Stories for: Skincare

Fitness & Health, Hair, SkincareAutumn Roundup

serumI’m totally embracing autumn this year, loving every minute of the crisp air on my skin, snuggling under a blanket, and lots of apple pie! I don’t mind a bit of lingering summer weather here and there, but I do mind the stubborn sprinkling of freckles that a few hours too many in the sun has left on my face, not to mention a couple tan lines I’m still sporting from two months ago. After doing a little digging into the reasons for pigmentation, I found out that a big problem causing dark spots is excess melanin produced in the deeper layers of skin due to chronic inflammation. La Roche-Posay has a unique system to prevent and treat uneven skin tone without ever stepping into a dermatologist’s office. The Intensive Dark Spot Correcting Serum attacks spots which are visible and recurrent as well as those still in development. I apply the serum in the evenings after cleansing so it can work all night long, and have been consistent for almost eight weeks now, which is the suggested time for reducing spots by about 39%. I’ve noticed that it does brighten and even my complexion without irritating my finicky skin. My little freckles are lightening, so I’m hopeful that they’ll stay on that track.

spfWhile the serum does its job, it’s important to keep skin protected from the sun while continuing the work of correcting and preventing visible dark spots. The Daily Dark Spot Correcting Moisturizer does all this while absorbing quickly, and doesn’t feel greasy. UVA and UVB rays are blocked, which are the number one cause of dark spots. Both the serum and moisturizer use Phe-Resorcinol to reduce excess melanin at early stages of production and ferulic acid and gingko to reduce oxidation of melanin pigments. LHA is a signature ingredient which exfoliates the upper layers of the epidermis containing melanin. The regimen is effective and easy to incorporate for a brighter complexion to glow among the layers of autumn foliage! READ MORE

SkincareKiehl’s Latest Innovations

KIE116-2Kiehl’s is constantly impressing me with the amount of research they put into their products! There’s a reason they’ve been so popular and relevant since 1851, one being that the current head of laboratory is something of a magna cum laude genius. Dr. Geoffrey Genesky puts his doctorate from Cornell to work in finding the latest anti-aging technology. When skin ages, dehydration becomes a problem that even oily skin types have to deal with, because it has to do with an imbalance and lack of water retention in skin. The result of a crazy amount of testing is the new Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. Taking inspiration from dermatologic procedures such as Juvederm Hydrate, the serum floods the deepest layers of dehydrated skin to restore moisture, resulting in fresh, plump, and youthful skin.

The serum utilizes a potent complex of Plant-based glycerin – a natural moisture magnet, and Shiso Leaf Extract, which binds deep moisture into the skin’s surface layers. The lab results show rapid improvement- think 72 hours – in treated skin’s retention of moisture. In my case, I could really start to see improvement after about a week of regular use. Fine lines start disappearing and that supple feeling of younger skin inches back in. If you’re already a Kiehl’s addict like me and could use a comparison, the Hydro-Plumping Serum retains almost double the hydration of their beloved Ultra Facial Moisturizer and Rose Arctica Cream, which are great options for combining with the serum for other properties.

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Beauty, SkincareClean Skin with VERSO

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Recently, with the changing season (and more importantly, weather), I’ve been looking for a new gentle, yet effective cleanser to try. I’ve heard good things about the skincare line, VERSO, and decided to try out their Foaming Cleanser.

First, I love the minimalistic packaging. The simple black and white bottle, paired with the bold typeface…this is perfect for leaving out on the bathroom counter. If you had the entire line, it would look so gorgeous together for an immediately styled bathroom vignette.

The cleanser itself markets itself as a “soothing and purifying gentle foaming cleanser for daily use,” and after using it, I can say that this cleanser is exactly that. The cleanser itself pumps out as a thicker white liquid, and with water, it foams and lathers nicely on the skin. It has a very light clean scent that I found soothing, not irritating. It easily removed all light makeup, grime and excess oil from the day without leaving behind any residue. Most importantly, so far – no breakouts from using this cleanser (which can easily happen for me). A thumbs up for daily use!

Beauty, SkincareAnti-aging Summer Skin

dryoilI’ve decided to put on the brakes this summer. Not on everything- I’m still city-hopping, driving too fast, and staying up late, but I decided to stop aging! Of course it sounds facetious, but how to slow aging has always been a ubiquitous question. I’ve been considering a serious dive into what I refer to as investment skincare, and after getting some great recommendations from skin experts, I have finally settled into a stellar new routine. There’s no way I can get a facial every week or professional makeup done every time I go out, but I have literally put my face into the hands of the legendary La Prairie, a pioneer and gold standard in cellular anti-aging therapies. Their collection of lines and products can be overwhelming, but I’ve narrowed it down to two indispensable products which are easy to incorporate and give the best balance of results per investment. The products I treat my skin to day and night are the Anti-aging SPF 30 Emulsion and the Swiss Crystal Dry Oil.

Face oils have become popular lately, and the main reason for their superior effectiveness is that they lock in hydration and powerful nutrients in high concentrations. I’ve never even considered using an oil in the summer, as my face is already melting from the heat and humidity, but the Swiss Crystal Dry Oil is so light that a tiny amount covers my whole face and absorbs incredibly quickly! I was also concerned about looking super-shiny, but instead got a young, healthy glow. In my opinion, the dry oil is La Prairie’s best kept secret since it’s so concentrated and effective using only a couple drops. In other words, a bottle will last exponentially longer than a cream which is water-based. A patent-pending complex of Alpine flora found to survive in the Swiss Alps lends its natural secret of youth, powering the anti-aging abilities. Pure oils lock in hydration better than creams, so the formula is best applied right after a shower or facewash. The result is soft and smooth skin no matter which skin type, but works especially well on slightly dry or combination skin, like I have in the summer. It feels like the ultimate luxury to apply the dry oil, and I’ve loved the effects of the anti-aging complex on my skin as it repairs the daily stresses I put it through.

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Beauty, SkincareJosie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

josiemaranarganspfYou guys, I’m obsessed with Josie Maran’s Argan oil products. Totally, totally obsessed. My skin is sensitive and had been really red and flaky for some time (damn you, fickle weather!), so I tried applying her regular ol’ Argan Oil before my moisturizer at night and seriously, in about a week, all the redness and flakiness was gone. And it’s stayed gone.

So naturally when I heard about Josie Maran’s new Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, I had to try it. Once again, a very wise decision.The moisturizer is great–it’s thick, but not so thick that it feels greasy or gross (my pet peeve in moisturizers with sunscreen) and I love that it has a high SPF. I’m very fair and burn easily, so as much as I may like some daytime moisturizers that I’ve tried with lower SPF’s, they’re just not practical for me if I plan on spending any time in the sun at all. But having an SPF 47 is a lot of protection for my average days since I don’t spend a ton of time outside in the direct sun (just enough that an SPF of 30 or below isn’t practical). I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and it’s definitely protecting my skin and keeping it really well moisturized (no redness or flakiness has returned!). It does have a little bit of a sunscreen scent, but nothing overwhelming at all and I find that it goes away quickly once I smooth it into my skin. All my fellow pale skin friends – definitely check this one out!

Bath & Body, SkincareMio Future Proof Body Butter

mioMio’s Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter is one of my favorites when I need a heavy-duty shot of moisture. The thick and creamy formula works overtime for up to 24 hours to banish my dry patches and cover my whole body with a seemingly new smoother, glowing skin. There’s a fine line between a saturated body butter which achieves ultimate richness and one with a pastelike consistency, and Future Proof maximizes its lushness without sacrificing smooth and simple application. Organic Argan Kernel Oil is one of Future Proof’s many unique ingredients which is packed with Omegas and proteins to improve inner strength and elasticity while moisturizing and feeding skin.

Beauty, Eco & Organic, SkincareHollyBeth Organics

organicFresh, garden-grown, and organic are usually the words you’ll find in a specialty market for produce, but living a healthy lifestyle demands the same standards for skincare. After all, aren’t the creams, washes, and treatments we put on our face penetrating into our pores and being absorbed to be effective? HollyBeth Organics is an artisan line which is USDA-certified organic and ingredients are grown from a garden and not a laboratory! The creator, HollyBeth Anderson, has culled knowledge from fifty years of international travel, skincare testing and research to create her boutique line which is focused on safe and effective nature-based treatments. She has taken from each culture what they do best- essential oils and organic practices from France, and healing herbs from Latin America. Her recipes are based on traditional homeopathic remedies and are created carefully in small batches.

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SkincareBulldog for Men

 

dogI was quite shocked the other night to see my husband putting on SPF moisturizer after washing his face- at seven in the evening! I’m not sure how I overlooked this nutty habit for so many years, but it had to meet its bitter end. I went in search of a skincare regimen that would be “manly” enough for him, but nourish his skin which has suffered from years of sun damage from growing up in Florida without sunscreen. I found the award-winning British line Bulldog Skincare for Men which focuses on natural ingredients and eschews parabens, artificial colors and fragrances. Only recently has Bulldog become available stateside, and is quickly gaining popularity. I’ve often wondered if men could use our facial products, but one of the big differences is that male skin is more acidic with an average pH of 4.5. They also have higher collagen and elastin production, so they age later (jealous!). Bulldog takes this all into account when formulating for men, down to the last pore.

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Beauty, SkincareJuara: Beauty in Turmeric

maskI always keep an ear out for nature’s secrets for staying young, so after hearing about Turmeric’s ability to detoxify, rejuvenate, and brighten the skin, I took a closer look. Turmeric is a variety of ginger which can stop the oxidation and aging of skin cells, allowing them to live in a healthier and rejuvenated condition. It’s been used since ancient times in the Indonesian culture as a beauty treatment for royalty and also to cure ailments inside and out. The Juara skincare line is based on natural herbs, plants and fruits with no preservatives, using natural ingredients to treat skin issues. Their Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask is a non-drying mud mask treatment that detoxifies, brightens and strengthens stressed, tired and dull skin, and I just can’t get enough of it. I have it on as I’m typing (multi-tasking at its best!), and the cooling tingle is positively addictive. The active botanicals are hard at work and the feeling is akin to endorphins after a workout, but for your face. The brightness and softness is immediately palpable following the treatment, and on the days I don’t use the mask, I’m counting down.

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Beauty, SkincareYon-ka Hydra No 1 Treatment

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We’re all familiar with and love designer resort lines as a relief from the bundled-up winter, but what I’ve recently come to realize is that skin needs a resort holiday as well! From a change of scenery and climate is born a need for the equivalent in skincare, which I’ve found in the hydrating anti-aging treatment Yon-ka Hydra No 1. On my recent respite from the uber-cold northeast winter, I toted the Parisian line’s Hydra No 1 Serum and Fluide with me and have been in love with the results. Yon-ka’s anti-aging hydrating complex  restores and maintains hydration levels both in the skin’s superficial and deeper skin layers, but is very lightweight and absorbs well. Because hydration is the basis for skin’s softness, tone, smoothness, and brightness, the Hydra line works both instantly and long-term to restore and retain moisture. An innovative formula of imperata cylindrical, aloe vera, and silicon feed my complexion and relax tightness due to dehydration.

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