Mom’s in Charge-guest blogger

I recently wrote an article for the Moms in Charge (MIC) non-profit organization. You can read it here on the Moms in Charge website ! 

I talk about how to seasonally clean and organize your cosmetic bag with great helpful hints. Check it out!

The mission of this organization is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post

 

Anniversary Special Continues!

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

I am offering another special for Simply Jess Natural Lip Balm to continue my three year anniversary celebration! For the rest of the month if you purchase THREE or more lip balms you will receive free shipping through my shop on Etsy! Just enter  3BALMSFREESHIP at check out.

Don’t know much about this lip balm I keep talking about? Click here and remember it is now 100% Organic and completely natural!

Enjoy!

And the winner is….

Drum roll please….Viktoria Doma! Congratulations on your three free Natural Lip Balms! Thank you to everybody who participated!

If you are kicking yourself for not entering this very simple giveaway, fear not. I will be offering another giveaway soon where the prize will be product from a super effective natural line I am loving right now. Details to come soon!

Have a fantastic weekend everybody!

Anniversary and Giveaway!! Three for Three!

I ♥ Skin Care turns three years old this month! To celebrate and to thank my readers for following my blog, I am offering a giveaway with my brand Simply Jess. The prize is three Natural Lip Balms – Coco Mint flavor. You can read about the contest and enter to win below (SUPER easy!). Good Luck and thank you for reading I ♥ Skin Care!

P.S. There will be another fabulous giveaway coming soon with an amazing brand I am loving right now. Details to come soon.

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Kimberly Parry Organics-Hydrate Neroli and Fig

Hydrate - Neroli & Fig

I just got back from a mini-break over the weekend with my family in Carlsbad, what a great getaway for us Orange County peeps! We stayed at the Sheraton Carlsbad and La Costa Resort. Both properties are extremely family friendly and each have a spa (YES!).

I love the boutique style of The Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad,  it has a “beachy” feel with a great selection of products and treatments. Although I did not have time to receive a treatment I did sneak into the spa boutique while my boys were swimming at the pool where I discovered a new product line, Kimberly Parry Organics.

Kimberly Parry

I bought the Hydrate- Neroli and Fig and I love it. It can be used as a moisturizer because of the hydrating properties, depending on your skin type. For my dry skin I like to apply after I cleanse my face by spritzing all over and then apply my facial oil or cream moisturizer. Fig is used to refine the skin, making it a great age management ingredient while the Neroli is nourishing and has an amazing aroma. I took this back to the pool with me and to spritz when I needed a little refresher. It can go over make-up so this is a great product for the beach bag!

Kimberly Parry Organics is USDA certified organic with pure and high quality ingredients including powerful essential oils and extracts. The type of products you can feel good about putting on your skin. They also have products for baby skin which I am excited to check out as well.

You can find Kimberly Parry Organics here or the Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream

I was exited to hear about Josie Maran’s new product, Infinity Cream.  I was completely sold after I watched ‘A Day in the Life of Josie Maran Infinity Cream’ on YouTube (watch video Here). I was secretly hoping to look just as effortlessly beautiful as Josie when using this creamy oil and pictured myself strolling through a farmers market whilst dabbing the product on my elbows. Although that didn’t quite happen, I was still happy with my results and the variety of ways in which this product can be used.

I have personally used Infinity Cream in the following ways:

  • On my bone dry hands and cuticles
  • Fly away hairs
  • Spot treat on the dry areas of my face
  • Eye Shadow – works amazing!
  • Lip moisture

This is extremely concentrated and a little goes a long way. The package fits nice in a purse, since there are so many uses it is a great idea to take it with you! Here are some MORE uses, yes there’s more, from the JM Website:

-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.
-Prevent skin dehydration during airline travel.
-Apply as a lip conditioner before lipstick.
-Apply over lip stain for a silky finish.
-Lightly dab on eyelids before applying eye shadow.
-Apply before or after using cheek stain to improve blendability.
-Transform powder eye shadow or pigment into a cream by mixing with Infinity Cream.
-Mix with a powder luminizer to create a light, shimmery lip balm.
-Use as a subtle face highlighter to illuminate cheekbones, lips, and brow bones.
-Mix with a powder blush to create a silky cream blush or colored lip balm.
-Hydrate and plump dry, swollen undereyes.
-Apply to fingertips and toes to hydrate and soften cuticles.
-Quench skin post-sunburn.

 

Learn more about this and other products at the Josie Maran Website, so far everything I have tried I love. Read about the first product I fell in love with, Argan Oil, here.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

multivitamin power recovery masque

Nothing says relaxation to me like taking a hot bath. To make this experience even better I love to add a few special touches while I sit and relax in the tub. For one, I always like to add something to the water (bath salts, oils etc) and I love a good mask for my face. I know not a lot of people take the time for the so-called extras like facial masks but they can really make a difference in improving the skins appearance.

I recently used the Multivitamin Recovery Masque by Dermalogica which is one of my all time favorites. The MV Recovery Masque is filled with vitamins, antioxidants and rich algae to name a few, that instantly repair and replenish the skin.  It is ideal for people with aging concerns (hellooooo!) and stressed skin. This would be the perfect mask after getting over a flu or a cold (Read here for more on skin and sickness), after getting too much sun, or when you just have that “dull” look going on. This mask is also my go to when I have an event or a hot date night and want my skin to glow. It has an instant hydrating effect!

You can check out some of the other masks by Dermalogica sorted by different skin types and which concern you want to target. Add a mask to your weekly regimen and you will see a difference, enjoy!

Related posts below:

Benefits of bath

Turkish Bath

Broccoli Mask

 

Skin and Sickness

Q1 Epidemic: flu in the office

I have been getting sick a lot lately. Scratch lately, more like my entire life. It seems I pick up every bug going around.  I hear people say things to me like, “You’re sick again!? You’re always sick.” Or if you are my mom you simply just tell me what a hot mess I am. True that mother, true that. But to be fair she also makes me homemade chicken soup, lucky me!

After my last cold which lasted about 4 days I looked into the mirror and noticed how crappy I looked. My skin was dull and flaky, not exactly the picture of healthy skin I talk about here. I know that not looking fabulous is not the worst side effect of having the flu or a cold but it’s definitely not a good one either.

Here are a few steps I take to get my skin back to glowing after a bout with a sickness.

Exfoliate!

This is key after being sick. A common skin concern is dry flaky skin, especially if you haven’t been drinking enough fluids. Peeling back that dead layer of skin will help you get the glow back and also help with product absorption. I would choose a gentle non-abrasive exfoliator in case your skin has been sensitized during your illness.

Mask

I like to apply a deeply hydrating mask to my skin after a cold. Especially if you have been taking over the counter meds or antibiotics because they can wreak havoc with the skins hydration level. If you do not have a “fancy” mask at home you can even use a few tablespoons of Pure Aloe Gel (maybe we a few drops of Lavender essential oil) and apply directly to the skin. Preferably while relaxing in a hot bath, ahhhh.

Spot Treat

Due to toxins being released breaking out is common during times of illness. It is best to apply these types of products at night while the skin is regenerating (let it dry before your head hits the pillow). Clays, Tea tree and Lavender essential oils are all great natural ways to heal an acne breakout.

In future posts I will also be sharing what information I have been seeking to strengthen my immunity. Hopefully I will stop getting sick all of the time and keep my skin looking its best. I have learned so much and continue to learn what steps to take, foods to eat and medicines to avoid. I will share what has worked for me and please share with me if you have any immunity boosters that have worked for you! More to come!

 

Original Sprout-Natural Hair Gel

Well it had to happen, my son has my hair. Thankfully although extremely curly it is also super adorable (I wish I could say the same about my curls). Now that we keep his hair a little shorter than we used to he gets a few crazy pieces that stick up and slicking it back with water like I usually do doesn’t always work anymore.

I had heard about Original Sprout brand and this was my excuse to finally try it out. The founder of this hair and skin care line decided to create a product with pure and safe ingredients after the birth of her daughter. Because this line is natural and organic and made especially for babies and up, I felt good about using it on my little guy. Original Sprout also has quite the celebrity following!

I bought the Natural Hair Gel and I love it. It is gentle, smells great and rinses out really well. I will be trying more from this line soon, I have the sun protection on my wish list. Will report back on what I try! For now here is a picture of my little guy!

Read more about Original Sprout here and let me know if you have any feedback on these great products!

 

Ch ch ch Chia! Super Skin Food

I used to eat Ground Flax Seed  every day, nowadays I eat Chia Seeds. There are so many health benefits and it is amazing for the skin. Chia seeds are rich in omega Fatty Acids, in fact the richest in any plant based food. These omega-3 fatty acids help keep the skin cells plump and healthy.  Along with the omegas it also contains antioxidants and hydrating effects which are essential for healthy looking skin. Some of the other health benefits include:

High in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Great plant based protein source.

When compared to Flax Seed they are favorable because they do not have to be ground up and also have a much longer shelf life.

Have been known to cut sugar cravings and are really helpful with elimination issues (this should be a staple if you are trying to lose weight, it helps you feel full).

A few ways to incorporate Chia into your diet:

  • Throw them in your smoothie (I know, I know that is my answer to everything)
  • Soak the seeds in water for 10 minutes. The consistency turns into a gel and you can add it to your beverage of choice for something different. (tons of recipes out there)
  • Add to breads, meatloaf or cookies to add some high quality nutrition. (You can buy this in powder form as well)

Moms, this is a great food to give to your kids, especially when they go on food strikes and will NOT eat anything you cook. Plenty of ways to sneak this into foods they WILL eat (not that this is happening to me…sigh). This is truly an amazing Super Skin Food, your skin and body will thank you for adding this to your diet!

Do you eat Chia? How do you enjoy it?