Winter Skincare

Winter Skincare

I remember one of my friends slapping Vaseline on her face in the winter before heading out to the NY streets. The effects of seasonal weather changes, especially during the winter, can take a serious toll on your skin.  Facial skin ravaged by exposure to the elements can exhibit symptoms of dryness, flaking, itching, cracking, and even sore, scaly, patches. Follow my tips during winter weather.

Although it may seem contradictory, dry skin benefits immensely from exfoliation to help rid the flaking dead skin cells, to smooth the skin’s surface and promote cell rejuvenation. Whether you choose a manual or chemical exfoliate like a glycolic acid incorporating the right exfoliate to your routine a few times a week can dramatically improve dry skin.

The skin is typically hydrated after a warm shower or steam. Avoid using the four letter word “soap” or any type of astringents they’ll dry out your skin even more. Instead, use a cleanser and toner, with ingredients that hydrate and calm skin.

Maintaining the skin’s moisture content during the winter months is critical. Seal in moisture with a rich moisturizer that keeps the skin soft while offering protection against the harsh effects of the environment.

For the extremely severe skin symptoms such as cracked and sore skin use a hydrating overnight treatment to provide intensive relief.

Taking a proactive approach to care for your skin during these months will help you avoid skin damage.  If you’re living or vacationing in winter weather adjust your skincare regimen accordingly.

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Get Ready For The Beach

5 Summer Beach Bag Essentials

It’s almost summertime and that means beach days are upon us! Before you head out to the beach, the pool, or your summer vacation, don’t forget to pack the perfect beach bag. Here are 5 summer beach bag essentials to take with you…

1. Sun Protection: We’re not just talking about sunscreen here. To fully protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays, pack a big broad-brimmed hat, fabulous oversized sunglasses, and not one, but three, forms of sunscreen for your face, lips, and body. You can also tuck away a mini sun umbrella that sticks in the sand to further shade yourself. Get your Luv Ya SPF 30+ for your beach-going needs.

2. Water! Water! Water! Hydration is the key to a healthy skin. But instead of packing your regular water bottles, spring for a more high-tech option with the frozen core center to keep your H20 chilly this summer. 

3. Entertainment: Download great music to your iPod like Summer by Calvin Harris or try Café Del Mar, your favorite magazines, or your phone & take pics. Don’t forget to get a waterproof case, being a great way to text or chat poolside without ruining your phone. They come in all colors, styles, and for every type of phone out there.

4. Healthy Treats: Just so you’re not tempted by the ice-cream truck that passes by or the beach concessions stand with hot dogs and fries, try packing some cool and healthy treats of your own, such as frozen grapes or for a guiltier pleasure – frozen dark-chocolate covered acai berries.

5. Calorie Burners: Don’t forget to pack some fitness items to help burn those calories and keep in bikini-shape, such as a Frisbee, an old-school inflatable beach ball to toss back and forth, or Smashball, which is like ping pong without the table. It’s a great way to have some fun in the sun and burn a few extra calories as well!

While it’s important to take some time this season to soak up the rays, enjoy the great outdoors, and bask in the summer breezes, it’s also important to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and hydrated. Make sure you have your skin regimen. Make sure you order your Travel Kits before you go! Happy travels!

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Clean Out Your Makeup!

Clean out Your makeup!

Here are some common cosmetics and the recommended shelf life for each after it has been opened for the first time.

Mascara: Toss your mascara after 3 months. Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is so great. If your mascara starts to dry out before its 90 days is up, throw it away. Don’t add water or saliva to your mascara to rewet it. Doing so will only increase your chances of getting an eye infection.

Eye pencils: Eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years. To make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application.

Eye shadows: Keep your applicators clean and your liquid shadows should last 12 months. Powder shadows will keep 2 years.

If you’ve had an eye infection, you’ll need to throw out all the eye make up and applicators you used from the time you developed symptoms. The virus or bacteria that caused the infection has probably taken up residence in your make up, so using those cosmetics again could cause you to develop another infection.

Lipsticks: You can stow your tube lipsticks and your lip pencils for 2 years. As with eye pencils, sharpen your lip pencils before each use.

Blushes and powders: Discard your cream blushes after a year, powder blushes and powders after 2 years.

Think of your make up a bit like you do your food. If it smells weird, develops a film, or has a mold-green tint to it, it’s gone bad and needs to be tossed out.

Foundations and concealers: Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can hang around for 18 months. A 12-month shelf life applies to both oil-free foundations, which can dry out quickly, and liquid concealers.

Using clean brushes and sponges will help lengthen the life of your cosmetics. Be sure and wash or replace your applicators frequently.

When you open a cosmetic for the first time, write the date on the product. It will help you keep track of how long you’ve had the makeup so you’ll know when it’s time to throw it away.