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skincare demystified.
THE GENTLE DETOX
because last night was neither gentle or pure. Send your skin to rehab with a dead skin removing, purifying, and oxygenating facial.
On cleansed, dry skin apply a 50/50 mix of Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel & purified water to your skin. Massage in a gentle sweeping motion until you coat your entire face (excluding eyes) in a sheer layer of product. Leave for 45 seconds and rinse with warm water.


After letting your skin dry off again, apply a sheer layer of Caudalie Purifying Mask to your entire face. Focus attention to trouble zones (especially those that love to break out after a long night out and sleeping in your makeup*). Let the product work impurities out of your skin for the next 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
To ensure no toxins or debris is left on the surface of your skin, and to give an immediate glow, take a few pumps worth of Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask and spread quickly over the entire face once more. Let the product come to a full foam and subsequently bubble down over the next few minutes.
Follow with your daily moisturizer.
*Note: I’m not endorsing falling asleep drunk in your makeup. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you not have a facial I’ve personally used on myself countless times after I’ve done such a thing to my skin.
 

THE GENTLE DETOX

because last night was neither gentle or pure. Send your skin to rehab with a dead skin removing, purifying, and oxygenating facial.

  1. On cleansed, dry skin apply a 50/50 mix of Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel & purified water to your skin. Massage in a gentle sweeping motion until you coat your entire face (excluding eyes) in a sheer layer of product. Leave for 45 seconds and rinse with warm water.
  2. After letting your skin dry off again, apply a sheer layer of Caudalie Purifying Mask to your entire face. Focus attention to trouble zones (especially those that love to break out after a long night out and sleeping in your makeup*). Let the product work impurities out of your skin for the next 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  3. To ensure no toxins or debris is left on the surface of your skin, and to give an immediate glow, take a few pumps worth of Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask and spread quickly over the entire face once more. Let the product come to a full foam and subsequently bubble down over the next few minutes.
  4. Follow with your daily moisturizer.

*Note: I’m not endorsing falling asleep drunk in your makeup. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you not have a facial I’ve personally used on myself countless times after I’ve done such a thing to my skin.

 

SPF: a secret weapon of beauty

It’s almost daily that I have clients come to me requests to turn back signs of aging. It might be a dark spot, some fine lines, some less than fine lines, premature aging, irritation, you name it.

What’s my secret against almost all of these things?

SPF


Sure, a synergistic blend of amazing treatments also helps, but if you truly want your skin to live in the prime of its life as long as possible, nothing will aid in this quite like sun protection. Dark spots are largely related to an overproduction of melanin in your skin caused by sun exposure, premature wrinkles in your skin are also caused in part by our lovely UVA rays, and sensitive skin types can even experience redness and inflammation long before a sun burn. So your first stop in keeping your skin gorgeous should be shielding it from further damage, that way any of your favorite skincare stands a fighting chance through the day.

Now, this is when I usually get a pushback from clients.

"I’m so sensitive, I just can’t wear sun screen"

"It makes me so oily, I’ll breakout"

"I’m allergic!!"


That last little treasure of an answer I’ll touch upon another day entirely, but the fact of the matter is we all need sun screen. Now, the crappy part is that not all SPF is created equal. There’s the debate against powder vs cream, chemical vs physical, and it goes on an on.

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Personally I wear a fantastic spf from Algenist called Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF50 which you can purchase from any sephora. It’s like a silky, almost invisibly veil of sun protection. I suffer from hypersensitivity to many common ingredients but this product is just an absolute dream for me. And with that high SPF, my skin hardly suffers from an overexposure to UVA/UVB. And right about now is when I can hear that same client.

"I wear and SPF 100 and I still burn"


Truth be told, an spf of 30, 45, 50, and even 100 have almost no difference, unless you’re one of the few chosen fair skin clients with hypersensitivity to sunlight. For most, anything beyond SPF30 will barely give you more than a few extra minutes of sun protection. And even with an SPF30 you can still burn, the trick to avoiding this is as simple as three basic rules.

  1. Reapply approximately every 2 hours
  2. Reapply after swimming or wetting the skin.
  3. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun.

Now after you established your desired level of sun protection, you need to consider your texture preference. 

Shiseido practically corners the market in lightweight fluids and creams. Peter Thomas Roth does some fantastic brush on SPF in both an SPF30 and SPF45. There’s also some rather respectable formulas in your local drugstore from Target’s store brand, as well as No7.

If you follow those rules and pick up at least an SPF 30 that suits your skin type, you can prevent anything from dark spots from sun damage, premature aging, redness, and so much more. I’ll touch back upon this topic again because there’s much more to it. Think of this as a long winded PSA until then.

SUMMER FRUIT FACIAL
at some point all skin types need to hit refresh. This 10 minute facial is perfect for anyone who needs to freshen their complexion, enhance radiance, and soothe even the most sun ravaged faces.
Cleanse off all makeup and SPF
Apply a generous layer of Fresh Sugar Face Polish and massage gently in circular motions until the product is evenly distributed.
Take a teaspoon amount of Ole Henriksen’s Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask and massage directly onto the sugar polish. Smooth over skin in circular motions until the enzymes in the mask dissolve all of the sugar left on your skin. Allow product to sit for 10 minutes. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the fruit and lavender combination of fragrances in the products.
To lock in all of the hydration and glow you’ve just inherited, smooth over a few pumps of Arcona Magic White Ice and allow the moisturizer to absorb completely before you apply makeup. (if you still feel like your skin needs it after this, that is.)
(only for daytime) Follow with your favorite SPF 30+ product
Enjoy your day
 

SUMMER FRUIT FACIAL

at some point all skin types need to hit refresh. This 10 minute facial is perfect for anyone who needs to freshen their complexion, enhance radiance, and soothe even the most sun ravaged faces.

  1. Cleanse off all makeup and SPF
  2. Apply a generous layer of Fresh Sugar Face Polish and massage gently in circular motions until the product is evenly distributed.
  3. Take a teaspoon amount of Ole Henriksen’s Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask and massage directly onto the sugar polish. Smooth over skin in circular motions until the enzymes in the mask dissolve all of the sugar left on your skin. Allow product to sit for 10 minutes. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the fruit and lavender combination of fragrances in the products.
  4. To lock in all of the hydration and glow you’ve just inherited, smooth over a few pumps of Arcona Magic White Ice and allow the moisturizer to absorb completely before you apply makeup. (if you still feel like your skin needs it after this, that is.)
  5. (only for daytime) Follow with your favorite SPF 30+ product
  6. Enjoy your day

 

Skincare: the agenda

  1. Soon enough, this blog will be full of all things beautiful about skincare, and how to see through the things that are less than beautiful. We are all subject to marketing, jargon, “complexes” that make no sense on the front of every package, and worrying about finding the perfect fit. My goal is to help demystify skincare and the products you need. I’ll show you simple at home facials, and amazing little ways you can treat yourself at home. so stay with me while i help this thing take off.