Happy 4th of July!

Hope you all have a happy and healthy 4th of July! Wear your sunscreen (I had to say it)!

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Wedding season is here and the excitement is in the air! Here are three beauty items to keep in your wedding clutch (besides the obvious powder and lipstick) that I had with me on my special day.

A beautiful compact mirror: I loved reapplying my lip gloss because I could take out my super girly compact (and mine was my ‘something blue’). Try a sparkly mirror like this one at Nordstrom.

Deodorant: Not a glamorous item but when your feeling nervous, sweat is sure to follow. I had to re-apply just thinking about my walk down the aisle in 3 1/2 inch heels.

My obvious choice is Donna Karen Deodorant-see link.

Fragrance: I wore a scent that was nice and light but it also wore off on me. Try Vanille Givree des Antilles by La Maison de la Vanille. I get so many compliments on this one and it is the perfect go to fragrance for your tropical honeymoon!

 

I also kept a piece of advice I received right before the ceremony started in my mind. Enjoy every minute, don’t worry if something is not perfect and enjoy yourself.

Molecular Mist

Me and spray toners, we go hand and hand. I have a new favorite, the Molecular Mist by Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, just in time for summer.

This product is powerfully moisture-boosting, using a combination of deeply hydrating and soothing/calming ingredients. They do without the preservatives, colors and fragrance and we love that. Can also be used as a light-weight moisturizer.

Use it after cleansing but also on top of make-up is great too. Check out this past post where I mention other uses for misting toners/sprays:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/07/19/avene-thermal-spring-water/

You just can’t help saying “ahhhhh” after a couple sprays of Molecular Mist. Check out the website below to read more about the toner and the rest of the line. The list of celebs who enjoy Sircuit is certainly impressive (Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Oprah to name a few).

Don’t ignore it!

The neck and décolleté (chest area) are often ignored when it comes to an at-home regimen. In fact, I have seen certain spa/skin care facilities only treat the face as well. We expose our neck and décolleté to the same elements we expose our facial skin to so make sure and do the following:

Cleanse. If you have a Clarisonic brush I suggest adding time for your neck and chest. Check out the link below for Clarisonic info:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/05/29/super-sonic/

Exfoliate and Treat. Treat the skin on your neck and décolleté as you would your face. Pull down each product when you treat.

Sun Protection. Have you ever seen a two-tone face and neck? Yep I bet you have, don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you protect both equally.

100% Pure

I get asked about organic and natural product lines all the time. I found a brand I really like that uses mostly organic and what you would call natural ingredients. 100% Pure is a face and body line using many plant based ingredients and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or fragrance.

So far I have tried a few of the body products and I will report back on the facial items after I try them out. The price point is also very good, one of the most expensive items costing around 35 bucks. You can find the products at Beauty 360 and also on the company website. Try the COCONUT NOURISHING BODY CREAM, super creamy and smells just like summer.

Glow Younger Self Tanning Gloves

I am a huge fan of being tan and not so huge a fan of wrinkles and skin cancer. I have had to come up with ways to get a bronzy skin without spending hours under the sun and have tried a lot of the products on the market. I have to say there is quite a few I like-“fake tans” have really come a long way in the past five years.

I recently tried the Dr Denese tanning glove and I loved the result. The color was really pretty and natural looking, the glove made the application process easy because of its size as well. This one even has a peptide complex included. If you have someone handy to tan your back side it is most helpful. The only challenge is the product is colorless so you do not know where to fill in the spots-be careful here.

It helps to do the following first:

Fully exfoliate your body in the shower

Skip the body lotion before application

Let it fully dry before putting on tight clothing (only takes a few minutes)

You can purchase 12 gloves for $37.00 (regularly $42.00)

And now you can enjoy your healthy glow!

Happy Anniversary to I heart skin care!

It has been one year today since I started sharing my love for beauty and skin care with you! If there are any topics you would like me to discuss, feel free to leave a comment! I look forward to many more!

xx,

I heart skin care

Sleep Much?

Well, if you’re a new mom like me, then the answer is most likely no. However, we are not the only ones lacking sleep. I hear it from so many of my friends and family too.

There are plenty of reasons to get good sleep, but not many realize these benefits also contribute to healthy skin. Ever heard the term beauty sleep? This is actually totally accurate; the body including the skin does its repairing at night during deep sleep or REM. At the REM stage, a hormone called the Human Growth Hormone is released which helps maintain and repair cellular tissue. Daily and long term damage is repaired, which is why we put potent regenerating ingredients in night creams.

Just from personal experience, when I do not sleep my wrinkles look a little bit more pronounced, my skin is puffier, and  I just look a little…old! A lack of sleep can also hinder proper metabolic functioning (having trouble losing weight?) and quite frankly can accelerate the aging process. Yikes!

So try and make an effort to call it a night at a decent hour and get your zzz’s. It can make a world of difference not only on your skin but with your entire well being. Now get to bed!

The Art of the Bath

In the spa industry one of the fundamental treatments is the bath. In fact SPA is centered around taking in the healing benefits of water. The history of bathing for medicinal purposes, social gathering and peace of mind has been around since the Greek and the Roman days. These days we take baths to cleanse but the benefits go far beyond rinsing the dirt off such as:

Soothing achy muscles
Clearing out congestion and relieving pressure from a cold
Relaxation
Detoxifying the body
Taking time for yourself

Of course you do not need to visit a spa to take in these tremendous benefits (although that would be lovely too). At home baths are wonderful -I love to add hydrating bath oils or bath salts, put on a facial mask and really benefit from some nice quiet time. Check out this past blog on at home facials, you can do this all in the bath:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/06/13/facial-101/