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!
Melasma is a skin condition I have been asked a lot about lately. Usually problematic in the face, melasma is an overproduction of pigment making the skin appear darker in certain areas. It is a skin condition that is typically related to hormones and can be worsened by sun light, skin inflammation/acne or certain types of medication.
Some of the women I talk to have seen an increase or experience melasma for the first time after having kids. One way to avoid it from getting worse is to avoid excessive sun exposure. I know personally after having kids I am in the sun much more than before. Between pool days, going to the park and other outside activities it is hard to avoid. Here are some helpful hints to help tackle melasma.
1. Limit Sun Exposure – If you have to be in the sun, make sure to cover your face. I try and wear a hat as much as possible when I am out with the kids. Even the best sun protection has its limitations so try and cover up. This is the first and most important tip because if you start to treat the skin without covering up it will not help and could even make it worse. I think getting out in the sun is healthy and Vitamin D is crucial for our health but at least limit your face if working on this problem.
2. Look at Medications- Some of the birth control out there among other prescription medication can lead to an increase in pigmentation, so ask your doctor.
3. Topical Treatment Options– I am not a fan of harsh lightening creams, partially because they are not exactly great for the skin but also because if you aggravate the cells in the skin responsible for melanin production while using those products, the problem will come back even worse.
Regular exfoliation and brightening/lightening serums do a great job of managing pigmentation in the skin. I love Brilliance from Sircuit Cosmecuticals for its brightening agents. They ship free over 50 dollars as well. If you want to add a Vitamin C/A regimen, check out Sircuits website, they have amazing products that target pigmentation and use high quality and effective ingredients. Read more here on these products: Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’
4. Laser – If skin care treatments are in your budget I would recommend going to a medical spa or dermatologists office for a consultation. Some of the lasers out there do wonders, make sure you are going to a reputable place where the technician is experienced. Remember to be vigilant about covering up during these treatments. The summer months are not ideal for these types of treatments, although in Southern California I think Summer is the only season we have left.
I hope this helps navigate how to best work on decreasing melasma and pigmentation while brightening your skin in a safe way. Please comment below if you have a product or treatment that has worked for you or if you have any questions!
October is here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The holidays, comfort foods and excuse to bring out my scarves. I am patiently waiting because apparently Southern California has not got the memo that summer is over. When the weather does begin to change, it is helpful to make some adjustments to our skin care routine. Below are a few helpful hits to transition your summer skin care to fall ready.
1. Treat Summer Sun Damage.
Post summer is a great time to begin exfoliating regularly again and treating yourself to a great facial treatment. If you spent a lot of time outdoors this summer try adding a antioxidant serum to help with sun damage.
2. Protect Lips
As the colder months approach keep lips hydrated and protected from the dry weather. I like to layer my Simply Jess Lip Balm on top of my lipstick to protect and keep them nice and hydrated. Or simply wear it alone.
3. Upgrade Your Moisturizer
This is the time of year to update your moisturizer, one that is richer and more protecting. Or better yet you can add a super charged serum to your existing routine. I am in love with the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. The combination of vitamin B5 along with hyaluronic acid makes the skin feel velvety and extremely hydrated without feeling heavy. This is a great product for any skin type and helps your existing moisturizer leave skin looking plumped up. I love it under make-up as well.
Do you switch up your regimen with the seasons? Let me know in the comments below. And Happy Fall!
My top three tips for healthier looking skin are pretty much the same for any skin type. If you have been neglecting your skin and it shows, try these simple steps and see if it helps!
1. Exfoliate– So are you exfoliating at home on a regular basis? I think this is an important step so many clients I talk to are missing! Whether your concern is dehydrated/ dull skin or congestion and oiliness, exfoliating will help. Getting rid of the top layer of skin will help bring healthy cells to the skins surface. Don’t get crazy and over exfoliate to make up for lost time, that will do more damage than good. Click here to see a few of my favorites if you need to purchase one (hint one of my favorites is from Dermalogica): Exfoliate
2. Hydrate- A few days of not drinking enough water, having too much caffeine or alcohol or not using hydrating skin care can show up instantly in the skin. When the skin is dehydrated every fine line is amplified and looks more aged. That is why people with oilier skin types tend to have less fine lines than us ‘dry as the desert’ skin types. Along with internal hydration I love using a topical serum to help hydrate and plump up the skin, makes a beautiful difference under make-up too.
3. Sleep- Sleep is crucial for absolutely everything, it is when we recharge our brains, when human growth hormone is released and when are cells are regenerating. I cringe as I type this one, it has not been a good year of sleep for me. I am more clumsy, I am constantly dropping things and my memory has not been good. It totally shows in my skin as well, you can tell I just look tired. A good nights sleep makes a world of difference in our skin and the way we feel so if you can, get more sleep. I know it is hard, trust me, but it helps tremendously.
If you are feeling like your skin needs a boost, try these three tips and then let me know if you see any results! What are your go to skin remedies? Share in the comments below!
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!
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!
My latest guest blog post for Mom’s in Charge is up! I share four easy ways to improve the look of your skin in 2014, check it out here!
The mission of this organization is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post
If you were anything like me this summer you spent plenty of time in the sun. Between beach and pool visits not to mention plenty of time at the park, I had my fair share of sun exposure even while wearing a hat most of the time. Now that summer is winding down (although you would never know it here in southern California with the dreaded heat!), I like to start thinking of ways I can replenish and repair the damage that has been done.
One of my all time favorite brands Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, has a product that is just what the doctor ordered post-summer. Infusion-A is a very effective protecting and correcting serum that I love to use to help improve the look of my skin. Due to the vitamin A, proteins and other cutting edge ingredients, benefits include decreased hyperpigmentation, improved skin tone and wrinkle reduction. What I love about this product (and the brand itself) is that the combination of natural and high performance ingredients together achieve dramatic results without the irritation (like many other products I have tried).
While this product is highly corrective it is also a terrific preventative tool. The peptide complex protects skin from cellular damage. Because it promotes cellular turnover, skin can be more sensitive to the sun, so use this product at night and follow up with a sun protection before you leave the house in the A.M. If you are really serious about correcting sun damage, couple Infusion-A with a Vitamin C serum in the day time. Sircuit Weapon is a 10% Vitamin C serum jam packed with powerful antioxidants to help repair sun damage, protect the skin from free radical damage and pump up that collagen production. Among other things this serum makes your skin smooth and leaves it glowing, I love it!
Sircuit Cosmeceuticals is cruelty free, green, never uses artificial colors, artificial preservatives or artificial fragrances. You can be assured you are getting a top quality product that works every time. Learn more about the company here and what other amazing products may work for you. I have a feeling you will be as impressed as I am.
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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!
I have been getting sick a lot lately. Scratch lately, more like my entire life. It seems I pick up every bug going around. I hear people say things to me like, “You’re sick again!? You’re always sick.” Or if you are my mom you simply just tell me what a hot mess I am. True that mother, true that. But to be fair she also makes me homemade chicken soup, lucky me!
After my last cold which lasted about 4 days I looked into the mirror and noticed how crappy I looked. My skin was dull and flaky, not exactly the picture of healthy skin I talk about here. I know that not looking fabulous is not the worst side effect of having the flu or a cold but it’s definitely not a good one either.
Here are a few steps I take to get my skin back to glowing after a bout with a sickness.
This is key after being sick. A common skin concern is dry flaky skin, especially if you haven’t been drinking enough fluids. Peeling back that dead layer of skin will help you get the glow back and also help with product absorption. I would choose a gentle non-abrasive exfoliator in case your skin has been sensitized during your illness.
I like to apply a deeply hydrating mask to my skin after a cold. Especially if you have been taking over the counter meds or antibiotics because they can wreak havoc with the skins hydration level. If you do not have a “fancy” mask at home you can even use a few tablespoons of Pure Aloe Gel (maybe we a few drops of Lavender essential oil) and apply directly to the skin. Preferably while relaxing in a hot bath, ahhhh.
Due to toxins being released breaking out is common during times of illness. It is best to apply these types of products at night while the skin is regenerating (let it dry before your head hits the pillow). Clays, Tea tree and Lavender essential oils are all great natural ways to heal an acne breakout.
In future posts I will also be sharing what information I have been seeking to strengthen my immunity. Hopefully I will stop getting sick all of the time and keep my skin looking its best. I have learned so much and continue to learn what steps to take, foods to eat and medicines to avoid. I will share what has worked for me and please share with me if you have any immunity boosters that have worked for you! More to come!
I am always getting asked what skin care facility I trust and recommend and now I am excited to tell everyone about Leur Lab Integrated Aesthetics! This medical spa has the most advanced and varied selection of laser and designer treatments I have seen. Some of the cutting edge therapies Leur Lab offers include Regenerative Cell Therapy through fat transfers and the Vampire Face Lift which can achieve amazing results without having surgery. The combination therapies offered ensure the best results because it is a customized treatment for each client. I also love the post laser treatment selection which helps speed up recovery time.
Another unique aspect of Leur Lab is their L-Fix Membership program, an amazing way of personalizing and maintaining your aesthetic needs on a monthly basis. Read more about the program here.
I have added some images below, after all this place is stunning. The waiting room includes Wi-Fi, a wet bar and other luxuries that make it extra special. The skin care lines they have chosen are some of my all time favs as well. If you are looking for help with such skin conditions as acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation just to name a few, this spot is for you. Leur Lab is all about results, terrific service and gorgeous surroundings. Check out Leur Lab’s website or call to set up a consultation (949) 200 8222