily rolls on with a creamy finish due to luxurious Shea and Mango butters and Coconut Oil. It maintains a beautiful yet subtle fragrance through the use of pure essential oils such as Palmarosa and Lavender, both known for their antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

I worked together with a chemist who specializes in creating natural body products to create a deodorant that has pure and natural ingredients and actually works. I hand make each stick and use the highest quality ingredients and it is also safe for sensitive skin. If you are used to the antiperspirants, give it a try and give it some time. It took me a week and a half to get used to it. For my friends who already like the natural tubes, let me know how this one compares. You can check out my Etsy Store to find out more details on my Coco-Mango Deodorant here.

Thank you for supporting Simply Jess!

 

 

Anniversary Special Continues!

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

I am offering another special for Simply Jess Natural Lip Balm to continue my three year anniversary celebration! For the rest of the month if you purchase THREE or more lip balms you will receive free shipping through my shop on Etsy! Just enter  3BALMSFREESHIP at check out.

Don’t know much about this lip balm I keep talking about? Click here and remember it is now 100% Organic and completely natural!

Enjoy!

Kimberly Parry Organics-Hydrate Neroli and Fig

Hydrate - Neroli & Fig

I just got back from a mini-break over the weekend with my family in Carlsbad, what a great getaway for us Orange County peeps! We stayed at the Sheraton Carlsbad and La Costa Resort. Both properties are extremely family friendly and each have a spa (YES!).

I love the boutique style of The Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad,  it has a “beachy” feel with a great selection of products and treatments. Although I did not have time to receive a treatment I did sneak into the spa boutique while my boys were swimming at the pool where I discovered a new product line, Kimberly Parry Organics.

Kimberly Parry

I bought the Hydrate- Neroli and Fig and I love it. It can be used as a moisturizer because of the hydrating properties, depending on your skin type. For my dry skin I like to apply after I cleanse my face by spritzing all over and then apply my facial oil or cream moisturizer. Fig is used to refine the skin, making it a great age management ingredient while the Neroli is nourishing and has an amazing aroma. I took this back to the pool with me and to spritz when I needed a little refresher. It can go over make-up so this is a great product for the beach bag!

Kimberly Parry Organics is USDA certified organic with pure and high quality ingredients including powerful essential oils and extracts. The type of products you can feel good about putting on your skin. They also have products for baby skin which I am excited to check out as well.

You can find Kimberly Parry Organics here or the Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad.