Category: Hy-Drate Moisture Gel


Unfortunately my “pre-bash massage” was just cancelled – dang 😦 – so I’m writing an NYE makeup post instead!

Happy New Year’s party preparations to all of you! I’m getting ready for The Golden Era event at my father’s winery. I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! Here are eight steps to a flawless look:

1. Exfoliate – Perfect makeup requires well-tended skin. A week to a couple of days before the big night start doing masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about what products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A Gel, Crystal C Serum and Peeling Cream. Just so happens two of these are January’s Product Feature with Double Rewards!

2. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well hydrated.

My picks: Hy-Drate, Vitamin Cream, Chamomile, Eye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

3. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished product look so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area.

4. Apply FoundationMineral Makeup is my favorite for your base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

5. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa.

6. Lashes – Right now I am playing with and loving LashSense One Step by SeneGence. It is a lash growth and conditioning product and mascara. And of course I must have my beloved

Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood. I always use two mascaras. I find I get the best lashes that way. Lash Primer is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

7. Lips Bright and bold is on trend for both NYE and spring 2011. You know I am partial to LipSense long-lasting lipcolor!  I’ll be wearing Plum as a base, then Brick, and the top coat will be Neutral. Because this lipcolor is applied in 3 coats, I played on my hand to find a color that matched my shoes. (Check them out: They are comfy with leather uppers – Ross!) You can create any color you want when you have the basic Lipsense colors.

As an alternative, I like recommending a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

8. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started, at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows to bomb brows!

See you at the spa!

Vitamin Cream by Tu’el is a protective cream for dry skin with Vitamins E, A, and B to lubricate and seal in moisture. No perfumes are used in Tu’el products, but they smell great naturally – Vitamin Cream has a mandarin and mango scent.

Not sure what your skin type is? The characteristics of a “true dry skin type” have to do with genetic pore size. You may be water-dry but have plenty of oil.

Dry skin types have small pores with very few large pores that make up less than 1/3 of the face. It could appear flaky around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, or have large pores in the nose area.

This skin type can age early. It may be congested and look dehydrated. Dry skin can feel rough because of a buildup of dry skin.

Intact, healthy skin is your body’s primary defense against infection – so keeping your skin in the best condition possible is really important. Healthy skin is coated in a layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. This keeps your skin soft and supple. This is where Hy-Drate comes in, it contains sodium hylauronate which binds the moisture found naturally in the skin.

I recommend Hy-Drate to be worn like underwear, before your sunscreen or night cream.

There are a few tips for using moisturizers: 1.) Apply all moisturizers to moist (not wet) skin. 2.) Always apply the thinnest, lightest product first. Hy-Drate is a clear, light, serum-like substance – it ALWAYS goes down first (unless you use toner). Vitamin Cream is thicker so it would follow, and sunscreen last.

What’s in Vitamin Cream?

Purified Water, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Hybrid Safflower Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-
100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Mandarin Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grape
Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl
Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Panthenol (Provitamin
B5), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine,
Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. 2 oz. $41
See you at the spa!

Caring for your skin is a lifetime pursuit, and it’s never too early to start. In honor of  National Skin Care Awareness Month (NSCAM) – I’d like to offer 50% off the Express Facial for your daughters or sons – 18 years old or younger, during the month of September.

Inspired by NSCAM here is Part #3 of a 3 part series about; skincare myths, truths, mistakes and tips to help you take care of the largest organ of your body – your skin!

FOUR SKIN CARE TIPS

SKIN TIP #1 CLEAN COSMETIC BRUSHES REGULARLY.

Bacteria and oil can build up on your brushes leading to clogged pores and break outs on your skin. Using a mild liquid dish soap or shampoo and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Periodically I use hair conditioner as well. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling, stand upright in a glass to destroy bacteria and dry them quickly.

SKIN TIP #2 AVOID THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS IN SKIN CARE AND COSMETIC PRODUCTS:

• Mineral Oil & Petrolatum (pore-clogging, leads to breakouts)
• SD Alcohol 40 (the “bad” alcohol commonly found in toners – very drying)
• Isopropyl myristate & Isopropyl Palmitate (may cause blackheads or whiteheads)
• Synthetic dyes (can be irritating to the skin)
• Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate in gel cleansers (dehydrates the skin)
• Synthetic fragrances (this is the #1 cause of allergic reactions to products. Listed as “Fragrance” or “Parfum” )
• Apricot kernels, or seed/ shell powders (naturally made particles found in facial scrubs can scratch and irritate the skin causing bacteria to spread)

SKIN TIP #3 TO REDUCE UNDER EYE PUFFINESS BY AVOIDING SALTY FOOD AT NIGHT.

Avoiding salty foods can help prevent facial puffiness when you wake up in the morning. Excessive sodium causes water retention resulting and excessive swelling of the eye tissue. If you are trying to avoid puffiness  (especially before a special event), avoid salty foods at night and drink a lot of water to flush your system.

SKIN TIP #4 ALWAYS WASH YOUR SKIN AND MOISTURIZE AT NIGHT.

Did you know that the skin on your face is one of the dirtiest places on your body from unintentionally touching it all day long? Routinely cleansing your skin at night will reduce oil and acne-causing bacteria resulting in clearer skin. Also, while you sleep, your skin is at rest allowing regeneration to occur, so it’s important to cleanse tone and moisturize your skin for optimum skin repair and healing. Too tired to wash your skin at night? Perform your nighttime skin routine at 7:00 or 8:00. Earlier is better than never!

By the way, a morning cleanse may not seem important because you have just been sleeping – but guess again! 😉 Sebum/oil builds up on the skin at night, as well as cellular debris and preparing the skin for makeup and the day’s assaults like pollution, debris in the air (like sand from the Ocean!) and free radicals produced in response to a multitude of sources is essential.

See you at the spa!

Caring for your skin is a lifetime pursuit, and it’s never too early to start. In honor of  National Skin Care Awareness Month (NSCAM) – I’d like to offer 50% off the Express Facial for your daughters or sons – 18 years old or younger, during the month of September.

Inspired by NSCAM here is Part #2 of a 3 part post about; skincare myths, truths, mistakes and tips to help you care the largest organ of your body – your skin!

THE FIVE WORST SKIN CARE MISTAKES

SKIN MISTAKE #1- USING SOAP TO WASH YOUR FACE.

If you wash your skin with bar soap (no matter how much you paid for it), you strip your skin of all its water, which instantly creates dead skin cell buildup. After that, you have to quickly put moisturizer on to put back exactly what you just took out—makes no sense!  The binders that hold a bar soap together have a high pH balance, making it too drying for most skin types. But they also reverse the benefits from any exfoliants that you’re using, since those are intended to remove dry skin cells. Instead, in the morning use gel based cleansers for oily skin or milky – creamy cleansers for dry skin and Tu’el water loving oil and herbalizer cleansing system for the evening.

SKIN MISTAKE #2- USING HARSH PRODUCTS TO CONTROL OIL.

When it comes to skin care products for oily skin, many skin care companies focus on products that simply remove the oil by using strong, harsh and dehydrating ingredients. While it will give you an immediate ‘tight’ feeling, it then creates a backlash hours later with an increase in oil production.
The amount of oil your skin produces is tied to the hydration levels in your skin. Oily skins don’t need additional oil (which is why oil-free moisturizers like Hy-Drate are suggested) but you still need water in the skin. When the skin doesn’t have the water it needs, the skin attempts to balance itself by producing more oil (by stimulating the nerve endings) to compensate for the lack of water. To lessen oil, choose gentle, sulfate-free, low-foaming cleansers, avoid alcohol-based toners and always use moisturizer.

SKIN MISTAKE #3- NOT USING TONER AFTER EVERY WASHING.

Toners are misunderstood. Most people aren’t really sure what they do and they often don’t use them because the alcohol found in most, is irritating. Toners without alcohol are a perfect way to give your skin the water and hydration it so desperately needs. Your skin cells are like fish, they need water to live – without water they die prematurely resulting in unhealthy skin—not to mention dry skin cells. Use an alcohol-free toner every time you wash, make sure to leave it damp before applying your serum or moisturizer to seal in the hydration. Try Senegece Climate Control.

SKIN MISTAKE #4- OVER-EXFOLIATING .

Exfoliation is extremely beneficial to the skin; it reduces clogged pores, blackheads and breakouts, removes surface dry skin cells and  softens the appearance of fine lines, making large pores appear less noticeable and encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth. But when it comes to exfoliation, less is more – work smarter, not harder. If you use facial scrubs, acids, enzymes and get professional chemical peel treatments too often, you can damage the health of the skin. By over-exfoliating, you thin the skin and damage the natural protective barrier which can accelerate aging and chronic, prolonged inflammation. Chemical exfoliation (acids) and physical exfoliation (scrubs) should never be over used and TLC must always be used in equal measure in the form of moisturizers, toners, serums and  calming – soothing masks.

At Star Brows, every time you come in for a service I look at your skin and make professional recommendations. The skin is always changing – so how you care for it must also change.

SKIN MISTAKE #5- PICKING AT YOUR SKIN.

Getting blemishes is a fact of life that can occur well into adulthood. While there are many things you can do to prevent them, it’s really important to treat them properly once they appear—and this is where many people lack knowledge. For the most part, a blemish will only last 5-7 days, but a post-breakout red or dark scar from picking at a blemish can last for months – sometimes a lifetime. The only time you should extract a blemish is when a visible whitehead has come to the surface of the skin. This infection needs to get out, so you can gently remove it. But if you pick at something that is deep under the skin, you’ll only make it worse—and an oozing scab is a lot more difficult to cover with makeup than a closed bump! Tu’el Clear-It is great for spot treating, as well as caring for post wax skin bumps.

See you at the spa!

We all want gorgeous skin right? Read on, you’ll be glad you did ;).

The most important ingredient in a moisturizer is an ingredient known as: hyalurnan, sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a natural substance which is found in all living organisms and is the main component of the connective tissue in the human body.

HA can hold moisture at 1,000 times its molecular weight, which is more than any other natural substance.

HA is involved in tissue repair. When skin is excessively exposed to UVB rays, it becomes inflamed, causing sunburn. The cells in the dermis stop producing as much HA, and increase the rate of its degradation. Topical use helps hydrate the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Oily skin benefits from this substance as well, as the skin may be “water dry” and have some compromised barrier integrity or imbalance.

Watch labels to make sure your moisturizer contains it. It is great for all skin types, and as I like to call it “underwater”  because it goes on under sun protectant during the day, and night serums and preparations at night.

I love Hy-Drate for the face,( this is the ultimate moisture gel) and Hydrating Body Tonic, (it tones and improves skin elasticity), both by Tu’el. This company was founded by Eva Friederichs who is one of the founding mothers of the professional skincare industry. Hy-drate has been a #1 seller for 20 years with this company – long before it was ever even known about by consumers or even industry professionals.

What’s in Hy-Drate?

Purified Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium 10, Dimethicone Copolyol, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. 2 oz. $42

A sister product to Hy-Drate is Hydrating Body Tonic. here is what Lori, Eva’s Esthetics president has to say:

My favorite product

I love this particular body product!!! Yes, three exclamations.  Why do I love it so much?  Absolutely, nothing comes close to how it makes my skin feel when I use it UNDER my body lotion.  This may seem like too many things to put on, but we skin techie’s get quite skilled at layering.  The interesting part is that the active ingredient is Sodium Hyaluronate which is the same ingredient in Hy-Drate (our number one product).

Another thing I really like is that since it is in a water base I can add my pure essential oil to it (about 5 drops to the 8 ounce bottle) and this essential oil becomes my very own perfume. Because it is a water solution the best way to apply it is directly after your shower.  Get out, towel dry and apply the Hydrating Body Tonic.  Be sure to do all parts like the undersides of your arms into your arm pits, which is an area that especially shows dehydration or age.  Pump some into one hand and just bring it over to the area you are applying and rub in.  Do your entire body and then layer your body lotion directly over that.  No need to let it dry.  You will actually use less body lotion.

I travel a lot which is really hard on the skin and so dehydrating. I promise you, this is one item I never leave home without.

– Lori Nestore

What’s in Hydrating Body Tonic?

Aqua (Purified Water), Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Hydrolyzed Protein, SodiumHyaluronate, Eucalyptus Oil, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid. 8 oz. $23

See you at the spa!

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