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Our Faves: Top 5 Makeup Removers

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VH001-calming-cleansing-solSleeping in makeup can be detrimental to skin health, primarily because your skin repairs itself overnight while you sleep. Clogged pores, the skin being unable to breathe and the possibility of increased free radical exposure caused by sleeping in makeup can hinder the skin’s repair process.

The following products are quick and easy to use to remove makeup and impurities before bed or your nightly routine.

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleansing and Make-up Remover:

This no-rinse, fragrance-free cleansing water will help to cleanse and tone skin, removing makeup and impurities while leaving skin refreshed and moisturized.

Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane’s makeup remover is great for removing the most stubborn and waterproof makeup, without any oily residue left over. Using your favorite nightly cleanser is recommended after using this product.

Kate Somerville True Lash – Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover

This lash-strengthening formula makes this makeup remover a great 2-in-1 product. Lengthen, strengthen and add volume to your lashes while removing makeup and impurities before bed.

TALIKA Oil-Free Lash Conditioning Cleanser

Talkia has a similar lash-enhancing, oil-free makeup remover. This product will help remove all traces of makeup while toning your skin and improving and conditioning the structure of your lashes.

Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution

Using micellar water to remove your makeup will help you to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin without any irritations, leaving your skin with a velvety finish.


Cleanse with a Splash!

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ernoDr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who began formulating products to heal Hungarian Princess Stephanie’s acne. Due to his success, he went on to open an institute of scientific cosmetology. Later his clients would include Hollywood’s A-List actresses, including Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. In the 1960s his treatments were highly sought after.

Today, you can take part in the regimens that were responsible for the most glamorous complexions.  This line offers several cleansing bars. The most popular is the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. There is a distinct way to maximize your results with these cleansers. Start by filling your basin with comfortably hot water. Dip the cleansing bar into the hot water and gently massage wet bar over the face, and then repeat. Set bar aside and then massage the face and neck with fingertips. Splash your face 20 times with the water from the basin to cleanse and stimulate the skin. Splash your face again 10 times with comfortably hot running water to rinse the skin. Blot the skin dry. Follow with the Erno Laszlo toners, treatments and moisturizer prescribed specifically for your skin.

Dr.  Laszlo was known to have said, “I taught America’s high society ladies to wash their faces.” Now we know how to as well.


Estie Find: Vichy Idealia BB Cream

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Looking for a quick and easy foundation application? Vichy’s Idealia BB Cream would be the perfect find VH087-vichy-idealia-bb-mediumfor you. This hydrating, illuminating formula helps pores look refined, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and contains an SPF 25. This BB cream is on the thinner side in consistency, and for those with dry skin, I would recommend adding a bit of your favorite moisturizer before application. It does blend nicely however, if you need to use concealer or more foundation coverage.  The BB also has a pearly, rose-gold pigment, so if your complexation has red tones, this may make you look too pink or red. This cream does come in two color options, Light and Medium, however, both color options are on the lighter side of the color spectrum. It does blend nicely with skin tones within 1-2 shades of the cream. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a light-feeling cream, with a wonderful clean smell, that is lightly floral but not overpowering.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

Esti Tip: Use a primer, skin perfector, or hyaluronic acid before the application of your BB cream to give your skin a plumped, moisturized base for this BB cream, if adding a moisturizer would be too rich for your skin tone.


Protein for the Hair

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Even though hair is strong, it can also get very brittle at times and need some extra care. We all know our hair is better off when we take it easy with heat-styling, use sulfate-free products, avoid over-washing, and use cool water when we do wash. If you feel as though you are already doing your best but still aren’t seeing any improvement, it could be that your hair is lacking the protein it needs. Staying in good general health is always going to help your hair, but sometimes we need more.

Hair damage is the degradation of the keratin proteins that make up the hair strand; the cuticle, which is the protective outer layer, and the inner core. The cuticle is made up of cells that fit together like scales on a fish, and damage occurs when something causes the scales to lift and separate. The inner core of the hair contains the proteins that give it structure and strength. If the cuticle is compromised, damage can occur on both the inside and outside of the hair shaft. Because the protein (keratin) is damaged, keratin is really the only thing that can repair it.

KF169-kerstin-florian-intensive-hair-repairMy favorite keratin product is the Kerstin Florian Intensive Hair Repair. We know that skin care masking is important, and the same goes for hair! This mask is very easy to apply and remove.  After shampooing, apply the product, concentrating on the ends. Wrap hair in a towel or shower cap for 5-10 minutes. For extra penetration benefits, use a blow dryer to heat the product. Let the mask cool and then rinse. The biggest change I noticed after using this mask was how little breakage I now have. The keratin strengthened my hair, eliminated split ends and smoothed out the texture. This product has allowed me to continue the use of my heated tools and ever-changing hair color without the damage.


Why Mask?

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Masks have a variety of beneficial functions for the skin. They come in many types, as the do perks. You can find masks for brightening, hydrating, purifying, soothing, exfoliating and/or restoring.  A mask can really boost the effectiveness of your regimen, no matter your skin type.  You’ll get the greatest benefits out of a mask after exfoliation. Twice a week is all it takes to bring your skin into balance and create a youthful radiance!

Sheet masks are a great way to relax after a long day. They are pre-soaked, with cutouts for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply unfold the sheet, place the cutouts over the appropriate areas and smooth the mask over your face to ensure it is flush with your skin.  If you have time, lie down and soak in all the nutrients.  Typically, the sheet has some extra residue even after you’ve used it. Don’t waste it. Rub it over the back of your hands, neck and decollate for an extra treatment! One of my favorites is the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative mask.  It will soothe and cool while deeply hydrating.

sommeMud or Clay Masks are great for pulling out impurities from the skin and de-toxifying. If you have congestion such as blackheads or whiteheads this would be your go-to complexion picker-upper! Depending on the formulation, mud and clay are a little richer and a little harder to remove. You can help dissolve this type of mask a little by adding water to it and emulsifying before you remove it.  One of our newest masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud mask.  A little warning: it’s dark green like the moor mud so you may just blend in if you are going to the forest.  If you need camo, this is your mask!  But seriously, it’s a great choice and it was surprisingly easy to remove.  Also the Somme Institute Boost Mask warms, exfoliates, purifies, hydrates and soothes, all with a heavenly pumpkin aroma.

Lastly, the most common type of mask—cream, is the best for almost any situation.  Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is amazing before an event.  Intensely hydrating and brightening, it truly leaves you with an irresistible glow.  Just smooth over clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, or as long as time allows, and rinse with a washcloth.

Any formulation you choose will help you maximize the results of your regimen.


Estie Find: My Favorite Acne Masks

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Let’s say you have an entire skin care regimen consisting of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF, but you’re still struggling with breakouts. You have the complete skin care regimen, right? Actually, there’s something missing from your routine: the mask. Facial masks provide additional or deeper treatments to the skin, but many tend to neglect them.  Masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, and replenish nutrients. If you find that you are breaking out, a mask could be the answer.  Choose a mask based on your skin type and the issue you’d like to correct. While it’s true that not many of us are looking to add time to our skin care routines, a mask could be one of the most effective steps you’ll take.

PT099-peter-thomas-roth-sulfur-cooling-masqueSulfur masks are to be used in the midst of a breakout to control oil production. Sulfur also accelerates cell turnover by getting rid of dead skin cells and buildup that can clog pores. This ingredient helps dry out existing blemishes and prevents the spread of acne-causing bacteria. My favorite sulfur mask is the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque.  This highly-effective treatment contains eucalyptus, sulfur and purified clay to exfoliate the skin and treat inflamed acne. After using it only a few times, I noticed my congested skin was looking much clearer. I couldn’t ask for more. When I’m struggling with a bad breakout, I use this mask twice a week for the best results. All I need to do is wait the ten minutes and let the product do the work.

My other recent acne mask discovery is the Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Purifying Mask. This product contains Kaolin Clay, Willow bark extract, and Salicylic Acid. While the Clay and Willow bark reduce surface oil and shine, the Salicylic acid works at exfoliating the skin. I really love the way this mask reduces redness and soothes inflammation; it’s perfect before an important event. After applying this mask, you’ll feel a cool, tingly sensation, which I really enjoy. I do have to say that when I used this mask twice in one week, I experienced some dryness around my nose, but I simply reduced it to once a week and was fine!


Estie Focus: Hydrating Masks

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Do you suffer from dry skin? Are you using retinols, or do you travel frequently? A good hydrating maskRC043-wine-mask is something everyone can benefit from, whether you have dry skin or not. There a few different ways you can use these masks. Apply a thin layer at night and sleep with the mask in place of a nighttime moisturizer and you will wake up with smooth, perfectly-hydrated skin. Apply in the morning after you cleanse, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then cleanse or tissue off and proceed with your normal skin care regimen. Feel like you’re always on an airplane? Flying is very dehydrating to the skin. You can apply a mask at the beginning of your flight instead of a moisturizer, or use it once you touch down to combat your skin’s dehydration. Everyone can benefit from a hydrating mask every now and then. Here are a few I recommend:

Sothys Hydradvance Mask: This mask contains two types of hyaluronic acid; one that penetrates the skin deeply, and one that sits on the top layer for an instantly smooth result.

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Mask: This mask contains hyaluronic acid as well as Vitamin B5 that is reparative and provides the skin with essential nutrients.

ARCONA Wine Hydrating Mask: This mask contains nourishing macadamia nut oil which mimics the skin’s natural oil, as well as hyaluronic acid.


Holy Grail Hand and Foot Creams

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I am always on the hunt for the perfect hand cream to add to my collection. Recently, I was introduced to L’Occitane and their wonderful products. The hand cream is truly amazing—it absorbs quickly, does not leave a greasy feeling, and makes your hands feel baby-smooth.  It delivers the kind of hydration that lasts and does not require you to reapply all day long.  Not only is this hand cream wonderful for just about anyone, but people who experience dry, cracked, chapped hands will definitely want a tube of this. Since I wash my hands frequently throughout the day, I require a rich moisturizing cream. Even though this one is a little pricey, a little bit goes a long way. I put this hand cream on before I go to bed and wake up with silky-smooth hands. It’s almost like a hand treatment; more than just your everyday hand cream.

AH183-mineral-foot-cream-moApplying a great foot cream is always a nice feeling at the end of a stressful day. My favorite is the AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream.  This product does not leave you sticky and greasy post-application, but with a velvety smooth after-feel. This is a go-to product for me, especially in the dry California winters.  A secret about this product is that you can use it on your hands and elbows for extra hydration benefits. Use this cream once or twice a day, and you’ll notice a tremendous difference in the look and feel of your feet. And now is the perfect time—sandal weather is right around the corner!

 

 


New from SkinCeuticals: Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

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One of our bestselling brands has just launched their latest product and oh boy, we think you’re going to love it! We know SkinCeuticals for its scientifically-based, effective formulations. Their newest integrates that science with cosmetic elegance.skinceutical

The Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a repairing moisturizer that builds the protective barrier of your skin, enhancing its strength and ability to defend against environmental aggressors. Formulated with 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids, your skin is bathed in the highest concentration of barrier-strengthening ingredients on the market. A perfect companion product to retinol, the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains the soothing essential oils of lavender, rosemary and peppermint.

This moisturizer is rich without being heavy.  It’s specifically formulated for dehydrated, sensitive and dry skin. You will experience lasting hydration for 24 hours, as well as improved texture and increased radiance.  Yes, please!


mybody GLOWBIOTICS

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Can you get a peel from a pad? Oh yes you can, and you can have all the skin-friendly benefits of probiotics all in one step!                                                                                                                    glowbiotics

Two to four times a week, swipe the no-rinse resurfacing pads over your face for an easy at-home treatment. mybody recommends using two pads per session and  if you have any excess product on the pad, use it on your décolleté and the backs of your hands.

With consistent use, the non-irritating pads will give results comparable to a chemical peel with no flaking or down time.  These resurfacing pads help reduce pores and blemishes, and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, all while giving a beautiful GLOW. You may also want to try the companion serum, mybody GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil. After all, everyone looks better with a little radiance.



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