The Fast Fix! (Skin Care Edition)

About 10 years ago everyone at my work was dieting with the lemonade diet and losing weight. I wanted to lose five pounds so I was in! By day two I was getting dizzy and my dogs food smelled really good. I decided to stop, gained the two pounds of water weight back plus more and permanently slowed my metabolism. What a win!

I recently was thinking of this story because it can be the same with our skin, we want the fast fix without first trying the basic things we should be doing. Instead of fasting with lemon salt water I should have started with a healthy diet and exercise. I have a lot of people asking me about expensive and sometimes invasive procedures to help their skins appearance. So today I am going back to the basics with three easy steps to get your skin game going strong. Even if you decide to go forward with more advanced procedures you will see even better results if you are doing these things first. Or you may find you see such an improvement you stick with these tips and save yourself some $$$ and recovery time!

Exfoliate!

This is the most effective way to help shed those dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin making it hard to get your products to penetrate in. Fine lines and wrinkles look more defined when you are not regularly exfoliating and skin has less of a glow. I say start here and be consistent! I keep one in the shower so I can remember to regularly exfoliate. I can see a difference when I do. And most products only take a few minutes so it won’t be a challenge to fit this step in.

Hydrate!

Hydration in the skin is the best way to plump out fine lines and give your skin a beautiful glow. But many people I talk to are not using a serum or a hydrator under their moisturizer (or even using an effective moisturizer). After I use my Simply Jess toner I apply my serum and then my moisturizer. This helps to ensure I have the hydration I need. And of course hydrate internally not just topically. Drinking enough water makes a huge difference in the skin. Especially if you are consuming dehydrating drinks such as coffee or alcohol, (Me? Never!).  Add something like lemon, electrolytes or fruit to jazz up your water so that it doesn’t feel so boring to drink.

Sleep

I know how easy it is to dismiss this one. I can certainly tell a difference in my skin when I have actually had a good nights sleep. It seems like the norm to be sleep deprived and I have finally started to take this seriously. During the night our skin is rejuvenating (along with our brain and everything else in the body), so it is crucial to try to get some solid sleep. After my camping trip when I slept a good 30 minutes one night, my skin definitely was not looking its best. I know for the moms who are reading this it can seem difficult to get all the sleep we need but its so important to help us feel and look better. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

Are you exfoliating, hydrating and sleeping enough?

Summer Sun Care Favorites!

Summer is here and I want to share some of my new favorite sun care items! During the summer months my boys and I are constantly in the sun at the beach, pool and lake and I need to keep my skin protected. I am loving the Badger line for them in case you are looking for a great natural line for kids. Below I am highlighting three SPF/sun care items that I am using on the regular over here in sunny Orange County.

Coola Sport SPF 50 

I love wearing this SPF when I am going to be in the sun a long time. Especially when going into the water, I feel like I stay very protected. It is a great facial sun protection and lovely on the skin.

Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This is my new favorite find for the summer! It is a lightweight oil with an SPF of 50 and the best part for me is it is a spray pump. I keep this is my beach bag and reapply it on the go. It is super hydrating without feeling greasy and it leaves my skin glowing. It smells divine as well. I buy mine at Sephora.

Hydra-Repair Toner with Lavender

Lastly, my Hydra-Repair Toner is something I carry in my purse wherever I go! One of the best features of the toner is helping to stop the aging process due to sun and other oxidative stress along with being super hydrating and repairing. I spray this toner during times spent outdoors and also the minute I get out of the sun to calm and hydrate. I use this on my little ones as well. You can stick in the cooler to keep it cold and refreshing.

These products help me enjoy my summer without worrying too much about damage from the sun. Also, don’t forget the hat! ♥

 

 

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Rose of Jericho

This week I am highlighting one special ingredient used in my Hydra-Repair Toner, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract or Rose of Jericho. It is a botanical found in the desert of Mexico.

This plant is amazing because it can survive the challenges of the desert such as low humidity levels and high temperatures. It can withstand being almost completely dried up for long periods of time and then recovering when exposed to moisture. It is actually called the “Resurrection Plant”. Once the plant is exposed to moisture the plant is revived.

I use this ingredient in my toner because it provides intense moisturize and improved barrier function. It also provides a soothing and healing component. Coupled with the other moisture boosting ingredients the toner works wonder to hydrate and protect. I like to spray this before my treatment products and then layer my moisturizer. I also keep it in my bag and spray throughout  the day to protect! Always after being in the sun. To learn more about the Hydra-Repair toner click here!  

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YogaWorks Trunk Show!

Simply Jess is participating in a trunk show at YogaWorks in Mission Viejo today through Monday February 15th. Come check us out! We have Hydra-Repair Toner, Coco-Mango Deodorant and Coco-Mint Lip Balm. They all make terrific Valentines Day gifts.

Don’t forget to check out the yoga apparel, I am in love with the yoga gear!

New Must-Have Skin Care Product has Arrived!

 

My new Hydra-Repair Toner with Lavender is here and I am so excited to share it! I have created a product that will help protect and repair skin while keeping it super hydrated and balanced. Spray toner is something I use every single day and I wanted to create one of my own to add features that I have not seen on the market yet. And the best part is the ingredients are naturally derived botanicals of the highest quality.

Key benefits:

Hydration-this toner is designed to hydrate the skin through the use of highly active and naturally derived super ingredients.

  • Coconut water contains Cytokinin which helps regulate cellular health, keeping connective tissues in the face hydrated.
  • Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract or Rose of Jericho, a botanical found in the desert of Mexico, provides intense moisturization and improved barrier function.

Protection from Cellular Damage- Hydra-Repair Toner has a unique feature, helping to stop the aging process due to sun and other oxidative stress.

  • Camu-Camu Extract is a shrub that’s native to the Amazonian rainforest with 30 times more vitamin C than an orange, making it a potent antioxidant. It is used in skin care for wound healing, cellular repair and for enhanced collagen production. When we spend time in the sun the damage to the cells continue even after we go indoors. The ingredient helps to stop that process and protect our skin from further damage. Amazing!

Healing

  • Arnica Montana Extract is a native plant on the European continent and in Siberia and has been used extensively in European folk medicine since the 1500’s. It is used in skin care to help calm redness and irritation in the skin and is amazing post-sun. Another reason to put this toner in your beach bag!
  • Lavender Water is the base of this toner, and this ingredient alone would make an amazing spray for the skin. Lavender has too many benefits for me to even mention but the reasons I choose it is for the soothing, healing and uplifting aromatherapy benefits. I like to spritz before bed because of the calming effect.

 

USES/APPLICATION:

You can use the toner on cleansed skin before your moisturizer, it will help your treatment products and moisturizer penetrate better.

Spray the toner to set your make-up.

Always after sun exposure and even during.

At night for the calming effect.

Keep it at your desk and spray to refresh throughout the day or when you get irritated at your co-worker.

Keep in your gym bag.

Chill in your fridge in the hot summer months and then take to the pool.

Spray your dog when he won’t stop barking at the UPS truck.

There are endless options for how to use this toner and the good news is you can not over do it. It is natural, light weight and loaded with amazing ingredients to help you looking fresh and glowing.

Find the toner here! Hydra-Repair Toner

If you have questions about the Hydra-Repair Toner please comment below!

Fall Skin Care Tips!

Hydrating B5 Gel

October is here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The holidays, comfort foods and excuse to bring out my scarves. I am patiently waiting because apparently Southern California has not got the memo that summer is over. When the weather does begin to change, it is helpful to make some adjustments to our skin care routine. Below are a few helpful hits to transition your summer skin care to fall ready.

1. Treat Summer Sun Damage.

Post summer is a great time to begin exfoliating regularly again and treating yourself to a great facial treatment. If you spent a lot of time outdoors this summer try adding a antioxidant serum to help with sun damage.

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

2. Protect Lips

As the colder months approach keep lips hydrated and protected from the dry weather. I like to layer my Simply Jess Lip Balm on top of my lipstick to protect and keep them nice and hydrated. Or simply wear it alone.

3. Upgrade Your Moisturizer

This is the time of year to update your moisturizer, one that is richer and more protecting. Or better yet you can add a super charged serum to your existing routine. I am in love with the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. The combination of vitamin B5 along with hyaluronic acid makes the skin feel velvety and extremely hydrated without feeling heavy. This is a great product for any skin type and helps your existing moisturizer leave skin looking plumped up. I love it under make-up as well.

Do you switch up your regimen with the seasons? Let me know in the comments below. And Happy Fall!

 

NEW Lavender Lip Balm-It’s the BOMB!

 

Simply Jess is launching a new product, Coco-Lavender Lip Balm! This balm is all natural, super hydrating, calming and healing. This product is perfect for you if you have dry/chapped lips, sensitive skin (and can not tolerate peppermint oil) and love the scent of lavender!

My kids love this one, I use organic ingredients and nothing harsh. When I am wearing lipstick I use this on top for a nice glossy finish and it helps smooth out any dryness. If you give it a try please let me know what you think by leaving a comment on this post or in my Etsy Store. There is a limited supply so get yours today!

Thank you for supporting Simply Jess!

50% off SUMMER sale is here!

 

Summer is here and enjoying some fun in the sun can leave your lips pretty dry! I am offering a 50% off discount for my Simply Jess Natural Coco-Mint Lip Balm.  Just enter the code, Summerfun1 at checkout! Click for the link to my Etsy Store HERE.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up to my blog to get sale info and discounts, you can do so here: www.iheartskincare.com and click subscribe. You will be e-mailed my e-Book, 5 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Healthy Skin, free!

This offer will only last until I run out of stock so hurry and order if you want to get the sale price. Happy Summer, keep those lips hydrated and shiny!

 

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!

 

 

Anniversary Special Continues!

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

I am offering another special for Simply Jess Natural Lip Balm to continue my three year anniversary celebration! For the rest of the month if you purchase THREE or more lip balms you will receive free shipping through my shop on Etsy! Just enter  3BALMSFREESHIP at check out.

Don’t know much about this lip balm I keep talking about? Click here and remember it is now 100% Organic and completely natural!

Enjoy!