Skin Tip: Sensitized Skin!

Happy Friday readers!

If you’ve never really had sensitive skin but all of a sudden you’re experiencing irritation, you may have sensitized skin.  Sensitized skin can be a result of  stress, hormonal fluctuations, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, medical procedures, over-exfoliated skin and fragrance.  Eliminating or controlling these factors should help you get your skin back to normal.

Have a great weekend!

Stephanie 

Skin Tip For This Labor Day Weekend!

It’s Friday and it brings Labor Day weekend with it! Yay! Any fun plans?

Speaking of Labor Day, if you’re planning on firing up the grill this weekend keep this tip in mind.  If you happened to get sunburned, the heat generated from the grill can further aggravate an already irritated complexion.  Keep some aloe vera gel (and maybe some ibuprofen) handy if this is the case.

Have a great and safe weekend and don’t forget to catch me on Stephanie’s Beauty Corner on Saturday courtesy of the Peachy Queen Blog! Check out some of the latest fall fashion and accessories while you’re at it too! 🙂

Stephanie

 

The Acid Chronicles: Lactic Acid!

 

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Happy Tuesday readers!  Hoping your weekend was great!

Awhile ago, I posted on alpha hydroxy acids, otherwise known as AHAs and why they are important in skincare. (In case you missed it or need a refresher, click here)  Lactic acid was one of the AHAs mentioned and here’s why this ingredient is great.

Who: Lactic acid

What skin conditions can it help: Aging and hyperpigmentation

Where it comes from: Derived from milk/sugar

Why it’s important: Lactic acid functions as a humectant, which attracts water and hydrates the skin.   It breaks down the bonds between cells that allow for easier exfoliation of the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.   It also reduces hyperpigmentation due to its ability to suppress the formation of tyrosinase ( the enzyme involved in melanin production).  Because its molecular structure is bigger than glycolic acid, it’s an ideal ingredient to use for those who have sensitive skin because it permeates into the skin slowly, reducing the chances of irritation and inflammation.

How it’s used: Lactic acid can be found in skincare products (i.e. cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums) and also in professional treatments like chemical peels.  *Like any other exfoliating agent, limit use to a few times per week, wear sunscreen and use caution when using ingredients containing retinol as this can irritate skin.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll recognize the picture below when I took the Cosmetic Chemistry course at UCLA.  The vial on the right-hand side is what natural lactic acid looks like.

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I recently joined Twitter (@stephieestie) so feel free to follow me on there too! I’m still learning how to use it, FYI, but I’m sure I’ll get it in no time. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie

 

Skin Tip: Spring Cleaning Your Skincare!

Spring is here and while you’re busy spring cleaning your house, don’t forget about your skincare too!  Now is the time to analyze what’s working for you and what isn’t.  Perhaps your moisturizer is feeling too heavy now that the weather is warming up so switching to a lighter one helps. Also, spring usually brings about allergies and certain medications can cause your skin to become sensitive temporarily so keep that in mind in case your skin all of a sudden feels a bit sensitive.

I apologize for not posting on Tuesday and yesterday but I needed time to regroup after the UCLA Extension course. It was an amazing class and I am excited to take future classes with them. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend readers! 

Stephanie 

 

Skin Tip: Potential Skin Irritants!

 

Happy Friday readers!  I was dismissed from jury duty so everything should be back to normal next week.

I met up with Karla, a fellow esthetician friend, last Sunday and the conversation drifted to potential skin irritants.  Sometimes when our skin feels itchy or sensitive, it may be caused by the detergent you use to wash your clothes.  Interestingly, and I’ve experienced this myself, dryer sheets can also be a culprit in this matter.  Always consult your physician as your case can be something else entirely but this is also a good thing to watch out for and keep in mind.

Have a great weekend everyone and I will be posting my giveaway details next Tuesday! 

Stephanie  

Skin Tip: Dealing With Product Overload!

Peptides! Retinol! Alpha hydroxy acids!

These are all fantastic ingredients in skincare but do you need them all once? Not necessarily.  In fact, using products with too many active ingredients all at once can result in irritated skin.  Always introduce these products slowly into your skincare regimen, use small amounts and follow your esthetician’s/docotor’s protocol on how to use them.  And, if you happen to experience product overload, stick to a basic routine: basic cleanser, basic toner and moisturizer until your symptoms subside.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend, 

Stephanie 

   

How To: Take Care of Your Skin When You’re Sick

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I recently had a reader ask me how to take care of your skin when you are sick.

Good question as flu and cold season is here!

When you are sick, the last thing you probably think of is your skin.  You’re feeling weak or tired and any strength you have is most likely spent towards mustering up enough energy to take your medications.  But, think about it for a second.  You’re coughing, sneezing, sweating, etc and it would good to at least try to remove some that off.  If you can take a shower, it’s easy to just cleanse your face and rinse off.  If you don’t have enough energy for that, you can lightly moisten your skin with lukewarm water, apply your cleanser and remove it by using a few cotton rounds-this way you don’t have to leaning over the sink.

The key here is to keep it basic: a gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer.  That’s it.  Don’t exfoliate, use retinols or AHAs/BHAs.  Why?  Certain medications can cause your skin to become sensitive temporarily, prompting a reaction or irritation when there would otherwise be none.  Once you’re all better, you can slowly reintroduce these ingredients back into your skincare routine.

I hope you found this helpful and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. How do make yourself feel better when you are sick?

Stephanie  

First Look: Renee Rouleau Pro Remedy Oil!

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Renee and I at Sofitel in Beverly Hills

Hi readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

I was given the unique (and awesome!) opportunity to assist celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau during one of her quarterly visits here in L.A. This is the second time I have helped her during her stay and words cannot express how blessed I feel to be able to participate in this event. Renee is one of the go-to skin care gurus with celebrity clients like Demi Lovato and Lisa Rina and generates rave reviews from beauty editors with good reason.  Aside from being extremely knowledgeable and formulating her own skin care line, she is also genuinely sweet, caring and humble.   When I first met her, she greeted me with a hug and smile that felt like I had known her forever.  Such a lovely person inside and out.

Pro Remedy Oil

I was one of the lucky ones that received a bottle of her soon to be released newly released Pro Remedy Oil!  Pro Remedy Oil is a blend of 12 natural oils including sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, rosehip oil and cranberry oil that “helps repair dry skin from airplane travel, eczema, sunburn, dry climate and pregnancy.”  Since many of us receive chemical peels during the fall and winter months, this oil can also be used post-chemical peel to soothe skin.

Pro Remedy Oil is a clear light-weight, citrus scented oil that absorbs quickly into the skin.  Since I have combination skin, I mix about 2-3 drops with my moisturizer and apply to my face-a little goes a long way.  So far, I like how my skin has felt hydrated with no heavy after feel and I haven’t broken out.  We’ll see if that changes in the next couple of weeks.

If you have dry skin or eczema and haven’t found products that work, definitely look into this oil, especially during these next few months when we’re prone to losing more moisture.    Those with acne or oily skin types should tread lightly since you already produce enough oil and probably don’t need anymore.

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Other goodies I received: Bio Calm Repair Masque, Aloe Cleansing Milk and Bio Radiance Night Serum- can’t wait to try them out.

I’ve tried a couple of products from Renee’s line and although there were some I didn’t like or didn’t work for me, some items worth checking out that I love include Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel, BHA Clarifying Serum, and Triple Berry Smoothing Peel.

If you’re interested in Renee’s skin care line, visit her website www.reneerouleau.com

Hope you enjoyed this post and sneak peek! 

 

 

 

But I’m Sensitive To Sunscreen…

Sunscreen is perhaps one of the most, if not the most, important ingredient to guard against aging and more importantly, skin cancer.  However, I find that it is the skincare product most people skimp on.

“I’m sensitive to sunscreen,” or “It stings my eyes after a while,” are common responses as to why sunscreen isn’t used on a daily basis-if at all. While I too have suffered that wrath of a sunscreen that has seeped into my eyes (oh the stinging sensation!), there are plenty of options out there that won’t work against you.  Mineral sunscreens,in the form of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, may be your best bet.  The reason?  Whereas chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays and release them as heat, mineral or physical sunscreens sit on skin and reflect UVA and UVB rays, meaning less irritation.  Here’s a list of  some physical sunscreens you may want to look into.

Colorescience

http://www.colorscience.com  $52 and refills $25-$30

Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30

Boasting the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval, this mineral sunscreen comes in a few select shades and finishes, making sunscreen reapplication easy.  Also worth checking out from this brand: Mineral Eyescreen SPF 30.

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Coola Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint

Formulated with shea butter and evening primrose oil that help retain moisture and rosehip oil which is rich in antioxidant vitamin C. Remember that antioxidants like vitamin C and E work synergistically with sunscreen.

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http://www.drugstore.com $14.95; Whole Foods

Jason Mineral Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 

This sunscreen is fragrance free-great news if you are sensitive/allergic to fragrances-and includes calming aloe vera, chamomile and green tea.

 

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Mineral Protection Fragrance Free Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Also fragrance free, this sunscreen provides antioxidant support from vitamin E and grapeseed oil and is gluten and paraben free.

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, SPF 50 Face

An Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner, this paraben and fragrance free sunscreen has an ultra-light matte finish that won’t leave behind a white cast on your face.  It features Cell-Ox Shield technology which is comprised of physical sun filters for improved protection and a powerful antioxidant complex to protect from free radicals.

Once you find a sunscreen that works for you, it’s vital to remember to reapply every two hours or so, especially when you’re outdoors.  

Have a favorite mineral sunscreen you don’t see listed here?  Feel free to share!