Nothing says relaxation to me like taking a hot bath. To make this experience even better I love to add a few special touches while I sit and relax in the tub. For one, I always like to add something to the water (bath salts, oils etc) and I love a good mask for my face. I know not a lot of people take the time for the so-called extras like facial masks but they can really make a difference in improving the skins appearance.
I recently used the Multivitamin Recovery Masque by Dermalogica which is one of my all time favorites. The MV Recovery Masque is filled with vitamins, antioxidants and rich algae to name a few, that instantly repair and replenish the skin. It is ideal for people with aging concerns (hellooooo!) and stressed skin. This would be the perfect mask after getting over a flu or a cold (Read here for more on skin and sickness), after getting too much sun, or when you just have that “dull” look going on. This mask is also my go to when I have an event or a hot date night and want my skin to glow. It has an instant hydrating effect!
You can check out some of the other masks by Dermalogica sorted by different skin types and which concern you want to target. Add a mask to your weekly regimen and you will see a difference, enjoy!
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I have been getting sick a lot lately. Scratch lately, more like my entire life. It seems I pick up every bug going around. I hear people say things to me like, “You’re sick again!? You’re always sick.” Or if you are my mom you simply just tell me what a hot mess I am. True that mother, true that. But to be fair she also makes me homemade chicken soup, lucky me!
After my last cold which lasted about 4 days I looked into the mirror and noticed how crappy I looked. My skin was dull and flaky, not exactly the picture of healthy skin I talk about here. I know that not looking fabulous is not the worst side effect of having the flu or a cold but it’s definitely not a good one either.
Here are a few steps I take to get my skin back to glowing after a bout with a sickness.
This is key after being sick. A common skin concern is dry flaky skin, especially if you haven’t been drinking enough fluids. Peeling back that dead layer of skin will help you get the glow back and also help with product absorption. I would choose a gentle non-abrasive exfoliator in case your skin has been sensitized during your illness.
I like to apply a deeply hydrating mask to my skin after a cold. Especially if you have been taking over the counter meds or antibiotics because they can wreak havoc with the skins hydration level. If you do not have a “fancy” mask at home you can even use a few tablespoons of Pure Aloe Gel (maybe we a few drops of Lavender essential oil) and apply directly to the skin. Preferably while relaxing in a hot bath, ahhhh.
Due to toxins being released breaking out is common during times of illness. It is best to apply these types of products at night while the skin is regenerating (let it dry before your head hits the pillow). Clays, Tea tree and Lavender essential oils are all great natural ways to heal an acne breakout.
In future posts I will also be sharing what information I have been seeking to strengthen my immunity. Hopefully I will stop getting sick all of the time and keep my skin looking its best. I have learned so much and continue to learn what steps to take, foods to eat and medicines to avoid. I will share what has worked for me and please share with me if you have any immunity boosters that have worked for you! More to come!
Well it had to happen, my son has my hair. Thankfully although extremely curly it is also super adorable (I wish I could say the same about my curls). Now that we keep his hair a little shorter than we used to he gets a few crazy pieces that stick up and slicking it back with water like I usually do doesn’t always work anymore.
I had heard about Original Sprout brand and this was my excuse to finally try it out. The founder of this hair and skin care line decided to create a product with pure and safe ingredients after the birth of her daughter. Because this line is natural and organic and made especially for babies and up, I felt good about using it on my little guy. Original Sprout also has quite the celebrity following!
I bought the Natural Hair Gel and I love it. It is gentle, smells great and rinses out really well. I will be trying more from this line soon, I have the sun protection on my wish list. Will report back on what I try! For now here is a picture of my little guy!
Read more about Original Sprout here and let me know if you have any feedback on these great products!
I am offering Free Shipping to celebrate Valentines day this year for my New Simply Jess Lip Balms! Just type in FREESHIP at checkout, click here to find my store on Etsy.
Read more about this BOMB balm here and if you have tried the balm already I would love to hear your feedback!
P.S. The fellas happen to love this balm-great gift idea!
*Offer expires February 15th, 2013
As some of my readers know, I have just opened a store on Etsy, Iheartskincare. My brand is and will always be natural, non-toxic and efficacious. iheartskincare.com will continue to be a resource on lifestyle, products, nutrition and how they play a role with our skin.
My first product, Simply Jess Coco-Mint Lip Balm is a terrific alternative to the commercial lip balms out there because it penetrates the skin delivering great hydration. My husband is finally off the chapstick and my 2 year old loves it too! We are constantly applying it especially this time of year with this crazy dry weather.
My natural Lip Balm’s main function is to soothe and heal dry and chapped lips, here are some of the key ingredients:
- 100% pure Organic Peppermint essential oil – heals dry, chapped lips with a cooling effect.
- Shea Butter – Rich and moisturizing
- Organic Coconut Oil – Nourishing and protecting
- Organic Sweet Almond Oil – Relieves dryness and irritation
I use only use top quality and organic ingredients with no harmful chemicals added (such as Parabens, artificial color or fragrances). Please check out Simply Jess at Iheartskincare on my Etsy Store to learn more!
As I am transitioning to pure ingredients in every area of my life, I am constantly searching for natural lines that use quality ingredients. As I learned more about the Josie Maran Cosmetics line I was excited to try it out. The sourced ingredients I read about such as Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Mango seed butter and more, are the type of natural yet effective ingredients I like to put on my skin.
I recently tried the 100% Pure Argan Oil and love it. It is extremely versatile with uses ranging from a daily facial serum or moisturizer to dry nail beds and hair. Although it is an oil, it is silky and easily absorbed, not greasy whatsoever. The best part is it is 100% organic! Since my entire body is terribly dry right now with this weather I have tried this oil all over and love the texture and hydrating effect.
I also love the simple and Eco-friendly packaging. You can tell this company has great pride in taking care of the environment and giving back, which you can read about on their website. The product packaging is recyclable and containers are biodegradable. Josie Maran’s motto for her brand is “Luxury With A Conscience.” Love it!
I can’t wait to try the cosmetics and color from this line, I will be sure to share what I try out!
The dreaded cold and flu season is here. I have been sick quite a few times this year and have been researching ways in which I can keep my immune system strong. Once I’m sick it really shows; my skin gets dry, flaky and has a dull look to it. The last time I was feeling a scratchy throat I took a few actions and actually did not get sick! Here are 5 ways in which I protected myself:
1. Cut out sugar.
There is a lot of evidence that sugar can depress the immune system so I cut it out when feeling sick. A great substitute is Stevia to use for a sweetener.
2. Probiotics…go to town.
Find a great quality probiotic and you can take it in higher doses which is totally safe. I love Inner Eco which is a coconut water based Probiotic. Great for everybody when sick and to prevent getting sick, keep in your fridge! You can find it at most health food stores-berry flavor is my favorite!
3. Vitamin C/Vitamin D
I’ve read that increasing not only Vitamin C but Vitamin D is crucial when feeling sick. I take the Super D Omega-3 by Carlsen. This is a Cod Liver Oil in liquid form, I know this sounds completely disgusting but it has a lemon flavor and is not bad at all. I even sneak it into my sons apple sauce and he loves it. A great side effect for the skin with fish oils are the essential fatty acids which are amazing for fine lines, dry skin and even eczema.
4. Essential Oils
One of my favorite essential oil blends is the On Guard by doTerra. This oil can eliminate airborne viruses and pathogens, I diffuse it into the air constantly. It has a nice holiday flavor as well so it is perfect for this time of year. When I felt my sore throat coming on I gargled 1-3 drops of On Guard mixed with water and then swallowed it. My sore throat was gone! This blend is 10% off for the month of November: On Guard
5. Chicken Soup-From Scratch.
I love the study I read a few years back on how chicken soup was shown to help as a cold remedy. Although results were mixed, you can’t deny the comforting effects achieved from a warm bowl of homemade soup, not to mention the yummy aroma that comes with it. Luckily my mom came over and made some for me, I froze the broth and am hording it like liquid gold. If you are not so lucky to have a mom who can do this for you, find a store bought soup or pick up from a restaurant.
I wish all of you a happy and HEALTHY Thanksgiving!
I adore pumpkin, talk about a versatile fruit! Not just for carving, there are great health benefits and it’s even beneficial for the skin. Many skin care brands are using pumpkin as an ingredient in exfoliation and masks. Rich in zinc, vitamin C and A, pumpkin can help with cellular turnover in the skin and enzymes help to slough off dead skin cells.
Now that it’s pumpkin season take advantage! I like to bake the small pie pumpkins during this time, puree them and then freeze. There are so many other ways to eat pumpkin other than pie like in soups and breads. I love sprouted pumpkin seeds for the added omegas/protein and eat them everyday.
SO whether you put it on your skin or eat it pumpkin has many great benefits. Enjoy and have a happy Halloween!
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I am always getting asked what skin care facility I trust and recommend and now I am excited to tell everyone about Leur Lab Integrated Aesthetics! This medical spa has the most advanced and varied selection of laser and designer treatments I have seen. Some of the cutting edge therapies Leur Lab offers include Regenerative Cell Therapy through fat transfers and the Vampire Face Lift which can achieve amazing results without having surgery. The combination therapies offered ensure the best results because it is a customized treatment for each client. I also love the post laser treatment selection which helps speed up recovery time.
Another unique aspect of Leur Lab is their L-Fix Membership program, an amazing way of personalizing and maintaining your aesthetic needs on a monthly basis. Read more about the program here.
I have added some images below, after all this place is stunning. The waiting room includes Wi-Fi, a wet bar and other luxuries that make it extra special. The skin care lines they have chosen are some of my all time favs as well. If you are looking for help with such skin conditions as acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation just to name a few, this spot is for you. Leur Lab is all about results, terrific service and gorgeous surroundings. Check out Leur Lab’s website or call to set up a consultation (949) 200 8222
I have to say Fall is my favorite season, wearing boots, dressing up for Halloween, cooler weather, too many reasons to count. Another to add to the list is to bust out my new favorite red nail polish I just bought from Butter London. I love this metallic red, it is so rich in color. I love the finish on my toe nails.
Butter’s products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens and was the first company to sell non-toxic nail lacquer in the United States. The colors to choose from are amazing check out the ButterLondon website for more.
Smell you later summer! Oh wait..it’s 100 degrees out…bullocks.