Sunday, April 29, 2007
My life has been a crazy whirlwind lately. I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress for the last month both personally and professionally. From meeting deadlines for work to planning two parties, having company in from out of town, and then the usual hustle and bustle of taking care of the husband and two kids. I’m not complaining—but sometimes life seems really overwhelming. Exhaustion starts to take place and my body takes a toll.
The first signs that I start to notice when stress is prevalent is that my skin starts to break out, looks red, uneven, blotchy and aged. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? I know my sister is the same way—stress rears it’s ugly head on her skin too. Well, I got up this morning and took a long HOT shower and decided that I would give myself a well deserved—and needed facial. A little time to pamper myself before coming down stairs and cleaning up the mess from yesterday’s baby shower and preparing for a late afternoon barbeque and Laker game with some close friends.
I started my “facial ritual” by inspecting my skin with my magnifying mirror. “Wow,” I thought to myself. My skin actually looked pretty good. Where were all my usual signs of stress? Why hadn’t I broke out in a red blotchy mess? Then it dawned on me that stress had no power over my consistent daily skin care regime and my obsession with drinking almost 100 oz. of water a day. You see, I have been religiously using some new skin care products by Juice Beauty for the last four to six weeks. It’s awesome stuff! Juice Beauty products are 95% organic! Incredible! That includes the ingredients and the base “juice” that the products are made from. Melissa and Karen—the masterminds behind Juice Beauty left no stone unturned as they found the finest organic ingredients all around the world. Check out their website to read about all the details of this totally innovative healthy line for our skin at www.juicebeauty.com. An interesting statistic I learned from this line is that “our skin absorbs up to 64% of what we place on it, so what we should feed our skin should be organic.” Especially when we live such hectic lifestyles that most of us do nowadays.
So my daily routine has gone something like this: I cleanse and tone my face with the cleansing milk—it smells good and makes my face feel smooth and clean. Then, I treat my face with the green apple antioxidant serum—usually every other day for my skin. I definitely moisturize with green apple antioxidant moisturizer every night, and during the day I protect my face with the SPF 30 tinted moisturizer. I’ve also started to apply a mask once a week. I’ve been using one by “KOSE.” The name of it is Seikisho Mask White. Don’t let the name fool you—It’s a black peel off mask. It is made with Nano Black powder which is the ingredient that allows all the nutrients to absorb quickly and also provide the air tight seal so that the Vitamin C and Chinese and Japanese herb extracts have a chance to really penetrate the skin—providing the benefits of brightening the skin, hydrating, and regulating sebum production. This is one of the first peel off masks that contain vitamin C and actually helps prevent the formation of age spots and freckles! I seriously feel like I am giving myself a spa treatment when using this mask. It’s really cool. You can find this product at www.neimanmarcus.com
Juice Beauty is proving to be a great skin care regime for me along with my Seikisho Mask. My skin not only feels smooth but it actually looks radiant and pretty. This is a great way to prep my skin for my makeup. I’ve even noticed that I’m not even wearing foundation everyday anymore. Just the way I like it—especially right before summer! I cannot stress enough how important our skin care regime is for total effects when we are all made up. I love color! Eyeshadow, blush, lipstick,….but none of it really doesn’t look as good as it should if you are not properly prepping your skin and taking good care of your skin from the inside out. That means drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and properly cleansing-treating-and moisturizing your skin. It makes all the difference in the world. I understand that we all have different needs and levels of how we like to take care of our skin. That is why I am always reviewing different lines and products in the hope that one will take residence with you and your life style—and it’s a lot of fun trying all the different products out there. They each have something unique and alluring about them. I hope you are enjoying and learning and practicing healthy skin care with me!