Posts Tagged ‘Kerstin Florian’

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!

 

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Podcast: DeMystifying the Spa Facial (Why I Love Them and the Secret to Getting Ideal Results)

I’m shocked by how few women indulge in spa facials. Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to find out why — as the biggest spa slut in the world — I always opt for a facial at the spa. I’ll help demystify the misconceptions about facials and guide you through how to select the perfect one for you, and what you should say to the aesthetician to ensure you get the ideal results once you’re there.   I’ll also share with you a couple of my most favorite decadent facials that will have you running to your nearest spa for a 90 minute facial. Binge on!

Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weathering the Cold: Part 2 (The Face)

It pains me to even write about how I adjust my skincare for the cold weather. I detest the cold.  There is simply nothing redeeming about a winter day, especially in New York City.  The bracing wind slaps me in the face as I trudge down the street – cracking my lips instantly, cold tears trickling down my cheeks making my face feel like a peeled apple.

My skin is always sensitive, can you imagine what it’s like in the winter?  I go into total crisis lockdown mode. Put away any foaming or soap cleansers. Think soothing.  For everyday, I love Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38)  (always; not only in the winter) which has cucumber and amino acids.  For days when I’m feeling extra sensitive, I use Decleor ‘Aroma Cleanse’ Cleansing Milk ($36).  It is balancing and softening, but most importantly, I can remove it with a cotton pad.  You would be surprised to know how many harsh minerals are hiding in your tap water.   I store my toners and replace them with Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35). Not only does this “soothing, aromatic mist” smell delicious, it works wonders for rehydrating throughout the day (and it doesn’t disrupt my makeup; just makes me dewey).

I still use my Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel ($152) and Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel ($85) because the war on free-radicals is never over. Then I slather on First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate  ($28).  It’s a lovely whipped texture and can basically treat any distressed skin condition. This is the first thick cream I’ve ever worn during the day, but it doesn’t feel greasy and it creates a shield for my face.  And, at only $28 you won’t feel wasteful when you use it all over your body on super cold days.  Since it doesn’t have SPF, I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock 30 ($12.99), which absorbs super fast and doesn’t irritate my skin.  At night I use Decleor ‘Aroma Night’ Neroli Essential Night Balm ($73), which literally melts into my skin. I wake up to more balanced, brighter, hydrated skin. If you want to know how much I like this product, I gave this out to my sister and sister-in-law last year for the holidays.  I swear by it for all skin types.

Lastly (and most challenging), is the task of trying to keep my lips soft and hydrated. The one thing worse than feeling dry, cracked lips is trying to apply lipstick to dry, cracked lips.  Hot crusty mess. I use Laura Geller Lip Strip to gently scrub away the mess with sugar crystals. Then I coat my lips with Aquaphor, the holy grail of lip balms.

Don’t forget my lovelies, in the foreboding words of George R.R. Martin, “Winter is coming!”

Photo courtesy of Tazis

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