Posts with tag "Skincare"


Ahhh the joy of a good facial!

I had a facial this weekend and my skin feels pampered and refreshed.
I recently wrote about developing a skin care routine and if you are over the age of 30, consider having facials on a regular basis. Your skin would certainly benefit from a regular deep cleanse.

One mistake I made was to not have a relationship with one esthetician so when I started having issues with my skin, I was going crazy trying to figure out what to do. So if you do find an esthetician you like,  visit them regularly so they become familiar with your skin and can help you when you are having issues.

On my quest for looking for estheticians, I tried a few and really liked my last experience at a salon in Palo Alto.

Parasol Beauty Atelier
470 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA

It's a small, quaint little salon that specializes in skin care and beauty treatments run by this lovely, knowledgeable lady called Julice.

She also has Laura working with her, who is new to the salon and is trying to build out her client base.  They recently did a Groupon for a Balancing Therapy Facial ($125 value) for $49 which she offered to extend to any of my readers. This is only valid with Laura.

I highly recommend it. I liked the skincare line they used and Laura was very knowledgeble and answered my gazillion questions very honestly and patiently!

If you don't live in my area, best way to find a good esthetician is through referrals so hope you find somebody you like and they treat your skin extra good 🙂


Develop a Healthy Skin Care Routine

I am currently obsessed with taking care of my skin. Probably because I took it for granted all my life and now that I have hit my mid-thirties, I am starting to have break outs and its driving me crazy.
As women, there are so many factors that impact the condition of our skin like age, skin type (dry, oily, combination), skin color (fair, medium or dark) and our uncontrollable hormones!!!
With that said, I am writing this post as a gentle reminder about how through some easy steps we can take care of our skin and achieve that beautiful glowing complexion that all of us strive for.

Skin Care Essentials

1. Its important to have a daily ritual for taking care of your skin.
Day Time
Cleanse: Wash your face with a mild cleanser suited for your skin type. Cleansing helps remove dirt and grime and helps with the skin renewal process.
Tone: Use a toner to tighten the pores
Moisturize: Apply a moisturizer with SPF
Exfoliate/Masks: Frequency depends on your skin type. Helps remove dead skin cells

Night Time
Cleanse: Wash your face with a mild cleanser suited for your skin type
Extra Step: Apply a vitamin C serum. Helps tighten the skin.
Moisturize: Apply a night time moisturizer (without any SPF)

2. Pick a brand that you like and try and pick your cleanser, toner and moisturizer from the same brand. Scrubs, masks and serums can be from a different brand but try and keep the basics should be from the same brand.

3. Get a facial every 4-6 weeks for a deep cleansing of your skin but make sure the esthetician is experienced. Best to do some research by asking your friends and then work with them on a regular basis. 

4. To avoid breakouts, wash your  makeup brushes once a month or so. To wash your makeup brushes, just use a small amount of gentle shampoo and water, and then rub the bristles between your fingers. Do this until the water runs clean. Air dry the brushes.

5. Maintain a healthy diet as that has a huge impact on your skin. Incorporate lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens.

6. Drink lots of water. Helps flush out all the toxins from your body.

Some of my Favorite Skin Care Products 


Daily Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating CleanserDaily 
Light Weight Moisturizer with SPF: Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizer with SPF 30Moisturizer: Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream
Exfoliant: Benefit Pineapple Facial Polish
Masque: Kiehl's Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
Vitamin C Serum: Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
Pimple Healer: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion