July 10, 2013

A Clean Canvas

Today’s post I decided to dedicate little more to a beauty rather than fashion. To be exact, skin care. I do not want to pretend to be an expert in this field at all, but I think it is very important to talk about it. Especially since the summer is here and we are more exposed to the sun then the rest of the year. Now, I absolutely love a tan. The minute the sun is out in the spring, I am like a lizard. I am out walking, tanning, chilling on a patio, and so on. Having a tan makes you look healthier, clothes and all colours seem to fit you better, you look more toned. The list goes on and on. However we all have to remember to take care of the skin in the summer months too. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Maybe try to avoid tanning your face a lot, as your face is exposed to the sun all day long anyway. It is affected by the elements all year long and suffers the most abuse. My skin therapist told me that best solution for wrinkles is prevention. Maybe I am thinking about this more than usual because I am approaching very quickly my 30th birthday. It’s tomorrow (Yikes!!!). Or maybe I just got smart with age J. But either way I urge all of you to take care of your skin too. A beautiful, clean, healthy looking canvas is the best way to show off your stylish outfit. I get a lot of compliments on my skin and people always ask me what I do. Part of it is genetics but a lot of it is what you do and eat. Choose a product that won’t take up a lot of your time. Keep your routine simple. I wash my face with a face wash and apply an eye cream (I started this when I turned 29. Wonder why?). I finish off with a good moisturizer. That is it! In the winter, because I have extremely dry and thin skin, I also use a moisturizing gel before the moisturizer. If you want, you can use a lighter weight cream in the hot months and a heavier one in the winter, but to save yourself some money and confusion, you can use your same winter moisturizer but just apply less to the face. Never forget your neck!  I use a face wash which removes mascara too. It saves you time and money. One of the reasons most of us skip to wash our face at night, especially after a late night, is because it takes too long. I used to be the same. I have streamlined my routine now and I am now proud to say that I respect the routine 99% of the time. And it only takes minutes. Once a week I exfoliate. If you have more oily skin you should probably exfoliate twice weekly. Try it for couple of weeks and you will see the results. Guaranteed!
Another great way to improve your skin is to juice. Make your own vegetable (and some fruit) juice at home. Get some nutrients in your body too. Oh, and one more thing: Water! Most of the time it is more important what you put in your body rather then on your skin. You can be spending hundreds of dollars on skin care but if you are not taking in water and nourishment, you are just wasting your money. But make sure that you buy products of good quality and that are right for your skin. If you have dryer skin, avoid the toner at all times. My skin therapist, who is a woman in her late 50s but has a really healthy beautiful skin, said to me once that maybe it’s better to skip one week or one month buying one more pair of shoes, but invest in quality skin care products. When you age, no amount of money spent on clothes can cover up bad skin.
Below are products that I use in the summer. I highly recommend this scrub to every skin type. The face wash as well. The face wash however needs to be cleaned away with a moist towel as it is very creamy. The cream is good for dry skin in the summer but good for oilier skin in colder months. It may be too heavy for the summer.
Now, how does all of this relate to fashion you ask? I always say that your best accessory is your skin. So take care of it! Thank you for your comments. Ciao!
Aleksandra <3
Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Retexturizer (scrub)
Essential Skeyndor  Emulsion with Camomile (face wash)
Skeyndor Skin Repair Cream  Super Anti-oxidant with Coenzyme Q10

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