2021 Holidays – Time to Relax

The holidays are upon us once again! As if adjusting to our “NEW WORLD with no return to the old world in sight” hasn’t been difficult enough…the stress of traveling, visiting friends and family, buying gifts, setting New Year’s goals – IS BACK….with a vengeance. However, if I’ve learned one thing from the Covid lockdowns and restrictions – it’s that the best we can do is take life day by day by day by day!

I plan on facing this holiday season by living and thinking in the moment, taking more time to relax and recoup. Do yourself a service this year… don’t pull “a Costco” and start selling your Christmas merchandise in September… slow down, relax, and enjoy life. Treat yourself!

Find Stability

Find stability by creating TO-DO lists, creating healthy habits, and new routines. Here are our top suggestions!

  • Start a skin care routine – According to Every Day Health, “following a routine that will benefit the health of your body’s largest organ (that’s your skin, notes Berkeley Wellness) and deliver the bonus of providing the structure and pampering that benefits your psychological well-being.
  • Read a book – even if it’s 5 pages a night! Get in the habit of learning something new!
  • Work. Out. – spend at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week being active! The human body was not meant to sit at a desk, slouched over for 8 hours a days! No wonder you’re feeling anxious!
    • Not ready to go back to the gym? There’s plenty of YouTube workout videos! Start with a “10 minute Abs” or “10 minute arms with 3 pound weights”.. don’t feel like you have to go ALL OUT right away.
  • Wake up earlier – I know.. this is a hard one for me too. But think about it, by the time you roll out of bed at 9:00 AM (pst) – the New York Stock Exchange has been making decisions for you…for the past 6 hours!!! The most successful people in the world wake up between 4:00-5:00 AM… Richard Branson, Michelle Obama, Tim Cook, Bob Igor, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Jack Dorsey, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk
    • ***If you don’t know who these people are – revert back to read a book
  • Drink more tea. Less alcohol… Water and tea are good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Start by making it a habit to start your morning off with an 8 ounce glass of water!
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Halloween Mask Recovery

Which mask are you wearing…

AFTER you take off all that Halloween makeup?

According to globalnews.ca – there’s tons of harmful chemicals in the cheap, yet fun, prosthetic make up purchased as an addition to your costume on Hallows Eve. Everything from lead, parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, and, ethoxylated ingredients – which has been linked to breast cancer!

“A recent study released by the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) on toxic chemicals in kids’ makeup found that several banned and potentially harmful chemicals have been detected in Halloween makeup and face paints.”

SO – studies show Halloween makeup can be harmful in the long term… meaning it could certainly can be harmful in the SHORT TERM. No one is interested in breaking out or having dry, damaged skin after a fun night out!

What do we suggest?

WASH, EXFOLIATE, HYDRATE


WASH

…with warm water. As soon as you get home from your night out. Yes, take the time to WASH your face! I know, you’re tired and possibly tipsy – but make it a point to remove all the make up from your skin!

Not wearing makeup? Face masks + dancing all night also cause sweat and bacteria to build! At the very least.. be sure to cleanse before hitting the sheets.

Dermalogica – clearing skin wash

  • Clears away excess oil without stripping skin
  • Helps prevent future breakouts
  • Soothing botanicals help calm irritation

“Work a pea-sized amount into a lather in wet hands. Apply to dampened face and throat, massaging in circular motions while concentrating on areas of congestion and oiliness. Avoid eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with Age Bright Clearing Serum, or your prescribed Active Clearing regimen.”

***A little goes a long way! 

CeraVe – Foaming Facial Cleanser

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to deeply cleanse.

  • Suitable for normal to oily skin
  • Refreshing gel foaming action
  • Cleanses and removes oil without disrupting the protective skin barrier
  • Ceramides: Help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
  • Hyaluronic acid: Helps retain the skin’s natural moisture
  • Niacinamide: Helps calm the skin

“Remove excess oil and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this gel-based foaming cleanser is an effective yet non-irritating way to cleanse and care for your normal to oily skin.”

EXFOLIATE

Are you wearing heavy make up or haven’t cleansed deeply this week? Take off the dead skin with these classics!

Dermalogica – daily microfoliant

“Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant® into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with Multi-Active Toner or UltraCalming Mist and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.”

Mary Kay – Botanical Effects® Mask Formula 2

***Exfoliates and hydrates at the same time!

“Gently removes impurities as it revitalizes skin. Formulated with personalized botanicals for your skin type and contains an antioxidant-rich botanical complex.”

  • Deep cleans as it gently exfoliates and restores radiance.
  • Adapts to your skin’s needs, leaving it looking healthier and feeling nourished.
  • Normal skin is treated to the antioxidant powers of frangipani flower and water lily.
  • Formulated without synthetic dyes or added fragrance.

HYDRATE

If you find your skin is irritated after wearing heavy, chemical-filled makeup all night – try rehydrating and refueling with something soothing…

LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask

“Recharge your dehydrated skin while you sleep with this innovative mask. Formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood provides a relaxing and comforting scent while apricot and evening primrose extracts helps visibly brighten and purify fatigued skin.”

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION – Vitamin E Mask

***NEW – and only $10!! Also available in Vitamin H,Vitamin C, and Vitamin B3, depending on your current needs! 

What it is: A line of lightweight, vitamin-enriched masks formulated with 93 percent of ingredients from natural origin.

“These face-and-body vitamin masks are full to the brim with vitamins, just like summer fruit. All contain a cocktail of plant-based super ingredients and a vitamin (selected for their natural richness and recognized skincare properties) for immediate and lasting beauty-boosting results. Each has an ultra-light texture that’s easy to apply to face, neck, décolleté, or any other areas that need it.”

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HOW TO: Return to getting waxed

Who is ready for the world to get back to “normal”…whatever that is?

Personally, I’m planning to travel to a beach far, far away! Prior to, I would like to get my first Brazilian Wax. You read that correctly, I have never been waxed! Only my eyebrows, which I’m assuming is significantly easier than the bikini area!

I have no idea what to expect, except a tad bit of pain.

If you haven’t had a wax AT ALL this year, I am sorry to say, you can expect the same. Especially your first wax out of quarantine, as shaving can strengthen your hair as opposed to waxing which (over time) thins and softens hair.

Here are some TIPS to help you get back into the routine, courtesy of Barbara Galagusz with Skin Trade:

#1 – Do not shave the area being waxed for at least 14 to 21 days before you wax. Hair can be 1/4 inch long but typically, 1/2 inch long is preferred for your first waxing.

#2 – Do not tan the area to be waxed right before the waxing! If it is sun burned, most will not be able to wax you. If you have a tan, you run the risk of the wax causing an abrasion on that area and…. it will be painful post waxing.

#3 – If you have any sensitivity, pre medicate with a pain reliever such as Ibuprofen 30 – 45 minutes before the waxing procedure or try Numb-IT and put on 20 minutes before the waxing.

#4 – Some say, between 3:00 – 5:00 PM you are the least sensitive to pain.

#5 – Try to schedule your first waxing at a time when you feel rested and not stressed. Caffeine, nicotine and heavy alcohol consumption can make you feel over sensitive during your treatment.

#6 – A couple of days before you wax, exfoliate in the shower. Take a loofah or synthetic sponge or glove, add some body wash and with a circular motion rub gently the area that is going to be waxed. This will remove dead skin, allowing skin to grip shorter hairs.

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