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Skin Care: Natural Sunburn Remedies

Dr. Darren Smith

As I walk around Hoboken this time of year, I am noticing a lot of people sporting sunburns and tan lines. I also walk by Pier A Park along the Hudson and see people lying out and bronzing themselves like rotisserie chickens. So I started to think about what people could do when they get a little too much sun.

I asked Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Darren Smith about natural sunburn remedies. Smith started by telling me there are two aspects to sun exposure: preventing a burn and treating a burn if you get one.

For prevention, Smith recommended sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses. A beach umbrella is also a good idea. “It’s important to understand that sunblock is not absolute protection by any stretch of the imagination,” said Smith.

But what about if you overdo it in the sun? In terms of natural sunburn remedies, Smith said the best thing is aloe. “It plain old feels good. It has a nice cooling sensation,” Smith said.

He also said although no real data exists to support this, many people feel it has anti-inflammatory properties. In reality, it probably provides a moist environment that cells can regenerate in.

A sunburn is like any other skin injury or burn, Smith explained. Healing always happens better in a moist environment than a dry environment. But you should not keep reapplying layer upon layer of aloe gel. “When you bathe, you should wash off the previous layer of aloe before applying a new one,” Smith said.

Vitamin E oil or lotion with vitamin E can also be helpful. Vitamin E has antioxidant potential, so it neutralizes free radicals that can cause DNA damage and lead to skin cancer, Smith said. However, vitamin E is something you should use as part of your regular skin care routine. With a sunburn, use the aloe!

I have also heard of putting oatmeal on a sunburn. But oatmeal is kind of messy, although some people really swear by it, said Smith. “Some people throw a cup of ground oats into a bath and soak in it if they have eczema or sunburn,” Smith said. It’s not necessarily bad for your skin, but aloe is a cleaner product.

Another remedy I’ve heard mentioned a few times is dairy. Not a good idea, because it is hard to be sure you have a sanitary preparation of food-based remedies, said Smith. Bacteria can grow in things like milk or yogurt. “When you have a sunburn, the skin barrier against infection is compromised. I would hesitate before putting something like dairy products on what is essentially an open wound,” said Smith.

I know when I get a little too much sun (it happens), I use aloe. What about you? Do you use aloe, too, or do you have another favorite sunburn hack? Let’s talk natural sunburn relief in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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Skincare: Lime & Lotus Organics Daily Face Cream

I recently got an email from Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, a holistic medicine practitioner from Charleston, SC. Zgraggen told me that as a holistic medicine doctor, she wants to recommend skincare products that are as natural as possible to her patients. However, she found products on the market contained too many harmful chemicals for her liking. So she created her own all-natural skincare line, Lime & Lotus Organics.

The line includes a peppermint facial toner, charcoal face mask, lavender sugar scrub, and a face cream. Zgraggen was nice enough to send me a jar of the face cream.* It feels great on my skin, and smells delicious! I love to smell it as I lie in bed at night and read before I go to sleep.

The Daily Face Cream contains shea butter, Bulgarian rose essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and coconut oil. In other words, all things that are great for your skin. And Zgraggen has generously offered you a deal! Between now and July 31, type in the code CLOBUONO at checkout, and get 20 percent off your order at Lime and Lotus Organics!

If anyone tries any of the other products in the line, please let me know. The facial toner and the sugar scrub sound incredible!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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*The face cream was sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

Sephora Mini-Birthday Haul

A little b’day retail therapy

As I mentioned on Sunday, last week was my birthday! So of course, I went to Sephora for a little treat and my VIB birthday gift.* My treat? Kat von D’s new Everlasting Lip Liner in Smiths. It’s a pretty orange-coral that will be great for summer. I got the liner in A Go-Go in The Makeup Show 2017 goody bag. It’s very pretty, too, but I wanted something a little softer.

For my birthday gift, I had a choice, a Tarte mini Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and lip gloss or Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. I went for the Caudalie. The Tarte makeup was pretty, but at my advanced age, I need all the help I can get.

You put the serum on, followed by the moisturizer, twice a day. So far, I am loving both products. They feel nice and light for this time of year.

I saw so many gorgeous things in Sephora, it was hard to limit myself. But I did! I started thinking I might want to pick up a few lip liners for summer. Tell me. Do you plan to get a few things for the new season? Let’s talk summer makeup updates in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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*I bought the lip liner, and got the Caudalie for being a VIB member at Sephora. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Product Review: DermaE Vitamin C Skincare Collection

DermaE Vitamin C Skincare

Between my trip to Florida and the unseasonably cold spring we had in New Jersey, my skin looks a little dull and washed out. The folks at DermaE came to the rescue with their new Vitamin C Collection.*

You know I love DermaE. I’ve talked about it here and here. I’m still obsessed with microdermabrasion scrub! This time around, I tried the Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water, Concentrated Serum, and Revitalizing Moisturizer.

The micellar water and moisturizer contain probiotics and rooibos, a tea made from a South African plant that is full of antioxidants. The line also includes a night cream with probiotics and rooibos, but I did not try it.

The serum contains hyaluronic acid, which is super moisturizing: it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. All three products contain what the company claims is a very stable form of vitamin C that won’t evaporate or change it’s composition before absorbing into your skin.

My skin looks great. No more dull, washed out look or post-Florida sunspots for me!

You can pick up DermaE at Ulta.

How do you brighten up your skin when it looks a little dull after a winter indoors? Let’s talk getting your skin ready for summer in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*The DermaE micellar water, serum, and moisturizer were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Skincare: Sunday Ritual Rant

Just a few of the Sheet Masks of Shame

Why?! Why can’t I get into using the sheet masks and other skincare masks currently gathering dust in my home office? ARRGH! I mean, I use sunscreen regularly, and I have skin care regimens I use in the morning and evening. (I rotate products in and out.)

But I just can’t seem to drag myself to my office to go through them, and use one every Sunday. I’d rather do a little house work, read a book, then take a nap. (I’m the kind of person who keeps a list of the books she wants to read.) Oh, and on Sundays I put together the Fabulous Links. (Those will be back to a regular Sunday posting schedule this weekend, I promise.)

My other thing to do is grab my camera and take photos. I actually started a 3-session workshop in Adobe Lightroom last night. (Wish me luck.) So maybe those things are my form of “self care ” or “me time,” versus #skincaresunday and a sheet mask selfie.

Some people meditate, some do yoga, some do sheet masks, and some people are into DIY mani/pedis. Tell me. How do you define self care? What does your “me time” look like? Let’s talk R&R in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Product Review: Sustainable Youth

Spring has sprung in New Jersey. At least it’s trying to. The weather is warmer (most of the time), and the days are getting noticeably longer. The weather switch up means the time has come to reach for a lighter skin care regimen.

So I was glad to find the skin care routine I got from Sustainable Youth felt nice and light on my skin.* I tried the Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, Super Boost Night Serum, and the Elasticity Cream.

I love how great my skin looks. And it feels really soft, too. I am definitely packing this for my upcoming vacation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have SPF, so you (and I) need to add that step in the morning.

The products contain alasta, a patent-pending ingredient derived from the rind of the aloe vera plant. Alasta helps improve elasticity and firmness through boosting immune system performance, the company said.

The press materials I got from the company said alasta works by stimulating macrophages, a type of white blood cell, to produce substances called cytokines, which eliminate free radicals caused by UV and environmental damage to the skin.

You may have used the gel of the aloe plant to soothe a sunburn. A spokeswoman from Sustainable Youth told me in an email that in addition to having the hydrating and soothing benefits of aloe vera gel, alasta helps improve the skin’s firmness and radiance. She also said that when applied topically, alasta has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I haven’t noticed any new smile lines popping up in the last few weeks.

You can pick up Sustainable Youth online.

Tell me. How do you change your skin care routine in the warmer weather? Have you ever heard of using aloe vera for anything but applying the gel to a sunburn? Let’s talk warm weather beauty and aloe in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*The Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Elasticity Cream, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, and Super Boost Night Serum were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Up & Out Blow Out Bar near me always has the best signs!

Brrr…We’re bracing for an epic snowstorm here in NJ. But on to more important things. M.A.C. fans and Ulta shoppers celebrate, Hillary Clinton has a new look that has the Internet going crazy, and Birkenstock is dropping a skincare line, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

M.A.C. is coming to Ulta online and in stores in May and June. In time for all your wedding season needs! (WWD) And p.s. You can now get nyakio skincare at Ulta, too. I am still obsessed with nyakio Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut! (I don’t see it available anymore, but they have three other oils to try: a brightening oil with marula and neroli, a maracuja and yangu soothing oil, and a manketti and mafura anti-aging oil)

Hillary Clinton got new hair (with bangs!), and the World Wide Web approves! I like this look on Charlotte and Aden’s grandma! (Huffington Post)

You loved their sensible sandals, now try their…skincare?! Birkenstock, the German brand known for their hippy-ish, cork-soled sandals, announced this week it is dropping a skincare line. The products contain suberin, a substance in cork oak extract with anti-aging effects. Since the brand has been working with cork for about 240 years, maybe they know what they’re talking about. Look for Birkenstock Cosmetics this fall. (WWD)

This week on the blog, I reviewed Alastin Skincare. Once the snow gets going, I’ll post The Essence of My Neighborhood photo essay I did for photography class.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Alastin Skincare

Alastin Restorative Skin Complex

In about a month, I am going to Florida for a (much needed) vacation. Which puts me in the market for a lighter skincare routine. I need products that won’t feel too heavy in the heat and humidity, but will keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

So I was happy to find a care package from Alastin on my doorstep.* The Restorative Skin Complex and the Restorative Eye Treatment feel light and absorb quickly into my skin. They won’t clog my pores or cause breakouts in the Florida weather or during the upcoming Hoboken/NYC summer.

Alastin contains TriHex Technology, a blend of three peptides that work together to reduce inflammation and promote the function of skin cells that produce collagen and elastin, Marina Peredo, a dermatologist in New York City, told me via e-mail.

“TriHex Technology helps rebuild the skin’s extracellular matrix (ECM) by clearing out the byproducts of aging that come from exposure to UV rays and pollution,” said Peredo. Eliminating fragmented, old collagen and elastin fibers allows for the production of fresh, new skin that is soft and supple.

You can buy Alastin Skincare online or at select providers near you.

My upcoming vacation has already got me thinking about summer skincare. Do you change up your routine in warmer weather? If so, how? (And you wear sunscreen all year round, right?!)

Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*The Restorative Skin Complex and Restorative Eye Treatment were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Target Pledges Safer Beauty Products

I was going to include this news in last weekend’s Fabulous Links, but thought it was worthy of its own post. Retail Dive has reported Target announced ambitious plans to make its beauty and personal care products safer by 2020. Target will strive for greater ingredient transparency, as well. As if we need another reason to love beauty shopping at Target!

This new initiative applies to Target favorites like Sonia Kashuk and Pixi Beauty, and national brands, too. Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer, told Allure, “We know our guests are becoming increasingly concerned with chemicals in products they use in, on, or around their bodies, and they trust us to provide better choices.”

Target is taking a multi-pronged approach with its initiative:

Transparency: Achieve transparency about all ingredients in product categories, including beauty and personal care, by 2020.

Chemical Management: Formulate beauty, personal care, baby care, and household cleaning products without phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde or formaldehyde donors, or nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) by 2020.

Innovation: Invest $5 billion in green chemistry innovation by 2022.

Target’s safety and transparency plan comes at a time when the cosmetics and personal care industries have been rethinking their ingredient strategy. Last month, Unilever, parent company of brands such as Caress, Dove, and Suave, announced it would disclose details about the fragrances in its personal care products. “We are committed to ensuring people have the information they need to choose the right product for them. We believe that providing this transparency will help build further trust in Unilever and our brands,” David Blanchard, Unilever’s Chief Research and Development Officer, said in a statement.

The government is also worried about ingredient safety. In 2015, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which has not been updated much since 1938.

This legislation would require companies to register their manufacturing facilities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and submit to the agency statements about the ingredients in their products and how much of each ingredient is in each product. The agency must also review the safety of five ingredients per year, and can set the standard for safe use of an ingredient.

If you were a fan of Schoolhouse Rock back in the day, you can track the bill’s progress here. Allure did an excellent piece on the Personal Care Products Safety Act back in October.

Tell me. Do you look even look at the ingredients list on your beauty products? I admit, I don’t, even after blogging about things like the Environmental Working Group and Skin Deep. Let’s talk greener, safer beauty in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

Unboxing The Zoe Report Box of Style x Sunday Riley Winter 2016-17 Box

The folks at The Zoe Report Box of Style graciously sent me the Winter 2016-17 box for a test drive.* The items were gorgeous! The card stock of the box was nice and thick.

The Rachel Zoe Box of Style

Everything came beautifully wrapped

You get a booklet that tells you about the items in your Box of Style, and tips from Rachel Zoe on how to, well, style them. You get beauty tips from RZ, too.

The Box of Style booklet

Let’s look at the beauty stuff first. The reason I wanted to try this Box of Style was because the email I got had Box of Style x Sunday Riley as the subject line, and I’ve been dying to try Sunday Riley skin care for awhile. I’ll do a separate post at the end of the week and share my thoughts about it.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Viva la Juicy perfume, and Clinique Color Pop lipstick and primer in Berry Pop

I love the candle, hat, and card case. I also love that the candle and card case were created exclusively for Box of Style. I’ve put the candle in my room. It smells like a pine forest. Pine reminds me of the holidays, my favorite time of year.

D.L. & Co. scented candle, Soia & Kyo Olivia cap, and Dagne Dover leather card case

And the card case has room for business cards, or for your ID and money if you just want to run to the store. It also keeps things organized when you go out at night, and want to carry a smaller bag.

Inside the card case

The card case has another pocket on the back.

I tend to gravitate toward smaller, under-the-radar brands, so it was fun to discover D.L. & Co., Soia & Kyo, and Dagne Dover. I’d never heard of them before, so I checked out their web sites. They make beautiful things!

The ‘hero item’ is the ‘Zoey’ necklace by Dylanlex. Its look is pretty timeless, if you ask me. It has an adjustable clasp, so it can be styled in a couple different ways. Like the candle and card case, it was created exclusively for Box of Style.

Dylanlex ‘Zoey’ necklace with a cashmere turtleneck

Dylanlex ‘Zoey’ necklace with a flowy top

Dylanlex ‘Zoey’ necklace as a choker with a black cowl-neck dress

I’d never heard of Dylanlex before, either, so I went onto their web site as well. The Liam bracelet and Sway brooch have that vintage vibe I’m into. They have gorgeous rings, too.

Tell me. Do you like the subscription lifestyle/beauty boxes (eg., Birchbox or Memebox) that seem to be so popular? Do you think they are worth the money? Let’s talk discovery commerce in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*The Box of Style was sent to me for review. Opinions are my own.

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