As the end of summer approaches I am realizing the abuse I have put my hair through. SO much sun and lots of days jumping in the ocean. Which I love! But if you are like me and have dry hair, its not the best.
Lately my curly hair has been looking a bit like straw and I have found the perfect hair repair solution-A hair mask. I usually don’t make time to even mask my face but this is one step that makes a huge difference! I can certainly tell if I haven’t been consistent with it.
My absolute favorite mask is from the DevaCurl line called Melt into Moisture . I literally stop people in the streets and go on and on about DevaCurl. It is the only product line I use and it is so large you can still switch it up within the line. I love that they do not use any harsh chemicals of any kind and the price point is excellent. You can (and should!) use this line if you have wavy all the way to super curly hair. It has changed my hair for the better and I am a fan for life. I will link to the other post I wrote about my curly hair routine below but let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. I could talk about this line all day long! ♥
Bringing Curly Back!
For us, this summer has been filled with many beach filled days. There is nothing more uplifting and exhilarating to me as taking a dip in the ocean water. There is research on how the ocean has positive effects on our immune system, healing benefits for certain skin conditions and even just walking barefoot on the sand can be beneficial. This has inspired me to talk about some of my favorite ocean derived skin care ingredients along with a few products I am loving right now.
Red and brown Algaes are hydrating, firming and anti-inflammatory. Different seaweed or algae can have different benefits and are amazing in a skin care routine, especially when combined!
Hyaluronic Sea Serum-Osea
I love the Hyaluronic Sea Serum by Osea. Not only does it firm, tone and provide vitamins and minerals topically, it also uses Hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and protect! This is a great serum for underneath your normal moisturizer day or night.
Detoxfying, stimulating, invirgorating! Sea salt is great for exfoliation and rich in minerals.
Mineral Wellness Soak-Kerstin Florian
These mineral salt crystals are my favorite thing to add to my bath. It helps relieve sore muscles and detoxify the body. I love doing this before bedtime, it has a calming effect and is the perfect at home self care item.
An amazing marine coral which is harvested in the Caribbean. It is healing and amazing for super sensitive skin types. I also love this ingredient for any one who has been in the sun, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory gem!
Simply Jess Product-Coming soon!
Something is cooking in the Simply Jess line, stay tuned! Make sure you are subscribed to my blog for the announcement of the product and a special coupon code when it launches!
I have another make-up product I want to share that I am loving right now! Even though in the summer I do not wear a lot of make-up, I usually do not leave the house without my bronzer. I am loving Hoola bronzer by Benefit cosmetics. The color is beautiful and the mini brush that comes with it is awesome! I also like how compact it is and how nicely it fits in my gym or travel bag.
Again it is a must have for me, as I am a little ghostly without it and I love the sun kissed glow it provides. You can check it out at Nordstroms. Benefit is having a special gift with purchase if you spend $50.00, check it out here! HOOLA
Summer is here and I want to share some of my new favorite sun care items! During the summer months my boys and I are constantly in the sun at the beach, pool and lake and I need to keep my skin protected. I am loving the Badger line for them in case you are looking for a great natural line for kids. Below I am highlighting three SPF/sun care items that I am using on the regular over here in sunny Orange County.
Coola Sport SPF 50
I love wearing this SPF when I am going to be in the sun a long time. Especially when going into the water, I feel like I stay very protected. It is a great facial sun protection and lovely on the skin.
Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
This is my new favorite find for the summer! It is a lightweight oil with an SPF of 50 and the best part for me is it is a spray pump. I keep this is my beach bag and reapply it on the go. It is super hydrating without feeling greasy and it leaves my skin glowing. It smells divine as well. I buy mine at Sephora.
Hydra-Repair Toner with Lavender
Lastly, my Hydra-Repair Toner is something I carry in my purse wherever I go! One of the best features of the toner is helping to stop the aging process due to sun and other oxidative stress along with being super hydrating and repairing. I spray this toner during times spent outdoors and also the minute I get out of the sun to calm and hydrate. I use this on my little ones as well. You can stick in the cooler to keep it cold and refreshing.
These products help me enjoy my summer without worrying too much about damage from the sun. Also, don’t forget the hat! ♥
Melasma is a skin condition I have been asked a lot about lately. Usually problematic in the face, melasma is an overproduction of pigment making the skin appear darker in certain areas. It is a skin condition that is typically related to hormones and can be worsened by sun light, skin inflammation/acne or certain types of medication.
Some of the women I talk to have seen an increase or experience melasma for the first time after having kids. One way to avoid it from getting worse is to avoid excessive sun exposure. I know personally after having kids I am in the sun much more than before. Between pool days, going to the park and other outside activities it is hard to avoid. Here are some helpful hints to help tackle melasma.
1. Limit Sun Exposure – If you have to be in the sun, make sure to cover your face. I try and wear a hat as much as possible when I am out with the kids. Even the best sun protection has its limitations so try and cover up. This is the first and most important tip because if you start to treat the skin without covering up it will not help and could even make it worse. I think getting out in the sun is healthy and Vitamin D is crucial for our health but at least limit your face if working on this problem.
2. Look at Medications- Some of the birth control out there among other prescription medication can lead to an increase in pigmentation, so ask your doctor.
3. Topical Treatment Options– I am not a fan of harsh lightening creams, partially because they are not exactly great for the skin but also because if you aggravate the cells in the skin responsible for melanin production while using those products, the problem will come back even worse.
Regular exfoliation and brightening/lightening serums do a great job of managing pigmentation in the skin. I love Brilliance from Sircuit Cosmecuticals for its brightening agents. They ship free over 50 dollars as well. If you want to add a Vitamin C/A regimen, check out Sircuits website, they have amazing products that target pigmentation and use high quality and effective ingredients. Read more here on these products: Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’
4. Laser – If skin care treatments are in your budget I would recommend going to a medical spa or dermatologists office for a consultation. Some of the lasers out there do wonders, make sure you are going to a reputable place where the technician is experienced. Remember to be vigilant about covering up during these treatments. The summer months are not ideal for these types of treatments, although in Southern California I think Summer is the only season we have left.
I hope this helps navigate how to best work on decreasing melasma and pigmentation while brightening your skin in a safe way. Please comment below if you have a product or treatment that has worked for you or if you have any questions!
One of the most frequently asked questions I get on my blog is that of sun protection. Especially from moms who worry about what to put on their children. I recently wrote an article on everything sunscreen for the Mom’s in Charge Non-Profit organization, you can read it here!
The mission of Mom’s in Charge 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
Mom’s in Charge
Spring Clean Your Cosmetic Bag
As a mom who is always on the go, I appreciate multifunctional items, especially when I am getting ready in the morning. I usually have about three minutes until my toddler starts breaking my make-up (true story).
I just started using the skinperfect primer spf30 by Dermalogica after not using a primer in while. I love the way this product makes my skin look underneath my make-up and even better, I can wear it alone. This product is a three in one; as it is a primer, contains SPF and addresses anti-aging concerns. After I put this on my skin, I feel my face looks smoother, brighter and more even. If I am just running around I usually do not use a foundation and I feel the coverage, although light, is enough for me. When I do apply my foundation on top, it lasts longer and helps minimize the way my lines appear.
The skinperfect primer is filled with powerful ingredients such as peptides, white tea and SPF to help ensure it not only protects the skin but also repairs the skin from further damage. Because of the consistency of the primer this would be an excellent choice for a more oily skin type, especially with anti-aging concerns.
Do you wear a primer under your make-up? Let me know which one YOU like!
It’s bloody hot. I’ll admit I am a total sissy when it comes to the heat. My strategy is to lock myself in the house and become a shut in (thank you AC). For those of you crazy people who actually want to get out and do stuff here are some helpful skin care related tips and products I would use if I left my house.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up of course! I always wear a hat at the pool or even going outside when the heat is up. And I don’t have to do my hair, win-win. I just bought a Roxy hat, check out there super cute selection: Roxy Hats
Wear a sun protection that has some color so you can forgo the foundation. Many people who are prone to breakouts have more problems in the heat when wearing a rich makeup base so keep it light. I like Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint this has an SPF of 30 and no artificial fragrances or colors. Plus key antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts help protect your skin against sun rays even further.
If you happen to get a sun burn its important to treat your skin often with something healing. I like using Aloe, you can buy a pure aloe at most drug stores. I like to keep it in the fridge to treat a burn (ahhhhhh). Or an even better idea is to buy an aloe plant and break open a leaf to extract the aloe. Apply directly to skin. These plants are so easy to grow and look pretty cool too.
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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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!