Let's Get Skin-timate *summer 2018 edition

I've been a little remiss in posting this, but hey, it's still summer & your skin still needs my help.  I worked in the beauty industry for over 10 years and skin care/product knowledge is a bit of a passion project of mine. I'm a clean eater and I'd love to tell you that everything I put on my skin is natural, but that just isn't the case.  I've tried almost every natural skin care line currently on the market and they're either ineffective or they irritate and cause my skin to breakout.  

I teach hot yoga, so believe me, if these products can keep my skin clear, I'm going to guess that unless you're very sensitive they'll help you out as well.

Cleansing is important, you need to cleanse your skin.  What you don't need to do is to dry the bajezzus out of it with heavy duty acids several times a day.  Which is why if you've thoroughly cleansed your skin & prepped it with treatment & hydration products the night before, I'm a believer that all you need to do is splash your face with water in the morning and pat your eyes with soft wet cotton pads soaked in cold water.  Continue by applying any day time treatment products you use, moisturizing with something light weight, then apply some eye gel & sunblock or a tinted moisturizer with an SPF in it.

 If you sweat during the day whilst performing your sport or activity of choice, I suggest you use something gentle to cleanse your skin post sweat sesh or use a few cleansing wipes.  If you can't shower I suggest you use a few more cleansing wipes on your body (chest, neck, back, arms, pits, butt & under your boobs). Use one wipe per area so as not to cross contaminate the skin.  As far as wipes are concerned, I like Ole Henriksen "Truth to Go" brightening cleansing wipes (if you have sensitive skin you may want to try their "Nurture Me" cleansing cloths).  Additionally, if you're prone to back or chest acne, whether you're able to shower or not I highly recommend Murad Clarifying Body Spray.  Don't be fooled by the imposter brands. This one sprays 360 (meaning however you angle the bottle it will spray), which means those hard to reach areas on your back just became reachable.

Ladies, you have to take all of your make up off at night, Your skin needs the break.  I suggest using a decent cleanser with quality ingredients.  I'm partial to Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser - it's gel based.  Foam based cleaners tend to be more drying to the skin because of the foaming agents in them.  If you have make up on I also suggest a toner. My toner of choice is actually a clean brand. It's Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner. Don't be intimidated by the witch hazel, this one is creamy and non drying.

Post night time cleansing, I like to use a lighter weight eye gel in the summer months because my under eye pores get wonky if it's too heavy or I get milia. I've found Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm fits the bill. Because I'm approaching middle age, I apply a serum instead of a moisturizer. I've been using Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma because it's lightweight and contains several different forms of hyaluronic acid. Twice a week I'll swap that out and use Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione which is a powerful treatment for aging skin.

I feel it's imperative to set aside at least one night a week for a little me + masking time.  My current favorite combo is as follows: cleanse your skin, then take one Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pad and use as directed (for reals read the jar & follow the directions exactly or you'll be sad when your skin's all dried out). Then immediately apply Perricone Chloro Plasma mask.  Again, read the directions & follow them.  Post mask, apply a serum or treatment product if you use one, some moisturizer & an eye cream or gel.  The Perricone Chloro Plasma mask is without a doubt one of my most favorite masks in the history of my mask usage. I use it year round.  The addition of the peel pad prior to the mask gives it that little extra exfoliation boost you need without over-drying the skin.  Warning: do not think that more is more.  You'll most likely love the results of doing this once a week.  If you even dane to do it more than once a week, you'll probably end up sorry and your face will be very dehydrated.

Keeping the skin on your body hydrated is important as well. So after you shower (with cool water as hot water is very drying to the skin), pat your skin dry (leave a bit of water on the surface) & apply either pure jojoba oil or Borage Therapy Plus advanced formula fragrance free lotion to your entire body. This will seal in the moisture. Jojoba oil won't clog your pores and it's pH level closely matches the pH of your own skin's protective barrier, so it's a win win. 

One final suggestion for dry irritated under eyes or just nightly refreshment is Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox (eye roll on the most overused word in beauty) Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, use as directed. They're heaven, You're welcome.

I am but a tiny little website and blog not sponsored by anyone. These are merely my suggestions based on trial & error. I am not a doctor, so I do suggest you consult with your dermatologist before trying out any new products because well, you're ultimately in charge of you.

Happy summer. I hope it goes without saying that you should apply sunblock on your entire body (& face) during any type of sun exposure. If you care about protecting your face, a hat is recommended - there are decent sun hats out there, you've just got to look or use a baseball cap. And for the love of shiva, stop buying those "cute" cheap trendy sunglasses & invest in a pair with UV protective lenses. Eye cancer isn't cute.



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