Stories for: Skincare

Bath & Body, Mom & Kids, SkincarePerfect Pearl

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One of my earliest memories is sitting on my mother’s bed, poring over her jewelry box and trying on her pearls while watching her in the mirror. She was applying a cream which she told me contained real pearls!  I could hardly believe it, and she laughingly explained that one day I would understand the need for quality skin care.  Now that I have a daughter of my own, I want to give her the best of the best, especially when newborn skin is so soft and sensitive.  I was delighted to discover Perfect Pearl’s complete line for baby skin created by Ying Zhou, a mother of two who wanted to incorporate the centuries-old secrets into caring for newborn skin. Asian history shows that the health benefits of the pearl have been proven through generations and pearl powder is considered a precious gift worthy of royalty. Healing, vitality, and beauty are the virtues attributed to pearls, and the soothing properties are noticeable immediately. The formulations used in the line are of amazing quality- sea pearls are carefully sourced and safety is first and foremost.  All products are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, colorant and paraben free and doctor recommended. READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareDr. Hauschka Rose Cream

dr hauschka rose day creamIt was one snowy December evening about five years ago that I first discovered Dr. Hauschka’s skincare line in the window of a beautiful vintage pharmacy in the middle of Hamburg. As I listened to the perfectly manicured aesthetician extol the virtues of Dr. Hauschka’s meticulously formulated creams in her German accent, I knew I had stumbled onto something special.  My skin was chapped and windburned when I walked in, and almost instantaneously after applying Rose Day Cream I felt soothed and rejuvenated. When I returned into the cold howling night winds, moisture was sealed in tight and my skin felt impervious to the elements!

Now many winters later, I’ve rediscovered the cream and reuniting with it feels just as good. Only a small amount is needed because the product is so rich and the one-ounce tube will last for the entire season. Extracts of rose petal, rose hip, marshmallow, St. John’s wort and avocado help soothe chapped and irritated skin. Despite the name, I actually prefer to apply the cream after a warm shower in the evening and leave it on overnight to sink in and nourish. The product isn’t called Rose Cream for nothing —  each tube requires thirty of the flowers to formulate!  The special ingredient is called Rosa Damascena and is collected from the velvety coating on fresh rose petals (think about how luxurious it feels to run your fingers over a rose petal) to form a light and breathable barrier that protects your skin. Dr. Hauschka brings quality face care to a whole new level, which explains its overwhelming popularity in Europe that is catching on quickly stateside!

Beauty, Skincare, SponsoredOlay Pro-X Even Skin Tone Protocol

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Just credit my Asian genes, but every time I see new products that claim to fade dark spots, even skin tone, or brighten complexion, I just must get my hands on them. Many say that us Asians are lucky because we are less likely to wrinkle as we age (up to a certain point, of course) thanks to genetics that give us larger oil glands that keep our skin more supple (I guess that’s a nice way to put it). On the flip side, we do have to worry (a lot) about developing age spots and skin tone discoloration. Actually  scratch out the “age” in “age spots.” I’ve been battling discoloration on my legs since I scratched too hard at mosquito bites one summer when I was 12. The sad truth is, I (and my fellow Asian sisters and brothers) are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and melasma — which brings me back to my original point: I love trying out a good product that promises to even skin tone, fade dark spots, and most importantly, prevent them from forming in the first place. READ MORE

Beauty, Mom & Kids, SkincareBack to Basics

purityWell here’s a little secret: you know that elusive “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about? I got mine from a bottle… partially at least. Let me explain: my facial skin condition is already frustratingly fickle (definitely the opposite of “glow”), and when I became preggers last year with hormonal changes to boot, my facial cleanser kicked me to the curb and left me desperately seeking something to adapt to my skin’s new needs.

Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser came on my radar, and after just trying it a couple times, I was sold.  Just a pea size amount of the milky dew left my skin feeling clean (without any residue like overly “moisturizing” cleansers tend to leave) but not bone dry. It does its job controlling my T-zone while nourishing my cheeks, and I didn’t feel any buildup. Natural oil extracts help condition skin so it’s healthy and primed for moisturizing. Within a few days, my blemishes cleared up and my skin finally gave way to a bit of that elusive “pregnancy glow!”  The scent is light and clean since it’s fragrance-free, without the heavy floral or fruity stuff. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Mom & Kids, Skincaremum+bub

mum + bubOnce in  blue moon, a product comes up which is the proverbial holy grail — an answer to a plethora of beauty issues (think Windex from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). Aden+Anais’ Soothing Ointment is just that, ready to tackle your super-dry skin patches, chapped lips, and even insect bites! But before we go any further, consider yourself warned: this ointment is not for the faint of heart. It’s thick, tacky, and so pleasingly salubrious! The ointment is 50% fresh fermented paw paw fruit, which is nature’s answer to our skin dilemmas. Never heard of paw paw fuit? Well, I hadn’t either so I dug around a bit to find out what the big deal was. Turns out, it’s a type of papaya which has been getting a lot of attention lately because  it’s high in antioxidants and has a whole list of health benefits. Australians have long hailed the fruit for its ability to protect and relieve skin ailments. Ellen Gendler, M.D., a leading New York City dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic contact dermatitis, helped develop this ointment, so this formulation is the best of the best. READ MORE

Bath & Body, SkincareTreat Your Feet

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Dreaming of spring yet with all this mopey cold and wet winter weather?  Now that the winter sales frenzy has passed, training for spring wardrobes commences!  No, I’m not talking about hitting the gym or juice-cleansing, but rather getting those feet pampered and refreshed and ready for sandals. Elemis’ Treat Your Feet foot cream is the best I’ve ever encountered, hands down. So many creams claim to be rich and potent enough (trust me, I’ve been around the block looking for a good one), but to get my crackly heels in buttery soft condition, it takes something almost nuclear. This emulsion of shea butter and jojoba oil is intensely moisturizing and just melts into your skin and it passes my usual tests of screening out the bad stuff:  it’s free from parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, mineral oils, artificial colors and silicones.

The texture of this foot butter is luxurious, without any heaviness or greasiness, and it smells fabulous: think aromatic patchouli, eucalyptus, and lemon oils. Just generously apply a layer before bed, slip on some warm comfy socks, and in the morning, say hello to your new soft soles!  Here’s a little secret — I put a coating on my hands before bed as well, and am treated to rejuvenated skin in the morning. With Elemis, you really can have a “spa at home,” every night.  Light a candle, put on some music, and massage away (better yet, have someone do it for you!).

$33.50 at Nordstrom.

Mom & Kids, SkincareBaby Soft Skin

Exederm Hydrating Baby Lotion - 6 oz. One of the best things about having a newborn? Cuddling, of course, and touching that brand new beyond-soft baby skin. I took all that for granted until I started noticing some flaking and rough spots, then a reddish rash starting on our lil girl. Our pediatrician mentioned that it could be a mild form of eczema (which I attributed to her daddy right away!). Then came the not-so-fun task of finding just the right cream to soothe her skin. I literally went through dozens of creams, oils, body washes, and lotions until I found the perfect trifecta: slightly cooler baths avoiding too much soap in eczema prone areas, good ol’ fashioned cocoa butter morning and night, and Exederm’s Hydrating Body Lotion for a good coating midday, or anytime at all. The lightweight but concentrated consistency of the lotion ensures a good amount will cling to skin while it moisturizes and soothes and a little bit goes goes a long way. Within a few days, I noticed problem spots getting better and that smooth baby skin peeking through again!  READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, SkincareWhipped!

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Have you ever dreamed of rolling around in a vat of frothy whipped cream (no, not in that way)?  I for one love anything light and fluffy whether it’s a souffle or cream cheese and can’t get enough of L’Occitane’s just released Shea Butter Honey Whipped Body Cream!  This is one of those creams that make you wonder how you lived before because now you can’t imagine another day without it. I feel decadent every time I lather it on — it’s so light but incredibly moisturizing and because it’s based in natural ingredients, I don’t have to worry about reactions or side-effects of those complicated chemicals. Also, my winter skin just drinks up that 10% shea butter. But the best part is —  instead of feeling heavy and greasy, the cream is soft, delicate, airy and absorbs oh-so-well. The honey component is genius: since it’s a natural humectant, it draws and binds water from the air into your skin. The light lingering scent is lovely and despite being sensitive to perfumes, I found this so natural and even comforting.  Oh and I adore the packaging, especially that cute little bear on the top! READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, SkincareVenus and Olay Razor

814FQALU8sL._SL1500_The word “girl crush” has become massively overused, but I can’t think of a better word to describe Chrissy Teigen, foodie, laugh-out-loud hilarious, beautiful model, and bulldog-lover. Her Twitter is a daily joyful read for me and her relationship with John Legend is the stuff cuteness is made out of. Most importantly–I trust her picks, whether they be for the best ramen in Japan (yea, she’s cool like that), a stellar recipe for eggs in ham cups (changed my breakfast game forever), life changing Google searches (Google “Tom Brady water slide” and you’ll see what I mean), and now: my new favorite razor. Leave it to this culinary school talent to discover a smooth razor that also smells like Creme Brulee: the Olay Gillette Venus razor.  With 5 blades surrounded by two solid conditioning Olay moisturizing bars that negate the need for shaving cream, this is the kind of razor your significant other is going to want to steal. The Olay bars work in tandem with the water from your shower to moisturize your skin for a close shave. And the flexible head that you can bend to-and-from, is just right for getting into every nook and cranny. So crush on with Chrissy and the Olay Gillette Venus razor.

Beauty, Mom & Kids, SkincareStretch No More

Editor’s Note: When we first started TDO some 7+ years ago, we were all still in high school (ok not really, but it certainly feels that way looking back). Now our set of editors and contributors are all scattered around the country kicking ass in life and career: some with their own successful businesses, many married, all well traveled and with a lot of experience and stories to share. Needless to say, we’ve grown up quite a bit over the majority of the past decade and the content on TDO has also reflected the shift in our interests as we move through different stages and milestones in our lives. This week, we’re excited to bring on a new contributor, Grace, recently a mom and likely the most stylish one you’ll meet. She’ll be blogging about beauty, fashion and lifestyle from her point of view and we could not be more excited to have her on board! 

elemisWhen I found out I was pregnant, the thought immediately popped into my head that bikini days would be over for good (along with adult conversations, travel, and spontaneous dinners).  Fortunately, beauty-saavy friends pointed me to Elemis’ Japanese Camellia Oil and alerted me to the fact that Victoria Beckham also used it during all her pregnancies. At first, I thought I might prefer a cream to an oil, but I found that the product absorbs beautifully and softens as it works. Most importantly, I didn’t have to worry about anything harsh going through my skin, because it’s a fine blend of Japanese camellia extract and sweet almond oil, free from parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, mineral oils, artificial colors and silicones.

It soon became a ritual and a luxury to apply the oil twice daily (particularly nice after showering) as I watched my belly grow… and start to move!  I’m convinced my baby loved the in utero massage. Though I was turned onto the product originally because it promised to combat stretch marks, I soon started applying it everywhere on my body, even on my nails. Despite my liberal use of the oil, only a small amount is needed to get the job done — I got through nine months with one bottle, zero stretch marks (Ed. note: so lucky!!!), and even have enough left to moisturize this winter. Now for those other excuses not to get into a swimsuit…

$48 at Nordstrom.

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