Camu-camu is a shrub that’s native to the Amazonian rainforest, and is a berry that resembles a cherry. Traditionally this plant was used for wound healing because of the high content of vitamin C. This is helpful for collagen formation and cellular growth and repair. It also brightens and evens out skin tone. Camu-camu has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges!
This natural plant is also high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, no wonder it is so good for sun protection! This means it helps fight free radicals which lead to a breakdown in collagen. It is even known to be highly antibacterial making it a wonder ingredient for even oily and acne skin types.
I use Camu-camu in my REPAIR toner and one of the biggest reasons is because it is a powerful UV radiation fighter. Vitamin C in general is amazing for helping to proactively protect the skin from the suns rays as it enhances collagen production to help fight the effects of the sun. Ultimately, exposure to the sun leads to wrinkles and pigmentation, two things we want to avoid.
While my REPAIR toner is NOT a sun protection factor, it is such a wonderful compliment to one. My clients have used it on sun burns and rashes, and even clients who have acne report a calmer skin and feel hydrated without an oily feeling. Many people keep one in their purse, gym bag or beach bag and spray often throughout the day. I also recommend spraying right after you get out of the sun. It is also to keep at your office desk because of the wonderful lavender scent which is very calming.
Do you use REPAIR toner? Let me know what you think and how you use it!
I have heard from a few friends and clients about how their skin has not been looking its best lately and how during the summer they tend to overindulge. With so many summer parties and bbq's it seems pretty easy to do. Most people are off their normal schedules and many moms I have spoken to look forward to the kids heading back to school to get back on track with their routines and food.
Some of these overindulgences can totally affect the skin in a negative way. I know personally I have had skin rashes and redness in the past just because of a food I was eating. I know people with mystery breakouts that clear up when they reset their diet or cut out some inflammatory foods. Below I am going to highlight a few foods to cut back on or avoid to get your skin looking better from the inside out!
If you are seeing a negative difference in your skin and have been consuming many of these foods, try cutting back or going without and see if it helps get the glow back into your skin. I think when we start with something as simple as what we are eating when we are having skin issues, this alone can lead to huge positive changes. I recommend trying a program like the Whole 30 for a month if you are experiencing skin problems or feel like you need to reset. Especially people who are having unexplained breakouts or rashes, it is so common for those to be caused by food. Have food choices ever had a negative impact on your skin?
I was asked if my products help with acne. It is a great question. For now, Simply Jess skin care does not have acne treatments however the products in my line are a wonderful complement to acne products. Because of the dryness and irritation that can occur when using a product for an acne prone skin, using Simply Jess can reduce some of the side effects that can typically accompany harsher products.
The lightweight and super soothing UNDO serum is a great way to calm down the inflammation without it being heavy or clogging. Many of the ingredients such as Arnica, Aloe Vera and White Tea extract promote healing in the skin. While Hyaluronic acid and Coconut water infuse hydration without a heavy feel. There is a reason this is my number one seller, it can be used on basically every skin type!
Many times I see people with extreme oiliness or acneic skin believing they have to strip the skin of any natural oils to get rid of breakouts. Many times what happens is the skin produces even more oil causing more breakouts and irritation. Below are some ideas to help with breakouts and oily skin:
Do you suffer from acne breakouts? What have you seen that works?
While attending college I began working in cosmetics. What I found is that I was the most interested in the skin care and not the make-up (I also learned that I am terrible at applying make-up!). After working in a day spa I knew I wanted to get my esthetician license, it was such a fun environment and I wanted to be a therapist myself. After spending time working in spas I began working for skin care product lines and training other estheticians. It was such a wonderful experience and I loved educating others how to improve their clients skin. I was always drawn back to the treatment room and have worked in many different areas of the industry.
It was not until the birth of my son did I start to be aware of what we put on our skin as being potentially harmful. I was always taught that the ingredients we used didn't penetrate into the skin deep enough to cause a negative impact. As long as a product was effective no one cared if it was made with clean ingredients or not.
As I started to learn more about natural products I started switching over. It was when coconut oil was the biggest thing ever and the products I saw on the market that were natural didn't really impress me. I started making things for myself and my family and it was exciting to see results from clean ingredients.
Simply Jess was born because I had high expectations for products to be efficacious and wanted to get the same results with non-toxic ingredients. I knew there was a way to make sophisticated and beautiful products that worked. A lot has changed since I first started. At first the women and moms I talked to were considered hippies for wanting to use natural products. The major shift I see now is that everyone is much more educated and demanding of clean products. And this trend is a beautiful thing! What made you interested in natural personal and skin care?
We had a wonderful night at our first Simply Jess F.A.B. (friends and beauty) Spa Party! I wanted to share a sneak peak of our party and the news that we will be throwing monthly events!
Our friends and beauty gatherings are a chance to learn step-by-step how to treat your skin at home and give yourself a mini facial. We perform every step and I provide the products and tools along with answering all of your questions! It is such a fun night with bubbly and girl time and the bonus of leaving with glowing skin. The event price comes with a complete kit of my Simply Jess products for you to take home at a huge discounted rate.
If you are local to me in southern California please let me know if you are interested in attending and you can request an invite. We are going to fill up fast as spaces are limited. And if you bring a friend there are special perks included. Can't wait to have more of these F.A.B. parties, stay tuned!
Summer is officially here and although it took a while here in southern California for it to get hot, we have already been spending lots of time outdoors. We love to go to the beach and all of this exposure to sun can be super damaging. I take great precautions with myself and my family because of the harm the sun can bring but I also love the benefits. We will continue to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible while taking the steps to protect our skin. Here are some helpful ways to keep you safe in the sun while enjoying the 4th of July and other fun summer festivities!
What are the risks?
There is the risk of skin cancer when being exposed to the sun. Skin overly exposed to the sun can be subjected to dark spots or hyperpigmentation. You can even see hypo-pigmentation which is when the melanin in the cell is damaged and the skin turns white in spots. Of course fine lines and wrinkles are formed when the skin cell is damaged through environmental factors.
What can we do to protect our skin?
What if you get too much sun?
Sometimes we are having fun and we get a little too much sun, (or your son puts your sun protection on your back and doesn't do the best job). My favorite after sun remedy is aloe vera. I will link to a post I did here about the wonders of this plant. Whether you buy a plant and use it straight from the leaves or buy it ready to apply, either way works. It feels really nice when you put it in the refrigerator to keep it cool when you apply to the skin. Also avoid exfoliation during the day especially when you are going to be outside.
Although there is not a way to completely shield yourself, you can do your best to avoid getting overly exposed. And natural vitamin D from the sun is a beautiful thing, I even think the benefits outweigh a little extra fine lines on your face.:)
As almost everyone knows, our skin is our bodies largest organ. The skin, lymphatic system, digestive system, liver, and the kidneys are the most important organs for detoxification and work together to keep us healthy. Sometimes we can see a negative change in the skin; breakouts, lackluster appearance or dark circles and this can be a sign a detox is in order!
Below I will list some of the tools I love to incorporate when I feel my body and skin need a mini re-boot and get back to feeling and looking so much better.
Hope this helps if your skin is needing revitalization or is lacking that glow we all desire!
I get this question a lot, should I pick at my breakouts at home? Most estheticians you will talk to will most definitely say- no! Why is that so? There are a few reasons it is not recommended.
Not all breakouts on our skin are pimples. Pimples are what happen when we have trapped oil/sebum, bacteria that leads to infection and includes pus under the skin. Blackheads are not infections but trapped debris as well, these are safe to extract with a skin care professional. Milia/whiteheads usually need to be extracted with a needle to remove it from the skin because it is blocked. When extracted it looks like a tiny grain of sand.
The reasons listed above include why we shouldn't pick at home but what is different in a skin care setting?
What you can do at home:
EXFOLIATE! This should be done on a weekly basis depending on what product you are using. Exfoliating helps with the process of sloughing off dead skin and helps prevent the buildup of oil and bacteria.
Use a spot treatment. Use a product you can sleep in at night, skin is regenerating faster at night so its the best time for a targeted treatment. It will help draw out impurities without agitation if you have the right one.
Do not dry it out. The problem with drying out the skin through using harsh ingredients while you have breakouts is the skin will want to produce more oil and cause more problems.
Remember pimples can be very agitated and need to be treated with calming ingredients as well. Using something like UNDO serum is amazing for soothing and hydrating without adding oil and heavy ingredients to block the pore. Because of the inflammation in the pore, ingredients like Aloe Vera and Arnica help soothe the skin.
So spill the beans, are you a picker??
Today on the blog I wanted to address a common question I receive. Many clients ask me what they can add to their current regimen of cleanser and moisturizer. I am asked what else they need because they are just not seeing results or are starting to see the signs of aging. The first thing I tell them is to add in a serum or targeted anti-aging product because this is where they are going to see the best results. Although important, a moisturizer is not an anti-aging product as much as it is a protector and hydrator. Yes they can have anti-aging ingredients but moisturizers are designed to sit more on the surface of the skin.
The most highly active and concentrated ingredients will be in a serum or a complex. These tend to be lighter in weight and designed to penetrate deeper into the skin. They also tend to have higher percentages of active ingredients. This is why I believe serums will give you the most bang for your buck!
Because serums are so crucial to improving the skin, I have designed my line with serums before I have created a moisturizer. So many clients are confused as to why my line isn't laid out as so many of the other brands are in order of product development. I am less concerned about what the cleansers and moisturizers my clients use and more interested that they have a very effective serum that will hydrate and stimulate collagen. This ensures they see faster results with more targeted products. In my line the serums also maintain a clean and non-toxic ingredient list, along with tremendous results.
My BOOST vitamin c complex is designed to be used together with UNDO serum for the best results. You can read more about BOOST here and UNDO here.
Today I am highlighting the superstar ingredient vitamin C! It is a powerhouse for the skin and I want to dive a little deeper into why that is so. Vitamin C has been used in skin care to help protect the skins cells from damage from oxidation. Think of an apple that is left out on the counter, it will turn brown once it is cut and exposed to air. But when we coat the apple in lemon juice it keeps the apple bright and white. The same process happens with the skin.
Free radicals are what attack our skin cells causing them damage and changing the health of the cell. What this looks like on our skin is fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and overall dullness. A few sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, uv rays and smog. These are considered stressors to the skin. When we have a product that contains antioxidants like vitamin C it will help prevent damage to skin cells.
And the really amazing benefit to wearing a vitamin C is it can even repair damage that has already happened. This is why experts in the beauty industry recommend using a vitamin C daily, to help with existing fine lines and pigmentation. It also stimulates collagen production, a crucial step to keep the skin looking its best.
Other benefits of using vitamin C
For my clients who are starting to see the signs of aging and want to start actively treating their skin, a vitamin C serum is one of the first products I suggest. I don't love the term anti-aging, I use it from time to time because it can help explain what a product is designed for. But the truth is, as we age the goal should not be to fight it but to use tools that will combat some of the factors that will effect the skin. I am ok with having wrinkles in my forties but I want my skin to glow and look hydrated. The more I use the products that help protect and even reverse some of the damage, the more my fine lines plump out naturally-this is always my goal!
BOOST vitamin C complex is what I use every single day, a.m. and p.m. to help me achieve the results I am looking for in an anti-aging product. In this active serum, I have combined other powerhouse antioxidants because vitamin C works synergistically with other antioxidants to make it more effective. This leads to more protection, repairing action and results. Using your vitamin C regularly and being consistent will give you the best results. Do you use a vitamin C in your skin care regimen?
I have been talking to a lot of people about their skin lately. I have been hearing the same thing as a theme and I wanted to talk about it here. Things like, my skin is so dull lately or it is looking lack luster. The skin is lacking that beautiful radiance every one is craving and I want to give you three simple tips to help you get your glow back!
If you have read my blog you will notice a constant reminder that what we put inside of our body matters! Whenever I notice a dullness or dehydrated skin I know I need to amp up my water intake. Drinking enough water, especially when drinking liquids like alcohol and coffee that are dehydrating, can help with plumper hydrated skin.
Moisture Binding Ingredients
I find when some people over exfoliate or strip the skin with harsh ingredients it has a negative impact on the skins appearance. I love using hydrating topical ingredients that not only moisturize but help keep the hydration intact throughout the day. One of the best ingredients I have found for that is Hyaluronic Acid. It protects the skin while delivering a power packed punch of hydration, plumping out fine lines and wrinkles. It is a super star glow maker.
Red Light Treatments
I have been a fan of the Red light for years! I love how powerful it can be for stimulating collagen and ultimately getting that glow back. You can get a treatment with a professional skin care therapist and they even have hand held devices that you can use at home, I love the brand LightStim. Some people report the best results 4-6 weeks out because the time it takes the collagen to regenerate. There are many other treatments out there as well, this one just happens to be completely non-invasive and natural.
A bonus tip and my secret weapon for a glowing skin is a great night sleep. After a full night of rest and good sleep my skin always looks so much better. What a difference it makes around my eyes and my overall appearance. So don't forget your zzzz's. Sleep is one of the best ways to get your glow back! What are your tricks when you feel you skin is lacking its glow?
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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.