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Beauty, Skincare5 Oils That’ll Change How You Approach Skincare

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ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Origins Planscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil
Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum
.ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerumKiehl's Midnight RecoverySunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face OilOrigins Planscription Youth-Renewing Face OilJoanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum

They call it a skincare routine for a reason: you’ve probably been doing that same old wash/moisturize two step for as long as you can remember. Even as an avid beauty product connoisseur, I find it pretty hard to incorporate a new product regularly beyond the initial testing phase. But every once in a while, something so good comes along that you have to make room for it–on your bathroom counter and in your beauty schedule. In this case, I’m talking an entire category of products: oils, which dare I say, has even replaced my usual face cream this winter.

According to Dr. Harvey Leo, a research scientist at the University of Michigan who spends much of his time studying how ingredients interact with skin, oils are some of the most effective products for helping skin lock in and retain moisture. Ample hydration, as we know, is the key not only to a healthy complexion, but that coveted glow (and despite what you may think, none of the grease). Even something as simple as canola oil can do the trick, says Dr. Leo, but I totally get it if you’d prefer to leave the Crisco in the pantry. Below, I’ve rounded up my five favorite oils of the season–try any of them and I’m pretty sure they’ll become the favorite part of your new beauty routine.

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Beauty, SkincareWinter Wonderland Skin Remedies

Brrrr… the cold is here, and between the wind and snow, it is sinking in deep! Luckily, I’ve discovered some new goodies for keeping skin cozy and moisturized.

ultrarepaircream1) I struggle with annoying patches of dry skin, bordering on eczema and have finally found an answer to my seemingly endless (and frustrating!) search: First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. As soon as I opened up the jar and sunk my finger into the fluffy but creamy concoction, I knew I was onto something different. Not only did it beat out my old misconceptions that an “eczema treatment” had to be dense as a brick to be effective and take forever to absorb, but it actually changed the feeling of my dry skin instantly. The non-greasy formula is easy to put on, and the cloud-like texture makes it a pleasure to massage in. The cream is formulated to penetrate quickly to relieve severely dry, scaly skin, and can even work to alleviate atopic dermatitis, eczema, and keratosis pilaris. Colloidal oatmeal is something I’ve used on my baby’s skin when she gets dry patches, which is one of the main ingredients in the Ultra Repair Cream. Together with shea butter, eucalyptus oil, and ceramides, the colloidal oatmeal relieves skin on the body and  face. READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareDermalogica PreCleanse Wipes

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Well, the cat’s out of the bag, people! Dermalogica’s new PreCleanse Wipes are now available, and my lazy alter ego couldn’t be happier. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dermalogica PreCleanse, see my previous post on the Dermalogica Double Cleanse.

PreCleanse Wipes are basically a travel-friendly, biodegradable version of PreCleanse. Loaded with oil-based cleanser, they help break down waterproof makeup and all the gunk that collects on your face throughout the day. And while they have a slight botanical scent to them, they are free of artificial fragrances, colors and parabens.

Now, tip time: Dermalogica recommends using PreCleanse Wipes prior to a Dermalogica cleanser for ultra-cleaning action, but I know some people who just use the PreCleanse Wipes by themselves, then rinse really well after. I’ve done both, and they’re both effective, but I prefer the results of the complete, double-step approach. (Keep in mind, skin care experts generally advise not to use makeup remover wipes too frequently because they still leave chemical residue on your face, which can be irritating over time.) READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareJenu Ultrasound Facial

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After being inspired by my recent experience with an amazing high-tech facial, I re-evaluated my skincare routine to see where I could take advantage of scientific advances on a daily basis. The ultrasound delivery of serum and moisturizer intrigued me, and I eventually discovered the Jenu ‘Active-Youth’ Skincare System. The system utilizes a professional-grade ultrasound system to infuse twelve times the amount of anti-aging ingredients into facial skin around the eyes and lips as opposed to traditional creams. When I stopped to think about it, it makes total sense that the depth of penetration makes so much difference in effectiveness of the serum. How can my quick fingertip application compete with hundreds of thousands of safe, gentle, ultrasound waves infusing treatments? The Jenu system updates skincare to today’s standards by utilizing modern technology coupled with advanced compounds to feed the skin. READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareCaviar for the Eyes: Erno Laszlo

Erno-Laszlo-Phormula-3-9-Eye-RepairSometimes a lady just needs to be pampered with the absolute best. When it comes to the eyes, I feel like this statement applies more than ever, and here’s why: I was told many years ago by a facial guru (when I thought I was too young to have even heard of eye cream) that it was necessary to start even then to preserve what I had. The thin skin around our eyes is the first thing to show age. I took that advice to heart, and have always taken special care to research eye creams for high quality ingredients and superb formulations. I’m currently obsessed with Erno Laszlo’s Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair, a gel-cream  which is the “caviar” of eye treatments. Erno Laszlo founded the eponymous skincare line in 1927, incorporating his expertise on skin pathology to develop a treatments used on Hungarian royalty. Ever since, it has remained the gold standard for skin treatments and is a favorite among Hollywood’s elite. The emollient Phormula 3-9 preserves the skin’s texture and appearance (best to start while you’re young, but it’s never too late to catch up!) while providing defense against environmental stressors. My little beauty secret is putting the jar in the fridge, so when I apply, it feels cool and refreshing and tightens my under-eye bags right up (a necessity after a long night!). The gel component is non-irritating and absorbs quickly, and I can barely feel any weight at all. READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareCold Weather Essentials from Burt’s Bees

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As the weather getting colder, dry skin begins to emerge for some of us, and it’s time to stock up on those moisturizing essentials. I love Burt’s Bees for their natural line of products, and two of my favorites to combat dry, flaky skin this season are:

  • Lip Balm – This is one of their classic products. I love it in all its variations, but the classic is hard to beat with its tingly, wintry pepermint-y freshness. The balm contains beeswax to condition your skin, while Vitamin E provides moisturization. It’s also affordable, which means you can afford to stock up. I toss one in my purse, and keep another couple on my nightstand and on my desk.
  • Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream – Yet another classic Burt’s Bees product! The texture of this cream is super thick, so it may take some getting used to. It’s also not my favorite scent, BUT the combination of oils (Sesame, Borage, Macadamia, Rosehip and Sunflower) in this product makes it insanely moisturizing. My dry skin that was flaking stopped fairly quickly after regular use, and continues to leave my hands soft and supple. A winter must!

Hair, Skincare5 Products For a Complete Fall Skin & Hair Makeover

As we usher in the lovely crisp autumn air and humid hot air out, my skin is begging for a change, and that’s one thing I’ve learned not to ignore! I’ve revamped my beauty regimen for the cooler, drier air but don’t want to bring in the heavy-hitting rich creams for the winter season yet. The theme of the fall facelift? Pampering skin with the absolute highest quality ingredients sourced in nature if possible.

sjal_rose_aura1. To start out, a gentle but potent cleanser which rebalances and infuses energy into skin is vital to the success of everything that comes after! The luxurious Sjal Skincare line is completely different from anything I’ve ever come across; it utilizes eastern medicine in conjuction with biotechnology of today to create gemstone-infused products. The Rose Aura Cleansing Set actually contains gold, silver, and rose quartz (talk about precious metals!) to balance skin and encourage healthy cellular activity. I love the incredibly soft 100% natural Konjac sponge for application, which when wet is so soothing on your skin that it can be used daily of the most gentle exfoliation and makeup removal. Not only is skin detoxified, but my visage appears brighter and healthier, sans that oily feeling. Since fall brings brisker air, I recommend immediately using toner and a medium-weight moisturizer to follow cleansing in order to avoid dryness.

2. loccitanelotiondivineL’Occitane’s Divine Lotion is part of a new line of anti-aging products which take advantage of the legendary Immortelle flowers from Corsica. The flower never fades, even after it’s been picked! So wisely using nature as the ultimate guide, L’Occitane has coaxed out the essential oils from this sprightly yellow flower, and boosted its effectiveness with 7 plant-derived active ingredients. The Divine lotion is actually a super-toner, designed to maintain a balanced complexion and help accelerate exfoliation while leaving skin feeling smoother and more supple. I prefer the Divine Lotion to traditional toners because it’s milky and pleasantly absorbed, and it multi-tasks anti-aging with rebalancing skin. The light scent of the Immortelle flower is preserved, and my skin feels deliciously soft after application.

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Bath & Body, Beauty, SkincareSpa Sonic

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Who knew an entire spa treatment experience could come in such a cute little package? No, I’m not talking about a mini manicure kit or foot soak. What I am referring to of course, is the new Spa Sonic is an all-inclusive polisher system consisting of a facial cleansing brush, a large brush for the body, a pumice pad for rough areas, and a facial sponge for microdermabrasion and reduction of fine lines. In other words, it is a full-body and facial treatment in a budget-friendly package, ready to give immediate results!  READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareLa Prairie for Day and Night

Every time I get my hands on a La Prairie product, it instantly becomes my favorite–whether it’s a blush (the best, really!) or hand cream. After all, with such luxurious ingredients like caviar and platinum and innovative, cutting-edge technology, the products always just work. This fall, I can keep La Prairie by my side day and night, thanks to two genius product launches.

la_prairie_eye_lipFrom work desk to dinner date, my constant daytime companion is their new Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Perfection à Porter.. The genius eye cream and lip balm treatments are wrapped up in chic, portable packaging that I actually enjoy showing off to anyone who will look. Both anti-oxidant infused products are formulated to hydrate, plump, and illuminate the eye and lip areas, combat skin damage, and contain light reflecting particles to banish the look of fatigue, dryness, and blur imperfections. The texture of the product is very smooth and elegant–I can’t stop applying it! Thanks go the convenience and genius packing of two products in one, the delicate skin around my eyes has gotten more love than ever before.

caviarnightmaskFor nighttime care, La Prairie has also launched the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask. I tend to save this $300 a jar product for special occasions but when I really need glowing skin, this sleep mask delivers. Formulated with potent active ingredients that are designed to work overnight as skin cells rejuvenate, this mask smooths, firms, exfoliates, moisturizes, and renews while you sleep. The product has the texture of a luxurious night cream and is applied with a brush for the ultimate pampering experience. Once applied, the product easily absorbs into skin leaving no residue that could get on your bedding. In the morning, simply rinse your face as usual and be astounded by smooth, radiant skin. Usually I tend to shy away from heavier products out of fear that my combination skin will break out but I tried this a few times and there was not a pimple to be seen. I trusted the Luxe Sleep MAsk so much in fact that I used it the night before my wedding–in other words, it comes highly recommended!

For more info on both products, check out LaPrairie.com!

 

Beauty, New York, Skincare, Spas & SalonsCecilia Wong Facial: Hello, Moisture!

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In New York, there’s always a wait for anything good! After my long-anticipated facial with Cecilia Wong, I can now see why she is considered a guru for facials in a city full of the best spas and salons. It was difficult to choose from Cecilia’s carefully crafted menu of treatments, but I finally settled on the Hello, Moisture facial treatment since autumn is upon us and moisture will be harder to come by! I admired Cecilia’s own flawless and glowing skin as she welcomed me to her downtown spa location, a spacious and airy oasis over the hustle and bustle of the city. As we sat down, Cecilia reviewed my concerns, and actually custom tailored the facial to my needs. I have a tendency to get patches of red, irritated skin as the seasons change, which were addressed with the soothing facial. READ MORE

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