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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Skin Care Guru in Orange County

 

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!

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Fab Fit Fun!

 

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!

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

Fall Skin Care Tips!

Hydrating B5 Gel

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.

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

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!

 

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!

Acure Organics

Acure Organics - Acure For Your Skin, Acure For The Planet

I am always on the look out for a skin care line that uses pure ingredients and doesn’t break the bank. I recently discovered the Acure Skin Care line and have been testing one of the moisturizers. I was drawn to the company philosophy and the care in which they source ingredients. They look out for natural, organic when possible, fairly traded ingredients while maintaining an eco-friendly status. The list of ingredients they avoid is impressive-click here.

I purchased the Sensitive Facial Cream and am enjoying it. Because of my dry skin I chose this moisturizer over the others even though I am not sensitive because I wanted the richest cream. The ingredients include organic Chamomile and probiotics. Some of the more cutting edge technology used are the Chlorella Growth Factor and Argan Stem Cells which aid in the skin rejuvenation process: making this cream both highly moisturizing and anti-aging. It can be used day and night.

I am looking forward to trying more of this line. They carry it at health food stores (you can find out the nearest location near you here) and the price is great considering the quality of the product! I will report back when I have have the chance to try more.

 

 

 

Hylunia Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Pure Hyaluronic Acid

 

One of the most common skin care concerns I have seen, no matter what the skin type, is dehydration. I have had clients with acne and oily skin have terrible dehydration. Typically skin that is dried out through the use of harsh ingredients is left even more vulnerable to further oil production and acne breakouts, due to the skin overcompensating. It’s a vicious cycle. It is with this skin type that you want to hydrate the skin with a water based ingredient versus an oil. Drier skin types that lack oil can also be lacking hydration in the skin. Almost everyone I see is dehydrated to some degree.

Nicely hydrated skin is always the goal, it’s what gives us the “dewy look” or that glowing skin we desire. Wrinkles look less defined and make-up glides on beautifully. One of my favorite ingredients to achieve hydration is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found within the body, in the eyes and joints. One of my favorite qualities of it,  is that it binds moisture from the air, up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. This makes it super powerful for delivering hydration without the heavier feel of an oil. Because of the plumping effects, this ingredient is even used as an injectable wrinkle reducer and for lip plumping in many plastic surgery/medical spa facilities.

One of my favorite topical serums containing this potent ingredient is Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Hylunia. It glides on the skin and is instantly penetrated, leaving the skin feeling light and smooth. It is oil-free making it a great moisturizer option for a acneic or oily skin type. Due to my dry skin, I use it underneath my moisturizer as a hydrating booster and it makes my skin feel silky and smooth. This product is for everyone, it is extremely gentle and even healing for more extreme skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis.

Check out the Hylunia website for more information, they offer free shipping with no minimum order!

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Vitamin C Must Have Summer Product

Moisturized!

 

 

 

My Must-Have Summer Product

The other day I walked by the mirror and saw my skin, I have to say it was looking pretty good. It had been about a week since I started using the Beyond Complex C Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum by Hylunia and it was starting to show. I could actually see a notable difference in my skin, it looked smoother and brighter and in a short period of time. As I continue on my journey to ditch the toxic chemicals in my life across the board, I am always on the lookout for topical skin care that is safe AND efficacious. I think I hit the jackpot!

The main benefits of Beyond Complex C include:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Protection from free radical damage
  • Soothes and calms redness in skin
  • Less irritation
  • Beneficial for Rosacea

Green tea and Chrysanthemum are powerful antioxidants which help fight free radical damage, Vitamin C is a great wrinkle fighter and Horsetail is a natural way to lessen redness in skin and heal.

For best results apply this product twice a day underneath a moisturizer. It is lightweight and is easily absorbed into the skin. Check out the Hylunia website to learn more about the Beyond Complex C and the other products in the Hylunia line. Shipping is free every order (score!) and check out the amazing sales going on here.

As this line was created skin sensitivity was the main focus, ensuring that the most pure and safe ingredients are utilized. Hylunia is a very green brand, cruelty free, and this company avoid all the harmful and toxic ingredients used widely in mass marketed products. The holistic approach to skin care and the use of natural ingredients that actually work is a total win in my book! I am trying out a few other products and will report back soon!

 

 

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.