JOURNÉE Bio-restorative Day Cream

I recently tried JOURNÉE by Neocutis, a super potent day cream with an SPF of 30 +. This product is loaded with powerful age fighting ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, Hyaluronic Acid and PSP (a blend of Human growth factors and other age fighting proteins).

Because of the ingredient combination this product is much more than just a sun protector. It applies smoothly onto the skin with a beautiful finish due to the reflective properties used to protect skin from the sun. There appears to be a slight tint but I learned the combination of ingredients causes the color and can still be used on any skin tone.

This is a higher price point than most of the products I review but you can justify the price tag if you consider this product is a serum, moisturizer and SPF in one! You can read more about Neocutis and the rest of the line here.

 

 

Everyday Shea Body Lotion

 

Shea butter has been used for centuries in the world of skin care. It has healing benefits for the skin and is deeply hydrating. I tried the Everyday Shea Body Lotion in Vanilla for the first time and I loved it. The Shea butter used in this product is unrefined Shea butter derived from Africa which is known to be more nutritious for the skin.

I love the 32 ounce size and for only $13.99 it is a great value! I sit this bottle with the big pump on my night stand so I can moisturize away. I chose one of my favorite scents, Vanilla, it also comes unscented and Lavender. Check out the company website to learn more about the products and the empowerment programs they support for the people of Africa.

 

Moisturized!

A really important tip that many people are not aware of is when to moisturize your skin-face and body. As soon as you step out of the shower while your skin is still moist you should be applying your products. I do not dry completely off so there is a little water on my skin, then I apply my lotions/products on both my face and body.

The reason we do this is because the products we apply will be more readily absorbed into the skin and simply put, work more effectively.

If the skin does dry a bit you can spritz a spray toner of your choice and then apply the rest of your daily products. *check out my section dedicated to toners for ideas.* This is even more important in the winter months because all skin tends to be drier. A properly moisturized skin looks more beautiful, less fine lines are noticed and make-up is smoother. Now who doesn’t want that?

 

Serum vs. Moistuizer

Wow, I have got to thank my friends and fans of I ♥ Skin care for giving me such great topics to talk to you all about! I was asked another terrific question about serums and moisturizers for the skin. Do you need both? Is one better than the other? Do I need a super expensive product? How to use? I explain below:

  • Let’s start with the differences between the two. Serums are designed to target specific concerns (dryness, pigmentation etc) and penetrate into the skin. Moisturizers are designed to stay on top of the skin and to protect the barrier. They add moisturize and also lock it in. Some oily skin types may want to use a serum that helps to keep the skin looking matte and may not need a moisturizer but if it is in the daytime an SPF is needed.
  • If you are 18, have no skin care concerns and perfectly normal skin I would say you probably do not have to use both. However, most of us over the age of 30 are going to want to use both products because they work differently and lets face it we have concerns.
  • As far as which serum or brand of moisturizer to purchase there all several factors to consider. Of course you can get a facial and have the skin care therapist suggest products for you. I always like to recommend going to a skin care center and getting a skin consultation if a facial is not an option. A trained skin care therapist can analyze your skin under a magnified light, look and feel what is going on with your skin. This is typically a free service and a great help when you are looking for the right product to use. Dermalogica has a great system with their partner skin care centers where they map the skin and help target the right products for the skin concern. Find a center where you feel comfortable with the price range so you don’t leave with sticker shock as well. Many of the best and most effective products do not cost a small fortune and work well.
  • Ask for samples. Especially if you are a more sensitive skin type it always helps to get a facial with the products you are thinking about purchasing or trying a sample to see if there will be a reaction. Just keep in mind most companies do not sample every product and mostly do not sample the serums.
  • As I mentioned above, Serums MOSTLY are applied first and then the moisturizer. Make sure and follow the directions but that is a general rule of thumb. Also these products absorb best when applied on moist skin so if your skin is totally dry before you get to your application, spray a misting toner first and then continue. (I have many suggestions for spray toners I love under the section toner.)

Hope that helps and happy moisturizing!

 

Flax Seed-Super Skin Food

The second food I will be highlighting in my Super Skin Foods series (Click Oysters to read the first), is Flax Seed. This super food is loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and Lignans. Flax seed has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes and even cancer.

In regards to skin health, the benefits include plumper skin due to better hydration, leading to a reduction in fine lines. You can also get the benefits of Omegas in Salmon and walnuts, which is especially beneficial to those of us with dry skin.

Whole flax seeds can be difficult for the body to break down which is why I eat the pre-ground flax seed which you can buy just about everywhere now. My favorite way to eat flax seed is by putting it into my morning Smoothie. It is loaded with tons of antioxidants (protects skin from the sun), Vitamin A (promotes cellular turnover) and of course Flax seed. It’s great for the whole family too.

Super Skin Smoothie:

3-4 servings

Ingredients-

1 cup raw baby Spinach

2 cups water

1 Banana

2 tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed

1/2 Greek yogurt

1 cup Frozen Berries (such as Strawberries, Mangos, Blueberries)

Blend together until smooth. Do not be afraid of the color, it doesn’t always look pretty but it tastes great in my opinion! You can always add honey if it is not sweet enough. If you want to make it creamier you can add 1/2 of an avocado and get even more healthy skin benefits with the essential fatty acids. Enjoy!

 

My A.M. Beauty Routine-Part 1

I had a special request to share my personal skin care and make-up routine. This is what I am currently doing but I have different routines based on new products I am testing and also what condition my skin is in at the time. This post will focus on my morning skin care regimen and the next will entail my cosmetic routine, enjoy!

Step 1. Cleanse-Gentle cleanser by SkinCeuticals. This is gentle enough to use for most any skin type, hydrating but does not leave skin feeling oily. I like to cleanse in the shower with my Clarisonic Brush (of course!).

Step 2. Tone-Molecular Mist by Sircuit. Click on the link to learn why I love this product. After getting out of the shower I will mist with this toner before I layer my products.

Step 3. Treat-Red Wine Resveratrol Antioxidant Serum by 100% Pure. I use a rich serum during the day because my moisturizer is light weight. This serum is also great at night because it is so rich.Step 4. Moisturizer/SPF –Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30 by Kerstin Florian International. I usually am rushing in the morning so having a combo moisturizer and SPF saves me time. I love how this nicely this blends into the skin.

Step 5. Eye Care-Total Eye Care SPF 15 by Dermalogica. Extra SPF around the eye area and helping to conceal my dark circles? No brainer! I like to give my eye area extra love in the day time and I apply my cream very gently.

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

 

FAQ-Skin care edition

Over the years in the treatment room and in trainings I have been asked questions that seem to repeatedly come up. Here they are with my answers/opinions below:

Q. Should I put on my skin care products on dry or wet skin?

A. Always moist skin. If by the time you are applying product when your skin is dry just spray with a toner of your choice. This will help your products penetrate further making them more effective.

Q. In what order do I apply my products?

A. Cleanse, tone, treat/serum, eye cream, moisturize, SPF (A.M.) If using an exfoliation or mask apply after toning the skin and use an exfoliation before a mask.

Q. How to apply eye cream.

A. iCare

Q. Should I wash my face in the AM if I washed it the night before?

A. Yes. Oils from the hair or on your pillow should be removed. If you are not oily you can do a quick tone with a hydrating toner if you do not want to over-wash and then apply daily products.

Q. Should I wear sun protection if I am not laying out in the sun?

A. Sun protection should be applied daily even if you are not going to the beach. We get sun more than we realize (walking to into buildings at work and driving in the car) safer to be protected.

Q. When is the best time to exfoliate?

A. Best time is at night so you will not be immediately exposed to the sun. Be diligent about using sun protection the following morning.

Q. What are the most important things to do to prevent dehydration on a plane?

A. Drink tons of water, limit alcohol (but you are not taking mine away) and wear an extra hydrating serum/moisturizer. Be sure to wear SPF, you are much closer to the sun!

Q. Some tips to prevent acne on your forehead and chin.

A. Pull hair back at night, wash pillowcases regularly, clean phones (especially cell phones and work phones-the cleaning crew doesn’t!) and stop touching your face!

Q. How MUCH product should I use?

A. Click here

Q. How often to get a facial?

A. Best case scenario 4-6 weeks. This is hard for most people so maintain with at home treatments.

Q. What is the best device I can use for my skin?

A. It all starts with a properly cleansed skin. Using a Clairsonic brush will change your skin…for the better of course!

That is all for now, I will update this as I think of more or leave a comment asking your own skin care questions!

ORGANIC COFFEE BEAN CAFFEINE EYE CREAM

The eyes are the window of the soul.

Being sleep deprived for a long period of time can totally wreak havoc on your skin. Obviously I can speak from experience here after having a baby almost a year ago. The skin is a reflection of how we feel on the inside so if your body is tired most likely the look of your skin will be compromised as well.

One area I am often asked about is the eye area. It is the most delicate area of the face and shows the fine lines, puffiness and dryness the most. Caffeine is excellent for stimulating this area and making it look refreshed again much like your morning cup of Joe helps with your energy levels. Around the eye area coffee extract or caffeine in other forms can help with puffiness and dark circles (non-genetic dark circles).

One of my favorite eye creams with Coffee and Green tea extract is the 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. It is moisturizing but not too heavy, helps with inflammation and fine lines. Click on the website info to learn more.

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Neutrogena Men® Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20

Most of the male clientele I have treated are in the market for a simple routine. Products that have multiple functions in one tube, always a bonus. I like this Neutrogena product for that very reason. Great for an after shave, moisturizer and SPF. Has a subtle masculine fragrance and is quite lightweight. Although it does hydrate even dry skin living in a dessert climate…you know who you are. Thanks for the tip.

Can’t beat the price either at $6.99 on Neutrogena.com or at your local drugstore.

More Suggested Reading for Men:

Super Sonic

For the Fellas

Work it baby!