Evian Mineral Spray

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?!

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Check yourself-Skin Cancer Prevention

 

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.

ultra sensitive faceblock spf25

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!

5 Minute Make-up!

 

After having my baby, I have perfected the art of getting my make-up done in exactly 5 minutes. I tell you it is possible. Below are my steps for my 5 minute routine, granted I am not ready to get my picture taken but I don’t scare myself every time I walk past a mirror either. The 5 minutes begins after you have cleansed your skin and applied your daily skin care. Start your timers:

1. Bronzer: If I don’t have time to put on foundation/powder I lightly dust my face and neck all over with a great bronzer.

2. Blush: On the cheek bones.

3. Eye Brows: Take the minute to powder and define your eye brows, they frame your face so it makes a huge difference.

4. Eye Liner: Just line underneath your eye on the lash.

5. Curl Lashes and Apply Mascara: A must.

6. Gloss it up: Lips are crucial, keep your favorite lip gloss in your pocket to re-apply throughout the day. My favorite is Chanel Glossimer.

Voilà, you are ready to go!

 

Turkish Bath

After I graduated from college I took a month holiday to celebrate in Greece and Turkey. While in Istanbul, we were lucky enough to visit a traditional Turkish Bath House or Hammam and it was experience I will never forget! The history of bath houses are so rich and interesting (learn more here), and if you travel to Turkey it is a must.

The beginning of the treatment begins with elevating your body temperature through alternating the sauna and steam room a few times. The next “step” is a plunge in cold water-where every few minutes we could hear a splash followed by sounds of a screeching woman! The point of this process is to strengthen your immune system and invigorate your body. After the rather shocking plunge, I was lead to a warmed marble table while I rested and waited for my scrub master/masseuse to bring me to the next station I like to call the scrub down table. I had never been so vigorously cleaned  (this was prior to my visit to the Olympic Spa in KoreaTown LA-more on this later) and although not a soothing body scrub as I was used to in the West, my skin felt amazingly smooth.

After the scrub I put on a robe and we drank tea. This was not optional. People do not rush out of the spa there as they do here, in fact, it is considered part of the treatment to continue to relax. Otherwise the point of the process would be lost. Although the experience on the whole was rather un “spa” like according to our standards, I rarely leave as relaxed and completely re-charged here as I did that day. In Turkey this is a ritual that is experienced by many of their people on a weekly basis, because they know it is a crucial restorative practice, and also because it is tradition. Also you can’t beat the price, cheap! Here is a link if happen to be in Turkey:

Turkish Hammams

If not, don’t worry, this worldly art has become quite popular recently and there are many Hammams popping up. Expect less traditional and more expensive but usually an absolute treat.

Try Trump Soho

Bath

Body Treatment

 

 

Beach Bag Beauty

I heard that this week will be the hottest week this summer in SoCal. So when I am not locked in my house with the AC up as cold as it can go I will be submerged in water. Here are my top three favorite beach/pool bag beauty products I will be taking along with me:

1. Sun protection-really a no brainer.  Look for a water resistant SPF when planning a day of fun in the sun. I like the La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid-only $29.50 at SkinStore.com

2. Lip Balm with SPF– I like Jason Lip Balm SPF 25-can be found at Mothers Market and other health food markets. Around 4 bucks!

3. Barex Sun Essential Oil-Click on post to find out why!

Now you are set, don’t forget the quarters!

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My Spa Water

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Pam Wenzel, author and creator of http://myspawater.com/ about the importance of water as it relates to our skin and overall health. She explains how essential proper hydration is and how to make drinking water seem like a day at the spa!

I ♥ SC: The benefits of drinking enough water seem endless, can you explain
some of the most important reasons we need to stay hydrated?

PAM: Yes Jessica you are correct, they really are endless! But speaking from
a Health perspective (as apposed to beauty), I think the most important reason
to stay hydrated is to lower our risk of disease. One of the MANY jobs of water
is to flush toxins that build up in the body that cause disease. Being an 18
year breast cancer survivor, I do follow and read many reports on this subject.
For example, I recently reviewed a study suggesting that Drinking 5 glasses of
water daily could decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by
79%, and developing bladder cancer by 50%. I think this is absolutely amazing!
More research is being done and of course much debate will follow. One thing
that resonated with me about this study though is that I had developed breast
cancer at an early age (27) and even though I did try to eat right and exercise
in my 20’s I very seldom drank water.

I ♥ SC: Do you believe there is a correlation to staying hydrated and the look
and feel of our skin?

PAM: Absolutely there is! I believe that water is the best kept beauty secret
of all time! Water naturally hydrates the body inside and out. Proper hydration
is the key to beautiful glowing skin as it helps keep skin from drying out, thus
preventing wrinkles and that’s what we are all striving toward! Hydrating your body facilitates cell growth and regeneration, elimination of wastes, and sloughing away of dead skin cells improving your skin tone!

I ♥ SC: Why is it important to drink water after a spa treatment?

PAM: Aside from being extremely refreshing after a hard day at the spa, water
can actually minimize muscle pain (muscles are composed of 70% water) and
soreness in the days following a massage.
A massage can also be dehydrating and it’s always important to replenish water
and even electrolytes that can be lost during treatments. But most importantly,
water helps relieve stress and relaxes the body making for a more enjoyable spa
experience!

I ♥ SC: I know people who don’t drink enough water because they feel its too
“boring”. Can you share any recipes that may entice our readers to drink
more water?

PAM:Yes it is actually quite boring! Would absolutely love to share. Here is
one of my favorites ~ Raspberry Mist ~ which comes from the Hyatt Tamaya New
Mexico (page 5 of our Spa Water Book).

This Spa Water is not only refreshing but absolutely beautiful! In addition to
their Excellent flavor, raspberries are full of strong antioxidants and
possess anticancer properties. Limes, known as an immune system boosting fruit,
add a vitamin packed zest!

Raspberry Mist from Hyatt Tamaya:

2 Cartons of raspberries
3 Limes thinly sliced
Ice and water

Method: Layer your beverage pitcher with lime slices and raspberries. Add ice.
Repeat until the server is full. Pour water over the ice and fruit.

This recipe can also be found on our blog
http://www.myspawaterbook.com/blog/2011/05/06/happy-mothers-day-from-myspawater-com-raspberry-mist-from-hyatt-tamaya/

Thank you Pam for the amazing information!I am drinking Raspberry Mist at this minute, yum!

Pam Wenzel (Author of Spa Water) is a forty-six-year-old mother of two. As a
seventeen-year breast cancer survivor, she has made it her goal to help Dr.
Susan Love Research Foundation’s Army of Women initiative reach their target of
recruiting one million women to help determine the cause of breast cancer. Pam
grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington and now lives in McKinney, Texas, with her
husband, Rusty, and their two children, Palmer and Stevie.

In support of research to find the cause of breast cancer, a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of Spa Water will benefit the Dr. Susan Love Research
Foundation. Pam encourages readers to join the Army of Women and become one in a
million.
Learn how adequate hydration can help lower the risk of cancer.

Please learn more about Pam on her website. And make sure to follow her on Twitter:@MySpaWater and like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myspawater

 

 

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: