Being part Italian, olive oil was always a staple growing up in my childhood home. As a child, I never knew the health benefits my parents and grandparents were passing on to me, all I knew is that it added delicious flavor to my food. Once I began to work in beauty, I was mesmerized by all of its benefits to skin, as well.
Olive fruit oil is high in Vitamin E, which we all know is fantastic for its anti-aging properties. It’s high in oleic acid and is a good skin cell regenerator. It works to attract external moisture to the skin, while still permitting the skin to properly release sweat, shed dead skin and release sebum. Read more
This winter has been insane. We’ve gone from seasonally normal temperatures to below zero and up into the 60’s all in one week. From moisture in the air to its complete depletion once the thermostat and wood stove are turned on. My skin is typically combination, with it being oily in my T-zone, but for the first time since I can remember, my skin is very dry. I am so not a fan.
While I have successfully managed to keep blemishes at bay for several months now due to incorporating lemons into my beauty routine, hydration has been a major issue. Not only has the weather wreaked havoc on my skin (via whipping winds, sub-zero temps), but I also live in the mountains (Poconos) where there is less moisture the higher the elevation. My normal skin care regime involves Pevonia Spa Clinica, but despite how rich their moisturizer is, it just isn’t cutting it this winter. Read more
If you’re anything like me, one of the sources you look to for beauty advice, tips and tricks is magazines. Of course, I also buy them for the fashion, celebrities and “other” types of advice (thanks Cosmopolitan), but I get especially pumped about reading and trying anything beauty related, after all this is advice from THE beauty experts.
In the January/February issue of Health Magazine there was an article called “Soften Up All Over,” that was all about how to stay hydrated all over during the brutal winter months. My skin tends to be pretty dry and especially more so during the winter months, so I thought I would try one of the tips on how to keep my body moisturized. The tip basically suggested that applying lotion to my skin before I get into the shower would prevent the drying effects of soap and hot water. Looking for a “hydrator with ceramides or hyalronic acid to help skin retain moisture and re-apply post shower” was also recommended. So I put this beauty tip to the A Girl’s Gotta Spa! test. Read more