By: Jacqueline Stafford
It’s summertime! With summer comes outdoor activities and soaking up as much rays as possible. But all that galavanting around may take a toll on your skin, so here is an awesome regimen that will keep you glowing all summer long.
First, start with the Clarins pure melt cleansing gel to remove your makeup, or any build up throughout the day. Use as much as you like, because this product is so gentle and won’t dry out your skin.
After you have removed all your makeup take a little dab of the Kate Somerville dual-action exfoliant in the palm of your hand, and using your finger tips lightly massage the scrub evenly in a circular motion all over your face and neck. DO NOT SCRUB when applying to your face, especially if your skin is sensitive or already irritated. The enzymes in this cream will do all the work for you. It will clean out the dirt that is deep down in your pores, helps fight against acne and blackheads, and also diminishes discoloration from the sun. Leave the scrub on for about half a minute, and then rinse it off. Now, no one should use an exfoliant every night, but this is great to use at least once or twice a week. Anymore then that though will leave your skin feeling a bit raw, no matter how good the product is.
The Dermal Quench (seen in silver bottle in picture above) can be used either in the morning or at night, or even both, why not! But there is a method to this product. It needs to be shaken vigorously right before use, and put on in steps. I'm sure there is a video on how to apply, but I’ll give you a crash course explanation. Basically, it’s three sprays on one side of the face, rub in, then three sprays on the other side of face, rub in, and finally one spray across forehead, and rub in. Make sure to avoid eyes and lips when applying spray. This is the best product for instant hydration. It also helps with wrinkles and dry skin alike.
Kate Somerville products are the best of the best. You can find both of these on Sephora by just clicking on the pictures above. QVC offers a Kate Somerville special value about twice a year, normally around the holidays, which will typically be a supersize version of these two products that you can't find anywhere else for such a great price. I always keep an eye out for those.
The final step for this regimen is spraying a mist of this Avéne pure natural water all over your face, and just let your skin soak it up. I use this every night after whatever product I use to wash my face. The Avéne is used most of all for hydration, but it also works to heal damaged skin. I buy my Avéne on Amazon, where you can get it for a good price and with Prime free delivery. You can buy either the large 300mL bottle, or the smaller travel size option.
What I love to do with this product is spray some on two tissues, and use it as an eye mask; by simply laying them over your eyes for about 20 minutes. This is perfect for when your eyes are itchy or swollen from allergies, or too much makeup, or too much everything! You can see your skin calm down immediately.
If some of these products are a bit out of your price range then here are some similar products you can use for a lower cost. A more affordable option for an exfoliant is the Clarins gentle exfoliating cleanser with orange extract. It does all of the same things as the Kate Somerville exfoliant, except for the fact that it's not made with those healing enzymes. Hey, you have to cut your losses somewhere if you want the same product for half the price. You can also get a more affordable version of the Avéne spray, either on Sephora or Amazon, offered by Evian. Both products are shown in the picture above.
Hope this face wash regimen helps your skin glow during these long summer days. Now you go on, and glow girl.
By: Jacqueline Stafford
After a long week the best way I like to relax and unwind is by soaking away all my stress and problems with a soothing bubble bath. This luxury isn’t exclusive to children only. Adults can get just as much out of bath time too, but instead of toys (even though I still have rubber duckies purely for presentation purposes) our fun comes from what we decide to put in our baths.
Here are three great products that can make your spa night that much better. All these products can be purchased from Sephora. The Josie Maran oil can also be purchased from QVC in a jumbo size (6 oz instead of Sephora's largest which is 4 oz.) and the price is better, too.
This Laura Mercier body and bath product, will give your tubby a light bubbly effect. Even though it’s a foaming, honey scented moisturized bath blend you won’t be drowning in bubbles. What it’s really great for is the soothing scent and moisturizing effect, allowing you to feel refreshed and flossy once your out of the tub and dried off. The aroma is not overwhelming, which is something I do take into consideration. So many products out there have such a strong flowery perfume that it can be too intense.
That brings me to this incredibly relaxing lavender bubble bath product made by L’Occitane. It’s again a very delicate foaming liquid. All you have to do is pour a decent amount under running water before getting into the tub. Once you have the bathtub filled you can dip your body right into the inviting bubbles, and you’ll immediately feel your muscles relaxing. The scent is really what makes this product so incredible. Now, if your an especially tense person, or you just had a really bad day, this product will do you wonders. Lavender flowers, or lavender extracts have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression for individuals who suffer from these symptoms. So this will surely help you calm down after an especially rough day.
This Josie Maran product is 100 percent pure argan oil, which can be added to your bath leaving your skin feeling completely moisturized and silky smooth. Right now QVC only has the argan oil light, which I prefer in the summer but of course I have both. It’s great to use all year around to help dry and irritated skin. I add it to my bath, put it on right after a shower as a body oil, use on my face at night, and it can also be used on dry cuticles and hair before bed as a hydrating treatment. Basically, it’s a hydrating tool used for essentially everything.
I hope these products make your bath time that much more enjoyable. So, dim the lights, put on Lana Del Ray, light some candles, and your all set for a great laid-back night at home.