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Over the years in the treatment room and in trainings I have been asked questions that seem to repeatedly come up. Here they are with my answers/opinions below:

Q. Should I put on my skin care products on dry or wet skin?

A. Always moist skin. If by the time you are applying product when your skin is dry just spray with a toner of your choice. This will help your products penetrate further making them more effective.

Q. In what order do I apply my products?

A. Cleanse, tone, treat/serum, eye cream, moisturize, SPF (A.M.) If using an exfoliation or mask apply after toning the skin and use an exfoliation before a mask.

Q. How to apply eye cream.

A. iCare

Q. Should I wash my face in the AM if I washed it the night before?

A. Yes. Oils from the hair or on your pillow should be removed. If you are not oily you can do a quick tone with a hydrating toner if you do not want to over-wash and then apply daily products.

Q. Should I wear sun protection if I am not laying out in the sun?

A. Sun protection should be applied daily even if you are not going to the beach. We get sun more than we realize (walking to into buildings at work and driving in the car) safer to be protected.

Q. When is the best time to exfoliate?

A. Best time is at night so you will not be immediately exposed to the sun. Be diligent about using sun protection the following morning.

Q. What are the most important things to do to prevent dehydration on a plane?

A. Drink tons of water, limit alcohol (but you are not taking mine away) and wear an extra hydrating serum/moisturizer. Be sure to wear SPF, you are much closer to the sun!

Q. Some tips to prevent acne on your forehead and chin.

A. Pull hair back at night, wash pillowcases regularly, clean phones (especially cell phones and work phones-the cleaning crew doesn’t!) and stop touching your face!

Q. How MUCH product should I use?

A. Click here

Q. How often to get a facial?

A. Best case scenario 4-6 weeks. This is hard for most people so maintain with at home treatments.

Q. What is the best device I can use for my skin?

A. It all starts with a properly cleansed skin. Using a Clairsonic brush will change your skin…for the better of course!

That is all for now, I will update this as I think of more or leave a comment asking your own skin care questions!

Happy Halloween!

Oct
2011
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posted by on Cosmetics, Exfoliation, Fashion, Holiday, I ♥ Products, I ♥ Spa, I ♥ Tips

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It’s one of my favorite holiday’s and everyone is in the spirit at my house (My Devil Dog is no exception). For a last minute costume idea, why not go as a Spa Queen? You can dress up in a robe in slippers, pull hair back with a band and apply a skin care mask. Make sure not to choose one that is made for acne or oily skin types as it will be too drying to keep on for an extended period of time.

You can always stay in and get into the spirit by exfoliating with a product with pumpkin enzymes like Kate Somervilles Exfolikate or Sircuits Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.

Trick or Treat!

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One of my passions in life other than skin care, is food. I love to cook and of course I love to eat! As I educate myself more and more about the best foods to eat and feed my family, I am also learning which foods can be beneficial for your skin. Taking this inside-out approach to skin care when combined with the best topical products ensures the best results. We have talked about the benefits of Lycopene in tomatoes and now we will discuss another ‘super skin’ food.

Oysters have high amounts of the mineral zinc (as well as Calcium and various vitamins) which supports elastin and collagen production in the skins’ dermis. Helping to keep the skin looking “plump” and smooth.  My favorite way to eat them is raw on the half shell with a glass of bubbly in hand. Taking care of my skin is hard work, but I am dedicated.

More ‘super skin’ foods to come!

H2woo!

Oct
2011
10

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I have several friends and family members who are pregnant right now. It got me thinking of what I used to drink when I was pregnant (and secretly wanting wine). I loved to drink sparkling water in a wine glass and I would add natural flavors such as fresh mint, lemon and cucumbers. It is fun to drink something “pretty” so I got the idea to freeze fruit in ice cube trays and put it in the water. Here is what I do:

Sprinkle organic mixed berries into an ice cube tray

Fill with water and freeze

This idea is super simple and it lightly flavors the water.  Of course this is not just for pregnant people, drinking water all day long can get boring so this is a way to spruce it up. Hydration is key for beautiful looking skin and overall health. Don’t forget you need to drink extra water for every cup of coffee and soda you drink.  Sugary soda drinks are out, spa-like water is in! After all, water is what SPA is all about!

If you want other fun recipes check out:

The creator Pam has much prettier and delicious recipes to choose from!

Other posts:

SPA WATER

Evian Mineral Spray

 

 

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be highlighting a few of my favorite beauty products that participate by donating a portion of sales to breast cancer research. Feeling good about spending money on yourself just got a little easier!

1. Clarisonic Brush-It’s no secret I love the Clarisonic brush. This pink brush was designed for Breast Cancer awareness and $10.00 of every sale is donated. Clarisonic has raised over 100,000 to help fight breast cancer, bravo!!


2. OPI PINK SHATTER Pink of Hearts 2011-Limited edition color in honor of breast cancer awareness, OPI also donates 25,000 annually to the Susan G. Komen for the cure.

 


3. Bobbi Brown-Pink Ribbon Collection. With each purchase, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® plus free shipping in October if you purchase from http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Great products helping to support an important cause. Learn more about how you can help at: http://www.bcrfcure.org/ and http://ww5.komen.org/

 

 

 

 

posted by on Eye Care, I ♥ Nutrition, I ♥ Products, I ♥ Spa, I ♥ Tips, Moisturizer, Organic

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The eyes are the window of the soul.

Being sleep deprived for a long period of time can totally wreak havoc on your skin. Obviously I can speak from experience here after having a baby almost a year ago. The skin is a reflection of how we feel on the inside so if your body is tired most likely the look of your skin will be compromised as well.

One area I am often asked about is the eye area. It is the most delicate area of the face and shows the fine lines, puffiness and dryness the most. Caffeine is excellent for stimulating this area and making it look refreshed again much like your morning cup of Joe helps with your energy levels. Around the eye area coffee extract or caffeine in other forms can help with puffiness and dark circles (non-genetic dark circles).

One of my favorite eye creams with Coffee and Green tea extract is the 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. It is moisturizing but not too heavy, helps with inflammation and fine lines. Click on the website info to learn more.

Other posts you will like:

I Wear My Sunglasses…

100% Pure

Too Much or Too Little?

 

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Most of the male clientele I have treated are in the market for a simple routine. Products that have multiple functions in one tube, always a bonus. I like this Neutrogena product for that very reason. Great for an after shave, moisturizer and SPF. Has a subtle masculine fragrance and is quite lightweight. Although it does hydrate even dry skin living in a dessert climate…you know who you are. Thanks for the tip.

Can’t beat the price either at $6.99 on Neutrogena.com or at your local drugstore.

More Suggested Reading for Men:

Super Sonic

For the Fellas

Work it baby!

 

 

Evian Mineral Spray

Sep
2011
19

posted by on I ♥ Products, I ♥ Tips, Moisturizer, Sun, Toner, Travel

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I know I have spoken about this Evian Spray before and you know how crazy I am about toners. This was my “go-to” spray toner this summer during the ridiculous heat, which by the way isn’t going away. I really liked to drench my skin whenever possible, especially right after my shower and before I apply skin care treatment products. It also can be used right on top of your make-up. The packaging is recyclable and the sprayer does not harm the environment.

At Skin Store.com they have a variety of sizes so you can bring one with you on a plane and keep one in your purse. Is it Fall yet?!

Also Check Out:

Beach Bag Beauty

Mini Me

Molecular Mist

 

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Have you been to a Dermatologist this year? Well, maybe its time you made an appointment. More than 90 percent of dermatologic surgeons have seen at least one patient in the past year with cancer that was overlooked or misdiagnosed by a non-dermatologist, finds a survey of by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

There is mixed feelings about the frequency of exams but after what I have read the safest bet is going with an annual screening. Especially if you are considered high risk spending time in the sun now and in the past.

Cancer.org has great information and facts regarding skin cancer and how to prevent it.

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Summer is almost over, but the heat? Not so much. I just purchased one of my favorite SPF’s ultra sensitive faceblock spf25 by Dermalogica and I have fallen in love all over again. This oldie but goodie was a product I used to recommend to my clients all of the time and I love it for my skin as well. It is great for sensitivity but anyone can use it. I like to use it as my “foundation” sometimes because it’s tinted and has a beautiful shade (and that is one less step for me on a busy morning!).

Click on the link and check out the full ingredient listing and all the buzz about ultra sensitive faceblock spf25!