Beat the LA humidity with my hot weather skincare tips

Hey guys!

So I am a huge fan of the “dewy” skin look…but lately this LA humidity has me looking like I am forever in work-out mode! I know I’m not the only one feeling oilier and greasier, so I want to share some simple tips to a shine-free face.

Cleansing

If you haven’t already, switch to an oil-free gel cleanser. If your skin can tolerate it, look for one with salicylic acid which will help exfoliate and prevent breakouts. You can also invest a cleansing tool like the like the Clarisonic brush for deeper pore cleansing.

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Lighten up on Moisturizers

Trade in your heavy creams for a lightweight moisturizer. I love Skinceuticals hydrating B5 Gel because it’s an oil free serum with hyaluronic acid, so your skin stays hydrated but not greasy.

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Don’t skip SPF!

There are so many sunscreens on the market in literally every texture. During the humidity, I recommend switching to a mattifying formula. My favorite is Obaji’s Sun Shield SPF 50. It is a zinc based non-whitening formula and even comes in a tinted option, which I am currently obsessed with!!

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Get low-key chill on your makeup routine

I know we are all equally obsessed with contour and highlighter, but sweat and oil production combined with heavy makeup can lead to a literal melt down. Keep things light, and use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream like Smashboxes Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35,  my go-to since it first came out. Also, avoid anything with glitter or sparkles – which can make your skin look sweatier and extra shiny!
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Stock your fridge – with sheet masks!

Lately I have noticed tiny broken capillaries, and just overall redness – so I stocked up on a ton of Korean sheet masks packed with peptides, aloe and hyaluronic acid. I keep them in my fridge and apply them 3-4 times a week for a calming facial treatment. They feel amazing, and the more frequently I use them, the better my skin feels.

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I did a series of 3 sheet masks last week and lightweight makeup resulting in a #nofilterneeded selfie 😉

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I will be sharing more tips for beating the humidity on next weeks blog for those who are looking for more aggressive treatments. Until then, what changes have you seen in your skin with all this humidity? What changes do you make during the summer to your skincare routine? I’d love to hear your tips!

Stay cool…like a cucumber loves!
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Samples for San Francisco

Hey guys!
So I am getting ready for the long 3 day weekend and heading up to San Fran. I wanted to share with you my favorite beauty miniatures and see what some of your favorites are when you travel!

I am actually a minimalist when it comes to packing (that way I have more room for shopping lol) so I tend to pack sample size products that I have collected when I travel!

Who else has no shame when it comes to asking for samples?! *Hands up emoji
I actually refuse at this point to invest in a product without knowing for sure that it will work for me. So I absolutely ask for samples! And I would actually encourage you to ask your esthetician because truth is, we love giving away our secrets. And we would rather you sample than be disappointed in what we recommend. So don’t be shy – ask to try!

So here is what I’ve got so far in my bag! Warning: objects in picture are much smaller than they appear 😉

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The only product here that is not a sample is the bumble and bumble pret-a-powder, an amazing dry shampoo..and one I never travel without! I featured it because the travel size is small but goes a long way and it’s only $12 at Sephora. Worth it!

I have been breaking out like crazy in the LA heat, especially along my hairline. So I am taking the PCA Skin acne gel to help with those annoying break outs. I also packed the Active Serum by Is Clinical and the Lytera 2.0 by Skinmedica. Both of these are mini treatments and help with my melasma and discoloration. I like to layer them under my SPF and alternate them in the evening.

And I looooove Skinceutials trial sizes you guys! They really give you a lot to try and the eye cream sample can last you a few weeks..long enough to see subtle changes! I love it under my concealer and at night obviously.

The last sample here is Latisse. I wore lash extensions for over a year and they completely destroyed my natural lash, so latisse has saved me. Allergan does promotions on their brilliant distinctions site where if you purchase a full size you get a sample free. The sample lasts about 8 weeks for me and I try not to miss a day, so this liquid gold is going with me!

Are you like me and leave behind your full size products when you travel? Which ones are your faves?

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Xx,

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Here’s to making life more beautiful

Hello beauties! I’m super eager to share with you my insight and background, along with my new experiences with all things beauty and aesthetics! With over a decade of experience in the Skincare and Medical Spa arena, I recently took a leap and left my 60 hour a week Chief Operating Officer job.

Why you ask? Why would I leave my 6-figure a year job?  

Oh you know, the typical mid 30’s melt down! Seriously, I’m sure you have read stories like mine over and over. (Successful, work-a-holic quits her day job to pursue a higher meaning and quest for life purpose..blah, blah..) We have all read those stories, so I won’t dive deep with the details of why. 

Just know that my life experiences have lead me here..now..and more than anything I am ready to share my passion and pursuit of all things beauty and aesthetics!

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My background as an esthetician and spa consultant ignited a spark for helping those with skincare issues like acne, discoloration and anti-aging. That spark grew into an obsession. But I was more obsessed with the search for beauty from within, and around..and the entire transformation process!

Seeing a client’s skin change from acne to flawless had my soul LIT! I also relished in creating beautiful spaces – like designing spa’s and medical clinics.

In general, I LIVE for the before and after! (Insert caterpillar – butterfly analogy)

If there is one thing that matches my obsession for aesthetics, it’s the city I reside in – LA! I have decided to merge my love passion for aesthetics with my experiences in the most Gorge city in the world!

Come along with me! We will discover the secrets to aging gracefully, reveal our beauty from the inside – out, and find all things aesthetically pleasing in the places and spaces of Los Angeles.

Here’s to making life more beautiful!

Cheers! 

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