So Fresh and So Clean

I discovered Herban Essentials towelettes a few years back when I was working in Los Angeles. My commute was several hours a day and complete torture. I found myself in a small apothecary that sold these hand wipes and was looking to treat myself to a more spa-like way to sanitize my hands after pumping gas (which I did quite often). I first purchased the Lemon flavor and was amazed with how uplifting the scent was. After wiping my hands I wiped down the steering wheel because I could not get enough of the fresh scent.  I even smiled a little even though I was on the 405 freeway at 5:00 pm.

 

The individually wrapped moist towelettes contain high quality essential oils and are combined with antibacterial properties. Each flavor is delightful; my favorites are the Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. They are designed to be used on the hands but they have a hundred different ways in which they can be used (check out website: http://www.herbanessentials.com/welcome). Because they are a little pricy I try to get the most out of every towelette- I would even put the wipe on the A.C. vent so I could keep the aroma flowing in the car. Try the mini pack which contains a variety of all of the towelettes available in one package before you commit!

It’s like Butta

 

I am always on the lookout for a great hand lotion, especially one that is a good price considering how quickly I go through a bottle.

I love the JASON Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion; it is deeply moisturizing but not greasy and has a pleasant smell. Along with Cocoa Butter it also contains Sunflower Oil and Chamomile Extract, all amazing for treating dry skin. It is more of a “natural” product as they use naturally derived ingredients, is 70% organic and it does not contain parabens.

Because Cocoa Butter has been claimed to help prevent stretch marks you can bet I have been I slathering this product all over my belly for the last eight months! Nice bonus!

The lotion can be purchased at natural health stores such as Mother’s Market or online:

In the Buff

 

With summer coming to an end it is time for a treat I allow myself with each change of the seasons- a professional body treatment. Especially after the summer months when the skin on our body has been thrashed by the beach and pool water, sunburns and peeling, and dry cracked heels from wearing sandals (yuck).

The same benefits apply to the neglected skin on our bodies as do to our face when it comes to exfoliating. We can be more aggressive with the skin on our body because it is not as sensitive as the skin on our face. In the spa/treatment center they can scrub you down in all the places we can’t reach ourselves and they typically finish with a nice massage. A few things to consider when booking a body treatment:

  • Would you like a full experience or just a scrub down?

You can typically get a treatment as short as 30 minutes which typically just includes a scrub or 90 to 120 minutes which would be more relaxing and include a massage or bath

  • Do you mind getting up and going to the shower or would you rather be rinsed off on a table?

Ask for Vichy showers when you book a treatment, they are shower heads above the table and it feels like a massage! You never have to get off the massage table.

  • Are you modest?

Don’t worry. Most spa therapists are well trained in draping techniques to make you feel comfortable and covered even if you had one too many ice cream cones this summer.

Don’t forget to continue keeping your skin smooth and soft at home!

  • Exfoliate body 2-3 times per week
  • Use exfoliating beads in products and add a body buff or loofah
  • After exfoliating in the shower, hydrate the minute you get out and skin should be slightly damp so it absorbs

Treating yourself to a body treatment is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer skin and get pampered at the same time.

All Puffed Up

 

Now that I have less than a few months of pregnancy left, sleep has become more of a challenge. I am big, hot and uncomfortable which makes it difficult to get my zzzzz’s. The last few days I have been waking up with puffy, tired eyes. My solution? Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Eye Roller. I love the metal roller applicator, it feels nice and cool on my hot and puffy eye area. This product has caffeine and Vitamin B5, great for puffiness and dark circles.

Because this is so lightweight, it is great underneath a more hydrating creamy eye product or it can be used alone for oily skin types. Best thing is the price, completley affordable at $11.99.

Considering how soon my little guy will be here, I think I will be keeping this one in my medicine cabinet!

To Pick or Not to Pick?

 

Milia on the skin are small white bumps with a white head. When extracted milia look like tiny pebbles of sand and have the same consistency. It is a condition that is also very common in babies and is referred to as Baby Acne-although it is not acne at all.

In adults, milia are not like blackheads where the pore is clogged and can be easily extracted out. Because the skin cells are trapped underneath the skins surface, this can not be “picked” out with the fingers. I always recommend seeing a professional for this procedure for several reasons:

  • A needle is required to open the skin before it can be extracted. If not performed correctly this may lead to scarring (that is worse that the milia!)
  • The most common area milia are found is the eye area. Not a great area to be using a needle.
  • The milia are small making it hard to be precise when extracting your own skin.

Thankfully, it is a simple procedure that takes only a minute. To prevent milia around the eyes do not use heavy products and be sure to treat the eye area delicately. Milia can also result from trauma, a burn or blistering of the skin.

See iCare for more eye care tips!

Pucker Potion

One skin care problem I see more than any other in the treatment room is dry lips. It is uncomfortable and really unattractive! I always recommend applying a highly moisturizing lip product throughout the day; you can not over apply in this instance so go to town.

I found a lip gloss that I love: By Terry Lip-Expert. It is a high shine gloss and also great when you want more than just a pretty color. It contains micro-peptides (making it a great lip plumper) and terrific moisturizing ingredients. Although high shine, it is not sticky and the tube applicator makes it easy to apply.

This is a great product when you want a beautiful shine, plump lips and plenty of moisture. Try ‘Freaky Pink’ for a fun summer color.

I See the Light!

 

I could write all day long about the science behind LED skin therapy. My goal here is to explain the key benefits and why I love and recommend “light” therapy for most every skin type out there. There are many different brands of LED in spa land today; certain brands are far superior to others. Omnilux, by Photo Therapeutics out of the UK is the piece of equipment I will be referring to here. I have seen the results first hand and they have the scientific data to back up their claims.

There are many different colors used in LED therapy but the two most popular and effective are red and blue. Generally speaking, the red light is used for aging concerns and the blue light is used for acne.

Red Light:
Boosts collagen
Minimizes pore size
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Skin feels softer, smoother

Blue Light:
Treats Acne
Reduce the acne-causing bacteria in skin
Reducing Inflammation

Advantages to other treatments on the market:
Non-Invasive and safe
No down time
Non-thermal-(skin is not sun sensitive after the treatment, the opposite happens and cells are actually more protected.)
Pain-free
Great as a combination therapy with other treatments
It works!

Be prepared for an extremely bright light! Just relax and pretend you are sitting on a beach somewhere exotic (that’s what I do!) and relax. Visit the Omnilux website for before and after photos and call to find a clinic near you.

Avène Thermal Spring Water

 

Since I have a small obsession with misting hydrating skin care products on my skin, I am always on the lookout for a good one. I have a spray toner at my desk so I can mist throughout the day, cool myself off when it gets hot and I never get on a plane without a mini spritzer in my bag.

One of my new favorites is Avène Thermal Spring Water. The Avène skin care line from France is targeted for sensitive skin types. The key ingredient is the thermal spring water from France’s Cevennes Mountains and is considered a fountain of youth.

The Thermal Spring Water can be used in the following ways:

  • After cleansing
  • After shaving/after waxing
  • After exercise 
  • During travel
  • Sunburn, burn
  • Diaper rash 
  • To set makeup

Also great for:

  • Post surgery 
  • Redness-prone skin / inflammation 
  • Keratosis-prone, scaly skin
  • Eczema / atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions / sensitive skin / irritation 
  • Burning / stinging / itching / tingling

Burn Baby Burn

 

The UV index represents the amount of UV radiation that reaches the ground and ultimately puts us at risk. * See table below* This weekend in southern California we are at a UV index number of 12! Meaning, this weekend we have an extreme risk for over exposure to UV radiation. At this extreme level it will only take four minutes to get sunburned! Even if the temperature is not too high or it is cloudy, this risk to exposure still applies.

 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, you should try to avoid sun exposure mid day, wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. To find out what the UV index number in your area is visit the EPA’s website:  http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html

Happy 4th of July!

With a three day weekend and plenty of sun forecasted, most of us are planning to have fun in the sun.

Don’t forget:

Wear your sunscreen-Apply ½ hour before you go out and don’t forget to re-apply after swimming.

Drink lots of water-Especially if alcohol is involved (and I am assuming it is!)

Wear a hat-it helps protect you from the sun and you won’t have to worry about your hair!

Have a great holiday and don’t forget to take care of your skin!