LOVE the Sea!

For us, this summer has been filled with many beach filled days. There is nothing more uplifting and exhilarating to me as taking a dip in the ocean water. There is research on how the ocean has positive effects on our immune system, healing benefits for certain skin conditions and even just walking barefoot on the sand can be beneficial. This has inspired me to talk about some of my favorite ocean derived skin care ingredients along with a few products I am loving right now.

Seaweed

Red and brown Algaes are hydrating, firming and anti-inflammatory. Different seaweed or algae can have different benefits and are amazing in a skin care routine, especially when combined! Hyaluronic Sea Serum

Hyaluronic Sea Serum-Osea

I love the Hyaluronic Sea Serum by Osea. Not only does it firm, tone and provide vitamins and minerals topically, it also uses Hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and protect! This is a great serum for underneath your normal moisturizer day or night.

Sea Salt 

Detoxfying, stimulating, invirgorating! Sea salt is great for exfoliation and rich in minerals.

Mineral Wellness Soak-Kerstin Florian

These mineral salt crystals are my favorite thing to add to my bath. It helps relieve sore muscles and detoxify the body. I love doing this before bedtime, it has a calming effect and is the perfect at home self care item.

 

Sea Whip

An amazing marine coral which is harvested in the Caribbean. It is healing and amazing for super sensitive skin types. I also love this ingredient for any one who has been in the sun, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory gem!

Simply Jess Product-Coming soon!

Something is cooking in the Simply Jess line, stay tuned! Make sure you are subscribed to my blog for the announcement of the product and a special coupon code when it launches!

3 Must Have Cosmetics When Feeling Old and Tired!

Well this title sums up how I have been feeling lately, especially after just having a birthday.  I decided I needed to update a few items in my cosmetics bag and get my glow back! Since my baby is still not sleeping through the night I am tired much of the time and it shows. I decided to treat myself and buy a few items that can help me fake looking rested a bit and give me a little boost. Even though on a daily basis I keep my routine very simple,  I have been adding these three steps to help brighten my skin and face.

1. Concealer-As we age the fine lines around the eye area increase and if you are not sleeping, the dark circles get darker. Apply your favorite concealer to the under eye area and eye lids and blend in. This always needs to be a shade lighter than your skin color. You can add concealer to your lip area and blend in to help lipstick application look smoother too.

2. Highlighter– This makes a huge difference! It is a very subtle tool that brightens the whole face and just makes the skin look fresh. Hardly noticeable but it makes my skin look especially brighter if I am tired. Make a ‘C’ shape around your eyes, lightly down the nose and a touch above the lip. My new favorite addition to my routine.

3. A Great Foundation– I like my skin to look dewy and even, but then again who doesn’t? This step starts with a great moisturizer and serum, but more on that in another post. I bought a new Bobbi Brown make-up brush for applying my foundation and it works great. An investment but those brushes last forever if you take care of them.

That’s it! Just a few extra steps and I feel much better. What are your favorite tricks to look more awake? What about favorite highlighters or concealers?

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Dermalogica Primer

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

skinperfect primer spf30

 

As a mom who is always on the go, I appreciate multifunctional items, especially when I am getting ready in the morning. I usually have about three minutes until my toddler starts breaking my make-up (true story).

I just started using the skinperfect primer spf30 by Dermalogica after not using a primer in while. I love the way this product makes my skin look underneath my make-up and even better, I can wear it alone. This product is a three in one; as it is a primer, contains SPF and addresses anti-aging concerns. After I put this on my skin,  I feel my face looks smoother, brighter and more even. If I am just running around I usually do not use a foundation and I feel the coverage, although light, is enough for me. When I do apply my foundation on top, it lasts longer and helps minimize the way my lines appear.

The skinperfect primer is filled with powerful ingredients such as peptides, white tea and SPF to help ensure it not only protects the skin but also repairs the skin from further damage. Because of the consistency of the primer this would be an excellent choice for a more oily skin type, especially with anti-aging concerns.

Do you wear a primer under your make-up? Let me know which one YOU like!

 

 

 

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

 

Kerstin Florian Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

 

My home was recently flooded with a mini river flowing through my living room and all. Needless to say, we had to leave. After finding mold in our downstairs bathroom, I knew this evacuation would be longer than a small travel size product could afford me. Having an 8 month old baby I had to pack for, this would be the first time in history I wasn’t the one with the most luggage. Just because my home was being gutted and I couldn’t sleep in my own bed didn’t mean I was about to ignore my daily skin care regimen! Although I did feel I should simplify.

With that said I knew the product I really could NOT live without was my KFI Multi-Vitamin SPF 30. This moisturizer is rich with antioxidants and vitamins and leaves my skin feeling nice and hydrated. A great bonus, it is also has an SPF of 30 so I didn’t need to pack my sun protection. What I love most about this product is the high level of antioxidants like Vitamin C and E, adding extra protection from the sun and free radical damage and algae and cucumber helping to keep inflammation at bay (read more about Antioxidant skin care here).

Although my house was in disarray, that didn’t mean my skin should be. Thank you Kerstin!

 

 

Happy St Patty’s!

Because of the holiday I wanted to represent a green product, one that is naturally occuring and not an artificial color. I tried another body wash  from the “YES to” line (check out this past post: http://iheartskincare.net/2011/01/06/whats-up-doc/ ). I loved my Carrot flavor and came upon the “YES to” Cucumber body wash, I love it! Great for sensitive skin and has some of the same benefits as the previous wash such as: Petroleum, SLS & Paraben Free.

The key ingredients other than organic cucumber are Green Tea,  Aloe Vera and Olive Fruit Oil-all great for sensitive skin. Love the price point at $8.99 too! You can find it at Target. Now where is my Guinness!!

Red Hot

We all know that red is the color of love and the official color of Valentine’s day.  The perfect way to sport this color this Monday (and this season red is in) is on your toes and fingers! I have a new favorite Nail Polish, butter London. This polish is a “3 Free company” which means the product does not contain formaldehyde, toluene or DBP (dibutyl phthalate). They have many rockin’ colors but try Come to Bed Red (really) this Valentine’s Day. Can be purchased online at Nordstom’s