After all of the traveling I have done I have learned that I like to pack only the essentials. Today I am sharing my favorite travel items that I can not live without while on the road. These are especially helpful if you are getting on a plane because airplane travel literally sucks the hydration right out of your skin!
1. REPAIR toner- This product is my number one tool when I travel. I keep one in my purse, I created a travel size version for airplane travel, and spritz it throughout my flight or drive. It cannot be overused! REPAIR toner keeps you hydrated and protected.
2. Sun Protection- Whether you are on a road trip or flying to your destination, sun protection is a must. Many of my clients don't realize that you need protection from the sun while you are on a plane, the sun is stronger up there. Same goes for when you are driving, make sure you protect your skin from the rays that come through the window. If you want to multi-task you can use a CC cream getting a light coverage of makeup and also a SPF at the same time. I love Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream.
3. Body Butter- Because I am so dry I literally shrivel up with dryness when I travel. Especially when I am visiting family in Arizona where the weather is super dry. I keep a body butter with me anytime I travel and repeatedly apply on my hands and arms. I make my own super rich body butter but I also like Coconut Whipped Body Butter by 100% Pure.
5. Lip Balm- My lips get super dry when I travel so I use my KISS mint lip balm to help keep them protected. The coconut and almond oil keeps them super nourished and the peppermint oil gives a slight tingling that I love. The best deal for a travel pack is my HYDRATE kit, it comes with a travel sized REPAIR toner, full size UNDO serum and a KISS mint lip balm. UNDO serum is also a must to wear while traveling because it helps bind moisture to the skin keeping it smooth and hydrated. Learn more about the kit here. You get the KISS balm for free when you purchase it together.
For extra pampered skin and for long flights, bringing an eye pillow or a sheet mask is a wonderful way to feel hydrated and stay relaxed. What are your favorite travel essentials?
Lemon Juice Benefits
Today I am highlighting a super star ingredient: Organic Lemon Juice Extract. Lemon contains potent antioxidant values to the skin and countless overall benefits in many different areas. You can find lemon in cleaning products because of its antiseptic qualities.
It is used internally to promote hydration, improved skin health and can even aid in digestion. I have been drinking a few tablespoons of lemon juice in my water daily and am loving it. (I have heard there can be negative effects from drinking lemon water when it comes to tooth enamel, so I drink it with a straw just in case.) I have been buying lemon juice concentrate from Costco and the flavor is really good. I also add fresh mint leaves because I love the flavor of lemon and mint together. Another benefit of adding mint is it aids in digestion.
Lemon and the Skin
Lemons contain flavonoids that offer potent antioxidant properties making this ingredient amazing for skin health. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and citric acid making it an amazing option for natural skin brightening. The skin conditions that this ingredient is helpful for are:
Rough Skin Texture
I use Organic Lemon Juice Extract in my BOOST vitamin c complex because of how well it works together with the other highly effective antioxidant ingredients. Combined with Vitamin C extract, Organic White Tea Extract and Orange Oil, these ingredients create an antioxidant medley that helps promote cellular protection and brightening in a powerful and all natural way. You can read more about the benefits of using BOOST vitamin c complex here!
To receive the biggest boost of antioxidant protection, remember to use products topically and also internally through diet and nutrition.
After all the questions I have had around Botox I thought I would finally address my opinion here. I can start by saying that I am not here to judge if you are currently using Botox, I only am here to answer the question of what do I think of it and are there any other alternatives. If you are currently using you can also add in some of the tips I suggest in this article, it can only help boost your skin health.
How it works:
It is used for a wide variety of medical conditions including migraines but today I will be focusing on cosmetic use. Botox works very well reducing wrinkles, that is the truth. Botulinum toxin type A or Botox is injected into the skin on the face paralyzing the muscle used to cause the wrinkling on the skin. Pretty instantly wrinkles appear less visible and skin looks smooth. Results are temporary, typically lasting around 3-4 months depending on the individual. The most common area treated with Botox are the forehead and in between the eye area.
In 2002 Botox was approved by the FDA and it has become the most popular cosmetic procedure with millions of people receiving it. It is so common and can be performed in plastic surgery practices, medical spas and other facilities medically licensed.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effects include: bruising, bleeding and pain. Of course there are other less common side effects that can be more serious.
Are there alternatives?
Like I said above Botox works for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fast. But there are other actions you can take to help the reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles if Botox is not your jam.
Do I use it?
Here are my last thoughts on this topic, there are other tools we can use to help minimize our fine lines and wrinkles. Will it have the same result as Botox? Not exactly in my experience, however you can still get a great result. I have had Botox in the past, a couple of times. I worked at a Medical spa so I tried many of the treatments they offered. I was only in my 20's but I have had wrinkles from a young age. It worked but I didn't love the frozen look (or the cost!) so I decided to embrace my wrinkles. Now that I am more interested in a natural regimen it is a no for me, that is my personal choice. I even considered Botox under my arms to stop the sweating. Many people do this but I do not recommend it at all. The body needs to detox and stopping this process is an unhealthy option.
Because I take such good care of my skin I feel like it looks good even with the wrinkles. And I am 42 years old, I am not trying to pretend I am 18. Living in southern California and spending many days in the sun is just part of the reason I have them and it's ok. I decided the risk is not worth the perfectly smooth forehead and this is just a part of aging. When people ask me if they should do it, I think it just depends on how you weigh the benefits and the cons. Make the decision that works best for you and if you decide to have it done go someplace reputable. When it comes to certain procedures, cheap is not the best way to go. The better you take care of your skin on top of getting Botox the better the Botox will work for you as well.
If there are any questions about this topic, send me a message!
It is officially day 31 and I have complete my Whole 30 program. I had some questions about the Whole 30 after I posted that I was going to be doing the program and I wanted to give and update, especially in regards to this program and my skin.
First of all if you have never heard of the Whole 30, it is a 30 day program where you eliminate commonly known problematic foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy for 30 days. The list of what you can not eat seems pretty overwhelming so I focused on what I could eat. To learn more about the details I will just link the Whole 30 here because they explain it best: WHOLE 30
My personal goal of doing this program was to start feeling better, period. It is not a quick fix diet, and it truly encourages a healthy mental food relationship along with troubleshooting possible foods that could be causing issues in your body. I was overindulging with foods and drinks this summer and I wanted to get back on track. This was the perfect program for me to achieve my goals and below I will list the benefits I was able to see and feel.
Another benefit I have seen is the confidence that I do not need the items I was not able to have and still be ok. The good outweighed the bad and I found that I was loving this month. I have cooked and cleaned so much more but I found that I got used to that part.
For those of you who have contacted me asking about the program for whatever reason, I say go for it. One common problem I see with clients is an unknown rash or breakout with their skin and I think this is the perfect program to see if it could be stemming from a food allergy. I have heard so many reports of skin cleaning up and rashes going away during their Whole 30. Elimination diets are a great way to see if something you are taking in internally is having a reaction in your body causing skin disruptions.
Have you completed a Whole 30? What was your experience?
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.