About 10 years ago everyone at my work was dieting with the lemonade diet and losing weight. I wanted to lose five pounds so I was in! By day two I was getting dizzy and my dogs food smelled really good. I decided to stop, gained the two pounds of water weight back plus more and permanently slowed my metabolism. What a win!
I recently was thinking of this story because it can be the same with our skin, we want the fast fix without first trying the basic things we should be doing. Instead of fasting with lemon salt water I should have started with a healthy diet and exercise. I have a lot of people asking me about expensive and sometimes invasive procedures to help their skins appearance. So today I am going back to the basics with three easy steps to get your skin game going strong. Even if you decide to go forward with more advanced procedures you will see even better results if you are doing these things first. Or you may find you see such an improvement you stick with these tips and save yourself some $$$ and recovery time!
This is the most effective way to help shed those dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin making it hard to get your products to penetrate in. Fine lines and wrinkles look more defined when you are not regularly exfoliating and skin has less of a glow. I say start here and be consistent! I keep one in the shower so I can remember to regularly exfoliate. I can see a difference when I do. And most products only take a few minutes so it won’t be a challenge to fit this step in.
Hydration in the skin is the best way to plump out fine lines and give your skin a beautiful glow. But many people I talk to are not using a serum or a hydrator under their moisturizer (or even using an effective moisturizer). After I use my Simply Jess toner I apply my serum and then my moisturizer. This helps to ensure I have the hydration I need. And of course hydrate internally not just topically. Drinking enough water makes a huge difference in the skin. Especially if you are consuming dehydrating drinks such as coffee or alcohol, (Me? Never!). Add something like lemon, electrolytes or fruit to jazz up your water so that it doesn’t feel so boring to drink.
I know how easy it is to dismiss this one. I can certainly tell a difference in my skin when I have actually had a good nights sleep. It seems like the norm to be sleep deprived and I have finally started to take this seriously. During the night our skin is rejuvenating (along with our brain and everything else in the body), so it is crucial to try to get some solid sleep. After my camping trip when I slept a good 30 minutes one night, my skin definitely was not looking its best. I know for the moms who are reading this it can seem difficult to get all the sleep we need but its so important to help us feel and look better. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
Are you exfoliating, hydrating and sleeping enough?
As the end of summer approaches I am realizing the abuse I have put my hair through. SO much sun and lots of days jumping in the ocean. Which I love! But if you are like me and have dry hair, its not the best.
Lately my curly hair has been looking a bit like straw and I have found the perfect hair repair solution-A hair mask. I usually don’t make time to even mask my face but this is one step that makes a huge difference! I can certainly tell if I haven’t been consistent with it.
My absolute favorite mask is from the DevaCurl line called Melt into Moisture . I literally stop people in the streets and go on and on about DevaCurl. It is the only product line I use and it is so large you can still switch it up within the line. I love that they do not use any harsh chemicals of any kind and the price point is excellent. You can (and should!) use this line if you have wavy all the way to super curly hair. It has changed my hair for the better and I am a fan for life. I will link to the other post I wrote about my curly hair routine below but let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. I could talk about this line all day long! ♥
Bringing Curly Back!
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.
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-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.
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.
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!
I have another make-up product I want to share that I am loving right now! Even though in the summer I do not wear a lot of make-up, I usually do not leave the house without my bronzer. I am loving Hoola bronzer by Benefit cosmetics. The color is beautiful and the mini brush that comes with it is awesome! I also like how compact it is and how nicely it fits in my gym or travel bag.
Again it is a must have for me, as I am a little ghostly without it and I love the sun kissed glow it provides. You can check it out at Nordstroms. Benefit is having a special gift with purchase if you spend $50.00, check it out here! HOOLA
Summer is here and I want to share some of my new favorite sun care items! During the summer months my boys and I are constantly in the sun at the beach, pool and lake and I need to keep my skin protected. I am loving the Badger line for them in case you are looking for a great natural line for kids. Below I am highlighting three SPF/sun care items that I am using on the regular over here in sunny Orange County.
Coola Sport SPF 50
I love wearing this SPF when I am going to be in the sun a long time. Especially when going into the water, I feel like I stay very protected. It is a great facial sun protection and lovely on the skin.
Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
This is my new favorite find for the summer! It is a lightweight oil with an SPF of 50 and the best part for me is it is a spray pump. I keep this is my beach bag and reapply it on the go. It is super hydrating without feeling greasy and it leaves my skin glowing. It smells divine as well. I buy mine at Sephora.
Hydra-Repair Toner with Lavender
Lastly, my Hydra-Repair Toner is something I carry in my purse wherever I go! One of the best features of the toner is helping to stop the aging process due to sun and other oxidative stress along with being super hydrating and repairing. I spray this toner during times spent outdoors and also the minute I get out of the sun to calm and hydrate. I use this on my little ones as well. You can stick in the cooler to keep it cold and refreshing.
These products help me enjoy my summer without worrying too much about damage from the sun. Also, don’t forget the hat! ♥
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!
This post is for all my OC peeps! One of the questions I am asked the most is, where should I go for a facial treatment? I currently do not perform facials for the public but I have a wonderful esthetician to share with you.
Kellie with Skin Care on the Lake by Kellie, is my go to esthetician that helps keep my skin looking healthy. I know of her talent because she was the esthetician that helped train me back in 2003! She has 30 years experience in this industry and facials are her specialty. She believes that beautiful skin starts with healthy skin. Kellie teaches people to care for their skin on a daily basis and treats them regularly to achieve the best results. She also believes this is an important step before getting medical/clinical treatments for optimal results.
Kellie has three key products and steps for keeping skin healthy and youthful and steps she herself takes everyday. I won’t disclose her age but you would not believe it if you saw her, her skin is flawless.
1. Skinceuticals PHLORETIN CF®
This is a day time serum and a powerful antioxidant. An amazing serum for sun damage, a collagen builder and environmental protector.
2. RETINOL 1.0 Retinol cream
Retinol is used to promote cell renewal and improve signs of aging skin. This is a night treatment and helps smooth the skin while you sleep.
3. Sun Protection
Lastly after caring for your skin with highly potent serums it is important to protect the skin from free radical damage and the sun. Kellie uses a daily sun protection on her skin as well as when you leave her treatment room.
Kellie uses Skinceuticals and Dermalogica in her treatment room and in her retail. She does a 60 minute facial or 90 (but always goes longer!) and customizes each treatment especially for your skin. You can find Kellie at the links below on her Instagram or Facebook.
*She currently has a promotion going on, buy Pholretin CF and receive a Physical Matte UV Defense sunscreen for FREE! Check Kellie out, she is a talented esthetician and wonderful person!
The last few weeks I have had people asking me about my skin and commenting on how it is glowing. My secret? I had a visit with my friend and skin care expert Lili! I love her philosophy which is right in line with mine. A holistic approach to skincare that is advanced in its results. I had the most wonderful facial and the results have continued well after my treatment a few weeks ago.
After cleansing Lili exfoliated in conjunction with the Ultrasonic machine which I love. After extractions she used micro-current and Lightstim light therapy.
The micro-current tightens and tones the facial muscles as well as stimulating collagen and elastin while softening fine lines. The micro-current machine Lili uses in her studio is the one I have seen the best results with.
I have been a huge fan of light therapy particularly the “red light” because of the amazing results, no downtime or damage to the skin and science behind it. For plumping, evening out the skin tone and as an overall anti-aging treatment this can not be beat! Not all red light treatments are the same and I have not seen as great of results with others but I love the LightStim.
No wonder my skin was glowing after this! Check out Lili’s website here to learn about the many facial treatments she offers and also how you can customize your treatment based on your needs. I love how there is the option to target any skin type. And she is just a pleasure to be around! For me it was a bit of a drive from Orange County as she is in Santa Monica but it was well worth it.
I will be reviewing her two products that I took home, I can tell this has helped continue my results. Check out the Lili Mineni Skin care line here. I am especially loving the Vitamin A serum at night!
I wanted to try a new makeup and happened to be at my favorite place, Target. I have been using a variety of department store and Sephora face makeup products and wanted to do a comparison. I decided to try a foundation with a SPF for my days spent in the sun and a glow enhancer for under the foundation to help me achieve the bronzy/dewy look I love. Here is what I found:
True Match Lumi Glotion and Makeup Highlighter-L’Oreal
This is a fun product. You can use this as a highlighter or even apply all over for a all over glow. I have been using it all over under my foundation and loving it. It has moisturizing ingredients and adds to the dewy look I love since I have dry skin. At $14.99 it is a great price compared to department store products.
True Match Super Blendable Makeup-L’Oreal
This foundation, also from L’Oreal, is hydrating with a SPF of 19. It has a light to medium coverage and although it is oil-free doesn’t have a matte or drying finish. I use it together with the Lumi Glotion and it looks amazing. This is what I use for my basic day time foundation when I do not need a full coverage. And for $8.59 I think its a great option.
Do you have a favorite “drug store” brand or product? Please share below!
My friend recently introduced me to FabFitFun and I am loving it! It is a subscription based box that includes full size beauty, wellness and fashion items that is sent four times a year with each season. I signed up as a member and my first box I received was the Winter box. Some of the highlights for me include the BB Dakota Poncho, 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker and my adorable new mug that I use every day for tea.
The retail value of my first box is $388 and it cost me $49.95! I love the variety and quality of the goodies. Not to mention how much I look forward to receiving my box and unpacking it. I loved it so much I purchased the Editors box which I am loving as well.
If FabFitFun is something you are excited to try you can use the code WELCOME10 to get $10.00 off your first box. Click this link to receive your discount; WELCOME . It is just in time for the Spring Box which is coming soon! Let me know in the comments below if you have tried Fab fit fun and what your favorite items are!