Thursday, March 5, 2009


I remember I used to use such harsh, drying, products for my skin because I didn't know better. If I had acne it meant I had to scrub harder, use a harsh exfoliant everyday and use a ton of astringent with 2% salicylic acid. WRONG!!!! I have oily skin and there are so many false beliefs about how to care for this type of skin. Other than the role genetics play, great skin is achieved with a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, proper sleep, vitamin intake and a daily skin care regimen. It's also very important to remove makeup every night consistently and allow skin to repair and rejuvenate with the necessary serums and creams/lotions available. I currently use Dermalogica products and start with their precleanse
( These are professional sizes purchased at The Dermal Institute; Retail available also. Prices vary... But precleanse retail size is $33 and daily microfoliant about $49)

which is a lightweight cleansing oil that has an olive and apricot-kernel base. This cleanser is part of Dermalogica's double cleanse process to ensure deep pore cleansing which is essential for healthy skin. It also doubles as an eye makeup remover for stubborn waterproof liners and mascaras. I can't say enough about this product! After second cleanse use a toner with a cotton ball and see how clean your skin is with no dirt or residue. Another great product from this line is daily microfoliant. This is a rice-based enzyme powder that is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. You can use this everyday and it helps to smooth and brighten the skin. Use by dispensing 1/2 teaspoon into wet hands to activate and make a creamy paste, spread onto face with circular motions avoiding eyes, it will foam slightly and add more water NOT product to help facilitate slip while massaging. This product contains:

Ingredients for Exfoliation;
Salicylic Acid
Rice enzymes
Skin Brightening For Pigmentation and Uneven Tone;
Calming The Skin;
Green Tea
Colloidal Oatmeal

These are 2 products that are great for every skin type, but specifically will not dry out oily skin or be abrasive to sensitive skin. Remember when rinsing any product from skin, it's best to use tepid water as hot water will strip skin of natural oils needed to combat early signs of aging and discourage fine lines and wrinkles.

(Fan Brush ($5) for apply masques & sponges ($ 2.50) for dampening and removing masques and cleansers.)

You can find these products at their website where they have extensive information on ingredients, usage, and contraindications for specific skin conditions. Various beauty sites, and stores retailing advanced skin care also carry this line!

Good Luck in all your skin endeavors!
Til next time...
bE gOoD!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

***hot Foot***

Now is a heck of a time to think about sandals when there's like a 6-10 inch snow watch on the way ( in Jersey) but has some hot sandals that I just had to show you. Im 5'2" tall and love being on the shorter side so I can wear sky high heels and still look petite. In other words you'll never find me in flats (sorry my flat sandal/shoe wearin readers). Here are my 4 faves:

Designer: Paco Gil /Price:$260

Designer: Report Signature / Price:$180

Designer: Colin Stuart / Price:$95

Designer: Frye / Price: $198

Happy high steppin!

Til next time
bE gooD!