6 posts tagged "skin"
Today marks the twenty-first day of fashion month and my skin is beginning to take issue with multiple shots of espresso and occasional spurts of sleep. With no time for a facial, I decided to create my own spa experience in my hotel room around three a.m. last night. While there were no candles or soothing music (only BBC buzzing in the background), La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask (launching next month) was in the house. The rich formula softens with sunflower-seed oil and cupuaçu-seed butter, while phytic acid and Carica papaya speed up cell turnover and brighten. The star ingredient—caviar extract—boasts amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that firm and protect. I also enjoyed the artful application, which entails painting the pale pink lotion on your cheeks, forehead, and chin with a small synthetic brush, then massaging it into your face. By morning, my complexion was noticeably smoother—despite clocking far less than the recommended eight hours. This jar, although not TSA-friendly, was certainly worth toting from New York to Milan to Paris.
Two is the magic number for Los Angeles wellness duo Sonya Dakar (skincare kingpin) and Kelly Boyer (executive chef and founder of farm-to-table meal-delivery service Paleta). The pair met while collaborating on charitable events at Dakar’s Beverly Hills clinic and then became each other’s clients. “Sonya keeps my skin looking young and beautiful, and I keep her nourished,” explains Boyer. “We decided, why not put the two together to truly address the complexion?” The fruit of their labor: A shippable two-day, two-pronged Get Glowing! Beauty Detox, which aims to purify and balance—both inside and out.
Dakar contributes products from her newest collection, NutraSphere Detox, which harnesses the power of Marrubium and Buddleja (botanical stem cells that fight free radicals and purge toxins). Included in the face-saving plan: a two-week supply (Dakar says it takes that long to really see results) of Detox Wash, Detox Micro Scrub, and Detox Hydrator. As a bonus, she added two days’ worth of Organic Omega Booster (a moisturizing serum), Daily Face Shield SPF 30, and Perfect Women Multi Vitamins. “It’s not uncommon to break out when doing a juice cleanse,” Dakar explains. “We wanted to keep skin clear during the detoxification process [with an] ingestible and topical approach.”
For her part, Boyer—a health-conscious survivor of late-stage cancer—overnights two days’ worth of tasty cold-pressed juices, “magic milkshakes” (gourmet nut milks), handmade energy bars, bath salts, smoothies bolstered by Dakar’s Ultima Power Protein Powder, and special “boosts” that fuel regeneration and skin repair. The standouts: A pumpkin pie milkshake with antioxidants and nourishing coconut, and prickly pear juice—a blend of healing cactus and cleansing chlorophyll that help keep inflammation at bay. Drink (and wash) up!
Full disclosure: I’ve never stuck to a juice cleanse. I find the need to chew—not chug—my nutrients essential. However, when I heard about Juice Generation‘s newly launched Daily Nutrition for Skin shot, I was intrigued. Developed with Dr. David Colbert (the go-to derm for perfect-skin celebs like Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, and Michelle Williams), this one-ounce bottle taken once a day packs a serious punch for your complexion. A blend of green tea, gotu kola, guarana seed, bitter orange, peppermint, raw agave nectar, and angelica sinensis (commonly known as female ginseng), Colbert’s concoction rapidly delivers collagen building blocks and boosts the skin’s innate metabolism. As long as I can still have my solids, I’ll go bottoms up in hopes of a more flawless face.
After a recent excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, a friend with an impeccable eye for beauty trends told me that she observed beachgoers slathering themselves in clay from the brightly colored Gay Head Cliffs. (Side note: These steep ridges are attached to one of the few nude beaches left in the U.S.). While incorporating clay into beauty rituals is not a new phenomenon—Cleopatra is said to have used it to preserve her complexion—it made me think of the many options that don’t require a ferry or a flight to this Massachusetts island in order to receive the benefits of the natural substance.
Two of my favorites: The Ageless Clarity White Clay Treatment Mask from Nuance Salma Hayek contains kaolin (a soft white clay), lemon extract, and camphor to detoxify, exfoliate, and soothe sensitive skin. And Clayspray, a brand that recently arrived Stateside from Spain and includes a range of white- and red-clay emulsions for your face infused with super-moisturizing macromolecular hydrogel. My go-to for toning down T-zone shine and eliminating impurities: Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay, a blend of collagen-boosting silica, healing magnesium, and circulation-improving iron. Plus, its airtight container ensures this formula never dries up. While I’m all for breaking the mold and taking on a beauty adventure, I’ll go for one of these at-home options over stripping down to my birthday suit outdoors any day.
HB Jayne Mansfield; Lauren Hutton’s “Tiger Queen” Memories; Jerry Hall on the Antiaging Virtues of Olive Oil; and More…
Happy birthday, Jayne Mansfield! The utterly bodacious blonde, whose life was cut tragically short at 34 due to a car crash, would have turned 80 today. Her beauty and style influence remain very much alive. [Life]
Dove’s oh-so-very-viral new ad campaign, wherein sketches compare how women describe themselves with how others describe them, has already earned itself a parody. [Business Insider]
The innovative new Skin Rescuer by Kiehl’s claims to minimize stress…on our skin, at least. [WWD]
Lauren “Tiger Queen” Hutton shares, in a new interview with Net-a-Porter, that in the early days of Kate Moss’ career, she jumped to her defense. “Kate, whom I knew when she was 14, was always being made fun of by the other models. They were jealous, but I was the tiger queen, so I could crack the whip over them.” [HuffPo]
Jerry Hall talks beauty and style with her home state’s Houston Chronicle. A few notable likes and dislikes—”I like smoking, drinking, and coffee, but not too much…everything within moderation”; “I don’t exercise. I don’t like to waste energy on nothing”; “I like the B-movie-starlet look: skin-tight skirts, tight tops, a little bit naughty.” And her antiaging secret? Olive oil. “I give myself a thorough olive-oil soak every week…I just pour a bottle on me and stand around rubbing it in. It’s the best thing in the world for your skin, nails, eyelashes, everything.” [Houston Chronicle]