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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Molecular Mist

Supplements for Skin Health

I See the Light

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!

Too Much or Too Little?

 

When recommending products for my clients they usually ask me how much they should use. I think it is a common misperception that more is always better and that is rarely true when applying product to your face. This is a simple guide to reference for most products, of course read the labels on the carton and ask your skin care therapist for guidance. If you are overusing your skin care you are most likely throwing good money away, using the proper amount will help your favorite products last as long as they should.

Eye Cream/Gel-pea-sized amount for both eyes

Dot your eye cream around the bone gently with ring finger. Avoid eye lids. You can actually have a break out if you use too much, over applying will not make the crows feet disappear quicker! This is also one of your higher price points so follow the directions.

Moisturizer-quarter-sized amount

Typically this amount should cover your face and neck. I like to treat my décolleté as well.

SPF– half dollar amount

This is the one area where you can go to town; the more you are covered the better so go for it. Also double up, use a foundation that has an SPF.

Cleanser– dime-sized amount

Most cleansers today are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. You can always add more water if you feel you need more cleanser.

These Boots are Made for Walking

Now that I have reached 40 weeks of pregnancy I am trying to do all I can to encourage my body into thinking  that it’s “time”. This has included walking trips to every mall in Orange County. On one such walking excursion with my mom, she was on a mission for a new moisturizer and I was on a mission to find it for her. I am always on the look out for skincare products that don’t cost a fortune but actually work and I found one.

 

The Rebalancing Day Fluid SPF 15 by Boots Cosmetics is a great moisturizer for oily to combination skin, lightweight and has an SPF of 15. It contains Hyaluronic Acid so that it hydrates and locks in moisture while the texture is ultra-light. Perfect for daytime with the sun protection and even better is the price at $12.99! Boots is the number one skincare line in the UK and I love the price point (along with the fact that it is sold in Target!)   They sometimes have representatives from the line in-store you can ask for samples before you take a product home.