Bonjour, beauty junkies!
After spending the week with my grandparents I started to reflect on how important it is to eat good healthy foods. Both of my grandparents suffer from diabetes, a disease I have grown to dislike. If you don’t suffer from diabetes it is all too easy to overlook the importance of a balanced healthy meal. I check my grandparents’ sugar levels 4 times a day to insure that their sugar levels aren’t too high or too low. There are various reasons why their sugar levels can “spike” or “drop” but the main reasons are caused by the types of foods they intake.
Along with being a beauty fanatic, I love to do research on organic foods and how they affect our bodies and the importance of the nourishment each meal can make. I can’t stress enough the importance of monitoring what you take in as an individual on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
My pastor, Craig Groeschel at Lifechurch.tv, is constantly talking about the importance of being aware of what we intake—and not just food. Everything that we choose to watch on TV, what we read, the music we listen to, who we surround ourselves with, and even what hydrates our skin has an effect on our life and well-being. Even if the effect is minimal, it still is important. It’s our bodies, minds and souls we should cater to. I would consider those 3 things the most important things we should focus on—on a day-to-day basis.
With that being said there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hydrate my skin and hair. From the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet, I find it important to keep my skin nourished. As I said in my last article, it isn’t about vanity, it’s about self-preservation.
After cleansing the scalp, face and body we should always nourish what we have taken away. Cleansing is important but it sometimes takes away some of the natural oils that we need to have soft supple skin. There are times, as we mature, that our body doesn’t produce enough of our natural bodily functions to maintain a youthful glow or supple skin. Why let anything get in the way of our pampering and self-preservation? We shouldn’t! If there is a concern that you’re faced with—there is a remedy! It might be something that can be immediately addressed or something that might take some tender love and care. Either way, we shouldn’t let any “speed bumps” slow us down!
And now, the products!
Along with our cleansers being skin specific, so are our moisturizers and conditioners. If you notice that throughout the day your hair and face have excessive oil, maybe you should try a conditioner and moisturizer that offer the benefits of balancing out your scalp and skin. Or if you notice throughout the day that your face is irritated because of dryness and your scalp is starting to produce dandruff, maybe you should try a moisturizer and conditioner that boosts hydration to the skin and scalp. There are many brands and products in this gigantic industry that each and every person can find a solution to their specific concerns. There are instances that problematic skin is caused by medical issues and since I’m not a MD my only suggestion is to seek professional medical advice.
So, first things first. Let’s talk about a great conditioner and treatment that would be perfect for dry hair/scalp.
Unite Eurotherapy Moisturizing Conditioner, available in 2oz ($10.50), 10oz ($29.95) and 33oz ($64.00)
Packed with incredible vitalizing and nourishing vitamins and amino acids to radiate your natural health and shine. They boast this product is so moisturizing, you’ll think it was created from the Fountain of Youth! Find out for yourself!
Vitamin A, E, C and B5: Moisturizes, repairs and protects
Moringa Seed Extract : Color Locking Antioxidant
Botanisil: Moisturizes, locks in color, thermal protector
It’s 100% Vegan, color safe, and free of all kinds of unhealthy things: Sulfates, Parabens, Gluten, Sodium chloride, Dea, and Mea.
Unite Moisturizing Treatment, available in 4oz ($29.95)
For dry hair. Adds softness, shine, and lots of moisture.
This great little product contains a gluten-free, deep penetrating moisturizer and vegetable protein blend that repairs and protects the hair and reduces breakage by 80%.
All Treatments are:
• Paraben Free
• Sodium Choride Free
• Color Safe
• 100% Weightless
You can find both of these amazing products online at uniteeurotherapy.com, or if you are in the OKC metro I highly recommend visiting The Velvet Monkey Salon-Plaza District (velvetmonkeysalon.com) on the corner of NW 16th and N Blackwelder Ave (405) 528-1106. Ask for Rachel Baldwin or Adrienne Peters. They’re both amazing!
Let’s move on to a body moisturizer and treatment that is designed for dry skin.
Falling in Love, by Philosophy, available in 16 oz ($34.00)
Ultra-rich Falling in Love perfumed body lotion moisturizes and conditions dry skin, while embracing your romantic side with a sensual fragrance.
Features & Benefits
- antioxidant-rich lotion
- embrace your romantic side
- a delicious, sparkling berry scent
In the Buff, by Philosophy, available in 8oz ($25.00)
In the buff is a weightless, silky body gloss that moisturizes and protects skin’s natural moisture barrier for silky soft, smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Features & Benefits
- weightless, silky body gloss conditions and softens skin
- essential oil blend helps nurture skin to lock in moisture
- leaves you with a glistening, healthy-looking glow
Both of these products can be found at Philosophy.com or at a local Sephora Boutique (Sephora.com). You can also find these products at various retailers like Macy’s and Saks 5th Ave.
Last but not least let’s cover a great face moisturizer and serum that will assist in the nourishment of the skin.
NARS Luminous Moisture Cream, available for $62.00 (Yeah, I know, pricey, right? But so worth it!)
Replenishes skin with 24 hours with intense hydration, and restores luminosity that naturally diminishes over time. Enriched with Beech Bud Extract to boost collagen production and potent anti-oxidants to combat free radical damage.
Contains the NARS exclusive light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism.
- Ideal for normal to dry and seasonally dry skin
- Dermatologist tested and Non-comedogenic
- Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Alcohol Free
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, available 1.7oz ($59.00) and 2.5oz ($77.00)
- The line eraser with 10.5% Vitamin C.
- Formulated with a 10.5% Pure Vitamin C, Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is clinically-demonstrated to improve overall skin texture, tone and radiance while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- Gives your skin a boost by providing anti-oxidant protection and exfoliating skin to reveal healthier-looking skin.
- Use both day and night under your ideal moisturizer.
Kiehl’s Line Reducing Concentrate is amazing. It is a strong, fast acting serum that can be used with any moisturizer. Just layer it underneath your moisturizer and experience the great benefits you will see from this product. This product is beyond a must have, everyone should own it.
Wrapping up, these are just a few conditioners, moisturizers, treatments and serums that I love. I’ve used each one of these brands and particular products. They are all very wonderful products. If you find that these products aren’t for you, feel free to interact with me on Facebook or Twitter (@themakeupman). I’d love to help you find one that is perfect for you! Along with getting the latest beauty trend advice! I hope you all have a great day and have the opportunity to try some of these amazing products!
And in case you missed it, check out my last article, “It’s Not Vanity, It’s Self Preservation.” In it, I give examples of why it is important to cleanse your skin, and suggested 3 great products to actually do it with.
Read it here: It’s Not Vanity, It’s Self Preservation
Until next time …
TITO MUNOZ has been changing faces, one brush stroke at a time, for the past decade. He is currently Regional Makeup Artist for Estee Lauder, and before that was the Regional Color Director for Lancôme Cosmetics. To quote Kevyn Aucoin, the greatest influence on his artistic life, “Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul, and sometimes even in myself.”
You can contact Tito on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @TheMakeUpMan.