LUSHkeeps coming up with great alternatives to care for skin on our face and body. In fact, LUSH just released its new Toner Tabs and three new moisturizers.

The solid Toner Tabs($1.95 each or $9.95 for a mixed bag of 7) are preservative-free and deliver a fresh dose of antioxidants and vitamin-rich essential oils to your skin. Drop one in a bowl of piping hot water and drape a towel over your head. Let the steam hydrate and revive your face. Choose from Tea Tree, Vitamin C or Vitamin E.

As for moisturizing, LUSH's three new products are touted to help improve the overall appearance and condition of the skin. Choose from Paradise Regained Moisturizer ($46.95), Skin Nanny Moisturizer ($46.95) and Vanishing Cream Moisturizer ($35.95).
crowdOn June 13th, Stephanie White and Lizzy Shaw visited Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Charlotte, NC to help bring awareness to the Dr. LeWinn's Private Formula skin care line. It was a morning of excellent education, thanks to Stephanie. She spoke of the importance of ingredients and their time saving power, both short and long term. If you use products that are quick, easy and fun, you are more likely to follow a great skin care routine.

collageDr. LeWinn's Private Formula has achieved the #1 status in Australia for ten years. Built upon credibility, innovation, quality, performance and accessibility, this phenomenal line is making its official launch in the U.S. You may have already had access to it via apothecaries, boutiques and online venues. My personal favorites in the line are: Facial Polishing Gel (exfoliator), Line Smoothing Complex Double Intensity (evening moisturizer), Revitalizing Hand Polish, and Refining Toner (spray toner).

group2As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions that you may have regarding skin care, in addition to visiting Jeffre Scott and the Dr. LeWinn's website. [Featured here are my friends Jeffre Scott, Stephanie White, Charlton Alicea and Lizzy Shaw.]

t_eyecreme_sm.thumbnail50% Off Peptide Repair Eye Crème This product stimulates collagen production and helps to reduce the appearance of three things we all dislike; wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Patented soluble keratin peptides from natural sources increase collagen production leading to restored thickness of skin thinned by aging. I have personally been using this eye crème for weeks (and I did not get it half off) and I love it. You can apply it on your eyelids, in addition to under and around your eyes. Use it twice a day. Just wait a couple minutes after you apply it in the morning before putting on your eye makeup. I have been pleasantly surprised how quickly the eye crème penetrates the skin on my eyelids - no sliding eye makeup! Amazing.

Theraderm's Peptide Repair Eye Crème is normally $85 and is now $42.50 for the month of February only. Even if you haven't finished up your other eye
crème, I would still recommend making this purchase - it's so worth it. Order here.
I love getting comments and emails with concerns, questions, tidbits, tips and generally great ideas. Most recently, I came to realize that some members of the [my] style files community had yet to uncover the amount of content on the site (yes, that means you, Jill!). You will be glad to know that information is updated daily. So come back often and contribute!

Due to my recent conversation with Jill, I thought it would be beneficial to push out my skin care regimen. After all, you are your skin. And you have to live in your skin for a lifetime so don't lose momentum now. It’s important to follow some key steps in caring for your skin. For one, use an SPF (a real one). By this I mean, one that contains Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Mexoryl. Only these ingredients will help prevent UVB and UVA rays (those responsible for premature aging, wrinkles and cancer) from penetrating the skin. In the summer, you can skip your moisturizer and use your SPF solo.

You should also use a topical antioxidant which can help with cell turnover and to build collagen. And thirdly, the ever important retinoid product (prescription strength, please - so visit your dermatologist).

To keep moisture levels in balance, follow these tips:
  • Face: apply a moisturizer twice daily, morning and evening. Choose a moisturizer with at least a 30 SPF in the morning, and a climate-appropriate moisturizer in the evening.
  • Body: apply a moisturizer after bathing, while skin is still damp. This will lock in moisture. In the winter, apply a heavier moisturizer.
Morning skin care routine
  1. Cleanser (rinse twice as long as washing)
  2. Antioxidant
  3. Sunscreen* (be picky about your SPFs)
*In the winter, I apply a moisturizer between step 2 and 3.

Evening skin care routine
  1. Cleanser (rinse twice as long as washing)
  2. Antioxidant
  3. Moisturizer
  4. Prescription strength retinoid (sometimes I put this before step 3, depending on the sensitivity level of my skin)
Everything you apply to your face should also be applied to your neck - in upward strokes. Exfoliate face (including mouth/lips) and body 1-2 times a week. Apply a mask to your face after exfoliating - the mask should be tailored toward your skin's needs. Want to know my skin care product picks? Just ask.

The clear advantage of visiting a dermatologist:

Getting educated on the latest fads (and by that I mean, don’t waste your money, ladies!), in addition to the tried and true products. 1. Visit a dermatologist 2. Ask a lot of questions to learn about your exact skin type 3. Leave with the right prescriptions based on your diagnosis

Night-time Tip:

Did you know that sleeping elevated reduces puffiness under your eyes and sleeping on a satin pillowcase helps prevent more wrinkles from forming?
I know what you are thinking, "clever post title." Hang with me for a minute and you will see the connection. There is clearly a reason I chose this title. Having moved into a house where the flooring is entirely hardwoods, you would think I was ecstatic. Not really. I have my kids clean their feet with wet wipes a hundred times a day! Part of this is due to the fact the kids wear their crocs non-stop during the summer -- crocs definitely add to the dirt factor. And yes, if we had carpet, like we did in our previous house, the dirt would hide in the carpet and eventually manifest (yucka!). Still, I mop my floors a lot to keep down on the dirt ... but dirt happens.

If you have hardwoods throughout your house, you know the damage that is done to bare feet (dirt aside). The first two weeks of living in this house set my feet back years. I worked so hard to get them soft + smooth, touchable, and somewhat pretty to look at - only to find that progress destroyed. Hardwoods are brutal on feet! But alas, there is hope. In my quest to get my feet back, I learned some valuable lessons. Follow these steps and you, too, can rid yourself of hardwood feet. For those of you who don't have hardwoods but have dry, scaly and cracked feet - same goes.

First things first, get a pumice stone. Sure I had one before, but I didn't realize the importance of using it often (daily or every other day). It's excellent at getting every trace of dirt out of your cracked feet - all the crevices - and takes that layer of dry skin off.

Second, use the right kind of treatment lotion. By that I mean, one with glycolic acid. Creams and lotions containing a high level of glycolic acid are the only ones I recommend for problem feet. It seriously is a miracle working and in the fast-paced world that we live in, who has time to wait. I have and love Glytone's Retexurizing Body Lotion. It has 17.5% glycolic acid to help visibly reduce rough, uneven skin for renewed smoothness. It will turn your feet around in no time. You can also use it for keratosis pilaris (most commonly found on the back of your upper arms). I also have DDF's Pedi-Cream - it has 18% glycolic cream. It's light and smells minty and refreshing. I like Glytone's lotion better, but it's all about what you have easy access to. Either will work nicely.

Third (for those unbearable feet!), put on Bliss' Softening Socks at night. You won't need to use these but once a week - or from time-to-time for extra pampering. These are great, with or without applying lotion beforehand.

body_ultraheelelbow.thumbnailI just found out that Glytone carries a cream made specifically for really bad heels and elbow, called Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream - with a whopping 29.5% glycolic acid. Giddy up!

That's all you need. Gosh, I really want to say I guarantee it! Well, in addition to wearing flip flops around the house at all times (as opposed to going completely barefoot), I guarantee hardwood foot happiness!