Posts Tagged ‘moisturizing’

AT HOME FACIAL SERIES

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I hope a bunch of you tried last week’s MUD MASK AMP UP and were thrilled with how smooth it made your skin! We got a lot of comments/emails asking how to get really hydrated skin and have just the answer you’ve been waiting for! I learned this trick from a facialist years ago and my skin has been grateful ever since. She taught me that if you layer a serum immediately and directly under a hydrating mask, it will penetrate more powerfully because it’s protected from evaporation from air contact as it’s locked in by the mask. And once it’s fully penetrated, the mask moisturizes as well. It’s a double dose for dry, thirsty skin. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Pump the serum about three times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to spread evenly across your fingertips.
  2. Massage the serum all over your face.
  3. Dip fingers into the moisture mask and rub fingertips from both hands together.
  4. Pat the mask all over your face, directly on top of the serum.
  5. Follow the mask instructions for how long to keep it on before you rinse. Some are 20 minutes, others all night!

Do it as often as needed (once or twice a week should work) and dry skin won’t have a chance this Winter!

APPLYING DAY CREAM & EYE CREAM

Today we’re bringing you a tutorial you’ve been asking for over the last several months. We read all of your emails and we heard the request! We partnered with our favorite magical fountain of youth, Restorsea. As you may know, we’ve become a little obsessed. We love a good 2-in-1. Restorsea exfoliates as well as moisturizes so you get a youthful healthy glow that you can’t necessarily get with just a regular moisturizer. If you have a favorite already, you can definitely use that for this tutorial because the steps would be the same. If you want to check out Restorsea for yourself you can find their Starter Kit here. Use “startkit” to basically get the eye cream for free. Okay, here we go!

TOOLS:

Day time moisturizer, eye cream, clean hands, mirror.

STEPS:

1. After shower or cleansing, start with an analysis by looking closely and touching your skin. Do some areas feel drier or more tout than others? Is there more redness, irritation or flakiness around your nose or chin? Remember, you don’t have to treat your entire face the same way.

2. Start by warming up a quarter-sized dollop in between your fingers. This step is really important to activate the ingredients with the heat of your body temperature so it melts into your skin more.

3. Target the driest areas with the most amount of cream by applying it directly to the area with your fingertips in patting and swirling motions.

4. Now that we’ve given extra TLC to those areas, we can take care of the whole face and neck. Warm up more cream between your fingers and start with your cheeks using upward patting and sweeping motions. You want to gently massage but never pull your skin or use downward motions.

5. Continue with circular motions across the forehead.

6. Finish with upward strokes all over the neck and don’t forget your chest! If you’re a side sleeper, the creases you wake up with in the morning down your chest will eventually become wrinkles if you don’t treat that area too!

7. For the delicate eye area, we switch to an ultra-concentrated eye cream because the skin around our eyes is thinner and battling a lot of movement from smiling and squinting. With your ring finger (the least strong finger on your hand), dip into the cream.

8. Gently tap the cream about a half-inch below the eyes, starting at the inner corners and working your way across just outside of the outer corner. Eye cream travels so you shouldn’t go too close to the lashline so it doesn’t travel inside of your eye and cause irritation and swelling.

9. Gently massage the cream into the skin by again tapping (not rubbing) it over and over until it’s soaked in. The dots in photo 9 represent the pattern we used to tap the eye cream in.

WHIP IT REAL GOOD

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KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN strikes again!

Ladies, let’s be extra nice to our hair this weekend. It’s exhausted! This is my absolute favorite do-it-yourself home hair mask and it’s SO simple! Read carefully because it includes a couple of very important steps for making it work properly.

You’ll need: a bowl, an electric mixer/beater, ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a clip (any kind: claw clip, sectioning clip, anything to hold your hair up!), shower cap + a blow dryer.

  • in a bowl, mix half of a ripe avocado (smashed) and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (double the recipe for long or thick hair).
  • using your electric mixer/beater, whip the two ingredients together until they reach a creamy consistency.
  • take the bowl into the shower with you for an easier, less messy application.
  • shampoo hair well, ring out excess water, then apply the mask all over. if you have fine/flat hair, skip the roots and only do middle to ends. clip it up and cover it with the shower cap.
  • jump out of the shower and warm the treatment up with your blow dryer on a low heat setting for about one minute. heat will allow the treatment to soak in much further than it would without. try to leave it on for as long as you can. anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes is perfect.
  • jump back in the shower and rinse thoroughly. condition as usual with your regular conditioner.

Alternatives: If you don’t have an electric mixer, just mash the avocado up well with a fork or the back of a spoon. Add your olive oil and then manually whisk for a full minute or until it becomes creamy. If you can’t make time to get out of the shower to warm the treatment up with a blow dryer, just clip the mask up in the shower with no cap and the steam will help it soak in.

Also– feel free to add a drop or two of fragrant essential oil! Jasmine, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, anything. Your hair will soak up the scent as well!

Xx Kristin