Frequent traveler skincare must-haves


I have been extremely lucky to continuously feed my passion for travel and I enjoy sharing stories from my adventures with the clients. One question that always comes up is how do I manage to keep my skin looking good and healthy while traveling. In this post, I would like to share my skincare secrets catered to frequent travelers’ needs.

When traveling, the skin can become rather dehydrated and flaky, not to mention that added stress associated with travel interrupts normal skin’s functions and leads to stubborn breakouts. To avoid that, my first tip is to always prepare your skin the night before.
STEP ONE: PREP

Treat yourself to a balancing masque such as Vivant by Biologique Recherche and apply an intense moisturizer to soothe and condition the skin. My moisturizer of choice is Dermopurifiante for its restorative and purifying properties.
STEP TWO: GO EASY ON MAKE UP

I advise to always travel with thoroughly clean and moisturized skin. Makeup is a no-go unless you are a fan of nasty breakouts.

STEP THREE: “BUILD YOUR OWN” SKIN EMERGENCY KIT
Travel smart with your skincare must-haves on hand. These are the products that I need to have in my kit at all times:

STEP FOUR: BE EFFICIENT EN ROUTE

  • Keep your skin and your body hydrated.
  • Moisturize before the take-off and freshen up your skin with every hour while in flight. L’eauxygenate.
  • Opt up for mineral water in lieu of a tropical cocktail.
  • Apply lip treatment liberally. 3LAB Perfect Lips offers intense and long-lasting hydration and it is my lip balm of choice.
  • Don’t forget your hands! Slather on hand cream such as Lippman Collection Rich Girl SPF25 for instant hydration and sun spots protection wile high in altitude and more exposed to damaging sun rays.

STEP FIVE: WAKE UP YOUR SKIN
Upon arrival, it is good to give your skin a thorough but gentle cleanse. I use Lait VIP O2 with a soft washcloth and I prefer to cleanse twice. Follow up with a thorough application of P50 1970 and a masque of your choice for 15-20 min. I choose to use a combination of Vivant with VIP O2 all over my face when I feel that my skin needs purifying. If flakiness/dullness is an issue, a massaging masque to improve microcirculation, such as Prime Renewing Pack by Valmont, is a life saver! Tip: Leave it overnight for an instant beauty boost.
STEP SIX: ADDRESS THE EYES
As a result of a long haul flight, we are left with puffy and tired looking eyes. I suggest to use eye contour gel masques, such Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask by Chantecaille or Cellcollagen Eye Treatment Mask by Cellcosmet,-it acts as an automatic wake up call.

STEP SEVEN: UNLEASH THE EXPLORER INSIDE YOU
Get out there and build on your experiences, try new things and be adventurous!

There you have it- with these simple steps you can arrive at your destination and enjoy your vacation with beautiful, glowing and well-rested skin!

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On a subject of Multi-Masking

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With increasing stress and pollution levels, most people no longer fit into just one basic skin type, making combination skin types more common and the sophistication of treatments more complex. Skin changes with the seasons and, with it, you need to adapt your regimen; simply using one mask to fix it all is not enough.

Here are some solutions:

Biologique Recherché products have been my go-to for years now and having some of the BR masks in your at-home arsenal will prepare you to tackle whatever your skin has in store for you this season!

Masque Vivant is beautiful all around.I like using it in the t-zone for the multi-masking purpose, and it works on all skin types! It contains high concentrations of yeast, cucumber, and witch hazel extracts that give it purifying and balancing properties.

Masque VIP O2 is magical! Having an oxygenating effect, it is hydrating, radiance revealing and amazing for reducing dullness and fatigue in drier, stressed out skin. I like using it under and around the eyes. The formula is rich in moisturizing botanical ingredients and contains an Oxygenating Complex which stimulates epidermal regeneration and revitalizes the skin. Quick tip: use a pea size of Masque Vernix; apply it on the lips for immediate dryness reduction.

Masque Biomagic is also great for an instant lift! It can be used all over before a night out for its purifying and tightening properties and can also be applied on the chin and forehead during a multi-masking session. It is an energizing face treatment formulated with a subtle combination of mineral and terrestrial ingredients. It leaves the skin glowing, soft and purified.

For the Valmont admirer, Renewing Pack is nothing less than excellent! I save it for the night before special events or as a Sunday quick, pick-me-up treat. It’s rebalancing formula gives the skin an instant beauty boost! A Renewing Pack could be used in combination with the Purifying Pack and Clarifying Pack for the multi-masking purposes. Application varies based on your specific skin needs.

Having at least three of these masks in your medicine cabinet can give you a customized facial treatment at home any time you crave it!

Remember, everyone’s skin is unique! Use masks in the areas needed with a benefit in mind or use all over and your skin will thank you! I hope the multi-masking will become as integrated part of skincare maintenance for you as it did for me.

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BEAUTY SLEEP

We all are familiar with the #wokeuplikethis selfie trend that took the internet by storm. How do celebrities and people alike look so radiant first thing in the morning? Is it possible? Maybe it’s all photoshop and Instagram filters, but I am here to let you in on a little secret of how to look glowing first thing in the morning.

The way you look in the morning depends on how many zzz’s you got the night before. Most medical professionals recommend 6-8 hours of restful sleep to feel and look great the next morning. While you sleep, your body and skin restores and regenerates, and that is one of the primary reasons to take care of your skin before you get to bed.

That being said, what you do prior to getting to bed is also very important. Here are my evening skin care routine steps:

  • I try  to  cleanse my face as soon as I get home. This assures a good start to my “evening at home” and gives my skin a break from daily make up. I like to use Environ Pre-cleanse oil to remove my make up, followed by Lait VipO2 to cleanse my skin. I prefer to use a simple wash cloth as my cleansing tool. For people who enjoy cleansing devises, I recommend Luna Foreo for it’s simplicity and anti-bacterial benefits.
  • Evening time is when I give my skin as much TLC as I possibly can. I like to concentrate on more thorough P50 1970 application and either do a masque or a booster such as MC110. My go-to masque combo is Vivant and VipO2, both by Biologique Recherche. On the days my skin looks tired, I spend about 10 minutes massaging my face with soothing, plumping and hydrating Renewing Pack by Valmont. A lot of my clients are curious how one finds time for a masque treatment. I always say, time is not an excuse, time is what you make of it. I can go around prepping my dinner or doing household chores with the masque on my face still knowing I am working on improving my skin. At the end of the day, multi-tasking is essential for our busy lifestyle and addresses  most skins concerns. I strongly encourage you to find the time for the things that are important to you and your health.
  • I am passionate about serums! In my opinion, serums are most important when it comes to taking care of your skin. Depending on the concern, serums can be very versatile. I like to use Biologique Recherche  Renovateur14 and Complexe Royal together and layer Silk Plus over my Dermopurifiante moisturizer as a finishing serum. Now you finally begin to imagine the glow one wakes up to with that combination!
  • A couple of times a week I take time to roll my face with the Environ Roll-Cit. This simple procedure takes about 5 minutes and restores skin tightness, reduces pigmentation, smoothes fine lines while boosting product penetration by about 80%. Just imagine how much more effective your serums and peptide-based products are when you deliver it to the areas that need it most! On the nights I roll, I enjoy using Avance Peptide cream mixed with Avst 5 and C-Boost,-all by Environ.
  • Your body is also in need of some TLC. Take a relaxing bubble bath! I love using Santa Maria Novella body line, Bagnoschiuma Alghe Marine bath foam with seaweed extracts is one of my favorites and after the bath I prefer using  Latte Corpo Melograno– moisturizing and refreshing body milk with a signature Melograno aroma- for soft and supple skin.

Lifestyle suggestion: try to skip a heavy dinner too close to your bedtime and opt out for a light, healthy snack and a cup of calming tea. Give your digestive system a break and wake up less bloated and more energized. Taking a 15 minute walk outside or doing a mild exercise routine can also induce a more restful sleep.

Last but not least, try to disconnect from all of the tech devices at least an hour prior to sleep time. Give your eyes a break from all the bright screens and read your favorite book instead or catch up on all the latest fashions in magazine articles. For those who keep a diary, I enjoy and recommend the Happiness Journal concept for setting intentions or to simply write down your daily thoughts, reflect on the day and plan for a better tomorrow.

I really hope this inspires you to take better care of yourself and your skin at night time! I encourage you to try and give your skin more of the TLC it deserves and carve out time for it. Better off, take on the #wokeuplikethis trend yourself and watch your skin improve day after day.

Originally published in beauty aficionado

My NYC weekend highlights

NYC is the city of dreamers and one place in the US that puts a huge smile on my face every time I visit. In my opinion, New York City is the most cosmopolitan, culturally advanced and super easy to get by in. I am convinced, every single time I am in NY, I see the city with the brand new eyes.

This weekend I visited NY for work related seminar. Even though the reason for my travel kept me indoors for 8 hours a day, I still found ways to explore and venture out during my free-time.

First and foremost, if you are in NYC,- WALK IT!  Don’t cab, lyft, uber, just take the city by foot! So much to discover walking the city’s streets! You could walk the same street twice and unravel something new both times! I certainly see why people in the city are so fit, the first night we walked 3 hours straight up and down Manhattan looking for treasures!

Speaking of treasures, NY makes me feel like Indiana Jones! The first night we got lost searching for Jacques Torres hot chocolate place(ah-mazing btw,get the Wicked kind!) but in the process discovered this amazing gems and fossils gallery on 5th ave called Astrogallery.  Oh man, it captivates you! You enter the space in awe and you leave it in awe. slideshow_1

“Considered the world’s most established gem and mineral gallery, Astro Gallery of Gems is located in the heart of New York City across from The Empire State Building. Our 10,000 Square Foot showroom has thousands of minerals, gems, fossils and pieces of rare and unusual jewelry on display.

We have a long and rich company history, as we have been dealing in fine minerals since 1961. Through the years Astro Gallery has catered to clients like Salvador Dali, John Lennon, and Shirley MacLaine and always remained a vanguard of the industry. We carry specimens suitable for the novice as well as the most advanced collector. We have everything from tumbled stones to 2000lb amethyst geodes.”

These are the type of stores I look for, something unique and different from anywhere else.

Food in NYC is rich in variety. every block houses at least three restaurants. We enjoyed the Cask bar and kitchen on our first night there. The Lamb nachos are must-try!cask-atmosphere-new-19-683x1024

“Cask Bar & Kitchen harks back to a by-gone era. One of craftsmanship and authenticity. Of dimly lit encounters, great conversation & hand drawn ales.”

The Momosan ramen and sake happened to be two blocks down from the hotel we stayed in, so it was a no-brainer lunch spot. Interior is simple but comfortable, service is fast and food is delicious! Highly recommend the customizable lunch special. I enjoyed tonkotsu ramen and zuke don rice bowl. The tuna was out of this world refreshing and the broth in my ramen was hearty and filling. Just look at this plate presentation! YUMMmomosan-11957

The rest of the time was spent roaming through the streets, sniffling Le Labo, devouring cupcakes at the Grand Central.

Even though it was one short weekend and a work-related trip, I still managed to have fun and enjoy every minute. And that is what travel is all about in my opinion: every minute should be spend in discovering and trying something new.

Do you make your work trip into an adventure?

 

Product focus: Biologique Recherche P50 1970

Hi lovelies!

In this post I want to talk about my holy grail product known to most as “facial in a bottle“. P50 1970 is the original formulation of a balancing toner from the french line Biologique Recherche. I have been using it for 3 years now and it’s an absolute must-have in my skin care routine.

When I was introduced to P50, my skin was quite unmanageable and breakout prone. I started using P50 daily Am and PM and I saw my skin change in front of my eyes. It is true that for the first couple weeks/month the skin goes through the purging stage and it is very important to not discontinue the use of the product. Within a month my stubborn blackheads ( I call them underground soldiers:)) began to surface and I noticed my complexion getting more even. 6 month later almost all the imperfections were gone. By that time,I was a P50 convert!

Now, 3 years later, I cannot live without my P50. I get compliments on my glowing skin on a daily basis and I attribute it to my “magic potion“!

A little more in-depth information on the product:p50_1970-new_1

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 is a true cult favorite! It is a gentle, all-in-one toner, balancer and exfoliating lotion; helps speed up the epidermis’ natural exfoliating process and the reconstruction of the epidermal shield. Lotion P50 gently exfoliates, regulates excess sebum secretion, moisturizes and helps maintain a balanced acid PH. Active ingredients include lactic acid, salicylic acid and phenol.

Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Exfoliates, hydrates and purifies skin
  • Excellent to treat adult acne
  • Regulates sebum secretion
  • Restores density and PH balance
  • Tones skin

How to use: 

  • Use twice daily (morning and evening) after cleansing your face.
  • Moisten cotton pad with P50 lotion.
  • Start with your decollete and move upwards gently pressing the cotton pad over skin.

Luckily for all, P50 comes in multitude of variations to cover all of the skin types and conditions. I recommend starting with the original formulation or getting a customized assessment/advice from a professional! Either way, you would love it! P50 will change your life the same way it changed mine 3 years ago.

Enjoy your skin’s glow from within!