I Wear my Sunglasses…

We all know by now how much I lecture about protecting your skin from the sun. Well, we also need to think about protecting our eyes. Of course we do this by wearing sunglasses. A common problem that develops when people do not protect their eyes from the sun is cataracts and an even more severe side effect is a burning of the retina!

Make sure when you are shopping for shades you check out the UV protection as well as the style factor. And for you parents out there, please consider having your kids wear sunglasses as well as it is just as important if not more so.

Hairroin Salon-Addicted to Style

 

Every time I travel to L.A. there is always one stop I have to make, Hairroin Salon in Hollywood. I go to visit my long time friend Irene who is a master stylist and to get my hair did. You will not find attitude or weird vibes in this salon. You WILL find mad talent, the best products and the look you have always wanted. Ask for Irene, you won’t be sorry. Check out their website below:

 

 

 

 

The Dewy Look

 

When I think of a “dewy” skin I think of a skin that is fresh, glowing and well hydrated. Who wouldn’t want that? It begins with a well moisturized skin and ends with a minimal make-up application.

I discovered Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm when shopping for my honeymoon. I wanted something with light coverage during the day that also had sun protection. Mission accomplished, my skin has never looked so good poolside.

Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

Other Posts Related to the Dewy Look:

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I See the Light

Up in the Air

 

Outer Beauty, Inner Health

 

In the beauty industry we are finally starting to realize what an impact healthy living can make on our outer appearance. This is not a new concept for Kerstin Florian International. I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlene Florian, Vice President of Corporate Creative Development, and daughter of Kerstin Florian about the company philosophy, her favorite products and amazing new treatments they offer:

Tell us a little about Kerstin Florian and the company history.
Kerstin Florian is a Swedish born esthetician who has a passion for skincare and a unique ability to make beautiful natural products that produce results.  She began her career as a model in Italy where everything was about outer beauty.  There she began her journey to understand true beauty, that everyone is beautiful and has the ability to find their true beauty and vitality through health, well-being and proper skincare.  After becoming an esthetician and working on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, she opened a day spa in Laguna Beach, California.  It expanded three times until she had 22 employees.  She was hired by many of the finest hotels to develop their spa concept and menu.  Now she has a complete range of 100 products, lives in Sweden six months out of the year and works with many of the worlds most exclusive spas including the Dorchester in London, the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Fairmont Willow Stream Spas worldwide and the newly launched Hilton Eforea Spas worldwide.

What is Kerstin Florian’s philosophy on healthy skin and ways to incorporate into every day life?
Our philosophy is Outer Beauty Inner Health.  We believe that total well being is comprised of Proper Nutrition (Lots of vegetables, superfoods, Pure Water and tonic herbs (teas and green smoothies are a great way to get these everyday) in the diet), Regular Exercise, a positive attitude as well as Care of the Face and Body (applying antioxidants and nourishing ingredients topically).  Our skin is a reflection of our daily lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite KFI spa treatments and products?
My favorite facial treatment is with our new K-Lift , Age-Management System.  The results are incredible.  It uses Kinetic energies in three phases:
K-Light: Photobiostimulation and Impulse Microcurrents used simultaneously
K-Firm: Impulse MicroCurrent for Tightening Facial Contours
K-Fusion: Transdermal Delivery for deeper penetration of topical ingredients
Results:

  • Improves collagen synthesis
  • Improves cell membrane permeability allowing better metabolite and enzymatic exchanges
  • Increases level of lymphocyte activity which allows better waste elimination (detoxification)
  • Restores dermal density
  • Energizes Mitochondria (Mitochondria is the power center of the cell. Its main    function is to generate energy
  • Targets “Anti-gravity” muscle groups and tones facial muscles.
  • Triggers DNA regeneration and cell repair

My favorite products include:  Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk, Correcting Intensive Renewal glycolic 15, Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30, Caviar Age Defense Serum, Brightening Eye Crème, FuB Balm.

I would like to thank Charlene for taking the time to talk to me and share her philosophies and knowledge with us! This a woman who truly practices what she preaches about living a healthy lifestyle and it shows. Visit Kerstin on her website to learn more about the products and find a spa near you. Your mind and body will thank you.

Other Kerstin Florian Related Posts:

Kerstin Florian Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

Favorite Exfoliators

La Bonne Vie

 

I can not say enough about the Dolphin Bay Resort and the spa La Bonne Vie. We went for a weekend getaway, perfect for anyone in Southern California. The central coast is far enough that I felt I was away but I did not have to get on a plane. The first thing we did after check-in was go straight to the spa to book my appointments. It was small, had a shabby chic beachy feel and felt very inviting. I booked a facial the first morning and a massage the next. I promise you I would have made more appointments but my husband had that “really?” look on his face. I loved my Decleor facial, my esthetician was amazing and I tried hard not to fall asleep. My skin glowed the rest of the weekend.

One of the best perks about this spa is that they are always having specials on treatments and sometimes even products. Everything in the spa was 20% off that weekend and the prices are already so low for a resort property!

It was the perfect weekend really. I mean, waking up to a spa treatment, wine tasting in beautiful Edna Valley, eating gourmet food on a cliff over looking the coastline. La Bonne Vie? Yes it is.

 

Antioxidant Skin Care

Recently I was asked to shed some light on incorporating antioxidant skin care products into a home care regimen. It’s a great question and and even better idea. Using antioxidant rich products *effective products* is important for helping to even out skin tone, minimizing pigmentation and prevention. To prevent further damage you also want to do the following:

Exfoliate!

Wear Sun Protection (religiously)

Use Antioxidants (and eat them!)

Get Facial Treatments

So back to the antioxidants, there are many used in the industry. Vitamin C is a standard and it’s very effective. One of my favorite products uses C but also some other potent ingredients that are super effective when combined.

Phloretin CF by SkinCeuticals is the product I would always recommend to my clients in search of a result driven product that offers prevention along with correction. It’s best used during the day time for extra protection against the sun and free radical damage.

Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Prevents premature signs of aging and corrects existing photodamage
  • Divides and conquers the range of reactive oxygen species (ROS) throughout the skin
  • Prevents cell mutation by shielding skin’s DNA
  • Accelerates cell turnover
  • Boosts skin’s support structure
  • Inhibits UV-induced discolorations

If you really want to see a difference in the hyperpigmentation, I love to couple with Phyto +. Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Contains kojic acid and arbutin to help reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Active ingredients work synergistically to lighten the appearance of skin
  • Natural alternative to the chemical skin lightener hydroquinone—less likely to cause irritation
  • Contains anti-inflammatory cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm irritated skin
  • Helps maintain results following invasive cosmetic procedures
  • Ideal for all skin types

Hope that helps April, this ones for you. ♥

 

Mini Me-Favorite Travel Goodies

Who doesn’t love those little miniture products?! They are great for travel and so darn cute. Here are a few of my favorite “minis” (all under 3 oz).

Ultra Calming Cleanser-Dermalogica

Great for calming irritated skin and hydrating (making it perfect for travel).

 

 

Moroccan Oil

Perfect if you are traveling to a humid climate this summer, I use it everyday regardless of the weather.

 

Evian Facial Water Spray

Great to stay hydrated all day long, refreshing and great for airline travel.

Milagro Tequila Silver

How cute is this bottle, I’m just saying. May not be a beauty item but it is perfect for travel!

 

 

Now all you need is a great bag to put it all in:

 

Also great for travel:

Donna Karen Deodorant

Hand Sanitizer

Facial Wipes

 

Mia



If you have been wanting the Clarisonic brush but don’t want to shell out the 200 bucks, you can always opt for their less expensive Mia device (149.00). This brush is smaller but does the trick beautifully. Nordstorms has the exclusive prints and kits that I love  (Zebra print? Yes!) and it comes with a trial size of their gentle cleanser that I happen to really enjoy.

Check out the latest Nordstroms catalog to view the variety of colors offered, just makes cleansing your face even more enjoyable.

Why Clarisonic?

Why cleanse your face?
 

 

3 Reasons to Wash Your Face Before Bed

 

 

Are you too “busy” to wash your face at the end of the day? Are you embarrassed to take off your makeup in front of your new boyfriend so you just sleep in it? Did you pass out after a night of dancing at the club and just forget to cleanse? Hey I don’t judge, I have had so many clients tell me they routinely skip their nighttime cleansing.  However, this is one habit I highly suggest breaking. Here are my top three reasons why you should wash your face at the end of each day:

1. Get rid of dirt, debris and make-up.

This will help prevent clogging of the pores, sensitivity and dehydration. Even if you do not wear makeup, dirt and bacteria still need to be removed. 

2. Treatment products can penetrate into the skin

Our skin cells are regenerating fastest while we sleep which is why we treat our skin with all of the highly potent ingredients at night.  Cleanse the skin and then apply products to target which ever area of concern you may have.

3. Avoid breakouts

This is common sense people, but if you do not wash your skin, bacteria will spread and you can get acne breakouts. Period. Include washing, treating and moisturizing your face and neck into your routine just like brushing your teeth.

Any questions?