Kate Somerville sees and treats a variety of skin in her Skin Health Experts Clinic, based in Los Angeles, but the main concern her clients have is finding ways to look younger. Below are some of Kate’s favorite tips and products for revealing a more youthful looking complexion.
Cleansing – Many of my clients rush through the cleansing step. At my Skin Health Experts Clinic, we actually perform a dual-cleansing method. First, skin is cleansed with a milky cleanser to remove dirt, oils and makeup, and then we follow with a cleanser that is best suited for the client’s skin. At home, I also love using a clean washcloth to steam and soften skin. Always remember to cleanse correctly, especially at night! Your skin needs to be cleansed properly in order to repair and for your products to work effectively.
KateCeuticals Moisture Milk Cleanser
Gentle Daily Wash
Exfoliation – After cleansing, every treatment at my Clinic starts with ExfoliKate! Why? The dry, dead layer that sits on the skin’s surface not only dulls the complexion, it also prevents products from absorbing effectively and can make the texture of skin look uneven. Exfoliation will help skin look brighter, smoother and more even. It also sets the stage for flawless makeup application. I recommend exfoliating twice a week. Look for products with Fruit Enzymes and round, smooth beads. That way, you experience the benefits from both physical and chemical exfoliation.
ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
Hydration – Hydrated skin is healthy skin. When skin is hydrated, it bounces back! When skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent. Expression lines, like the elevens in between your eyebrows can also be exaggerated. Serums containing Hyaluronic Acid will add much-needed hydration into your regimen – plumping skin and restoring that youthful bounce. My personal favorite is DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment, and I never leave home without it! This unique, oil-free, foaming booster delivers an infusion of hydration and oxygen for both immediate and long-term results.
DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment
KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum
Eye Creams – Your eyes reveal lack of sleep, too much sodium and a host of other poor habits. Rejuvenate your eye area by using an eye cream to nourish the eye area and help with puffiness, dryness and fine lines and wrinkles. I recommend using a product with illuminating properties so the light softly highlights the under eye area and the upper cheekbone.
Age Arrest Eye Cream
SPF – Not all sunscreens are created equal, but year-round SPF is a necessary part of any skincare regimen, especially if you are battling discoloration. I was never a believer in combining an anti-aging moisturizer with an SPF because the anti-aging actives need to be delivered deeper into the skin to be effective while Sunscreen works best on the skin’s surface. I was able to create lightweight sunscreen formulas with a revolutionary reservoir system which keeps key ingredients separated so they stay where they work best!
Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen
Daily Deflector Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++
Retinols – Retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients in an anti-aging regimen. I’ve seen clients who’ve used Retinol products for years and their skin looks healthy, youthful and glowing! The key is cell turnover and the stimulation of collagen. You may also use Retinol products all over your chest, neck and on the back of your hands. Be sure to apply sunscreen wherever you are applying your retinol products.
RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
Pollution Protection – Pollution can increase damage to the skin. Contaminants and carcinogens can cause issues ranging from sensitivity to premature aging. Incorporate Antioxidants to help combat environmental pollution. Other aspects of your regimen such as proper cleansing and SPF also factor in to protecting skin against harmful environmental aggressors.
Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask
WHAT IS IT: A regenerating body lotion for mature skin that aims to prevent premature skin aging. Organic pomegranate seed oil and apricot kernel oil work harmoniously with shea butter to stimulate skin’s cell renewal process, while also protecting it from damaging environmental influences.
HOW IT FEELS: The creamy lotion has a light texture that blends seamlessly and absorbs quickly into the skin. While you apply it, the product releases a refreshing citrus-y aroma that awakens the senses. Just note, the scent doesn’t last on the skin too long, which is fine if you don’t want it to clash with your daily perfume.
BOTTOM LINE: Although it says it’s meant for mature skin, I really liked the way this lotion made my not-so-mature skin feel. My skin felt extremely hydrated and remained velvety-smooth all day long. If you’re looking for an all-natural moisturizer to give you silky smooth, youthful skin, give this a try.
I went for a short walk outside this weekend and realized something awful: winter is coming. My body was yearning for the comfort of a hat and soft scarf as I made my way down the street with the cold air hitting me in various directions causing me to speed-walk into the comfort of a department store. Yes, cold weather, I blame you for turning my noble intentions of an afternoon walk into an unnecessary shopping spree.
With the winter temperature fast approaching it’s important to adjust your skin care routine to incorporate products that help keep the skin moisturized and hydrated. One new product that launched this fall promises to do just that – enter Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, a new product inspired by new Dermatology hydration procedures such as Juvederm® Hydrate. The serum was developed to address “Age-Related Dehydration,” a skin condition that contributes to the appearance of aging and is caused by an imbalance and lack of water within the skin. When the skin has this imbalance, the creepy signs of aging appear sooner.
“As we age, the concentration of moisture-binding molecules within the skin progressively diminishes, allowing essential moisture to escape and making the skin prone to showing signs of age-related dehydration, said Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist.
73% of women in the US cited dull, tired looking skin as a serious skincare concern. This breakthrough formula has clinically demonstrated to help correct the signs of Age-Related Dehydration by “flooding” the deepest surface layers of dehydrated skin to restore vital moisture. Plant-based glycerin and Shiso Leaf comprises 85 % of the emulsion; the result is that the skin gets some serious hydration, and appears more fresh, plump, and youthful. Below are some of the stats from the company’s clinical trials.
Immediately after using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate:
• 87% of women said their skin felt more refreshed
• 86% of women said their skin felt more comfortable
• 81% of women said their skin felt more smooth
1 week after using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate:
• 87% of women said their skin felt more deeply hydrated and moisturized
• 86% of women said their skin appeared more revitalized and rejuvenated
• 86% of women said the texture of their skin felt softer
The product is available in-store and online for $58.
This month, Essence of Beauty, is adding a new indulgent collection of products to the shelves of CVS/pharmacy with the launch of its Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection. Launched in 2002, the brand has become the drugstore retailer’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line.
Infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils, the full bath collection is available in the following scents:
• Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
• Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
• Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body
Each scent includes a collection of the following bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap.
The prices range from $5.99 to $9.99, and will be sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com.
A couple of years ago, I was introduced to TATCHA, a skincare regimen inspired by the beauty rituals of geishas, who are known for their perfect, radiant skin. I have been a huge fan of the line ever since, and carry around TATCHA’s Original Aburatorigami – Japanese Blotting Papers with me everywhere I go to get rid of excess oil when I’m on-the-go (they make me feel extra special since they contain real gold flecks).
In my first blog post about the line, I went over the four-step ritual which includes the Cleansing Oil, Enzyme Powder, Brightening Serum and anti-aging moisturizer tailored to your skin type (click here to read that post). I reviewed the full-sized products in the collection, but if you’re still a little weary about trying a new skincare routine, you now have the option to purchase the full ritual in mini-sized products with TATCHA’s Ritual Discovery Kit which includes the following:
• PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—25mL
• POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder—14 x 1g packets
• RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum—10mL
• SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream—10mL
I love the products in this line because they are simple and really work. The PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, for example, is my go-to face cleanser to remove heavy makeup since it softly cleanses my skin without overdrying it. I usually follow the cleanser with the POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, which gently exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.
The three main ingredients in the line are Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Japanese Rice Bran, which also happen to be staples in the Japanese diet. Eight week clinical trials of the ritual have shown that users experienced a 50% reduction in redness and age spots, 70% decrease in the appearance of pore size, 60% decrease in the depth of wrinkles, and 155% increase in moisture retention.
If you’re interested in enhancing your skin’s natural beauty, click here to buy the two-week Ritual Discovery Kit available at tatcha.com for $59.
Now that summer is approaching, it’s critical to adjust your skin care routine. Warmer and longer days mean it’s time to add products that are oil-free, nourishing and most importantly, offer protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Prestige skin care line Skin Authority has two great products that aim to reverse the damage done by the harsh winter weather, and keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months.
VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir
This topical elixir is formulated with vitamins D2, D3, A, E, and K, as well as a powerful oligopeptide, which work together to nourish, firm and brighten the skin’s appearance. The oil-free elixir also feature’s Skin Authority’s Dry Finish Technology™.
The consistency of the formula is very lightweight. It was very easy to incorporate the elixir into my morning routine since it dries very quickly, allowing me to move on to the next step of my skin care regimen, without the usual fanning of my face or waiting for it to air-dry, which I usually experience with other morning serums. It also gives my skin a very nice glow.
Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18
Following the elixir, I’ve been using Skin Authority’s Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18, which I absolutely adore. This is a multi-benefit product as it moisturizes, contains SPF, stimulates collagen production and calms skin irritation. It’s also packed with a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids which aim to slow down the signs of aging. It’s been very hard for me to find a moisturizer that contains a decent amount of spf, and doesn’t go on chalky and leave me with a ghost face. This moisturizer melts seamlessly into the skin without leaving behind any white residue.
The VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir retails for $59.00 and the Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18 is $60. Visit Skin Authority’s website to learn more about the products and check back tomorrow to learn how you can win both products right here on the blog.
So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.
What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.
How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.
Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)
Recently the beauty industry has seen a rise in the number of non-surgical face lifts that are opted by women to minimize their skin woes, a major reason attributed to which is time constraints to carry out any form of skin care regime. But, who says it always has to be a skin care regime? Did you know your diet could influence how gorgeous you look without the slightest tinge of make-up involved in the process? Well, here we come up with a list of six natural foods for naturally glowing skin:
The Red Tomatoes
Tomatoes owing to their high content of lycopene which is a natural anti-oxidant works wonders for your skin in terms of getting rid of the stubborn acne marks as well as covering for those disastrous side-effects of sun-exposure namely tanning and skin darkening. The citrus content of the tomatoes further removes the impurities from inside of the system and brings out that healthy glow.
The Juicy Carrots
Another colored vegetable with its content of Vitamin A and Carotene namely carrot does not lag far behind when we are discussing about foods having miraculous effects on the skin. Carrot is best known for its anti-ageing properties and thereby should mandatory make it to your list of diets if non-surgical face-lifts are not your call. Easy to slice up, this vegetable can even out your skin tone at the rate of 35% and de-toxify those skin cells at noticeable rates.
The Nutty Almond
If vegetables are something that makes you sick, your next best option could be Almonds. Rich in the content of Vitamin A as well as fatty acids they act as the best of sunblocks. Not just that, almonds are known to have amazing anti-ageing properties, thanks to which they would erase your wrinkles quite visibly and help your face to build up that collagen again, thus making you look fuller and brighter.
Blooms and Berries
Berries in any forms namely cherries, blueberries or otherwise are full of natural anti-oxidants, in addition to the pigments that they carry because of their bright colours. Not only do they rise up the nutritional value of your diet, but also takes care of the ugly blemishes, thus leaving you with that first love radiance.
Nature’s one of the finest creation that has been unearthed by man and now commercially marketed by every big beauty brand is none other than Green tea. The mentioned can be included in the diet as one of the soothing beverages, and thanks to its content of Vitamin K,D and C does not only help you to get that de-tangled gorgeous locks, but also ensures an acne-free skin owing to controlled secretion of DTH from the body. If that was not all, it also helps in improving your skin tone.
Wild Salmon and Fish
For the non-vegetarians out there, this is your treat. Fishes like herring, salmon and wild trout contains rich amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which is the best to achieve that perfect health and glowing skin. The concerned fatty acids reduces the redness of the skin caused as a result of acne, skin irritations or any other allergic reactions and helps you to get that impeccable perfected look.
Including all or any of the above mentioned foods in your diet, would result into an extremely rewarding experience, since the effects are trusted, tested and preached by many. Above everything else, always keep your body hydrated and sleep well for at least 6 hours in a day to get that perfect glowing skin.
About the Author:
The above article is composed by CJ, a beautician by profession associated with mynewa.com who loves to share her beauty and health tips via her articles.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been testing La Mav, a luxury, certified organic and ant-aging skin care brand formulated with BIO-ACTVE ingredients that work with the skin to provide visible ant-aging results. I received an array of products and directions for a simple daily beauty routine customized to work well with skin type. All of the products smell amazing and are beautifully designed. Here are my top 3 favorites:
Pore Refining Toner
Designed to refine the appearance of pores and help maintain the natural PH balance in the skin, this toner comes in the form of an easy-to-use spray mist. It felt cool and refreshing to spritz on the toner, which is a great product to use during the hot summer months to revitalize the skin throughout the day.
Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar
At first, it felt counterintuitive to use the repair nectar on my acne-prone skin, because the product is quite oily; however, once it absorbed into my skin, my face was glowing. The nectar is formulated with Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil to promote lighter, evenly toned skin while sleeping. I adore the design of the bottle, which comes with a dropper to measure out the right amount, so none of this precious product is overused or wasted.
Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum
Formulated to improve skin’s clarity, even skin tone, and diminish dark spots, the brightening serum boots skin’s radiance, strengthens collagen, and reduces hyperpigmentation. My skin looked luminous after applying the product, which absorbed nicely, without leaving behind any residue.
Learn more about La Mav, which is now available for sale on Amazon.com (U.S. only).
FTC Disclosure: This product was provided for review
It is that time of the year again when us ladies (and some gents) are getting ready to hit the beach in our ultra-sexy swimwear. But, before you strut your stuff on the beach you need to make sure all unwanted hair is under control, so on a quest for a smooth shave, we tested out Bikini Soft Smooth Shave Oil.
What is it? The product is a combination of natural oils, rich moisturizers and softeners that lubricates the skin and softens the hair shaft, enabling a close, smooth shave.
What does it do? It replaces all traditional forms of shave lubricants such as creams, soaps, gels…etc, and claims to dramatically reduce skin irritation, razor burn, nicks, cuts, scratches and ingrown hairs in sensitive areas such as bikini lines and underarms. The transparent oil allows you to see exactly what you are shaving, while also nourishing the skin.
The promise: Bikini Soft has a 30 day, 100% money back guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
The result (product tested by Jolevette): “Using the recommended dose of 8-10 drops, I massaged the oil onto the area I wanted to shave, and put a little on my razor blade for a closer shave. The mix of essential oils, such as jojoba, aided in soothing the sensitive areas I shaved, and left my skin feeling silky smooth. Overall, I was very pleased with the product, and I am not shy about stepping out on the beach in my swimsuit this summer!”
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