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/

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