Okay fashionista's, it's time to get real! What's your daily summer routine?
Now that I'm the wise age of 33, my routine involves a great moisturizer, a skin rejuvenating serum (with retinal), and makeup that nourishes my skin while giving me that natural summer glow. I'm going to share my summer essentials that every gal should have in her summer straw clutch!
But first let's talk about exfoliation. I absolutely LOVE dry skin brushing and it's the perfect solution to enhance that summer glow. Skin brushing has been around for centuries and is a simple technique to improve circulation, move the lymphatic system within our bodies, and remove dead skin cells.
Skin brushing involves a specific technique which follows your lymphatic system
1. Start by brushing on your legs. Brush from your toes towards the center of your body, as this is the direction of venous and lymph flow toward your heart. When finished, your skin will tingle, but do not brush so hard that your skin is bright red.
2. Next, brush lightly up your stomach and lower back making sure to include your buttocks.
3. Move to your arms and brush from your fingers to your shoulders in short strokes toward the center of your body.
4. Finally, lightly brush your shoulders and upper back toward the center of you body.
Woolah! Don't you feel better already?
MyChelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream Seriously, how cool is this combination?...rose hip seed oil, coconut, mango, green tea, honey, pea peptides, resveratrol, and many more yummy ingredients. I'm a HUGE fan of MyChelle cosmetics because of their flawless formulations and purity of ingredients. This is a great daily moisturizer, if you try it once you will become addicted!
MyChelle Remarkable Retinal Serum is a great product for to help rebuild skin cells while nourishing the skin with lovely botanicals and soothing oils. Lavender oil, aloe leaf juice, lemongrass oil... need I say more?
Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Clarity is the perfect summer blush. When the temperatures heat up I can't stand powdery blush which can cake up in the humidity, but a cream-based blush looks totally natural using rich oils and mineral based colors to give you just a hint of color. Simply dab on the apples of the cheek and blend and glow!
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose is my favorite year-round lip moisturizer. It provides the perfect amount of color like you just ate a juicy strawberry (minus the seeds in your teeth). My biggest pet peeve is lead-based lip sticks ( I can't believe cosmetic companies still make them!) and have finally found my perfect lip color that contains ingredients I'm not afraid to digest. Chew on this: The average woman digests 4-7lbs of lipstick during her lifetime, so it's important that we choose a great color and a great product.
Where to shop?
I'm a huge fan of Pharmaca and am so excited to work with them! Pharmaca is a integrative pharmacy that offers only the best of the best in natural health products. It can be so confusing to shop for supplements and most people have no idea how to judge the quality of a product. Pharmaca is the ONLY pharmacy to provide a naturopathic physician on staff to consult with you on products, making sure you get the help you need. I also like that they carry clinical-grade brands like Thorne and Metagenics which are really hard to find anywhere else. Nowhere near a Pharmaca... no worries you can order online.