As New Year’s Eve approaches and I’m planning my party outfit and makeup look, I’m reminded of this past Halloween, which is perhaps the only other holiday when it’s completely acceptable for professional adults to cover themselves in glitter makeup (Burning Man and Coachella aren’t national holidays yet, so I don’t include them here.) It was just days before the frightful night and I was speaking at Well Summit 2019. The panel discussion focused on cosmetic ingredients and their impact on the environment. The topic of glitter in makeup came up and once it did, it consumed the conversation. What immediately struck me was that 1. Women, and some men, of all ages, races and backgrounds hold a special place in their hearts for all that glitters; and 2. The idea that glitter is bad for the environment is spirit-crushing.
AYUNA wants us to pay more attention to our body. Inspired by the emerging field of psycho-dermatology that connects skin with our emotions, AYUNA introduces their concept of BEAUTIFULNESS, a discipline that adapts the teachings of mindfulness into the realm of beauty to stimulate the skin-brain connection through personal care. Their hypothesis is that reducing stress levels leads to more beautiful skin.
Before we get into this month’s DIY Beauty Ritual, I want to give you a little bit of background on how this month’s Hero + Sidekick came to be. It all started with this month’s Hero product, Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate. I rediscovered this product myself last summer and fell in love with this versatile, waterless powder that can be employed in several ways; as an elegant polishing facial cleanser and scrub, as a booster to your favorite oil, gel or cream cleanser, as a spot treatment for blemishes or dark spots or as an easy to apply face mask.
When Jane Scrivner first shared her philosophy for results-driven skincare, you could say I was left feeling inspired. She had a way of systematically breaking down the steps to effective skincare, while sharing the ‘why’, and educating on the importance of understanding the skin’s structure and the role of each step in our skincare routine. I was instantly drawn to her line. I loved it! While Jane Scrivner was new to me, as soon as Beauty Heroes launched the line, I realized that there were a ton of Jane Scrivner fans who had already fallen in love with her luxurious formulas that work together to simply, and completely, deliver everything your skin needs.
Since discovering LILFOX, I’ve had the biggest green beauty crush on the brand and everything that Alexis Rose, Founder of LILFOX, puts into the world. This line is unique in its sophistication, balance, efficacy and aromatics. I met Alexis in Miami three years ago and, ever since, we can’t help but talk about the potency and importance of aromatherapy and fresh ingredients, which she sources from spa producers with whom she has forged personal relationships. She’s passionate about her work and sharing the word about green beauty with others. In fact, you might recall back in 2017, Alexis taught us about the scent receptors that are present throughout our bodies, not just in our nose.
Whether it’s an oil-based cleanser, a treatment serum, or a moisturizer, face oils are the new basics of skincare.
They say eyes are the windows to your soul, and we’ll take it a step further. We say eyes are the windows to your emotional and physical health. Wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles are just a few of the signs of stress, dehydration and lack of sufficient sleep (a lifestyle trifecta that usually works hand-in-hand). That’s why finding an eye care Hero product is like winning the beauty lottery. While some might want to keep it simple and find one product that works for the face and the eyes, others search high and low for ‘the one’ eye cream for wrinkles. Make no mistake…a dedicated eye cream is essential. The skin around the eye contour is unique from any other area of the body and merits special consideration due to its unique makeup.
When I think about how to be achieve super hydrated skin, images of water come to mind. Splashing my face in the morning, drinking my required 32 liters per day, even spritzing my skin with a refreshing hydrosol. What doesn’t come to my mind is oil. Oils deliver many important benefits to the skin, but they don’t penetrate into the deepest cellular layers the way water, or an emulsion that contains water as an ingredient, does. While oils are excellent to nourish and protect the top layer of our skin, lock in our natural moisture and prevent water from evaporating, oils do not actually hydrate. Only water can do this. But one needs the other, which is why oil and water are the two most fundamental ingredients for healthy skin.
We get a lot of skin questions sent to us at Beauty Heroes, sometimes accompanied with pictures and pleas for help. We always respond with product recommendations, and often a warning; skin conditions are rarely solved by just putting something ON your skin. Diet, hormones and lifestyle often underlie the most common skin concerns. In my personal experience, chronic skin conditions complex and triggered by a combination of factors. I battled cystic acne for 20 years and tried putting anything and everything on my skin to treat it before I discovered a major hormone imbalance, that once addressed, resolved my acne for good. Lately, we have been receiving questions about a skin condition that looks like a cross between eczema and acne around the mouth called Perioral Dermatitis.
While seasonal skincare is not a new concept, we seem to be embracing it more than ever. Perhaps its a sign of our collective ‘return to nature.’ Indeed, as something becomes scarcer, it also becomes more valuable and celebrated. As we have evolved to spend less time amidst nature, we are seeking new ways to reconnect to it, and one way is through how we care for our skin. Just as fruits and vegetables are seasonally appropriate, so is our skincare. When we tune in to the natural rhythms of nature, and how our body responds to these shifts, we should adjust our skincare routine accordingly. Ask yourself, ‘how does my skin feel now?’ and ‘what is my skin craving’? If you listen closely, your skin will communicate exactly what it needs.