• Prevention,  Sleep,  Sunscreen,  Tips,  wrinkles

    An Ounce of Prevention (…or what I would love to tell my teenage self).

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. We have all heard this nursery rhyme but what does it have to do with skin care or health in general?  The point I want to make is, that once something is broken it can be really difficult (and/or expensive) to fix.  The same thing goes for our bodies.  The earlier we start taking care of ourselves the less damage we will have to…

  • Pillow Talk
    Sleep,  wrinkles

    Sleep Wrinkles

    The position in which we sleep and the material our pillowcase is made of might play a role in wrinkle formation or what are called sleep lines.  When we lie on our side or stomach, our face gets smooshed into the pillow.  If this happens over and over, permanent lines may form.    The best option is to sleep on our backs.  This position may not be comfortable for some people and we move around a lot when we sleep, so we are likely to end up on our side at…

  • Blue Water
    Camping,  Cleansing,  Facial Water,  Hydration,  Micellar Water,  Tips,  Travel

    Micellar Water

    For the longest time, I resisted even trying micellar water.  I thought, “What’s the point?”  I use facial cleanser and water to wash my face.  I couldn’t imagine how swiping a liquid-soaked cotton pad across my face, without rinsing it off no less, could possibly clean anything.  Well, I’m always up for trying new things. I knew what the term micellar meant.  I studied micelles in high school and college chemistry.  The definition of micelle is an aggregate of molecules in a colloidal solution, such as those formed be detergents. …

  • Healthy Skin
    Cleansing,  Retinol,  Sleep,  Sunscreen,  Tips,  Vitamin C

    10 Tips for Beautiful Skin

    Taking care of our skin does not have to be difficult or expensive.  There are simple things you can do every day that will give you glowing skin. Drink water. I know that for some of us this can be a difficult task.  Some people forget and some people just don’t like drinking water.  I get it.  I used to be there, but I have since become a believer in the power of water.  When I started drinking more water I began getting compliments on how nice my skin looked,…

  • Hydrate Your Skin
    Facial Water,  Hydration,  Thermal Water

    Thermal Water

    I love thermal waters, or any kind of facial water really.  For the past several years I have spritzed thermal water on my face, all day every day.  I keep a little spritzer bottle in my bag so I can use it whenever I feel the urge.  I love the way it feels so much (like a cold drink of water on a hot day) that I feel compelled to share with others.  Of course, I always ask before I just go about spraying perfect strangers with a bottle of…

  • Flawless
    Complexion,  Pores

    Complexion Perfection

    Look in any beauty magazine and you will see the smooth, poreless complexions of gorgeous people staring back at you.  With a long sigh I say “I wish my skin looked like that!”  Well, the truth is those photos have most likely been Photoshopped.  Sure, when I was 6 years old my skin looked like that but I’m an adult now (sort of ) and my skin has grown up with me. My previous bad habits (not wearing sunscreen, slathering on baby oil, and laying out in the sun pretty…

  • Passport in hand
    Travel

    Vacation

    My husband, my son, and I are planning a much-needed vacation this summer.  This will be the first time we have gone on a family vacation during the busy summer months.  We usually try to plan our trips during slower times, when there is less chance of encountering large crowds.   Fewer crowds means less waiting in line, less traffic and just less stress in general.  There are even studies that have been done that show we are kinder and more giving when we have a little room to breathe.  I…

  • Bath

    Bath Time

    I absolutely love taking baths.  I get a chance to relax and read a good book or listen to some relaxing music.  I don’t get the opportunity to take very many baths because of the many excuses I have, but I would really love to make more time for me and a bath. When I do get a chance to soak I like to make the most out of it.  I like to incorporate soothing ingredients for my skin and aromatherapy for my mind.  We have a dimmer light in…

  • Beauty Rest
    Sleep

    Beauty Sleep

    When I was a little girl I hated bed time.  I thought if I was sleeping I was going to miss out on all the fun stuff.  As I transitioned into my teenage years this relationship with sleep continued; I was a “night owl” never going to bed before midnight.  I am now an adult (even if I don’t act like one) and I have a much healthier relationship with sleep.  Sometimes I get excited just thinking about getting into bed, snuggling up to my husband, and going to sleep. …

  • Coffee
    Coffee

    Coffee

    Ahhh … coffee.  The world runs on coffee.  We drink it (sometimes too much), but can we put it on our skin?  And if we do, what will happen? I always want to know if there have been any formal studies on skin care ingredients.  I search these studies out and then try to determine if they have any meaning.  Topical application of coffee extract has been studied, not a lot, but what has been done shows promise. The extract comes from coffee berries which is from the fruit of…