Posts Tagged ‘Elemis’

Monday, July 7, 2014

Holy Hangover Skin! Redness, Pimples, and Dehydration, Oh My!

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!


Disclosure: I was gifted some of these products with no editorial obligation.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spa Slut: St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa

Before this past weekend, I never would have thought I would rate a ski resort spa like the St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa (SRDVRS) in Park City, Utah as one of my top 5 luxury spas of all time.  I mean come on, I detest the cold, and I’m certainly no skier (zero coordination).  But I must tell you, after this visit,  I may have to reconsider this whole ski bunny concept. (Of course my version does not involve any skiing. Semantics.)

As soon as I arrived I was told by the bellman to take the funicular (it’s a fancy word for tram) to the top of the mountain. The ride to the top was spectacular, giving me a stunning view of the mountains and Park City.  After disembarking the tram, I found myself in the fanciest of ski lodge surroundings. The various lobbies, sitting areas, bars, and restaurants had the typical ski lodge vibe with rustic wood and fireplaces, but all with a modern, classy flair that just screamed, “big shots and celebrities stay here.”

I found my way to the dimly lit, spacious spa, checked in with the friendly staff, and made my way to the locker room. Oooh how I love amenities and this spa’s locker room and relaxation lounge are filled with them!  Let me start by saying that I loved that the hotel was smart enough to dedicate two floors and 14,000 square feet to this spa wonderland. Nothing irks me more than when a luxury  hotel wedges a spa into a tiny space (I hate mentioning names, but the ZaZa in Dallas and Four Seasons in Chicago are two offenders that left a scar).  The locker room area includes a steam, sauna, jacuzzi, multiple showers, and amenities like skincare and toothbrush/toothpaste kits.  The relaxation lounge boasts a big fireplace and… <<wait for it, wait for it>>> handmade truffles and candies. My one complaint — they went for a minimal display with the candies and truffles, spacing out 10 on a  huge platter. I felt like such an oinker taking more than one (they were tiny, so I obviously did!), but I noticed an attendant quickly replenished after my binge.

After popping a few (perhaps more than a few) delicious truffles in my mouth and enjoying a warm chamomile tea (I didn’t recognize the brand, but the bags were made of silk and the teas were lovely and fragrant), my esthetician Christianna Brown, picked me up and took me to our treatment room, down a spiral staircase past a reflecting pool that extends to a heated outdoor terrace.

Since I was in sky-high (7,000 – 9,000 feet) altitude, I opted for the 90-minute Deer Valley Regenerating Facial, featuring my favorite oxygen line in the world, IntraCeuticals.  I love a good oxygen facial, but most facials use a standard machine that just give you a spray, whereas IntraCeuticals facials use pressurized oxygen infused with targeted serums to plump and give you a ridiculous glow. (See left pic of me with my adorable friend Molly after my facial. I’m the brunette.)

Here is a summary of the treatment:

– Paraffin on hands and feet

– Cleansed and analyzed (I instructed no extractions since I was going out that night) my skin

– Gentle exfoliation with Skin Resonance Peeling by Comfort Zone

– Mask application: Herbal Lavender Mask by Elemis

– Oxygen machine with Atoxelene infusion (described by Christianna as No-tox Botox)

– PHYTO Hair Treatment (included with any 90 minute treatment): Phytopolleine (massaged into scalp), Huile D’Ales (treatment for ends). Lastly, the Phytocitrus Mask  (which I bought for at-home use)

– Oxygen machine with Rejuvenation serum infusion

–  Application of Intraceuticals Hydration Gel and Eye Contour Gel

–  The service ended with an oxygen inhalation, while Christianna massaged lotion into my hands and feet

I’m telling you, if this was a 2 hour treatment, the Mauna Lani “Fire and Ice” would have serious competition. For now, the SRDVRS‘s 90 minute Rejuvenation Facial easily takes the #2 spot as my favorite spa service in the universe.  My only regret? Not dragging my husband to experience the ultra-deluxe couples suites, which include  fireplaces, soaking tubs, and heated al fresco patios. There’s always next year…

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