An Estheticians Guide: 3 Masks to Combat Oily Skin

I am a total masking advocate, who personally masks at least 3x a week. Masking your skin is like supplementing your skin. Whatever it may be going through you can help to fix and heal with the right mask. I like to think of masks like a nutrient dense smoothie or yummy green juice- we know they are good for us so we drink them. They nourish our bodies and give us nutrients we might otherwise miss in our regular diets. Masks work very similarly, they are highly concentrated, nutrient dense treatments that literally feed your skin with ingredients that promote balance- and when skin is IN balance all seems right in the world.

All skin types can benefit from a masking regimen, as long as the right mask is being used. Oily skin types are a result of an imbalance in the skin where the skin is producing too much oil on its own. Oily skin types often come with a plethora of other skin issues as well which include:

  • uneven, rough texture
  • breakouts
  • blackheads and or whiteheads
  • large pores

The correct mask, when used regularly can help to eliminate these skin issues and bring balance back to the skin, which allows your skin to function at its most optimal level. Here are the top 3 non-toxic masks I recommend to clients, use in the treatment room, as well as regularly use on myself for oily skin and all of the skin ailments that come along with it. Happy Masking!


Resurfacing Mask by Tata Harper $58 

This BHA based mask is my holy grail you guys. It is 100% natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and vegan and most importantly IT WORKS. The jelly like texture of this mask glides onto skin and dries comfortably clear. It smells clinical and fruity at the same time and can be used in a variety of different ways (which I LOVE). This mask delivers an instant glow to this skin that you will notice immediately after the first use and gives the skin “peel” like results without any of the downtime.

Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe 
  • Willow Bark Extract
  • Pomegranate Enzymes 
  • French Pink Clay 

The french pink clay in this mask aids in drawing out impurities and the pomegranate enzymes gently chomp away and digest dead surface skin. The aloe helps to soothe the skin throughout this process and keeps it nice and hydrated. The reason this mask works so well for oily skin types though is because of the high concentration of Beta Hydroxy Acid in the formula which is derived from willow bark. Beta Hydroxy Acid = Salicylic Acid and salicylic acid is the ONLY acid that can actually penetrate oil which makes it “lipophilic”, all other acids like glycolic or lactic for example only work on the surface layers of the skin. The bha gets deep into the pores clearing them out which helps to regulate oil production and gets rid of congestion & breakouts leaving you with smooth, glowing, radiant skin. To use this mask begin with clean skin and leave on anywhere from 10-30 minutes and rinse. You can also sleep in this mask overnight, I do this for 2-3 days in a row whenever my skin is out of balance and I swear by this technique. It promotes a total skin reset, heals acne, regulates oil production, and leaves behind baby soft skin. You can also use it to spot treat specific areas or on a deep blemish to promote rapid healing. Learn more here.


Love + Charcoal Mask by One Love Organics $49

One Love Organics is at the top of my most loved brands list and their newest launch does not disappoint. This activated charcoal based mask deeply detoxifies and purifies while leaving skin feeling surprisingly moisturized after use. Most charcoal based masks are very harsh on the skin and can worsen many skin conditions by drying out the skin. However, One Love Organics has found a way to incorporate the purifying properties of activated charcoal into a treatment that not only balances oil production but helps to repair the skin barrier, hydrate, and fight aging.

Key Ingredients:

  • Activated Charcoal  
  • Cupuacu Butter 
  • Alpine Rose 
  • Rose Clay 

The gorgeous grey shade of this gel textured mask is super cooling on the skin and unlike other charcoal based masks does not tighten and dry up on the skin. The cupuacu butter is rich in essential fatty acids to help plump and hydrate the skin- preventing premature aging. The alpine rose softens the skin while boosting collagen production and strengthening the skins barrier. Skin barrier function is an important thing to address when trying to balance the skin. When the barrier is compromised that is when we start to see and experience issues like over production of oil and acne. Addressing this is a key component in treating and maintaining the health of your skin. Rose clay will absorb excess oil and the activated charcoal will deeply purge the pores leaving your with super smooth skin. Since oily skin types usually experience larger pore sizes, especially in the t-zone, this mask is amazing to combat and minimize their appearance. Keeping them clean and clear will help to keep them from getting larger and makes them a LOT less noticeable.  This mask is 98.6% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and EcoCert certified. To use apply a thick even layer on clean skin and leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse clean. You can also use this to spot treat certain areas that are especially congested or blemished. Learn more here.


Eternal Reign Detoxyfing Mask by Ranavat Botanics $65

This superfood based mask has a nutrient rich and complex ingredient deck so good I almost want to blend it into my daily smoothies. Eternal Reign is a powdered mask, say what? Yes, powder. This is extra special because this allows for the mask to stay fresh and potent activated only when you choose to mix up a fresh batch. You can use any type of liquid to activate this mask like coconut water, rose water, your favorite hydrating mist, or just normal water- the possibilities are truly endless with this mask. You can customize it according to what your skin needs which will vary from week to week. This mask is 100% natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free, MadeSafe certified.

Key Ingredients:

  • French Green Clay 
  • Manuka Honey
  • Moringa
  • Spirulina
  • Vitamin C 

The french green clay in this mask draws out and absorbs excess oil  from the skin while the manuka honey moisturizes and rids the skin of bacteria which will help heal any existing blemishes. Moringa is highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich which will bring life back to skin as well as soothe any inflamed areas. Spirulina is currently my favorite superfood to use in my daily smoothies so that fact that it is part of this formula makes me so freakin HAPPY! Spirulina is an amazing detoxifier for the body and when topically applied the list of benefits is long. Spirulina helps the skin speed up cellular turnover which keeps pores clean and skin clear. Spirulina is packed with antioxidants too that fight free radical damage. The topical vitamin C powder in this blend evens out skin tone & texture while brightening the overall complexion, yes please! To use mix one scoop of the powder (spoon is included with the mask) into a bowl and add in your liquid of choice. Mix until you get a velvety mousse like texture and apply to face. Let mask set for 10-20 minutes and rinse clean. Learn more here.

I hope this guide helps you in navigating the millions of mask options on the market today and enables you to make the best choice to help keep oil production in check, pores invisible, and skin complelty glowing.

Xo,

Your Favorite Esty

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The Best Non-Toxic Cleansers For Seasonal Dry Skin

With changes in temperature comes changes in the way our skin functions. Cold weather is especially harsh on all skin types and can make existing issues seem much much worse. Lower humidity levels during the colder seasons dry the skin out leaving it feeling parched and looking dull. I always recommend that my clients switch their cleanser for winter time to help keep skin looking radiant all season long. The next 5 cleansers do not strip the skin of any moisture or natural oils, nor do they irritate it in any way. In fact when you use any of the following products your cleansing routine is transformed into an intensely hydrating and nourishing experience. Here are my top recommendations to add into your winter skin care routine and beyond, as always non-toxic and cruelty-free.

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Luminous Melting Cleanser by Goop $90 

This cleansing balm is truly an indulgent and luxurious experience, it leaves your skin feeling that way too. I find a lot of cleansing balms to just sit on top of the skin while working into skin, never quite doing much of anything, not this one. When you work this balm onto skin you immediately feel as if your skin is drinking it up. The texture of the balm is insane, the name is quite spot on as it literally melts into skin. The ingredient deck on this baby doesn’t disappoint either. You have the perfect blend of different plant oils and butters as well as brightening and anti-aging ingredients too. This formula contains poets daffodil which is proven to lighten pigmentation and brighten over all skin tone and sweet iris stem cells which strengthens elastin and builds healthy collagen. To use work about a dime size of balm onto a dry face to break up makeup, remove dirt as well as excess oil. Remove with a warm towel to reveal a glowing complexion.

 

 

Vitamin B Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover by One Love Organics  $42 

This is my holy grail cleanser guys. First of all it smells like i’m about to sip on a pina colada on the sand in Maui, too good. A couple of pumps of this silky oil removes dirt, oil, stubborn makeup, and it EXFOLIATES. Whaaaaa… There are papain enzymes in this formula which comes from papaya. Enzymes are amazing gentle exfoliants that gently digest dead surface skin cells leaving fresh smooth skin that is ready to receive all the yummy moisture your layer on after wards. I use this cleanser as my first cleanse in my double cleanse routine but many people use it as their one and only cleansing product. It is great for all skin types and can be left on for 5- 10 minutes for extra enzymatic action. Not only does this cleanser do pretty much everything it also rinses completely clean when rinsed with water. Mic drop.

 

 

∇ Vital Foaming Cleanser by Nuori $35  

I recently purchased this cleanser by Nuori because I love foaming cleansers but hate the way they make my skin feel. This is a moisturizing foaming cleanser that contains pomegranate enzymes and betaine. The enzymes slough off dead skin cells and the betaine is a powerful humectant that binds water to the skin. Betaine is found naturally in foods like sugar beets and spinach. This foam has a mousse like texture that turns into an oil when worked into the skin, so cool! It removes makeup as well as dirt, oil, and toxins. I love that it’s packed with antioxidants and soothing botanicals plus it rinses clean so no need for a warm towel here. I’m kind of obsessed with this brand right now tbh, their mission and standards are unlike any other in the clean beauty world right now and I’m not complaining. Two pumps of this cleanser is enough for the whole face, work it in and rinse off to reveal soothed, glowy skin.

 

 

 

Wild Rose Beauty Balm by Neal’s Yard Remedies $74

I’ve been testing this balm out for the past two weeks and am now officially addicted. I keep this baby by my bedside to hydrate and heal different parts of my body. This decadent blend of oils, butters, and waxes delivers. The first ingredient in this product is wild rosehip seed oil which has such a high concentration of vitamin A it is often referred to as natures retinol. You also have hemp seed oil which is SO good for the skin as well as essential oils like patchouli and geranium to transport you to another dimension. This balm is great for healing chapped lips, overnight moisture mask, cleanser, cuticle oil, moisturizer or whatever else your heart desires. My absolute favorite way to use this product is applying a thick layer as a mask then steaming my face for 5 minutes then warm towel it off. My skin is left feeling so soft and hydrated for hours. Incorporating a treatment like is once or twice a weak will heal your skin and get rid of dehydration cold weather can cause.

 


Beat Dry Skin With These 8 Winter Tips

The winter season brings joy, celebration, and often times overindulgence. Keeping your skin in tip top shape requires a little extra TLC during winter months. Changes in weather, humidity, and eating habits all affect the way our skin looks and feels. To keep on glowing into the New Year and beyond I have put together some easy to follow tips and product recommendations that will not let you down!

1 Exfoliate– Many people stay away from exfoliation when their skin is feeling or looking dry, however exfoliation is essential to the healing of dry skin. Instead of a traditional scrub which is a form of manual exfoliation reach for enzymes which are extremely gentle on the skin. Enzymes come from fruit, usually pineapple or papaya and they chomp away at dead surface skin cells, think “pacman”. The release of these dead skin cells allow all the products you put on your skin after wards to penetrated deeper which makes them more effective

2 Add– Different seasons call for different products or the deduction/addition of certain products. In the winter I recommend adding in a balm as well as a hydrating serum. I like to press a balm into the skin as the last step of my night time skin care routine which gives the skin a protective layer throughout the night. Adding in a hydrating serum is a great way to target dryness and quickly boost moisture levels

3 Layer– By now we’ve all seen or heard people talk about K Beauty. Layering is a big part of K beauty and those who have tried this technique have reported a visible difference in the look and feel of their skin. Layering skin care from lightest to heaviest ensures that every level of the dermis is targeted. For winter time I like to add an essence and balm to my routine to help seal in all the moisture I can. After cleansing and exfoliating spritz face with a hydrating mist, next is an essence which is like a lightweight serum, after that is serum followed by a moisturizer, the last step to this layering technique is a balm that is pressed all over the skin which helps to “seal” everything in as well as protect you from trans epidermal water loss while you sleep. The result? Waking up to a plump complexion, yay!

4 Mask– Masking is a great way to solve your dry skin woes. Using a hydrating mask 2-3 times a week will significantly boost moisture levels as well as calm irritated or inflamed skin. I love Josh Rosebrook’s Advanced Hydration Mask ($65) which can be used daily. It contains botanical hyaluronic acid as well as polysaccharides which help your skin cells hold on to moisture

5 Humidify– Winter months often bring dry air which further aggravates and dehydrates skin. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air which comes with a long list of benefits for your skin and immunity. Investing in a humidifier for your bedroom or home is a great way to combat dry skin, it can also help prevent the flu and alleviate sinus issues

6 H20– Our skin is the largest organ we have and it does so much to protect us. It is so important to up your water intake during the winter season not only for skin health but internal health as well. Drinking more water during these months will help boost your immune system and keep skin supple all winter long. Try adding extra hydration boosters like The Beauty Chef’s Hydration Inner Beauty Boost ($50), its one of my absolute favorite products infused with aloe, coconut, lemon myrtle, and probiotics! This daily supplement can be added to water or your favorite smoothie to maintain gut health and boost hydration levels

7 Supplement– One great way to combat dry, irritated winter skin is to add supplements to your diet. Omega-3s are a great addition to any skin care regimen which helps to boost hydration levels internally. Black seed oil is another great supplement when taken internally delivers essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6 to boost as well as retain hydration in the skin.

 8 SPF– Don’t forget the sunscreen! Just because the sun is not always in sight doesn’t mean that damaging UV rays are at rest. It’s super important to continue to protect your skin with an SPF of at least 30 in order to prevent sun damage, hyper pigmentation, and premature aging. During winter months the suns UVA rays penetrate through clouds, car windows, and office windows so this step is crucial to maintaining the health of your skin
I hope these tips help you target and treat dry winter skin!  Keep on glowing on.
Xo,
Cori

Cannabis And Skincare, A Match Made In Heaven

If you live in the state of California then you most likely know that Cannabis is soon to be legal for recreational use. At face value prop 64 seems like a progressive step forward for an industry that is constantly working hard to break the stigma attached to it, but once you dive in a little deeper there are a lot of unknowns surrounding the execution of this proposition. With this prop Cannabis will be heavily taxed and there will be many rules and regulations that have to be created by the state to ensure safety. It is an exciting time to be alive but as a cannabis advocate it is important to me to keep the plant sacred and protect the people who have devoted their lives to helping others by growing this amazing plant provided to us by mother earth. This is a topic for a future post but one I definitely would like to explore.

As the industry begins to evolve there are so many new cannabis based products on the market. You can find anything from soothing topicals to calm inflammation and ease pain to personal lubricants that enhance your sexual experience. I am starting to see brands integrate cannabis into products that appeal to the modern health/wellness junkie, which has allowed cannabis to be looked at in a different light. The most exciting thing I have seen so far though is cannabis in SKINCARE! There are a handful of cannabis infused skin care brands that I have been following for quite a while and as time goes on the list keeps growing. I thought I would take time today to share with you why and how Cannabis works in skincare as well as what skin issues it can help address.

First things first, we all have a network of receptors throughout our body that is called the Endocannabinoid System. This endocannabinoid system contains cannabinoid receptors that regulate things like appetite, mood, and pain. Now from what I have read and heard at panels and discussions scientists are not sure what came first, the plant or the system within us, which is quite interesting if you start to think about it. So either this magical plant evolved overtime for our health benefits or our bodies did. There is still very little research available about the benefits of the plant on our bodies due to lack of funding by the government, they have only provided funding for research on the negative effects of cannabis which will hopefully change in the future. So imagine all of the endless possibilities for medical use that this amazing plant holds within itself? We have all heard miracle stories from word of mouth or social media talking about the relief and healing that cannabis has brought to people from just one dose. I mean…we have literally just scratched the surface.

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Back to skincare… So the cannabis plant contains CBD and THC which are both powerful cannabinoids. CBD is non-psychoactive (won’t get you high but will induce a calm, relaxed state) and THC, which gives you that “high” feeling. Both molecules are beneficial in regulating anything out of balance individually but they work phenomenally when used together. In skincare CBD will most likely be what is most used but small amounts of THC could enhance and even strengthen the benefits on the skin when applied topically via an oil, serum, or moisturizer. Cannabinoids have been shown to alleviate psoriasis, acne, excessive oil production, dermatitis, eczema, and signs of aging. Let’s break it down a bit more.

Acne- Cannabinoids work as an anti inflammatory so topically applying cannabis oil to the skin will help to speed of healing and soothe acneic skin types without clogging the pores.

Excess Oil Production- Cannabinoids communicate with the sebocytes in your skin which are the cells that make up your oil glands. They literally tell your cells to stop making so much oil. This regulating effect results in more balanced clear skin. Excess oil production is also what causes acne so it’s a win win here.

Psoriasis- Anti inflammatory effects of cannabinoids help to slow and heal psoriasis.

Eczema & Dermatitis- Anti inflammatory effects of cannbinoids calm itchy irritated skin and heal eczema.

Anti Aging- Cannabinoids are an extremely potent antioxidant which help extend the life of your cells by preventing free radical damage that attacks skin and kills cells. In certain cities like Los Angeles the air quality is poor so you want to make sure you are applying antioxidants daily.

Wow, isnt that amazing and crazy all at the same time! There is still loads of research to be done when it comes to understanding just how powerful this plant can be but the future looks hopeful and I can’t wait to see it all unfold.

Xo,

Cori

 

 

 

 

*These opinions are mine and are 100% honest they are not to be taken as adivce nor diagnosis. I was not compensated for this review in any way. Always consult your doctor before beginning any supplement or diet. I am not a medical professional I am simply sharing my sincere thoughts and opinions.

 


Dermarolling At Home

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In my career as an Esthetician I have been exposed to many different anti-aging modalities, treatments, and tools. I can tell you first hand it can be a bit overwhelming deciding which treatment to choose, especially if you are committed to living a more natural lifestyle. It seems like there is always a new treatment or procedure on the market promising youth and perfection. Everything from lasers that make your skin shed to fillers that add volume and lift. Nothing is wrong with choosing to have aesthetic procedures done, if it makes you feel good and is serving your greater good then be true to who you are. No judgement on any decision, natural or not. The truth is there are options out there that do take a more natural approach to reversing the inevitable signs of aging. Again, nothing is wrong with aging and I look forward to the wisdom I gain with each fine line, but I want to do it gracefully. Today I’m going to explain a little bit about two different treatments that I think are great for keeping your skin looking youthful – microneedling and dermarolling. Both are natural options and offer similar results but they differ in a couple areas including price and result. I am going to briefly go over each procedure and why I personally have been dermarolling at home for years.

Microneedling is a treatment that is done in a medical office where a tool, usually something called a dermapen, containing dozens of needles makes micro punctures on the surface of the skin….think tattoo gun. This type of treatment can be a bit uncomfortable, can draw blood, and can leave the skin very sensitized. A topical anesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort and the redness on the face usually subsides within 24 hours. Microneedling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy, which simply means it promotes collagen production. The way this works is the needles that puncture the skin trigger your body’s natural immune response. Your body sends healing cells to the “wounded” area which signals your fibroblasts to produce more collagen.  The result is an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, and over all texture.  Results for this type of in-office procedure are seen within a couple of weeks as well as consistently over time. Prices for this procedure vary but you’re looking at a cost of about $600-$1000 per treatment (sometimes more depending on who is performing the procedure and where) and multiple treatments are usually required depending on desired results. This procedure is often paired with PRP, which is the patients own platelet rich plasma drawn from their blood. It enhances results and overall effectiveness of the procedure. This is essentially what the infamous “Vampire Facial” is. As for the pain, a topical anesthetic is applied and you will have a downtime of about a day or two.

Dermarolling , however, is different. It involves using a tool called a derma roller that you gently roll over different areas of your face. This tool is covered in little needles that cause tiny micro wounds on the surface of the skin. This treatment  is also a form of Collagen Induction Therapy, just not as invasive as Micro-needling. There will not be punctures on the skin but the skin itself will be stimulated enough to trigger enhanced collagen production. Now this process in particular is not an instant one – it takes 6 months to a year to see the fruits of your labor but this inexpensive way to maintain a youthful appearance is definitely worth the wait and is a great alternative to painful in-office procedures.  Our skin is such an amazing organ! I’ve been dermarolling at home for the past two years and have seen fine lines disappear as well as vast improvements on the tone and texture of my skin. I will continue this treatment on myself indefinitely!

Here are some of my tips and tricks for dermarollling at home.

1: Picking out a derma roller

There are many different sizes of derma rollers to choose from, I personally have three that I use for different areas of the face. I will list the different needle lengths I think are the safest for home use and who should use them.

0.5 mm

  • Use 1x per week
  • Promote product penetration
  • Mild pain
  • Induce minor flushing
  • Reduce appearance of scars and fine lines
  • Great for cellulite

0.75 & 1.0 mm

  • Use 1x per month
  • Mild to moderate pain
  • Great for hyperpigmentation
  • Reduce appearance of deep scars and wrinkles, pore size
  • Will promote moderate flushing

*Each of the above mentions needle lengths can also be used to help with hair loss by rolling over areas that are starting to thin.

Any needle length higher than the few I listed should only be used by professionals because they can easily damage the skin and your precious collagen. Dermarolling should always be performed on clean skin and always in the evenings. Some skin types are more sensitive and may require longer rest periods in between treatments, this is why it is important to pay attention to your skin. This will allow you to create a regimen that is right for you. I recommend having a light hand while rolling and if you’re ever in extreme discomfort stop immediately. You should also never roll over active acne. Acne is an inflammatory condition and should be treated in the most non invasive gentle way.

Tip 2: Sanitize your roller after each use.

Since rolling needles all over your face will cause micro wounds on the surface of the skin it is super important that your roller stays clean. After each use I soak my roller in 80% isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to use an isopropyl rubbing alcohol that’s at least 80% strength or higher. I fill a clean shot glass about half way and stick my roller in it for a minimum of 20 minutes. I remove and let air dry, once dry I put the roller back in its case and close it. I also do this to new dermarollers that I buy before my first use. It is very dangerous to use a roller that has not been sanitized, you run the risk of breakouts and skin infections. No bueno!

Tip 3: Use Nutrient Rich Serums

To get the most out of your treatment I recommend applying a nutrient rich serum before and after rolling. This increases how deep the skin absorbs the product and how effective it will be. I like to use oils like Dr. Alkaitis’s Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil which is literally skin food! This oil contains ingredients like rosehip oil from the andean mountains, tumeric, and ashwaganda to help calm, soothe, and boost elasticity naturally. I also like Marie Veronique’s Rejuvenating Night Oil because it is jam-packed with ingredients high in essential fatty acids, and vitamins.

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Tip 4: Be Patient 

As I mentioned before the process of collagen production and skin regeneration is a timely one but the results are worth it!

Tip 5: Which roller should I buy? 

Honestly to me they are all the same. But remember you should replace them after 3 months of use.  The ones I have at home are from Ora  and Koi Beauty which I found on Amazon. Dermstore also has a great selection of rollers to choose from and shipping is always free.

Tip 6: How do I Dermaroll?

Always avoid the delicate eye area, to remind myself of this I like to slap on some under eye masks, I’ve really been loving Honest Hazels  eye gels, they are made with all natural ingredients like Vitamin B3 and Hylauranic Acid. Once my eye gels are on and secure I start on my forehead and work my way down while holding my skin taught. I roll once in each direction (up, down, left, right, and diagonally) kinda like an asterisk symbol * then move on to the next area of the face. You never want to repeatedly roll over the same area as this could cause damage to the skin barrier. Use gentle pressure and don’t forget to gently pass over your lips as well! Who doesn’t want naturally fuller lips?!

At the end of the day aging is inevitable but who says we have to go down without a fight? There are so many natural ways to enhance and prolong our beauty and I will continue to share my favorites!

Xo,

Cori

 

 

*These opinions are mine and are 100% honest they are not to be taken as advice nor diagnosis. I was not compensated for this review in any way. Always consult your doctor before beginning any treatment, supplement, regimen, or diet. I am not a medical professional I am simply sharing my sincere thoughts and opinions for your knowledge. 


3 Oils To Combat Inflammation 

What is inflammation? Inflammation is your skins worst enemy.  Both internal and external factors play a role in causing inflammatory conditions so it is absolutely vital to pay attention to your skin and what foods or activities cause flare ups. Being able to know that eating certain foods exasperate breakouts, redness, and sensitivities is a great tool to keeping your inflammation under control. So eat lots of greens, foods rich in antioxidants and plenty of good old H2O.

Now for the easy part! The second and most importantly, fun way to tackle inflammation is with skin care! Particularly oils. These are my top 3 go to oils to calm, relieve, and heal my inflammation, and they might work for you too!

  1. Beauti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixr

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This oil was created to specifically target inflammation and with 14 plant oils in the mix this little gem repairs and strengthens the skins barrier function. The formula is 100% natural and 98% organic too! The star ingredients here besides the antioxidant rich plant oils are:

  • Softalia or Australian Sandalwood contains ximenynic acid which prevents the inflammation process from beginning in the first place. Sandalwood oil also has a high oleic acid content (fatty acid) that deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin. WIN WIN!
  • Sea Whip (Carribean Corral) is a powerful anti inflammatory ingredient that contains enzymes the protect and repair the skin against free radical damage and pseudopterosins which reduces as well as inhibits the skins inflammatory response.

Ingredient List:  Camellia oil, Chia seed oil, Bitter cherry seed oil, Strawberry seed oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Blueberry seed oil, Cranberry seed oil, Sandalwood nut seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, Seabuckthorn fruit berry oil, Lavender herb oil, Geranium flower oil, Sandalwood oil, Neroli flower oil, Capric  trglyceride from coconut, Sea whip extract ( Coral )

*Great for treating skin conditions and recommended for all skin types especially those prone to acne, chronic breakouts, dullness, mature, or dehydrated skin.

2.  African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil

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I’ve mentioned this balancing facial oil in my February Favorites post, because this oil is the bomb. This oil is great for more oily, acne prone, and environmentally stressed skin types that need balancing and healing. Star ingredients in this formula are:

  • Marula Oil- Rich in omega fatty acids Marula Oil helps to reduce inflammation and redness as well as reduce transepidermal water loss- in other words it deeply hydrates the skin. Marula is high in antioxidants and stimulates collagen production.
  • Neroli- Naturally high in vitamin C *(non phototoxic) brightens and evens out the skin tone, this oil is great for oily skin types. Neroli is anti aging, anti bacterial, and anti microbial. I love neroli because it puts my oil production in check and protects against the collagen destroying toxins in the environment.

*Non phototoxic means it will not damage skin if exposed to sunlight.

Ingredients: Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula Essential Oi L), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli Essential Oil).

3. Kristin Holey for Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum

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This serum has given my complexion a total reset. If you are concerned with blotchiness, chronic breakouts, enlarged pores, and uneven texture/tone than this serum is for you. I use this serum 3x a week as a leave on overnight exfoliator. When I use this serum I like to layer Marie Veronique’s Soothing B3 serum to further calm inflammation as well as target dehydration then finish with her Rejuvinating Night Oil rich in nourishing ingredients to seal it all in. Star ingredients in this serum are:

  • Niacinimide(Vitamin B3)- Niacinimade should be a staple in everyone’s regimen, it  boosts the skin’s immunity and improves barrier function which gives your skin the tools it needs to protect and heal itself it also improves skin tone/texture to give you that illusive “glow”. One awesome bonus to this hero ingredient is that it helps to lighten hyperpigmentation by slowing down the amount of melanin transferred to the surface of the skin. Woop Woop! I have found that Niacinimide is hard to come by in the clean beauty space so I was very happy to find this serum!
  • Vitamin B5- Vitamin B5 is an intensely healing ingredient that heals the skin over time it is also a natural humectant that helps the skin to retain its moisture much like hyaluronic acid does. Because Vitamin B5 triggers the skins natural healing response it is a great ingredient to soothe and relieve uncomfortable inflammation caused by various skin conditions. Incorporating this ingredient into your regimen will result in smooth, soft, clear skin.

*Because this serum contains acids like Lactic and Salicylic it should only be used at night and followed by SPF application the next morning.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green tea) extract, sodium hyaluronate, D-panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), niacinamide (vitamin B3), lactic acid, salicylic acid, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Epigallocate-chin-3-gallate (ECGC), gluconolactone, polygonum aviculare extract (knotweed bioflavonoids), daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Beta-glucan, galacto-oligiosaccharide, leuconostoc/radish root filtrate ferment, bacillus ferment, acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) extract

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations! Do you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions? If so what works for you? I would love to hear your experience and your favorite picks to kick inflammation to the curb!


February Favorites

2017 is in full effect. The weather in Los Angeles has been so wet and gloomy but I have never seen so much green. Spring is going to be the most beautiful this year. I thought I’d share some of my favorite green products of the month. Enjoy!

African Botanics  Neroli Infused Marula Oil  $120

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Get That Glow Back 

African Botanics has quickly become one of my favorite skin care lines. The star in this formula is of course, Marula Oil with its antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties your skin is left beautifully balanced. The oil is extracted using the supercritical extraction method, which is the purest and most potent way to extract a substance. This brand has such a cool and unique story that I connect with, and they use many ingredients that no other brands use. The marula oil is wildcrafted from marula trees in South Africa. These trees are untouched by man, and are watered by mother nature. Ethically sourced, fair trade, and sustainable. This blend helps to regulate oil production, brightens the skin tone, and keeps acne at bay. I’ve been using this product for almost 3 weeks now and I definitely notice a difference in my complexion. I have that lit from within glow. My skin looks healthy and my usual hormonal breakouts didn’t pay me a visit this month. This oil is a must have for skin that needs balancing and nourishment.

Fig+Yarrow  Rose Vanilla Tinted Lip Blush $12

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Minimalist Beauty 

Hi, my name is Cori and I am addicted to lip balm. So happy to have found this gem. Fig+Yarrow is an artisan line that uses sustainable, raw, organic, and wildcrafted ingredients. The maker studied plant medicine and herbalism and creates beautiful products for body and spirit. Their products have intriguing scents and textures. This particular product leaves the lips with a flush of blush. This balm leaves my lips with this sexy sheen that lasts! The color is achieved by using alkanet root and uses all natural plant butters, oils, and waxes. Rose hip oil offers it’s amazing anti aging properties and lips are softened with Vitamin E and Betacarotene. At such a great price point this product is essential. Great for a no makeup makeup look, or on top of a lipstick to add more shine.

Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation  $50

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Green Can Be Glam

Hallelujah! This foundation is E V E R Y T H I N G. Top 3 clean foundations for me and a staple in my everyday routine. This product is often compared to the Luminous Silk Foundation by Armani. I’ve never tried that foundation but It leaves my skin looking luminous, even, and fresh. I like it better than any conventional foundation I’ve ever tried, and the list is long. The formula is a mousse like texture that has a satin finish with medium to full buildable coverage. They have a great shade selection and they even do shade consultations on their website. The formula is packed with plant oils and herbs to nourish the skin while it’s on. Breathable and beautiful, every glam girls dream. I wear shade 130.

RMS Beauty “Un powder” $34

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Bake, Bake, Bake, Bake, Bake 

I have finally found my replacement for Laura Merciers setting powder, and this one is 10xs better! The powder is ultra fine, light reflective and mattifying at the same time. I literally can not believe how soft and fine this powder is, it almost melts into you skin. I like that it doesn’t leave any white cast on the face and leaves the skin looking so smooth. I use this to set my under eye concealer and on my t-zone. My concealer stays put all day and my makeup stays looking fresh.

Tammy Fender  intensive Repair Balm $130

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Intoxicating, High Vibrational Healer 

Tammy Fender is an esthetician that approaches skin care holistically with a focus on high vibrational, botanical ingredients. Her products are formulated to transform the skin and the spirit. Her products are nourishing and balancing with the focus of optimal skin health from the inside out. I wish I could soak my self from head to toe in this formula. It is beauty. I have heard so much about this miracle balm I had to see if all they hype was true. It was. First of all the smell is divine. I have never smelled anything quite like it before, it needs to be a fragrance. The combination of soothing chamomile and healing hellichrysum awaken the senses and raise vibrational levels. I find myself standing in front of the mirror working this balm into my skin, smelling my hands over and over. Inhaling the scent and indulging in such beneficial self-care. It takes you there. Nourishes the skin and strengthens the skin barrier, to promote healing both on the surface and below. Strengthens skins connective tissue and fades scars. My skin is left feeling hydrated, and nourished while my mind is left calm and grateful. Truly transformational and worth every penny.