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.

Winning?



 

Watching Charlie Sheen this past week on every TV channel I noticed his chain smoking. Got me thinking about the havoc cigarette smoking has on the skin. Visibly you can see the obvious markers of a long term smoker in the face: heavier wrinkles, thin lips and deep lines around the eyes.  At the cellular level DNA is damaged, this happens deep in the dermal layer of the skin. The cells are actually mutated because of the toxins and this is how wrinkles and even cancer is formed.

 

The newest research coming out explains how badly the damage can be, worse than we even thought before. The harmful effects of smoking can be compounded while exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which is why smoking is starting to become banned on the beaches. Second hand smoke is a danger also to be avoided. By this day and age we all know that cigarette smoking is terrible for our health and we should not smoke. I mean look at Charlie. Duh.

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.

Champagne taste?

There is an amazing new week day special at the Resort at Pelican Hill Spa. If you are thinking about getting a facial or massage this is the place to go. During the week you can receive treatments starting at $90.00 for 50 minutes; this is an incredible deal considering this is a five star spa with some of the best therapists in the industry. There is a beautiful full service salon and a spa boutique.

I recently went to the spa for a 50 minute massage; we arrived early to use the amenities and made a day of it. Valet is free, you can use the fitness area, trust me I can go on and on! Check out the specials and the website for more details.

Pelican Hill Mid-Week Specials

Happy New Year!!

Here are a few New Years resolution ideas for better skin in 2011. Cheers to healthy skin!

  1. Wash your face every night before bed –Yes, even on New Years eve after you have been out late partying, no, especially then! Heavy make-up and dirt on your skin will prematurely age you and cause break-outs.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day– I can hear you now, “but I don’t need it when I work indoors all day”. Just do it! You get much more sun than you think.
  3. Get more sleep – I never realized how much lack of sleep could affect my skin until the birth of my son. A solid 8 hours is good for you in so many ways, even your skin.
  4. Exfoliate weekly– We all fall off the bandwagon when it comes to regular exfoliation. Try buying a new product to get excited again, and then you will remember what exfoliated skin feels like. Just keep it up.
  5. Smile more– You can see less wrinkles when you are not frowning! After all it is a new year, enjoy!

‘Tis the Season

 

I know I seem a bit obsessed with ways to keep clean and disinfected lately but it is flu season after all! I found an organic hand sanitizing spray that I love and it contains Peppermint so it is perfect for the holiday season. It comes in a small travel size so you can keep it in your purse (perfect for my diaper bag) and use it after touching those dirty escalator rails and bathroom doors at the malls. Happy shopping!

EO hand sanitizing spray with organic Pepppermint

Pumpkin-licious!

Just in time for the holidays I wanted to talk about the YOUTH ACCELERATOR pumpkin enzyme peel. I love anything pumpkin (I am baking a pumpkin pie from scratch as I type) and this peel smells exactly like pumpkin!

It is a super concentrated and effective peel removing dead skin and leaving skin vibrant. The peel uses three different types of pumpkin and essential oils and is free of preservatives and fragrance.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Cool as Cucumber

Because this is the first post as a new mom it is going to be all about convenience! One of the products I brought to the hospital was cleansing Facial Towelettes by Yes to Cucumber. These are great for travel, the gym or when you are feeling too lazy and tired to wash your face!

Benefiits:

  • Dermatologically & Opthalmologically Tested
  • Oil-free, and Hypoallergenic
  • Great for Sensitive Skin
  • Yummy Smell

They are avaibable at Target and are only $5.99. I love how quickly it removes dirt and make-up, now only if I could remove my baby weight as easy…

For the Fellas’

 

Many men have jumped on the skin care bandwagon and are completely savvy with their skin care regimens. Many more men, however, have not. Below are a few helpful hints for men (and the ladies who love them) who think it’s time to incorporate a few products into their medicine cabinet.  After all, you are noticing the fine lines and breakouts and it’s time for a change.

Below are a few habits that contribute to the most common skin conditions I see with my male clientele: dehydration, black heads and sensitivity:

  • Bar Soap. Not only should you not use this on your face but it’s not good for the skin on your body either. Time to toss out the Costco 24 pack of Zest Soap (I had to do this for my husband when we first met and his skin is much better for it).
  • Not Wearing Sunscreen. Most of my male clients tell me they do not use sunscreen, this will age you faster than anything else so make it part of your daily routine.
  • Heavily Fragranced Shaving Creams. If the skin on your face is feeling dry and irritated check out the shaving cream you are using. It may be full of alcohol which is drying. After shaving your face, apply a lightweight lotion good for sensitivity since shaving will put your skin in a sensitized state.

 

When looking to purchase products for your skin, keep it simple. Use products that contain 2 in 1 features to save on time such as:

A light moisturizer with a SPF for day time use

Cleanser with Exfoliating Properties

Go get a facial! I’ve never met a man who didn’t love a facial treatment, it’s relaxing, pampering and you will love the results. You can talk to your skin care therapist and find out what your skin type is and for a simple routine that you will have time for on a daily basis.

Try the Clarisonic Brush-it is waterproof so you can cleanse your skin right in the shower. This will help prep your skin for shaving as well.

Men, I have more tips and products coming your way so stay tuned…

So Fresh and So Clean

I discovered Herban Essentials towelettes a few years back when I was working in Los Angeles. My commute was several hours a day and complete torture. I found myself in a small apothecary that sold these hand wipes and was looking to treat myself to a more spa-like way to sanitize my hands after pumping gas (which I did quite often). I first purchased the Lemon flavor and was amazed with how uplifting the scent was. After wiping my hands I wiped down the steering wheel because I could not get enough of the fresh scent.  I even smiled a little even though I was on the 405 freeway at 5:00 pm.

 

The individually wrapped moist towelettes contain high quality essential oils and are combined with antibacterial properties. Each flavor is delightful; my favorites are the Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. They are designed to be used on the hands but they have a hundred different ways in which they can be used (check out website: http://www.herbanessentials.com/welcome). Because they are a little pricy I try to get the most out of every towelette- I would even put the wipe on the A.C. vent so I could keep the aroma flowing in the car. Try the mini pack which contains a variety of all of the towelettes available in one package before you commit!