Interview with IA
Interview with IA
It's been very interesting here in Southern California! This past weekend we reached record breaking heat and temps have been higher than I can ever remember growing up. Also, our air conditioner stopped working for a few hours and it was not pleasant!
Many people here have been spending more time outdoors, beach/pool etc. with little else to do due to COVID. Usually Fall is a time to focus on repairing some of the damage that results from summer time fun and extra sun exposure.
One of the biggest tools in my skin care toolbox is REPAIR toner! This was actually formulated not only as a toner but as a compliment to SPF as it enhances protection of the skin cells. Not only does it help protect the skin with its high antioxidant value, it also has anti-inflammatory ingredients that help with sun damage. Along with being super-hydrating it is the perfect product to use before you go in the sun, during and especially after!
Formulated with Camu Camu, coconut water and arnica this powerfully soothing and hydrating toner makes it amazing for any skin type. I use this on my kids after the shower to keep their skin in good shape after all the swimming we have been doing.
As one of my favorite client says. " I spray before makeup, after makeup, when I'm hot, when I'm stressed! Whenever!"
Have you tried REPAIR toner? What do you think of it?
In my years of working as an esthetician, I found myself delivering the same advice for my clients no matter what the skin type. I even found myself giving this advice to clients that were seasoned in skin care so I thought I would share some of the most common tips here.
1. Exfoliation should be a weekly routine-
One of the issues I came across is a build up of clogged pores. One way to help prevent this is through regular exfoliation. A basic rule of thumb is one to two times per week, but the product you use will have instructions on usage. So many of my clients did not do this and I could tell during extraction time! This is especially important during this Covid time when we are wearing masks and bacteria build up is occurring.
2. Wash your face at night-
Many of my clients confessed that washing their skin at night was not happening! One of the most important reasons to wash your face is to remove the makeup/debris from the day. Our skin cells are rejuvenating at night so it is the best time to be applying your targeted skin care.
Even oily skin can be dehydrated. Keeping skin hydrated ensures the skin doesn't produce excess oil which can lead to breakouts. If you are oily use products that contain lightweight ingredients that deliver a high impact like hyaluronic acid. This will add water hydration and not heaviness from oil based products. If you are dry, use the oils and creams to nourish your skin.
Staying hydrated is important as it helps plump out skin making it an anti-aging tool!
Do you have a solid skin care routine? Do you exfoliate? I would love to hear in the comments below!
One of the most powerful thing we can do to prevent damage (wrinkles/pigmentation) is by protecting our skin from the sun. The sun has many benefits to our body and minds and helps us receive vitamin D. It can also be terribly damaging to our skin if we are exposed too much. Using an SPF (sun protection factor) we can help minimize this damage. I wear SPF every day on my face even if I am not planning on being out in the sun for long periods of time. If I am outside for longer periods of time I wear my hat to minimize the exposure to my face.
I am going to share the SPF products I am using right now on myself and my kids. Every product is linked below. I hope to have one in the Simply Jess line later down the road as well!
JWCF Sunscreen Water Resistant Stick
I use this stick for my kids, it is natural using zinc SPF and its great for when they are in the water because its water resisitant. Most of our sun damage occurs before the age of 17 so we need to teach our kids to apply and re-apply their SPF.
I use several products from this line. The glow line is great, I love the glow stick for a clear and easy application. This is the one I used when my kids used to go to school (in the olden days) because it was light and didn't make them look white and chalky. I also love the Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40. It has a tint to it so it doubles as my under eye concealer.
EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Face Sunscreen
I use this SPF daily on top of my REBOOT restorative oil for daytime use. Most days I use this as my SPF and my "foundation" since it has a tint. It is of course a super light coverage as far as makeup goes but lately this is all I need. It has a nice finish and is great for a dehydrated /dry skin type. I buy mine here on amazon.
I would love to hear what your favorites are for sun protection, let me know below! I will keep sharing if I find any others I am loving as well.
I have been getting so much positive feedback with REBOOT restorative oil! Because it is what I call medium weight oil, it is light enough for a lot of my clients to use it in the summer months.
How to use a facial oil
A facial oil is nourishing and moisturizing so many people swap this out for their moisturizer. REBOOT was designed for night use but a dry skin can utilize this in the day time as well. I have been using facial oils for years because of my dry skin and I love them. As far as what order to use it, it is applied over serums and before an SPF for A.M. use.
Is this ok to use if I am sensitive?
60-70% of women report having some type of sensitive skin, that is a huge number! Whether they have allergies, rosacea or just sensitized from the environment, I wanted to create a line that included those with sensitive skin. REBOOT is no exception, it contains healing and calming ingredients that help soothe and improve sensitive skin. This is a great product to try if you are experiencing irritation while wearing masks as well.
What is in it?
ROSEHIP SEED OIL
I received the question: should I wear SPF or sun protection even though I am wearing a mask on my face? This is a great question so I thought I would share my answer with you all. If you have been following me for a while, I bet you can guess my answer is yes. The reason we need to wear SPF is that most of these masks are light weight and do not provide the necessary SPF rating to keep you safe from UV damage. Also, it doesn't cover you whole face and the parts of the face susceptible to fine lines like the eye area and the forehead are exposed.
I have a blog post about "maskne" you can check out here if you have been experiencing acne while wearing masks. I have heard from some of you who have to work in them all day long and have been breaking out because of it.
What I recommend is using a lightweight SPF if you are oily/combination skin and are prone to breaking out. I love the Elta tinted SPF because it can double as a lightweight foundation for those of you who don't wear a ton of makeup. I would also check out Supergoop because they are a clean brand with so many different options.
Also I love using an eye cream with an SPF during a day, it is such a great tool to keep your sensitive eye area protected. (Mine is also Supergoop) You can even receive damaging UV light through the car window so I like to wear mine even if I am not going into the sun for extended amounts of time.
Are you currently experiencing a negative impact with your skin from wearing a mask? Remember to wash your face nightly and gentle exfoliation a few times a week. If you have questions please let me know below! Thinking of you all during this crazy time!