Need a Solution for Melasma? 4 Tips to help!

 

Melasma is a skin condition I have been asked a lot about lately. Usually problematic in the face, melasma is an overproduction of pigment making the skin appear darker in certain areas. It is a skin condition that is typically related to hormones and can be worsened by sun light, skin inflammation/acne or certain types of medication.

Some of the women I talk to have seen an increase or experience melasma for the first time after having kids. One way to avoid it from getting worse is to avoid excessive sun exposure. I know personally after having kids I am in the sun much more than before. Between pool days, going to the park and other outside activities it is hard to avoid. Here are some helpful hints to help tackle melasma.

1. Limit Sun Exposure – If you have to be in the sun, make sure to cover your face. I try and wear a hat as much as possible when I am out with the kids. Even the best sun protection has its limitations so try and cover up. This is the first and most important tip because if you start to treat the skin without covering up it will not help and could even make it worse. I think getting out in the sun is healthy and Vitamin D is crucial for our health but at least limit your face if working on this problem.

2. Look at Medications- Some of the birth control out there among other prescription medication can lead to an increase in pigmentation, so ask your doctor.

3. Topical Treatment Options– I am not a fan of harsh lightening creams, partially because they are not exactly great for the skin but also because if you aggravate the cells in the skin responsible for melanin production while using those products, the problem will come back even worse.

Regular exfoliation and brightening/lightening serums do a great job of managing pigmentation in the skin. I love Brilliance from Sircuit Cosmecuticals for its brightening agents. They ship free over 50 dollars as well. If you want to add a Vitamin C/A regimen, check out Sircuits website, they have amazing products that target pigmentation and use high quality and effective ingredients. Read more here on these products: Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’

4. Laser – If skin care treatments are in your budget I would recommend going to a medical spa or dermatologists office for a consultation. Some of the lasers out there do wonders, make sure you are going to a reputable place where the technician is experienced. Remember to be vigilant about covering up during these treatments. The summer months are not ideal for these types of treatments, although in Southern California I think Summer is the only season we have left.

I hope this helps navigate how to best work on decreasing melasma and pigmentation while brightening your skin in a safe way. Please comment below if you have a product or treatment that has worked for you or if you have any questions!

How Floating in a Tank Can Improve Your Health

I have been hearing all of the hype surrounding ‘floating’ in sensory deprivation tanks recently so I decided to see what it was all about for myself.  Initially I became a little anxious about floating in a closed pod full of water and Epsom salts, so I did some research first. The health benefit claims were impressive; improvement in sleep quality, pain relief, decreased anxiety and more. I even read one hour in the tank can equal up to four hours of sleep, that was all I needed to hear after a year of poor sleep being a new mom.

My sister and I went to Float Therapy Spa in Huntington Beach a brand new facility offering state of the art float tanks. And here is a little about the process:

  • Watch a brief video that gives you a great explanation about the experience.
  • Take a shower and get ready to begin your float
  • Float! We did a 60 minute float but they have longer sessions available as well.
  • Take another shower to rinse off the salt

There are options, you don’t have to be in the dark with no sound and just sit there. I closed the pod door (but you don’t have to) and chose to keep the light on and listen to music. You can customize your experience so it is comfortable allowing for you relax and feel at peace.

It was such an interesting experience. At the end of my float I felt as though I had had a massage. I was extremely relaxed and felt less back pain than I had before. The benefits increase as you continue to float and people report increased creativity, focus and mind altering thoughts (along with many other benefits). While speaking to people who regualry float, one thing that is common is they do go regularly and each time improves what you get out of it.  I will definitely go back.

References:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25344737
  • Float Therapy Spa-Huntington Beach

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!

FullSizeRender[2]

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Anniversary and Giveaway!! Three for Three!

I ♥ Skin Care turns three years old this month! To celebrate and to thank my readers for following my blog, I am offering a giveaway with my brand Simply Jess. The prize is three Natural Lip Balms – Coco Mint flavor. You can read about the contest and enter to win below (SUPER easy!). Good Luck and thank you for reading I ♥ Skin Care!

P.S. There will be another fabulous giveaway coming soon with an amazing brand I am loving right now. Details to come soon.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kimberly Parry Organics-Hydrate Neroli and Fig

Hydrate - Neroli & Fig

I just got back from a mini-break over the weekend with my family in Carlsbad, what a great getaway for us Orange County peeps! We stayed at the Sheraton Carlsbad and La Costa Resort. Both properties are extremely family friendly and each have a spa (YES!).

I love the boutique style of The Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad,  it has a “beachy” feel with a great selection of products and treatments. Although I did not have time to receive a treatment I did sneak into the spa boutique while my boys were swimming at the pool where I discovered a new product line, Kimberly Parry Organics.

Kimberly Parry

I bought the Hydrate- Neroli and Fig and I love it. It can be used as a moisturizer because of the hydrating properties, depending on your skin type. For my dry skin I like to apply after I cleanse my face by spritzing all over and then apply my facial oil or cream moisturizer. Fig is used to refine the skin, making it a great age management ingredient while the Neroli is nourishing and has an amazing aroma. I took this back to the pool with me and to spritz when I needed a little refresher. It can go over make-up so this is a great product for the beach bag!

Kimberly Parry Organics is USDA certified organic with pure and high quality ingredients including powerful essential oils and extracts. The type of products you can feel good about putting on your skin. They also have products for baby skin which I am excited to check out as well.

You can find Kimberly Parry Organics here or the Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

multivitamin power recovery masque

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!

Related posts below:

Benefits of bath

Turkish Bath

Broccoli Mask

 

Original Sprout-Natural Hair Gel

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!