How Repêchage Recharged My Skin for Summer

RepechageIt’s been one week since Lauren Streeter looked at me.
Cocked her head to the side and said, “You’re skin’s dry.”
Five (plus two) days since she educated me.
I got a four layer facial made from seaweed.

Yes, the song is lame but, it’s all completely true. Last week I visited Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique in Marietta, Georgia to get a facial from Repêchage National Corporate Educator, Lauren Streeter. When she’s not giving me a Four-Layer Facial, Lauren teaches professionals all over the world in the methods and natural skin care treatments around the world and in over 200 schools.

The Four-Layer Facial is meant to rejuvenate and moisturize skin which is perfect for leaving the dryness of winter behind for once and for all.

  • Layer one consists of a seaweed filtrate, a concentration of freshly-harvested seaweed. According to Repêchage it, “softens lines, adds moisture and helps rebalance and tone skin tissues.”
  • The second layer is, “three-movement facial massage is given with a creamy hydrating formula,” designed to improve circulation and your skin’s elasticity.
  • Layer three is a fresh seaweed mask that feels cool on the skin, reducing your skin’s swelling and refreshing all while hydrating and working to improve your skin’s tone and clarity. (This was my favorite layer!)
  • The fourth layer is a mineral mask that is the grand finale and where you need to lay still while it creates a, “gentle warmth to activate the properties of the seaweed mask beneath it.” While the fourth layer was setting, Lauren gave me a hand and arm massage, further relaxing me while Repêchage’s Eye Rescue Pads sat on my eyes.

The third and fourth layer add weight to the mask which is surprisingly heavy though not overwhelmingly so and when the melded together mask came off at the end of my facial, I felt dewey but not overly moist though the experience will vary person-to-person depending on your skin’s condition going into the experience.

The entire experience took about 90 minutes- some of the most relaxing 90 minutes of 2014. Lauren was amazing explaining what was happening every step of the way, highlighting how each part of the facial was benefitting my skin and telling me about the ingredients that were in each layer part of the facial. An added benefit of the experience is that Lauren refreshed the skin on my neck and décolletage as well as my face.

It’s been one week and my skin still feels properly hydrated and much refreshed. Now my skin ready for summer. Is yours?

photo of Lauren Streeter courtesy of Repêchage

 

5 Tips For Keeping Your Summer Skin In Check

White Salon & SpaThe cold of winter is hopefully gone for good now and the South’s pollen season is (finally) wrapping up which means it’s time for more fun in the sun. Whether you’re boating, gardening, or just enjoying a drink by the pool, it’s important to remember that there is more to great skin than just keeping sunscreen nearby.

To keep my skin in check, I regularly visit an esthetician and last week, one of Atlanta’s most well-rounded estheticians, Pangie Skrine from White Salon & Spa, passed along a few tips for keeping your skin in healthy in the summertime that I just had to share with you:

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Properly caring for your skin during the summer and early fall months actually starts inside! Eating ample fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants combats free radicals and promotes a clear, healthy complexion. Staying away from dairy products will also aid in keeping your skin clear, no matter the season!

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To still attain that healthy glow that’s desired during the summer, opt for a spray tan rather than exposing your skin to damaging UVA and UVB rays for hours on end. Prior to your spray tanning session, be sure to exfoliate for the best results.

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Resist the temptation of using bar soap to cleanse your skin – although it may leave you feeling squeaky-clean, it will also over-dry your skin and lead to more oil production rather than less. Instead, opt for a gentle, natural body wash.

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Keeping your makeup brushes and other skincare supplies clean is key to reducing those troublesome summer breakouts. Aim to wash your brushes once a month in mild soap and water. Leave them to dry the overnight, and you’ll be ready to go in the morning!

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Always remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body – if you take extra care to nourish your complexion through diligent use of SPF in the summer months, your skin will love you back!

Indulge in Free Events, Samples & Treatments at Sephora This Month

L'OcctaineWhether it’s your hands, face or hair, Sephora has a free way for you to indulge it on their schedule this month.

Starting April 11 at various locations across the United States, you can celebrate the launch of L’Occitane’s Cherry Blossom body care collection with a complimentary shea butter hand massage and cuticle treatment. After your consultation, you can take home deluxe samples of bestselling products and a pair of hand ritual gloves (while supplies last). Appointments are preferred for this event but walk-ins are welcome. Click here to see locations.

Heading to Las Vegas next week? Book your appointment to get, “an exhilarating, complimentary eye metamorphosis with the new Butterfly Palettes,” from the Kat Von D artistry team. Book an appointment and receive an express service then document your new look in the photo booth. As an added bonus, you can take home a deluxe beauty sample, plus a special gift with any Kat Von D purchase while supplies last.

Sephora locations in Texas, Florida, and California will host “Take it Easy with Benefit” events where, “expert makeup artists will help you find your ideal color match in a one-on-one beauty consultation.” Appointments are preferred for the event where attendees will also receive an eye or lip touchup and take home an exclusive Benefit makeup bag while supplies last.      Continue reading

Why Would You Cover Your Face in Blood?

Bar RefaeliThe trademarked process, known as the Vampire Facial, is gaining favor among the Hollywood elite and will sooner rather than later be coming to a doctor’s office near you.

The process, trademarked by Alabama doctor Charles Runels, is designed to rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production causing new skin to be produced.

How does it work? First, a doctor draws your blood, then spinning it in the centrifuge separating the platelets into a platelet-rich plasma (PRP).  Dr. Adam Cohen describes that, “PRP is first applied topically to the skin followed by aeration of the skin with a DermaPen, a process in which the skin is perforated with near microscopic holes, which allows for a transdermal delivery of the PRP.”

A second layer of PRP is then applied, encouraging the skin cells to “re-energize” reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s tone and texture.

If that’s not enough to fit your cosmetic needs, variations of the facial add fillers like Juvederm to the PRP for added effect.

Dr. Cohen suggests that following a Vampire Facial, patients can expect two days of down time before a full recovery.

photo of Bar Refaeli courtesy of Bar Refaeli

It’s Time to Get Squeaky Clean (and Moisturized)

Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoistureA few weeks ago, a large package from Dove showed up on my doorstep not entirely unexpectedly. Delighted that it meant one less shopping trip to Target this week for more body wash, I opened the package to see which soaps I’d be testing.

Inside were two 24 oz bottles of Dove Body Washes with NutriumMoisture (Deep Moisture and Sensitive Skin) billed as being made with the “signature ¼ moisturizing cream found in Dove Beauty Bars” the washes, in packaging alone, seemed comparable to my usual daily body wash- NIVEA Touch of Smoothness.

Using the body washes in the shower was a breeze. The easy open lid is 10x easier to open with pre-moistened hands than other body washes I have tried. I only needed a nickel sized amount of soap on my pouf to create enough foam to wash all my parts. Rinsing the wash was easy- even the Deep Moisture which I thought would have a better chance of having a lingering film rinsed off quickly and thoroughly.

When I got out of the shower after each use, my skin didn’t feel heavy with moisture but instead had the surprising squeaky clean feeling I remember from using Dove soap as a kid. My skin also continued to be mildly scented with the not-offensive unisex scent characteristic Dove smell of the wash for a few hours post-shower.

That isn’t to say it wasn’t moisturized. Part of my post-shower, post-leg shave routine includes putting moisture on my legs. After using  Deep Moisture I did not have to apply nearly as much as I have with other body washes in similar dry weather situations.

While my skin is pretty resilient, I passed around the Sensitive Skin soap to my much less resilient spouse who was shocked at how well the soap washed off, that it did not dry out his easily cracked winter skin and that the scent changed from bottle (a more floral scent) to skin (traditional Dove scent). For someone who usually uses all natural ingredient soaps and a bottle of moisturizer a week to give a squeaky clean thumbs up for the Sensitive Skin wash, it must be good.

It’s safe to say that I’ll now be switching to Dove Body Washes with NutriumMoisture, especially as this extended dry winter we’re having keeps… extending.

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Want to win a one year supply* of Dove Body Washes with NutriumMoisture for yourself? It’s easy! Simply fill out the form below between March 26- April 1, 2014 and get entered. You can enter up to once per day.

*A one year’s supply of Dove Body Washes with NutriumMoisture consists of  8 24 oz. bottles or 16 bars- your choice!

Fine Print: One entry per person per day. All entrants must be residents of the United States and over 18 years old. One winner will be randomly chosen on April 2, 2014 and winner will be notified via social media and email that they have won. 

10 Ways to Turn Your Sunburn Into a Suntan

SunburnIt’s cool enough outside that you forget to put on sunscreen when you leave the house but the sun is shining and, thanks to our UV index, within a few minutes your skin starts to cook. Congratulations, you’ve gotten your first sunburn of the year! Here’s how to from burn to beauty:

  1. Take a cold shower. Even when you get out of the sun you can still continue to burn. A cold shower around 10 minutes in length as soon as you realize that you’re burning/have burned will minimize the amount of sunburn you develop.
  2. Just add apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Dab a washcloth in apple cider vinegar and gently rub on your red skin to relieve the sting of your sunburn. Pat dry then liberally run in coconut oil to the affected area.
  3. Drink water. Sipping before you tan, while you’re tanning and when you get out of the sun keeping your body hydrated will keep your skin hydrated and even when you burn, being properly hydrated can expedite the healing process.
  4. Head to the pantry. Both corn starch and baking soda have been used to lessen the pain of a sunburn and start the healing process sooner than other home remedies. Add either the starch or soda to water making a paste you can gently apply to your burns.
  5. Go green. Using aloe, whether it be straight from the aloe plant or a gel you’ve purchased from the local drugstore will will help heal any burn, not just sunburn.
  6. Visit the refrigerator  Applying probiotics and enzyme rich plain yogurt to your sunburn will not only help cool the burning sensation but also jumpstart the healing process.
  7. Stay moist, my friend. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Apply moisturizer as often as your skin feels dry and keep your skin moisturized to promote healing.
  8. Cool your… cucumber. Making a paste out of  cucumbers can naturally reduce swelling, redness, and pain associated with sunburn.
  9. Eastside soak it out. Westside soak it out. Adding vinegar to a cool bath can stop sunburn sting. Be sure not to run yourself dry with a towel because it may irritate the burn. Instead, use a sheet and wrap yourself in it to dry.
  10. Apply meat. No, not that meat- the meat of a watermelon. The nutrients in watermelon are shown to promote sunburn healing and when applied directly the skin, they can also help to alleviate the skin of the burn.

What do you do to cure your sunburn?

First Dermatologist Mom-Created Skincare Line Launches

Baby Pibu Newborn EssentialsWhen it comes to a baby’s skin, there are fewer things smoother and softer. When allergens make a baby’s skin irritated, finding out the cause can turn parents into at-home CSI detectives. What if you didn’t have to worry about irritants?

Developed by board-certified dermatologist mom Dr. Amy Kim of Atlanta, Georgia, Baby Pibu™ launched March 1 and features a line of 10 luxury products to care for, protect and treat infant skin, along with step-by-step physician instructions and special tips on infant skincare.

The perfect gift for new and expectant mothers and fathers, Baby Pibu’s Newborn Essentials Skincare Kit ($98) includes a sampling of what the line offers:

  • Pibu’s™ Bathtime Wash  – Two-in-one tear-free hair and body cleanser
  • Pibu’s™ Baby Butter  – Moisturizing skin cream
  • Hydrating Ointment  – Intensive hydration for chapped, dry and eczema-prone skin
  • Bottom Balm – Skin protection from diaper rash
  • Baby Sunscreen – Broad spectrum SPF 30+ PABA-free sun protection
  • Rash Relief – Relief for inflamed dry skin and eczema breakouts
  • Intensive Bottom Relief – Soothing ointment to treat diaper rash
  • Gentle Scalp Lather – Wash to relieve oily patches and dry flakes and treat cradle cap symptoms
  • Safety 1st Soft Bristle Brush – Recommended for a daily bath time routine
  • Complete Doctor’s Instructions for Care – Step-by-step instructions and special tips on infant skincare, including when to call the doctor for skin ailments

The brand also offers a Travel Essentials Set, Soothing Eczema Care Kit, Luxury Basics Gift Set and Blissful Bottom Gift Set which range in price tom $38-$60 each.

Several products have received recognition and endorsements by national healthcare organizations including the National Eczema Association (Pibu’s Bathtime Wash, Baby Butter and Hydrating Ointment) and The Skin Cancer Foundation (Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+).

Baby Pibu products are available to purchase at several upscale boutiques in the Southern US including Belles & Beaus in Oxford, Miss., baby braithwaite in Atlanta, Ga., Creter’s in Macon, Ga. , Snap N Turtle in Monticello, Ga., Fairytales Bookstore in Nashville, Tenn., Zokenz Couture in Alamo Tenn., Gretchen’s in Atlanta Ga., Charley Burl’s in Linden, Ala., Always & Forever Baby in Lawrenceville, Ga., Kiddie Shoppe in Columbus, Ga., Giggles in Decatur, Ill., Jack n’ Jill in Homewood, Ala., Limesqueeze.netfanbanan.comMonogram Lady in Austin, TX, Pinstripes and Polka Dots in Perry, Fla., and William and Grace in Asheville, N.C.

Why I Signed Myself Up for Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave ClubI confess: I never remember to buy new razor blades.

My husband, a sensitive skin-shaves every day with an old fashioned safety razor type doesn’t understand how I can forget.

You see, the first problem is that I always put off buying them. By the time I really need them, I don’t remember that I need them until I’m in the shower and forget by the time I get to the grocery store. I end up using the same blade for months which works as well as it needs to.

As I was getting in the shower a few weeks ago, I mentioned to him that I needed to get around to getting new blades. We went about our day and came home. He asked if I had gotten the blades. As usual, it had slipped my mind. He told me, “I’m going to sign you up for Dollar Shave Club.”

Despite having used a men’s razor for years, I had never considered the Club an option. After doing a little bit of research on their website, however, I saw that the prices were cheaper than what I would be spending if I was buying razor blades on sale via amazon.com. Not only that, they are auto shipped for my convenience at a schedule that I set up.

So, that was that. For $9/month (all inclusive) I now have 4 top-end razor blades shipped directly to my home. Because I can’t imagine going through blades that quickly, we adjusted the shipments to happen every other month but are able to adjust it back or extend the duration further at any time.

About 4 days after we spent 45 seconds signing up for the Club, I received a package in the mail containing 4 new razor blades, a new razor (you get one when you sign up at no extra cost), a sample of Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter, a humorous pamphlet of bathroom reading and a membership card (which doesn’t get you anything but is a great ad-in).

I used my first new razor blade the next morning and was pleased with it as you can possibly be with a razor and blade. The razor itself is weighted nicely and the blades aren’t so sharp that you’re going to skin yourself. I have used the razor and same blade every day for a full week and haven’t noticed any dulling.

So far, I love my Dollar Shave Club experience. Signing up was fast, easy and I got the product without a long delay. While I did opt for the more expensive $9/month option, there are $1 and $6/month options available. I can cancel at any time without any monetary penalty and I haven’t been continually inundated with email offers to buy more products, sign up my friends or add to my order.

I highly recommend Dollar Shave Club but no, I’m not going to give you my recommendation code so I can earn free months worth of blades. That’s how serious I am that I want you to know how much I’ve enjoyed my Dollar Shave Club experience- I want you to know that I’m not benefitting from it any way if you decide you want to sign up.

Cure Your Chapped Lips With These 8 Tips

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It’s winter and no matter how hard you try to prevent it, your lips are going to dry out. They may never get completely chapped but knowing what do when it happens and acting ASAP to prevent further damage is key. Here’s what you can do to fix your chapped lips:

  1. Stay hydrated. Lips drying out can be caused by external conditions but it can also be caused by internal dryness. By staying hydrated, you’re not just doing right by your lips, you’re doing your whole body good.
  2. Use a balm. Any product specifically labeled as “lip balm” should be a waxy substance that is designed to be used topically and formulated for lip rehydration.
  3. Use a humidifier. Dry air dries out your skin and that includes your lips! Using a humidifier isn’t a replacement for drinking water to stay hydrated but can slow the dehydration process.
  4. Remove loose/dead skin. Pull off any qualifying skin but if the pulling begins to hurt, stop; that skin may not be ready to come off yet. You can also choose to rub a warm washcloth over the effected area with a gentle circular motion removing the dead skin.
  5. Pat don’t rub. Whether you’re dabbing with a napkin or wiping on your sleeve (much to Emily Post’s chagrin), gently dab at your lips as opposed to wiping them which can cause additional tearing.
  6. Lubricate before bed. My favorite nighttime lip remedy all year round is Vaseline which, when you use a thin coat at bedtime, doesn’t feel gooey or woefully unglamorous.
  7. Don’t lick your lips! Licking your lips actually dehydrates your lips even further.
  8. Avoid menthol, camphor, eucalyptus or cinnamon. Though the additives may taste good or add a sweet scent to your lip balm, some may irritate your lips and actually make their condition worse.

Get the Look: Kaley Cuoco at the 2014 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards

Kaley Cuoco in Vera WangSt. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Fiona Locke worked with Anna Gunn to create flawless skin for the SAG Award Red Carpet last night and she sent over her tips/techniques and product list for me to share with you so you can get the look too!

WHO: Kaley Cuoco

WHERE: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014

SKIN BY: Fiona Locke, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert

INSPIRATION: Bronze Belle

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “I used the Gold Skin Illuminator to highlight, accentuate and tone Kaley’s arms as well as shoulders. The Gold Skin Illuminator is the perfect touch up after contouring and darkening with the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse applied with the Applicator Mitt.”

PRODUCTS: “For a toned glow like Kaley’s, begin by exfoliating the skin gently with  St. Tropez Body Polish. Next, apply the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse with the Applicator Mitt, blending it into the skin thoroughly. Lastly, apply the Gold Skin Illuminator on cheekbones and collarbones to highlight and complete the look”

WHERE TO BUY: Available at Sephora or sttropeztan.com.