Posts Tagged ‘moisture’

FAVORITE DRY SKIN REMEDY

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

There are tons of products flooding the shelves that promise to moisturize or exfoliate that winter skin– I’ve know because I’ve spent a fortune testing them out. Restorsea is the first product I’ve ever found to be effective in doing both at the same time. (Girl, you know I love a good 2-in-1!!) Between wind, weather + my heater being on so much when it’s cold out, my face gets those little white flakes (dead skin) which makes it hard to apply foundation evenly. No matter how much I scrub, peel or moisturize that dry skin always seemed to come right back. After about 2 weeks of using the new dream cream I had no flakes whatsoever and I’ve now been using it for about 3 months. I won’t get into the deets of the enzyme that’s in it or exactly how it works (it’s fascinating and you can read about it on their website) but I will tell you that it’s helped so much in getting my skin back to normal and restoring a smooth surface. Here are my favorite things to remember when moisturizing my skin:

  • Wash your hands- It’s easy to forget to wash your hands before you wash your face. Do your best to remember because even though you’re washing your face, you can still transfer dirt + bacteria onto your washcloth where it might stay and find it’s way onto your face. Definitely wash your hands first if you’re just applying moisturizer because you don’t want to end up with dirt or bacteria on your face or in the jar. Eek.
  • Warm water + steam- Wash your face with warm water as you normally would. Next plug your sink, draw a super hot bowl of water, put a bath towel over your head and hang out over the sink for 3-5 minutes. That will trap steam and open your pores even more.
  • When to apply- The best time to apply moisturizer is when you’re just getting out of the shower or right after you’ve washed your face. It’s simple– when your pores are more open, the skin will absorb more moisture.
  • Applying makeup- After you apply your moisturizer, blowdry your hair or get dressed. Then come back and do your makeup. You want to give your skin ample time to soak it up!
  • Neck, chest + hands- Sometimes in our daily rush, we forget to moisturize beyond the face. We have delicate skin on our necks, chests and hands which need love, too! I love to exfoliate all 3 at least once a week and I have to say– it makes a huge difference!
  • Ring finger- Some may know this, but some may not– your ring finger is your weakest finger on your hand. Use it to apply moisturizer, concealer and foundation around the eye to avoid pressing too hard. Too much pressure can stretch or scratch the skin if your fingers are rough.

What are your favorite tips + tricks for applying moisturizer to the skin? Tell us what your momma taught ya below! xo

OVER STYLED

photo: kristin ess + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Today’s hair post is quite simple but a very valuable one, nonetheless. It’s pretty safe to say that “over styling” is the number one hair crime in my book and we should all know what to do when we’ve simply taken curling or flat ironing too far. Let’s say you’re styling your hair with the curling iron, curling wand or the flat iron, and you get to a point where it just won’t do what you’re wanting it to. STOP. PLEASE. Don’t keep going! It is vital at this point to put some moisture back inside the hair before you go at it again. When you curl or flat iron, that steam that comes out is the hair’s internal moisture. You’re sucking it dry when you go over it repeatedly. You must put moisture back in there in order for it to cooperate! You can’t curl hay!! Grab a water bottle and lightly mist the area that won’t cooperate. Don’t soak it, just misting it is fine. Let it air dry and then come back to it. It’s like getting a second chance! This actually changed my hair game and I hope it helps with yours!

Xx Kristin

P.S: The Evian bottle in the image above is the one I always use because it has a really fine, even mist. A regular spray bottle works just fine as long as the spray isn’t too heavy.

GROWTH PLANS

photos: denman/masonpearson; jen gotch; jen gotch; amazon.com post designed by kristin ess

Other than updos and color, most emails coming in are about growing your hair out– quickly. Currently working on some video tutorials for you gals struggling with that “awkward stage” (aka middle length) to get you through, but let’s start here. Below are several basic yet important things to do while on the road to longer hair.

-Brushing. It stimulates the scalp. We know that. Let’s take it one step further. Stimulation from brushing produces natural oil. The more oils that come out, the more nourishment your hair will get naturally and that’s the best kind because it helps to speed up the process from the inside out. Focus on brushing the scalp and don’t worry so much about the ends. If your hair is dry or brittle, brushing the ends too much can lead to breakage. Above are 2 examples of different brushes in very different price ranges. Find more details on these brushes here: “Brush Up”.

-Treatments. Between technology + trichology (the study of hair/scalp) conditioning treatments have come so far. I have seen hair transform and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Unless you’re really into splurging, you don’t need to spend more than $20-$30 for a deep conditioning mask or treatment. Most importantly, please have a chat with your hairstylist. Ask them what they think is right for you. They can feel your hair and tell if you need moisture or protein. There’s a huge difference. Hair that has been chemically treated or over-processed with color usually calls for more protein because it will strengthen the hair by building a shell around it. Hair that is dry and dull is often just starving for moisture. You may even need both, so when it comes to treatments, please pop into the salon and talk to your pro!

-Vitamins. Lauren is a big believer in pre-natal vitamins helping with hair growth and I am a big believer in biotin + viviscal vitamins. Whichever you guys choose, always consult with your doctor first. If you’re not going into the doctor any time soon, ask a nutritionalist at a health food store for a quick consultation. Take vitamins with lots of water to insure they’re properly digested. The hardest part about vitamins isn’t finding them, it’s taking them consistently. My recommendation is to get a vitamin box and keep a small supply in your purse or put them next to your keys so you take them on the way out the door.

and lastly…

-The spider head massager thingy. Um, don’t laugh. Here’s my theory on this freaky little thing: When you use it, it gives you the chills all the way up to your scalp. When you get chills, you get goosebumps. When you get goosebumps, what happens to the hair on your newly shaven legs? That’s right friends, it grows. Just a personal theory, but I can’t help notice that since I started having these around 6 or 7 years ago, my hair grows insanely fast. Coincidence? I dunno. Worth the 7 bucks to find out!

Check back soon for video tutorials on how to style your hair to get through the mid-length stage!

xx Kristin Ess

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

photo: dan forbes/ny times

Seasons come and go, and as we’re all aware summer is quickly approaching. Spring is the perfect time to get your skin ready for the coming months. My favorite at home remedy for dry skin is simple: coconut butter and a couple drops of olive oil. Coconut butter is an incredible moisturizer and promotes elasticity in skin. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with vitamin E and antioxidants. These two are a mash made in heaven! :) Blend two teaspoons of coconut butter and 10 drops of extra virgin olive oil together in a bowl using the back of a spoon. Apply a thin layer anywhere skin feels dry once or twice a week. I use this on my lips, legs, arms, elbows, and hands. Cover and save the rest in the refrigerator. Due to the coconut craze right now, coconut butter should be pretty easy to find. It’s the perfect summer skin prep!

XO Lauren