Never. Drink. Tequila. Again.
I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend, and quite frankly, that you didn’t make the same mistakes I did. We double dated Saturday night with a couple that apparently brings out my wild side. Now don’t get your panties in a bunch… I didn’t start dancing on the bar and lifting up my shirt (Let’s not forget I breastfed Stella for several months. If I flashed the bar all I would be doing is mortifying the other patrons). What I did do was ingest ungodly amounts of tequila and sake (that’s right, sake – we had drinks at a mexican restaurant, then went for sushi, and then went back to the mexican restaurant to ensure we really killed our Sunday).
Okay, so I’m pretty embarrassed to confess this next part of the story. To be quite honest it’s worse than flashing pancake boobs… I slept in my makeup for the first time in probably 15 years! I won’t even attempt to make excuses for my careless actions. I was actually considering telling you that I did it on purpose as field research so I could properly dish out advice. But even I can’t convince myself of such lies. So, to make a long ugly story short — I woke up with my lash extensions sealed together and skin that hasn’t been this pissed off since the Clinton administration.
If you’ve experienced my dreadful situation, I’m sure you were tempted to scrub the hell out of your skin the next morning. No bueno. It’s just teasing the bear — your skin is already red and irritated, don’t anger it further! First, apply a deep cleansing oil-based cleanser like Elemis ‘Pro-Collagen’ Cleansing Balm to dry skin and leave it on for at least a minute to allow the cleanser to penetrate and start dissolving skin sludge. Then, slowly add water and massage. Next, use your Clarisonic Cleansing Brush to gently (GENTLY!!!) go over your face and rinse. If you don’t have a Clarisonic, use a super soft face cloth or a moistened cotton pad.
Now, assess the damage in the mirror. And by the way, don’t be fooled and think you’re staring back at the worst of the damage. Your skin will air its distain with your alcohol-induced decisions by surprising you with pimples, dry patches, whiteheads and blackheads for the next 24-48 hours. Your strategy is to calm down your skin’s tantrum so no picking, squeezing or over-treating!
I digress… After your skin is cleansed, swipe or spray on a hydrating, alcohol-free toner like Indie Lee Co Q10 Toner which has skin-plumping Hyaluronic acid and soothing Aloe Vera. Then, press into your skin a calming serum like Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum and if your skin is dehydrated (which most hungover skin is) then apply a Hyaluronic acid-based serum like Kerstin Florian Correcting Hyaluronic Serum. Since Hyaluronic acid attracts 50 times its weight in water, I spritz mineral water and then follow with a calming moisturizing cream like REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream.
For the rest of the day I try and do the obvious things to avoid conflict with my skin — stay out of the sun, go makeup-free, avoid hot steamy showers, say no to the hair of the dog, etc. And, if you do brave the sunlight, slather yourself with non-irritating mineral sunblock and don your biggest, most glamour sunglasses. If you do have blemishes that pop up or detect a painful red bump that you fear will morph into an alien-size pimple, instead of drying it out with topicals try zapping out the bacteria with a TANDA Zap Power.
I can’t promise your skin will bounce back to its glorious self by Monday. In fact, mine still isn’t speaking to me and punished me this morning by having me wake up to still-dehydrated skin and red angry patches. Fun times. Eventually we’ll make up and everything will go back to normal. In the meantime, maybe I should avoid the tequila and sake and just stick with vodka. Jokes!
Posted by janna Tags Anti-Redness, Clarisonic, Dehydrated Skin, Dry Skin, Elemis, Indie Lee, Jurlique, Kerstin Florian, REN, Tanda
I know, I know… I promised that I wouldn’t become a dreaded mommy blogger now that I have a baby. BUT… It’s my duty to share with you my latest skincare love affairs. And, if said beauty product of my affection just so happens to be effective on both my bitchy sensitive skin and my 7-week-old baby, you should probably take note.
I’m not sure why it took me so long to try Egyptian Magic. I know I’ve read over the years that celebrities like Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, Rachel Zoe, and Nicole Richie swear by the stuff for its “healing powers” for dry skin. I’m pretty sure Sephora used to carry it as well. What got me to finally take the leap was a trip to Costco. Yeah, that’s right Costco. You would be shocked at the treasures you would find in their beauty aisles.
So I went ahead and bought the set, which includes the 4 oz. and 2 oz. jars. I went home and did a little research and found that not only is Egyptian Magic touted as a “miracle balm” for dry, sensitive skin, but it can also be used as a baby cream and diaper cream. The all-natural balm is made with only six ingredients — Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. No additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens. I use it every night as a sleeping moisture mask and I slather it on Baby Stella’s little body and her face after baths. (She loves a good massage just like her mommy) Not only has her dry skin gone away but her (gasp!) hormonal breakouts disappeared after a couple uses of the Egyptian Magic.
According to their website, the balm can also be used as an eye gel, a hair masque, burn and wound relief, and a shaving balm. I personally think it’s a bit pricey to use as a hair masque, but I can get why it would be good for the tresses. Unfortunately it does have one of those thick creamy consistencies that can be really addictive. It takes every bit of restraint for me to not stick my whole hand in the jar and scoop out enough to hydrate the neighborhood. Of course if I have a moment of weakness I can always steal Baby Stella’s jar… JOKES!
P.S. Do not buy Egyptian Magic on Amazon, Ebay or in China Town! There are tons of counterfeits out there. You can buy it direct from them here.
Come on, how great does Baby Stella’s skin look???
Posted by janna Tags Dry Skin, Egyptian Magic, Sensitive Skin, skincare
We all love summer… no denying that. What we don’t love is the havoc it wreaks on our skin. Whether the humidity is breeding more oil fields than Texas or the chlorine and salt water are making your skin dry and irritated, nothing makes you wish for Fall faster than a skin temper tantrum. Or, if you’re like me, your skin is a total walking identity crisis — dry and uncomfortable yet still being invaded by blackheads and blemishes. No bueno.
In my constant search to set my bitchy skin right, I was blessed by a publicist who sent me the Zensation Healing and Soothing Mask ($85). This magical mask instantly talked my skin off the cliff — toning down redness, smoothing, softening, and absorbing oil. Oh, and it smells like you’re walking through a French garden after the rain. Delicious.
Healing & Soothing Mask features several ingredients with soothing and hydrating properties that are ideal for irritated skin. With its rich mixture of Carnuba Wax, Bee’s Wax, Shea Butter, Natural Glycerin and Provitamin B5, the Healing & Soothing Mask completely moisturzies, softens and smooths delicate skin. Adding Witch Hazel Floral Water, Buddleja and Masterwort gives the product a wonderful toning and invigorating effect. Lavender Essential Oil and Tea Tree Oil leaves your skin feeling fresh and re-energized.
I recommend this mask at night after a day in the sun and heat. If you find that you just can’t make time for a mask, wash your face before you shower, apply the mask, and then wash off when you’re done with the shower. The steam will help the ingredients penetrate. Good luck my lovelies, and don’t let your skin bully you this summer!
Posted by janna Tags Anti-Redness, Dry Skin, irritated skin, Moisture Mask, Sensitive Skin, Zensation
I feel like every magazine I’ve picked u in the past month has touted the Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Mask ($45) as a ‘moisturizing breakthrough’. Now I tend to be cynical (shocking!) when I read about a new product in every single women’s rag — I figure either the company must have thrown one hell of a decadent launch party or sent out Chanel bags as a launch gift. (Yes, it’s done. Not for a peon like me but the editors at the big magazines sometimes receive ridiculous gifts from the beauty brands and tend to give editorial to big advertisers which is why you should be cautious when taking their recommendations. And don’t you worry your pretty little heads — if I ever become big-time know that a Chanel bag isn’t going to make me like a lipstick more)
Since every editor seemed to be in love with this sleeping mask it was obviously my Beauty Binge duty to investigate the situation further. I found that the user reviews on Sephora were even more complimentary than the magazines (and I assure you these users didn’t attend the launch party or receive gifts) — “I am OBSESSED with this product. I use it every night and it has literally changed my life.” and “I have oily yet dehydrated skin prone to breakouts and this sleeping leave-on mask hydrated, calmed and nourished my skin.”
SOLD.janna Tags Anti-Redness, Dry Skin, irritated skin, Korres, Sensitive Skin, Skin Care
I am so over my skin which seems to be having a different psychotic episode every week. I simply can’t keep up with its latest crisis. This week it threw me a curve ball and decided to have several different conflicting issues at once — dry patches on my cheeks, blackheads on my nose, and terribly puffy eyes (which may be the result of the bag of pork rinds I scarfed down a couple days ago and the Chinese food I ate last night. In my defense I don’t usually consume so much sodium, but it sure tasted good at the time).
When your skin freaks out like mine it’s time to get creative and make “spot-treating” a true art form. Before you begin your art project, make sure you cleanse your skin and exfoliate with a gentle exfoliant like Exfoliant Doux Aromatique Aux 3 Roses (Gentle Aromatic Exfoliant) ($31) or with a CLARISONIC Cleansing System ($149):janna Tags Blackheads, Clarisonic, DERMADoctor, Dr. Brandt, Dry Skin, Eve Lom, Fresh, Puffy Eyes, Sephora Collection, Skin Care
If you’re living anywhere that is experiencing harsh winter-like conditions (and by harsh I mean the barometer dips below 50 degrees) then chances are you’re getting blasted by dry heat in your house or apartment. There’s a reason why all the skincare experts tell you to up the moisturizer ante during the winter — it isn’t just the cold dry air outside, it’s the scorching desert inside which makes you wake up to crispy uncomfortable skin. Good Morning. Not really. The worst is when I wake up to crispy skin that at closer inspection are hiding blackheads! The crispy dry skin traps in the oil making it a safe haven for blackheads and other interlopers to form, making my skin ever more of a moody drama queen. So how do I cure my case of the crispy oily uglies?
Decleor ‘Aroma Night’ Neroli Essential Night Balm ($73) is seriously this miracle balm that before bed whether my skin is feeling dehydrated, oily, on the verge of a breakout, or all the above — I wake up to softened, balanced skin. I’m sorry, but that’s a miracle if I’ve ever heard one. The balm is literally the consistency of a lip balm so be prepared you’ll need to scoop out a little chunk and then emulsify it by rubbing it and melting it your hands before slathering on the goodness. Even though Neroli is in the title don’t be fooled — it definitely doesn’t smell of citrus, rather a warm, delicious herbal scent. I like to take the time to really massage it into my skin and inhale the bouquet of notes and, “ahhhhh” I am ready for slumber. And then I wake up like Christmas morning to softened, balanced skin! Voila!