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Quick Remedies for Common Skin Problems

3 Dec

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 10.10.22 PMNo one tells you when you’re 12 that you’ll still be getting zits at 40. And if it’s possible, they get even bigger with age. Yay hormones!

Our skin can experience a number of reactions this time of year from dietary changes, weather, more sugar intake, holiday stress… or just because it knows you have a big event and wants to fuck with you.

The good news is that we’ve got options. According to Dr. Manish Shah, M.D., there are safe (quick!) ways to treat common skin problems at home – or in the doctor’s office.

Hopefully you won’t need to use any of these, but just in case you’re human…

 

PROBLEM: Cold Sore

In-Office: A very diluted cortisone injection can bring cold sore inflammation down quickly. If you prefer a pill to a shot, ask your doctor for a Valtrex, Famvir, or Acylovir prescription.

At-Home: Try not to touch it. Obvs.Pick up an OTC medication like Abreva. Or try old-school remedies like using Visine or cold compress to minimize redness.

 

PROBLEM: Allergic Reaction

In-Office: If you’ve never experienced this kind of allergic reaction, contact your allergist or dermatologist immediately.

At-Home:

  • If you’ve had this reaction before, know what caused it and know it won’t affect you any other way – use a topical hydrocortisone cream twice a day, plus take Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec. All are longer acting and less sedating than Benadryl.
  • Try a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day. I’ve also found that dabbing milk-soaked cotton on areas after waxing minimizes redness and irritation.
  • If the allergic reaction occurs on the same day as your event, cover it up by color balancing the redness. The opposite of red is green, so apply green tinted concealer on the red area. The combination will create a flesh-toned hue.

 

PROBLEM: Cystic Acne Breakout

In-Office: Cystic acne can be treated with cortisone or “steroid” shots by gently injecting a very diluted quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into an inflamed cyst. “Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement,” says Dr. Shah

At-Home: Do not try to lance or cut into a cyst yourself. You don’t know where the root of the clog is or how deep it resides. You’ll only prolong healing and increase the chances of being left with a scar or dent. Here are a few safer options to try:

  • Aspirin Mask. Crush up an aspirin tablet and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply it directly to a cystic pimple and leave on as long as convenient. Aspirin is a cousin to salicylic acid and can help calm inflammation and pain.
  • Try Hydrocortisone Cream or High-Quality Retinoid. Find a triple-threat product containing hydrocortisone cream. Benzoyl peroxide lowers levels of acne-causing bacteria, hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation, and salicylic acid removes excess oil to dry out a pimple.
  • Put some ice on It. Applying ice can work wonders when it comes to decreasing swelling, redness, pain, or even itchiness associated with cystic acne.

 

PROBLEM: Puffy Eyes

At-Home: Eye puffiness can be improved by applying something cool, like a cold compress, chilled cucumber slices or tea bags for 5-10 minutes to help constrict blood and lymph vessels. I’ve had good results using a good refrigerated eye serum. Reducing salt intake and alcohol also helps.

 

PROBLEM: Sunburn

At-Home: 

  • Take a cool bath or shower. Set the water to a cool temperature that’s just below lukewarm and relax for 10-20 minutes. The temperature will ease the pain, and the water will lessen irritation. Avoid using soap, bath oils, salts or other detergents because they might irritate your sunburn and possibly make it even worse.
  • If you have blisters forming on your skin, take a bath instead of showering. The pressure from the shower might pop your blisters. When you get out, don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, let yourself air dry, or lightly pat dry with a towel. Apply cold compresses to your skin.
  • Apply aloe vera. Using the pads of your fingers, gently apply the aloe to your sunburn. Don’t rub it in like you might with a regular lotion. Leave it a bit wet on top of the burn to help prevent the skin from drying out and becoming more irritated. Reapply as often as necessary. You can also opt to treat inflammation with cortisone cream. Cortisone creams contain a small dose of steroids that can work to reduce sunburn inflammation.

 

PROBLEM: Too much filler

In-Office: As a rule, you should get fillers no sooner than 1 month before a big event to allow time for healing and touch ups – and make sure you only go to a Board-Certified specialist. If results aren’t what you desired, Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane are the easiest to reverse. An enzyme called Hyaluronidase can be injected to partially or completely dissolve initial Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane injections. Voila! Problems solved. 

 

If you’ve got any good at-home remedies, please share them in the comments.

xo

 

 

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Tatcha Labor Day Sale!

31 Aug

As with the long Labor Day weekend comes the sales. And as much as I’d like to stand on my high horse about how these types of weekends aren’t about consumerism, I won’t. Mainly because it’d be hypocritical. I LOVE a great sale!

So I’m sharing a brand with you that rarely goes on sale – and that’ll be that.

Tatcha. Love this skincare brand! If you don’t know it and dream of “geisha pure skin,” check it out on Tatcha.com or at Sephora. Personally, I can’t get enough of their tinted illuminating eye treatment for masking tired eyes.

Tatcha has taken some of their most popular products and is offering them in 3 complementing duos at big price reductions on their websiteAugust 30th thru September 2nd. See below!

xo

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LAUNCH ALERT: Charlotte Tilbury Complexion Collection

22 Aug

LAUNCH ALERT! Charlotte Tilbury’s long-awaited Complexion Collection debuts tomorrow on CharlotteTilbury.com  and will be available in stores worldwide on September 6th. 

As a big fan of her skincare products, I’m counting the minutes to see what Charlotte does for color correction. She’s launching with two products – a concealer stick and a loose powder. Product details below.

For VIP Pre-Sale shopping, click HERE.

MAGIC AWAY LIQUID CONCEALER
Magic Away is Charlotte’s attempt at the holy grail of concealers. Available in 16 shades, this miracle stick covers skin imperfections like dark circles, pigmentation, redness & blemishes in one swipe.

This concealer is full-coverage, lasts up to 15 hours, is water resistant, and created with Elastic Second Skin Texture to mimic the look of a fresh, new complexion.

Charlotte’s Tips for Application:

  • Use the Magic Miracle Precision beauty blender applicator to blend Magic Away on top of your Magic Foundation or Light Wonder to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, redness and pigmentation.
  • Apply more to any areas which need more coverage.
  • To brighten the under-eye area, use a lighter shade of Magic Away. Tap on gently with your ring finger.

 

CHARLOTTE’S GENIUS MAGIC POWDER

A light-diffusing loose powder that blurs imperfections on the face and underneath eyes. It visibly reduces dark shadows and helps boost radiance. Lastly, Genius Magic Powder is said to help mattify and give skin a smoother appearance.

Available in three shades: light, medium & dark.

Charlotte’s Tips for Application:

  • Apply Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder on top of Magic Foundation or Light Wonder using the Powder & Sculpt brush to mattify and smooth skin’s appearance.
  • To visibly reduce dark eye circles, use the Blender brush and tap off any excess product before applying.

 

xo

CityWalk Appeals to Beauty Shoppers

15 Jun
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Nectar Bath Treats | Razzle Dazzle Donut Soap

Last I visited Universal CityWalk, it was all food and tourist shops. Which makes perfect sense for the locale. That said, I was presently surprised when I popped by this week to discover some new beauty-tailers.

First, there’s the mother ship: Sephora moved in! And it’s a good one. Many coveted collections line the walls. Picture brand new, untouched rows of BITE lipsticks, Pat McGrath palettes, Huda, Anastasia & Dior glosses, Tatcha eye brighteners, MILK sticks, Kate Somerville serums, and more. Heaven for an unapologetic product lover like myself. Stop by!

Then I discovered what can only be described as the love child of LUSH and Sprinkles. It’s a natural body shop called Nectar Bath Treats—just diagonal from Sephora. Wall to wall popsicle soaps, milkshake soaks, and handmade fruit smoothie scrubs. For bath lovers, it’s a dizzying experience. Crumbly Ice cream soaps, fizzy bath bombs, and macaron bathing treats. A one-stop gift shop—perfect (and safe!) for kids, too.

There’s even a make-your-own fragrance bar. I opted for a blend of vanilla and sugar body butter. Because when in Rome.

Now that I think about it… these locations are genius. By the time you leave Nectar, you want to get your hands on a treat you can actually eat. And whatdya know…there’s are about 6 candy stores within a stone’s throw. Brilliant!

Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Order Today

8 May

Well hello! It’s been a minute. My apologies. The days (ok, weeks) have gotten away from me. But, as I’m sure someone still says: Better late than never.  So just in time for you last minute shoppers, here are a few fun suggestions for Mom’s big day.

2018 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.56.09 PMLUXE SKINCARE: Send an at-home version of Kate Somerville’s celebrated Melrose Place clinic. Advanced age-defying formulas and curated kits for every skin-type are available, but I recommend the special Every Day Warrior box for Mom. It features Kate’s coveted Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Moisturizer+Serum, Eye Gel, NEW Cold Cream Cleanser+Makeup Remover, and exclusive wash cloth—all wrapped in a beautiful blue box.

 

ACCESSORIES @ POTTERY BARN:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.13.50 AMThe McKenna collection of leather jewelry cases at Pottery Barn is wonderful. Beautiful pastels lined in ultra-suede with special compartments, so delicate pieces don’t get tangled. My personal favorite is the McKenna Jewelry Binder. Perfect for the woman who travels often.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.24.19 AMMake her mornings easier with the smart simulations of the Simplehuman wide-view sensor mirror. Any woman who knows the frustration of putting on makeup only to get outside and see a clown in the mirror, will fall in love with this ultra-luxe beauty tool. It’s a special must-have for Mom’s vanity. It mimics natural sunlight, and even has a motion sensor that turns on when she approaches.  It’s also got different magnifications—optimal for tweezing and using liquid liner.

 

NEW MAKEUP:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.47.42 AMAnd what goes better with a makeup mirror than a perfect new lip color? There are so many great formulas out right now, so pick out one that she might not have tried yet. I fall for every collection Pat McGrath touches. So when she finally launched her own line in Sephora, I was all over it. And it doesn’t disappoint. There are so many rich wearable shades–Modern Woman MatteTrance Lipstick is my latest go-to cool mauve.

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If Mom prefers an all-natural formula, check out the latest from Tarte Cosmetics. Their Color Splash Lipstick from the Rainforest of the Sea Collection wears really well. Griege, Salt Lyfe, Set Sail... So many moisturizing satin, full coverage options. All in beautiful sea-blue swirled tubes.

 

 

HER PERFECT PAIR:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.04.59 AMWhen your feet feel good, you feel good. Who knows this better than Mom? Send her the ultimate gift card: customized shoes. From narrow to extra-wide, sizes 2-15, Shoes of Prey will create the shoe of her fashion dreams. Sneakers, boots, strappy stilettos—she can choose her fabric, lining, color, heel, everything. Or she can opt for a pre-designed style. Whatever she creates will arrive at her door in less than two weeks.

BONUS: Designing her custom shoe is a fun project you can do together. 

 

TIME FOR HERSELF:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.39.51 AMI always love a gift card to a local day spa. It might not feel that creative, but she’ll thank you after an afternoon of self-care. If she doesn’t appreciate a massage, remind her about facials, scrubs, relaxing tea, blow outs, manicures, et al. Most good day spas have a laundry list of services.

I’ll go into more detail in another post about the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in California, but if Mom happens to be around the Sonoma area, I highly recommend treating her to a day here.

 

xo