During my latest trip to the big city I visited one of my favorite beauty apothecaries, Space NK-Soho location. I experienced the Elemental Facial (1 hour 15 minutes) using the Elemental Herbology product line which is exclusive to Space NK in the United States.
My skin felt amazing after the facial, deeply cleansed and hydrated. Leah my therapist, used steam with a gentle peel followed by extractions and my favorite part: an artful facial massage using ice cold stones. Pure bliss!
Leah recommended the Biodynamic Facial Soufflé for me, an intensely hydrating and repairing mask. It is based on naturally derived botanicals, free of fragrance and color and is paraben free. I applied it before my flight home to avoid dehydration (along with 6 water bottles on the flight!)
After my treatment we had dinner plans straight after and I was able to have make-up artist Merrell touch up my make-up (more to come on my favorite color products). I loved my experience, especially the skilled and friendly staff. Space NK has the hard to find skin care brands and even a section dedicated to more of a natural concept. I will definitely be back next time I visit.
Our skin is drastically affected by the conditions of the cabin air as we fly. The low humidity, recycled air and the stress of it all makes us look and feel less than magnificent. A few of the common complaints include itchy eyes, dry and flakey skin, and aggravated sinuses. I have listed a few simple steps to help you look as fresh after a flight as you did before you stepped on the plane:
1. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!
It is super important to drink plenty of water. Because of the very nature of the plane cabin environment it is extremely dehydrating to the body and of course- the skin. Also, avoid any beverage that will add to dehydration (alcohol, soda).
2. Use sunscreen!
Sun protection is a must when flying; think about how much more vulnerable we are to UV damage at 35,000 feet! If you are sitting at the window seat, pull down the shade.
3. Apply a product with Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to bind moisture to the skin and help maintain the moisture level in the skin. It is a super hydrating ingredient with protective qualities. Try Hydrating B5 Gel by SkinCeuticals. It also contains B5 vitamin which helps with a smoother complexion. http://www.skinceuticals.com
We all should be exfoliating our skin, this helps with many skin conditions from dehydration to breakouts and everything in between. As we age our cells turnover at a slower rate and well, they need a little help (more on this later). As our cells build up on the skins surface products we use topically have a harder time penetrating and are not as effective as they should be. To help get your skin glowing again use an at-home exfoliant weekly at night and follow-up the next morning with a sunscreen.
I’m going to New York next week and my skin was looking pretty dull. I used the Mocha Loca 4% chocolate lactic acid peel and it was that quick fix my skin needed. This product has Lactic acid, Chocolate and Organic Coffee to slough off dead skin coupled with powerful antioxidants (Horse Chestnut, Green Tea and Grape Seed Extract). Mocha Loca smells just like chocolate-the only hard part is not eating it!
Summertime Skin Care
With summer right around the corner it is time to start thinking about Sunscreen. We all know the dangers of the suns ultraviolet rays even WITH applying sunscreen. Below are a couple helpful hints to make sure we stay safe and keep our skin looking beautiful in the hot summer months ahead!
1. Always wear sunscreen
Even if it is cloudy outside, put on your sunscreen. Many of my clients have told me they do not wear sunscreen because they are indoors all day but remember UV rays penetrate glass and you can be exposed simply by driving to work!
2. Use a skin care product that contains ANTIOXIDANTS.
And while you’re at it, take internal supplements that have antioxidants as well. Research has shown that antioxidants can help protect the skin from UV damage* and even help reverse the signs of aging that sun damage can cause. Wear your skin care products containing antioxidants in the A.M.
3. Apply sunscreen correctly!
According to the FDA, applying one ounce of Sunscreen is recommended to achieve the protection listed on the bottle. Increase the amount of sunscreen you are wearing and make sure you apply at least 30 minutes prior to going outside. Using make-up with a sun protection combined with a sunscreen is a great way to get extra protection. Make sure to apply sunscreen to your neck and hands (or any other exposed area) too!
A product that I like to use that is a moisturizer with SPF and contains antioxidants is Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30 from Kerstin Florian.
* p. 87 the Antioxidant Miracle Lester Packer PH.D