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Beauty, Skincaredon’t call it a comeback: dermalogica double cleanse

Dermalogica Double Cleanse
It’s been a while since we wrote about Dermalogica, which has been a skin care staple in the beauty industry for what seems like ages. But I’ve been trying a lot of their products lately because (disclosure!) I’ve been working with them as a copywriter. Conflict of interest? Yep. Should you read this anyway? Yep. Here’s why:

The benefit of writing for this blog, and for several other beauty publications over the past decade, is that I’ve been exposed to far more products than the average consumer. It also means I can provide  an informed opinion on products based on experience, trial and error, and product education. I am generally skeptical, and only choose to write about products I actually like, regardless of whether they were provided for free, at a discount or by a client or employer.

So, with that said, Dermalogica has been rocking my socks off (or makeup, to be precise) this month with their Double Cleanse regimen. What is that? It’s their philosophy that to achieve “a professional level of clean,” you have to clean your skin twice. When I first learned about this, I thought, “What nonsense. Who wants to clean their skin TWICE? That’s gotta be bad for you.” But then I tried it, and I don’t think I can ever go back to a single cleanse.

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Bath & Body, Hair, SkincareSay Epi-Later to Unwanted Hair

philipsepilatorShaving is the one thing that I inevitably forget while showering, and if I do remember, it is my least favorite part! Stubbly legs are not cute, but unless I shave frequently, those pesky hairs won’t leave me alone. The best appliance I’ve tried all summer not only saves time, it results in smoother legs for up to weeks (just imagine the freedom!). Philips Satin Perfect Epilator is an innovative at-home hair removal device that works just like you’re plucking your eyebrows, but much quicker. Satin Perfect pulls out hair at the root, without irritating or pulling the skin, and actively lifts hairs to ensure that even shorter hairs are removed. A built-in light illuminates the area you’re working on, so you can make sure everything is gone. Two options for speed control make it ideal for comfort and sensitive areas. The result is priceless, in my book: smooth and silky skin for much longer than a razor will afford. The epilator is perfect for those impromptu trips to the pool or beach since it’s so quick, and should be used on clean dry skin. I’ll be honest- I wanted it to work on my armpits as well, but it was just too sensitive for me.

The design is pretty and ergonomic–no scary looking metal springs or anything of the sort. Cleaning is a cinch–just click off the roller and put it under water, spinning the white ceramic discs with your fingers for a minute. It’s ready for use after just an hour, and provides 40 minutes of action. It took a few tries for my legs to get acclimated to the Epilator, and I found it most effective after a warm shower and exfoliation. At first, it pulled out some hairs at the skin’s surface (much like shaving), but after a few uses, my hair actually became a bit finer and seemed easier to pull out by the root. Since hair growth happens in stages, I use the Epilator weekly just for touch-ups. Results will vary depending on hair thickness, but I found that the slower speed works more effectively for taking out hair. My legs are ready to take on the beach–and I haven’t shaved for a month!

Beauty, SkincareDr Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

drjart_ceramidinliquidWhat do you do when your skin needs a lot of moisture but has a natural tendency to turn oily when you apply a serious product? Why, turn to the newest product from Dr Jart+ of course–Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizer.

Unlike your typical moisturizer, Ceramidin Liquid is an uber-light liquid that you apply with a cotton pad all over the face. Thanks to the weightless texture, the product absorbs immediately, leaving behind no shine, stickiness, or any residue at all. However, don’t be deceived by the watery formula–Ceramidin packs a powerful punch to deliver all day moisture. The key ingredient in the product, ceramide molecules, are essential lipids that are naturally found in the surface layer of the skin and help to keep skin healthy and glowing by strengthening the skin’s barrier function and locking in moisture. This product helps to hydrate by replenishing ceramides as well as deliver additional nutrients–licorice extract, panthenol, and aloe vera among others– to help relive tightness, nourish, and repair skin. The result is that skin feels great all day with no risk of teetering into greasy terrorist. A win-win for combination girls (and guys) everywhere!

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Fitness & Health, Hair, SkincareIntelligent Nutrients

certified_organic_anti-aging_serum“Everything that we put on our bodies must be nutritious and safe,” says Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Intelligent Nutrients, who is an active environmentalist changing world of beauty. I couldn’t agree more–it makes total sense, doesn’t it? I am a firm believer that the food you eat makes a huge difference in your health and appearance, so it follows that what seeps into our bodies from the outside should be carefully sourced as well. I sampled and fell in love with two products from Intelligent Nutrients, the Anti-Aging Serum and Organic Hair Shine.

My skin is fed and glowing with clarity as soon as I apply the oil-based Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum, which combats dryness as it nourishes. With autumn’s inevitable cool-down on the way, I now feel prepared! The unique blend of argan and acai oils protect skin from fall’s drying wind gusts while boosting elasticity. The results are undeniable, and I can actually see my fine lines (crinkles!) fading. I’m currently using the serum at least once a day before bed, so the oils can work magic and literally create beauty sleep for me. Because of the hydrating properties, I don’t even need a separate moisturizer since it acts as a barrier to seal nutrients and moisture in. I use a gentle cleanser, then just one pump of the serum covers my whole face, then one more pump for neck and decolletage. I massage it in using gentle, circular motions, and it’s soothing and calming as it absorbs. My face actually looks younger in the morning, and any irritation or redness is happily absent. My mind is at ease knowing that night after night, the serum I’m generously applying is certified organic. The treatment also contains antioxidants to affect skin on a cellular level, restoring collagen and elastin production.

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Beauty, Obsessions, SkincareSunscreen Refresh for Summer and Beyond…

vichySteamy August is a great time to re-evaluate your sun protection, which every dermatologist highly recommends no matter what age you are, from 6 months to 100 years!

Right now, I am in love with Vichy’s innovative air-mousse sunscreen, Capital Soleil SPF 50 lightweight foaming lotion, which allows me to indulge in a full-body mousse sensation while getting my much-needed sun protection on quickly. This light-as-air formula instantly smooths and softens the skin minus the annoying chalky residue while safeguarding skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. The waterproof mousse is genius because it’s not only a pleasure to apply, it gives fantastic coverage unlike sprays which just go into the air, or lotions which take forever to get everything covered. The formula is non-greasy and non-sticky, so it doesn’t end up feeling heavy. I find that even when I’m sweating, it doesn’t end up streaking white like so many other sunscreens–a major faux pas in my book! Over time, the silky texture improves skin quality and helps prevent sun damage, using white grape polyphenols and vitamin E for an antioxidant boost. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Eco & Organic, Home, SkincareKiss My Face Soap

kmfI have to admit a bit of a clean freak, which may have something to do with being a mom, so I end up washing my hands (and everything I touch) a million times a day! Since I spend a lot of time with soap, I love exploring different scents and ingredients, and even packaging. I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite brands, Kiss My Face, has come out with an all-purpose Peace Soap, which follows the same philosophy as their skincare line of using the finest and gentlest 100% natural ingredients. It’s made with organic olive, coconut, and jojoba oils, so it takes care of your hands while eliminating germs. The simple formulation is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and good for cleaning just about anything! Grassy Mint is my favorite scent, which is simultaneously refreshing and a touch earthy and in the mornings, and it’s the first thing that wakes me up (besides a crying baby!).  The other soaps are delightful too, and remind me of scents you’d find at a wellness spa- Lemongrass Clary Sage, Lavender Mandarin, and Pomegranate Acai. I know the soap is good when hubby voluntarily pipes up about how much he likes that it cleans well and is concentrated and efficient! READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareAdd Some Zing To Your Routine

originsginzingI’m a long time Origins fan. I’ve never had a bad experience with any of their products and I almost always like them enough to actually repurchase when one runs out, which if you could see my beauty closet (uh, beauty garage?) would probably blow your mind because I have enough down there to stock a department store. So if you’re looking to pick up some new skin care products, I highly recommend the two new Origins “Zing” products.

The GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer is, in a word, awesome. My usual issue with moisturizers is their scent, because some of them smell, well, gross: like chemicals or just plain weird. GinZing doesn’t have that at all: it smells amazing – a mix of lemon, grapefruit and spearmint. Whoever thought up that fragrance combination was clearly a genius because I need every product to smell like that now. It’s so energizing and uplifting–perfect for the morning (over your sunscreen, of course, because it doesn’t come with any sun protection, which is my only issue with it). The moisturizer itself is really light and it’s oil-free, so it won’t clog your pores at all. I just love the way it feels on my skin and how glowy it makes me– a new staple in my skin care routine.

The GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is great for brightening up and de-puffing your under eye area. It (sadly) doesn’t have the same glorious scent as the moisturizer, but it does help me to look a lot less tired. (I rarely, if ever, get enough sleep.  It’s really terrible.  I wish someone would just make me go to bed early because I am incapable of doing it for myself). It has caffeine in it, which perks up the dark circles, and keeps me looking much more alert than I usually am before, oh, let’s just say… noon.  Another new must-have.

Now how many other Zing-y products can they come out with?  I’m eagerly awaiting more…

Beauty, SkincareClinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

cliniqueplusI am very much a Clinique girl. Probably like many of you, the brand was my first introduction to the beautiful world of prestige makeup–for me, at young age of 12. But even as I’ve gotten older and matured in my beauty taste, I always still turn to Clinique for products that I know are high quality, efficacious, doesn’t irritate skin, and at the end of the day, won’t rob me of an arm and a leg. In other words, through the years, many of the Clinique products I grew up loving (Black Honey almost lipstick anyone?) have become staples in my beauty routine–classics.

One such classic, of course, is Clinique’s iconic Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. This was the first moisturizer that I purchased and one that I’ve used through many bottles of, but as product technology kept changing and advancing, this classic started to feel a little…well, old school. Recently, however, Clinique has refreshed and relaunched the product –now Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + –and has once again brought it to the forefront of my skincare routine. Like the old classic, the lotion is a pale yellow hue, lightweight, absorbs quickly, and is meant for daily use as part of a 3-step regimen. The big change with the formulation is the introduction of a new complex incluing hyaluronic acid, glycerine and urea that helps strengthen skin’s own moisture barrier by 54% , leaving it feeling soft and supple all day while boosting the skin’s natural defense. Even though I have combination to oily skin and it’s currently summer–the lightweight product and gentle formulation leaves my face feeling hydrated and nourished, but doesn’t leave it looking shiny or greasy. The lotion is now available at all Clinique counters, replacing the original version–a new modern classic!

Beauty, Obsessions, SkincareJurlique Rose Line

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During the steamy hot peak days of summer, I’ll do anything for a respite! All too often, my face thirsts for some refreshment, which I’ve discovered in Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist. The light mist restores, tones (so much easier than applying toner the old fashioned way!), and hydrates. A few spritzes are akin to going from hot humidity walking into a delicious cool foggy mist; the relief and restoration are immediate! I love the light rose scent which lingers for a few moments as the balancing mist hydrates my complexion. On a typical day, I’ll use the mist at least once midday, but if I’m going to be running from lunch to appointments, I’ll tuck it into my purse for a quick refresher on-the-go. It’s amazing what a difference a few seconds of misting can do both for the senses while creating a fresh and dewey visage. I’m pretty liberal with my spritzing, since there’s so much good stuff packed into each pump: rose oil softens, balances, and restores, while marshmallow extract hydrates and rebalances. Aloe, skin’s natural best friend used for centuries, provides beneficial polysaccharides and amino acids to soothe and calm. Of course, there are no worries about irritants such as parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or petro-chemicals. READ MORE

Beauty, Obsessions, SkincareBoosting the Power Peel

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The testimony of countless dermatologists and aestheticians have always converged on a simple fact–acid peels are effective! Of course, there are varying strengths and times for application, but the concept behind them is that old dead skin peels off and leaves fresher, smoother skin in its place. Ideally, this also aids in lightening discolorations. I’ve always been a fan of at-home Dr. Gross’ Alpha-Beta Peel, and the brand is now wrapping it up into a kit  that also includes two complementary items: a Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum and Brightening Solution. I made my hubby the test subject for this review and he’s been a great sport try it for 30 days. He has a few genetic dark spots made worse, I’m sure, by growing up in Florida and playing at the beach with no sunscreen (I know, quel horreur). The conclusion? Visible signs of aging such as fine lines and discolorations are reduced with consistent daily use of the peel. I actually started to notice a slight lightening of the sunspots about three weeks into the treatment. It’s definitely the first beauty treatment hubby looks forward to having–he thinks I’m giving him a “facial” every night! READ MORE

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