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!

Pretty Threading Blowdry-Special Offer!

Threading is an ancient practice of removing facial hair that started in India over 5000 years ago and has been steadily gaining popularity here in the states. The technician uses a piece of thread to uplift and remove hair around eye brows and the lip area. When I started threading my eye brows about ten years ago there were not as many options in the south orange county area so I made the trek to Costa Mesa. Now there are threading salons popping up and I decided I wanted to try it out again.

A friend of mine suggested Pretty Threading in Mission Viejo and I loved my results! I visited their newest location in Rancho Santa Margarita this week, where they also offer Blow dry, make-up applications and Henna!

I love the salon decor and the staff was amazing. When I first sat down for my blowout I was given an Ipad to choose the look I wanted, there were five styles to choose from. The salon uses some of my favorite products such as the Moroccan Oil line and a mineral Make-up line I love called Mirabella. The pricing is so competitive, check out the service menu here.

Pretty Threading is offering 10% off Threading or blow-dry services for my readers, just mention I Heart Skin Care to redeem! I hope you will enjoy your services as much as I did!

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Owner Pretty and I!

 

Hylunia Wellness Day Spa-Escape to Bali

View albumI am so excited to share my experience with Hylunia Wellness Spa in Costa Mesa which combines natural skin care with Eastern age defying therapies. I am asked frequently which spa I recommend to get a facial treatment in Orange County and after the glowing results I had, this is it! Hylunia Skin Care has been a favorite of mine for over a year when I discovered the Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I was drawn to the Hylunia product line not only because of the purity of the ingredients but also how efficacious the line is and was thrilled to learn of the signature spa opening in Orange County.

I attended a Beauty Blogger Event to experience the spa and receive a facial.  It is an escape to Bali from the products in the retail area and imported furniture to the eastern therapies and rituals they provide. There is no front desk to wait behind, you are free to roam around and check out the authentic Balinese imported goods and skin care. Next in the relaxation room, I had the opportunity to de-stress as I went on a guided meditation journey with the sights and sounds of Bali. I loved having a transition from my hectic day to my actual treatment.

hylunia photo 1 FILEminimizer Relaxation Bali Style in the OC: Hylunia Wellness Day Spa

Purple Room where I received my facial.

I received the Hylunia Exclusive Custom Facial, a 75 minute treatment. This is literally a head to toe experience beginning with a foot treatment (yes please!),  back massage and on to the facial treatment itself. It all began with selecting a custom oil, which is intuitively  selected by the guest based on scent preference.  Not surprising to learn I chose an oil used to invigorate and energize! The facial includes a double exfoliation, massage and treatment mask, based on the needs of the individual skin type. Each and every product used in the spa is in the Hylunia Skin Care line which means it is green, holistic, paraben and GMO free. When I saw my skin after I was surprised how toned and hydrated it looked even without make-up and it continued to glow for almost a week.

Hylunia Wellness Spa is offering a special offer for my readers until September 30, 2014. If you purchase a membership you will receive 20% off (cost is normally $50.00) and there are no monthly or annual dues. Use the code BLOGGER2014 to receive this amazing deal. You are able to schedule any one service FREE just by having this membership! (75 min maximum and up to a $130.00 value!) You can also receive 50% off Yoga, 10% off all spa services and retail products, free wellness and cooking seminars and more. It is an amazing offer. Check out the website to read more about the treatments offered, it is incredible.

Guests are able to book treatments and classes online or can call 949-313-776 to book appointments. I am looking forward to trying out some of the eastern rituals such as Stress Relief + FIRE Therapy Massage, Shirodhara Ritual Massage and am taking my three year old to Kids Yoga this weekend. I will be reviewing some of the products I received as well as I am seeing some amazing results with them. Stay tuned!

 

 

New Dedorant is Here!

Simply Jess Skin Care has a new product to announce! The Coco-Mango Deodorant is now available for purchase in my Etsy Store, Simply Jess Skin Care. Below I touch upon why I personally switched to a natural deodorant, why I created one myself and what makes my deodorant different.

What is a deodorant vs. an antiperspirant?

Many people know by now why it is important to use a more natural deodorant vs. an antiperspirant and what the difference is. Antiperspirants are designed to decrease sweating through the use of aluminum based ingredients that are absorbed into the skin. The FDA requires that antiperspirants decrease sweat by 20%, so it doesn’t completely stop the process. Of course the higher the aluminum the more the sweat will decrease and the more you are exposed to toxic material under your arms and close to the lymph nodes.

Deodorants on the other hand are designed to help block odor primarily and can help absorb wetness to an extent. Because sweating mixed with the bacteria under your arms causes the odor, they are designed to kill bacteria so the odor problem does not occur. Usually they do not contain aluminum based ingredients, however they may contain alcohol, artificial fragrance, even antibiotics.

Are antiperspirants dangerous?

There is much debate about this question currently. Many people have claimed that the use of antiperspirants contributes to cancer. While there hasn’t been an official government warning against these ingredients and cancer specifically,  there are many studies out there linking the dangers of applying these materials so close to the lymph nodes, especially in regard to breast cancer. Even the FDA admits the aluminum in these products are absorbed into the skin (one of the reasons I stopped using this type of product), and I have never seen a study stating what levels ARE considered safe. And did you know the yellowing/staining effect you see on your clothes are due to the aluminum in the antiperspirant?

My experience

I have always hated to sweat, in fact I refused to get married in the summer months for fear of sweating! In the past I used a strong antiperspirant daily and even kept a secret stash in my car. This particular product I used used Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex at 15.40% as the active ingredient with a bunch of other undesirable ingredients. It would work but then as the day went on I would start to sweat like crazy. I thought it was just how my body worked.

After learning about deodorant and why it was a good idea to ditch the potentially harmful ingredients I decided to throw away my precious stick and try it out. For the first week and a half I was sweating like crazy, I really thought it isn’t going to work! But then my body started to regulate and the weirdest thing happened, I started to sweat less than I ever had. I think that while I was wearing the antiperspirant, my body was not able to expel sweat, which is a natural and crucial function of the body, and that was causing the excess sweating. It is what helps us detoxify. Every time the product wore off I would just sweat like crazy until I would reapply it and then start the unnatural cycle over again. I realized my body does sweat but not as much as before and the more I wore the natural stuff the more I regulated, which was awesome!

I started to use natural deodorants I would buy at the health food store and I found a few I liked. But I realized that even the natural sticks had very unnatural ingredients. That is when I decided this would be my new project, when I say it is natural, it really is.

Simply Jess Coco-Mango Deodorant

My new deodorant helps kill bacteria causing odors and minimizes sweat while letting your body’s natural detoxification process work. It helps absorb excess perspiration thanks to natural ingredients such as Kaolin Clay.

The solid stick easily rolls on with a creamy finish due to luxurious Shea and Mango butters and Coconut Oil. It maintains a beautiful yet subtle fragrance through the use of pure essential oils such as Palmarosa and Lavender, both known for their antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

I worked together with a chemist who specializes in creating natural body products to create a deodorant that has pure and natural ingredients and actually works. I hand make each stick and use the highest quality ingredients and it is also safe for sensitive skin. If you are used to the antiperspirants, give it a try and give it some time. It took me a week and a half to get used to it. For my friends who already like the natural tubes, let me know how this one compares. You can check out my Etsy Store to find out more details on my Coco-Mango Deodorant here.

Thank you for supporting Simply Jess!

 

 

4 Simple New Year Skin Resolutions!

Moms In Charge

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

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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Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’ with Sircuit Cosmeceuticals!

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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Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

skinperfect primer spf30

 

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!

 

 

 

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!