Evian Mineral Spray

I know I have spoken about this Evian Spray before and you know how crazy I am about toners. This was my “go-to” spray toner this summer during the ridiculous heat, which by the way isn’t going away. I really liked to drench my skin whenever possible, especially right after my shower and before I apply skin care treatment products. It also can be used right on top of your make-up. The packaging is recyclable and the sprayer does not harm the environment.

At Skin Store.com they have a variety of sizes so you can bring one with you on a plane and keep one in your purse. Is it Fall yet?!

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5 Minute Make-up!

 

After having my baby, I have perfected the art of getting my make-up done in exactly 5 minutes. I tell you it is possible. Below are my steps for my 5 minute routine, granted I am not ready to get my picture taken but I don’t scare myself every time I walk past a mirror either. The 5 minutes begins after you have cleansed your skin and applied your daily skin care. Start your timers:

1. Bronzer: If I don’t have time to put on foundation/powder I lightly dust my face and neck all over with a great bronzer.

2. Blush: On the cheek bones.

3. Eye Brows: Take the minute to powder and define your eye brows, they frame your face so it makes a huge difference.

4. Eye Liner: Just line underneath your eye on the lash.

5. Curl Lashes and Apply Mascara: A must.

6. Gloss it up: Lips are crucial, keep your favorite lip gloss in your pocket to re-apply throughout the day. My favorite is Chanel Glossimer.

Voilà, you are ready to go!

 

The Dewy Look

 

When I think of a “dewy” skin I think of a skin that is fresh, glowing and well hydrated. Who wouldn’t want that? It begins with a well moisturized skin and ends with a minimal make-up application.

I discovered Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm when shopping for my honeymoon. I wanted something with light coverage during the day that also had sun protection. Mission accomplished, my skin has never looked so good poolside.

Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

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Up in the Air

 

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!

 

 

Molecular Mist

Me and spray toners, we go hand and hand. I have a new favorite, the Molecular Mist by Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, just in time for summer.

This product is powerfully moisture-boosting, using a combination of deeply hydrating and soothing/calming ingredients. They do without the preservatives, colors and fragrance and we love that. Can also be used as a light-weight moisturizer.

Use it after cleansing but also on top of make-up is great too. Check out this past post where I mention other uses for misting toners/sprays:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/07/19/avene-thermal-spring-water/

You just can’t help saying “ahhhhh” after a couple sprays of Molecular Mist. Check out the website below to read more about the toner and the rest of the line. The list of celebs who enjoy Sircuit is certainly impressive (Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Oprah to name a few).

Don’t ignore it!

The neck and décolleté (chest area) are often ignored when it comes to an at-home regimen. In fact, I have seen certain spa/skin care facilities only treat the face as well. We expose our neck and décolleté to the same elements we expose our facial skin to so make sure and do the following:

Cleanse. If you have a Clarisonic brush I suggest adding time for your neck and chest. Check out the link below for Clarisonic info:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/05/29/super-sonic/

Exfoliate and Treat. Treat the skin on your neck and décolleté as you would your face. Pull down each product when you treat.

Sun Protection. Have you ever seen a two-tone face and neck? Yep I bet you have, don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you protect both equally.

100% Pure

I get asked about organic and natural product lines all the time. I found a brand I really like that uses mostly organic and what you would call natural ingredients. 100% Pure is a face and body line using many plant based ingredients and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or fragrance.

So far I have tried a few of the body products and I will report back on the facial items after I try them out. The price point is also very good, one of the most expensive items costing around 35 bucks. You can find the products at Beauty 360 and also on the company website. Try the COCONUT NOURISHING BODY CREAM, super creamy and smells just like summer.

The Art of the Bath

In the spa industry one of the fundamental treatments is the bath. In fact SPA is centered around taking in the healing benefits of water. The history of bathing for medicinal purposes, social gathering and peace of mind has been around since the Greek and the Roman days. These days we take baths to cleanse but the benefits go far beyond rinsing the dirt off such as:

Soothing achy muscles
Clearing out congestion and relieving pressure from a cold
Relaxation
Detoxifying the body
Taking time for yourself

Of course you do not need to visit a spa to take in these tremendous benefits (although that would be lovely too). At home baths are wonderful -I love to add hydrating bath oils or bath salts, put on a facial mask and really benefit from some nice quiet time. Check out this past blog on at home facials, you can do this all in the bath:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/06/13/facial-101/

It puts the lotion on its’ skin

If you are experiencing extremely dry hands, there is a great hand cream I love. My hands literally crack with dryness due to excessive washing combined with my dry skin. It feels like I am living in the Sahara Desert at times.

I love the Eucerin Intensive Hand Repair Cream, it is rich and super moisturizing. It even has AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) to help slough off the excess skin that builds up. I love the size of the tube as well because you can stick it in your purse or desk *or both-it is only around 5 bucks. It can be purchased at almost any drug store or market.  Sweet relief… until the next time you wash your hands-Oy.

I’m Healed!

I had ice on my roof last night. That might not seem like a big deal but I live in Southern California and this is cold for us! The skin is really affected by this cold weather and the biggest side effect is dry and cracked skin. One thing I love to use for healing dry skin among other skin problems such as burns, psoriasis and even frostbite is Aloe Vera. You can buy a plant like the one I have in my back yard (one of the few plants I manage to keep alive) or buy a pure over the counter topical Aloe Vera product. I like the Epicuren Aloe Vera Calming Gel by Epicuren– it is only $8.00. This can be really used as a moisturizer for a real sensitive skin and also as a treatment serum under a moisturizer for a skin suffering from the weather!