| By Alyssa Weiss
Autumn is here; summer a distant memory. Chances are you spent countless hours outdoors, at the beach, pool and elsewhere braving the sun, wind, salt, chlorine, perspiration (okay, sweat) and other environmental elements. While the summer months were good for the soul, they can wreak havoc on the body leading to overexposed and congested skin and dry, brittle, even burnt hair. Inconveniently, there is no one-cure-fits-all or instant miracle in a jar that will keep us feeling and looking our best. And I know it's hard to accept, but a preventative approach including regular maintenance treatments, a commitment to a consistent beauty regimen, eating right and regular exercise collectively yield the best results.
Fall is an excellent time to take stock of your state of affairs from a self care perspective. Have you seen a dermatologist in the past year? Now is the time to have your moles catalogued. I can’t recommend Dr. Mitchell Kline enough. While he is tops in innovation and cutting edge aesthetic treatments, he is also one of the only dermatologists in New York City that specializes in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is also an ideal time to treat yourself to a non-chemical Power Peel Facial to exfoliate dry, dead cells and eradicate sebum deposits from the dermis. A visit to Philip Kingsley’s Clinic for a rejuvenating hair treatment is in order as well.
Think lean protein (animal protein is really the best) and dark, leafy green vegetables that are packed with iron and other nutrients. Drinking loads of water can’t be stressed enough. Skin is the largest filtration organ of the body. If you don’t drink enough water to flush out the toxins, not only is the dermis not able to perform optimally, but it results in visible side effects such as blackheads, sebum buildup and other forms of congestion, irritation and dehydration.
We live in such a stationary state these days. The trouble is our bodies were designed to move. If we don’t move enough, our muscles forget how to work resulting in a host of aches and pains. Additionally, exercise plays a key role in circulation throughout the body which regulates health and optimizes organ and cellular activity. It also help to regulate mood. You don’t have to run a marathon but you need to move — even if you take half an hour for a brisk walk regularly — just get moving.
There is no magic bullet but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, setting time aside to develop a regular skin, body and hair care regimen is paramount. Even if it’s simple and quick — a little goes a long way.
To get you a bit more excited about diving in head first, we have teamed up with some of our favorite, skin, body and hair care lines to present you with a best of the best, cult beauty giveaway worth $2000. From cleansers, serums, moisturizers and masks to multi-taskers, we’ve got something for everyone ...
From France: Cosmetics 27
One of my absolute favorite skin care lines. An all natural apothecary style regimen tailor-made for your skin or as the French say “sur mesure.” The idea is to mix the products together to produce a formula that is right for your skin today. It utilizes the Ayurvedic properties of Centella Asiatica to boost the skin’s ability to regenerate and heal itself. A life saver for those with sensitive and or dry or mature skin. We’ve included: Baume 27, Cleanser 27 and Essence 27.
|From The UK: Mio Skincare
Mio Skincare made me a body care convert. Mio is a body firming, toning and tightening line that actually works and feels and smells so good you’ll be excited to use it. This line utilizes ingredients like caffeine to jolt the skin to attention and Arnica Montana to sooth aching muscles. It is also all natural and works best in conjunction with exercise and healthful eating. We’re giving away: Get Waisted Sculpted Body Shaper, The A-Cream Firming Active Body Cream, Workout Wonderball, BooB Tube + Multi Action Bust Firmer, Liquid Yoga Space Spray and Liquid Yoga Bath Soak
|From France: Institut Esthederm
Inspired by life. Designed to preserve the beauty of the skin, this ultra luxe,cult french line has used cutting edge science and technology to innovate skin care.
Lift & Repair Absolute Smoothing Cream and Lift & Repair Absolute Tightening Serum are the dynamic duo if you are in need of effective anti-aging products, have sensitive skin and tend to present with hormonal breakouts.
Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches: A standout product that delivers on its promise. Packed with caffeine, in just 5 minutes you will look bright eyed and bushy tailed (even if you don’t feel it).
We’ve also included Lift & Repair Instant Repulp Mask, and Osmopure Face and Eyes Cleansing Water.
|From The USA: Brenda Christian
Hollywood’s best kept secret! She has created some of the world's leading cosmetic, skin care and brow and lash treatments used by top Hollywood makeup artists. You’ll receive the world famous, patented High Definition Perfect Brow Kit and the newly launched Mineral Hydrating Mist.
|From The UK: Heaven Skincare By Deborah Mitchell®
Used by Kate Middleton, Camilla Parker Bowles, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and countless other celebrities, this all-natural organic range is famous for its multi-tasking, anti-aging Silver Bee Venom Mask. We’ve also included EllaJane Wipes, Black Age Defiance and New Edition Cleansing Cream. These products are excellent for those that experience hormonal breakouts and/or have sensitive or dry skin.
|From The UK: Philip Kingsley
Formulated by the world’s foremost hair and scalp expert, Philip Kingsley (Philip unexpectedly passed away last month and we are still mourning his loss), this line has been formulated to work. Period. Used by royalty, celebrities and politicians, these products are designed with specific hair and scalp issues in mind. It’s star product, Elasticizer, one of my all time favorites was formulated expressly for Audrey Hepburn. We’re also including: Body Building Shampoo, Moisture Balancing Conditioner and Maximizer.
|From France: Bioderma
The cult French Pharmacie line that formulated the world famous Sensibio H20 Micellar Water — the cleanser, toner and makeup remover all in one. This line is specifically geared towards sensitive skin and includes, Sensibio Eye, Sensibio Light, Sensibio Mask and Atoderm PP Baume Ultra-nourishing Balm. Gentle enough for teens and those in their 20s.
|From Israel: Lavido
A natural skin and body care line made with the best raw, plant-based ingredients and purified waters from the Sea of Galilee. This is Israel's best kept skincare secret. We've included The Inspired by Nature Head to Toe Collection, a luxurious anthology of plant-based skin and body care infused with the ancient healing powers of the Sea of Galilee. My favorite products in this gift box are: Alert Eye Cream, Gentle Exfoliator Peeling Cream and Thera Intense Body Cream.
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|Final Tip: Remember to smile, even if it’s just with your eyes; happiness always radiates beauty.|