My Forever Young Skin Care Regimen

A few years back I shared my forever young beauty routine. Well, fast forward to 2017 and I’ve added a product or two. You could say that I’ve gotten a bit more serious about my skin care habits and I would call them more of a forever young skin care regimen than a routine. But the goal remains the same. I’m trying to hang on to youthful looking skin as long as I can. So, while I definitely still make use of the facial oil I mentioned in my original beauty routine, skin renewing products complete with retinol and alpha hydroxy acids play a big role these days too. So, let’s get into the specifics. Let’s talk about today’s forever young skin care regimen…

AM…In the morning I cleanse, treat and moisturize. Essentially, I wash my face, apply a product with alpha hydroxy acid like Priori Skin Renewal Cream and finish things off with a moisturizer and sunscreen combo. Thanks to the AHA I can start my day fighting fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Because while I diligently protect my skin, sun damage is inevitable when you live in the sunshine state.

PM…At night is when I use retinol. A serum like Karyng Retinol Renewing Serum is perfect for my sensitive skin because it’s more gentle than many retinol products so my skin doesn’t get as red as it does with others. While I sleep this powerhouse product works on giving me smoother, firmer, more even looking skin! I also, of course, moisturize before I hit the hay. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is gentle and super hydrating. And if you pick up a jar of their Limited Edition cream made in partnership with Autism Speaks, you’ll be helping to provide resources to children with autism and their families worldwide.

So, there you have it…my updated forever young skin care regimen. For even more beauty tips and tricks, check out how I’m wearing bold lips for fall!

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Kiehl’s Partners With Autism Speaks

We love it when a brand we revere teams up with an organization we respect. We’ve raved about the way our favorite Kiehl’s products makes our skin glow for years now. So when we learned that one of the leading names in skincare launched a partnership with Autism Speaks this year, we were more than happy to spread the word. And, BTW, you should too! For every share of this Kiehl’s video, starring Matthew McConaughey, Kiehl’s will donate $1 to the cause.

Autism affects an estimated 70 million people worldwide, with a staggering statistic of 1 in 68 children in the United States diagnosed on the spectrum. Kiehl’s is committed to raising $200,000 in this ambitious campaign, educating more parents, and inspiring people to learn more and talk more about this important cause.

In collaboration with Matthew McConaughey, actor, advocate, and father, Kiehl’s has created a limited edition Ultra Facial Cream with a bright, bold, and vibrant design. It features uplifting colors and geometric shapes, including interlocking puzzle pieces, as a nod to the iconic Autism Speaks blue puzzle logo.

Every purchase of this $48 cream will help support the cause to create more resources for children with autism spectrum disorder around the world and their families.

Of course, as good as we feel about a charity-driven purchase (and we do!), we also want our products to be effective and useful. (That shouldn’t be too much to ask for!)

Made with the active key ingredients of Antarcticine, a glacial glycolprotein extract; Imperta Cylindra, a desert plant extract; and Squalane, a signature botanical lipid found in many of Kiehl’s most beloved products, this Ultra Facial Cream deeply hydrates skin depleted of its moisture, and gives us the smooth and radiant complexion we want and love.

As we transition from the summer to fall, we want to make sure our skin stays soft and supple, and this daily cream is a staple in our routine… A skincare product that helps us look good, feel good, and DOES good for children around the world? Sign us up!

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How to Wear Bold Lipstick this Fall

Catch me on any given day and I’m probably rockin’ some form of bright pink lipstick. My love affair with pinnk shades started many moons ago with Bobbi Brown’s Cosmic Raspberry and it’s been going strong ever since. So, I guess I would say that pink is probably my signature color at this point. That being said, I’m an equal opportunity bold lipstick wearer. As you can see here, when fall rolls around, I love trying my hand at deep vampy hues too. And that’s just what one of my new favorite makeup finds for fall is…VAMPY!

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Let’s talk about REALHER Liquid Lipstick in I AM TOUGH. This deep, dark red has fall written all over it. I can’t wait to pair it with some of my favorite fall 2017 fashion trends like metallics and leather! It is a serious get you noticed kinda color and the lightweight formula leaves a lovely matte finish without drying out your pout. Let’s just say I’m a fan. In fact, I highly suggest you try I AM TOUGH out for yourself…But don’t you dare try out my new favorite color without prepping your lips first!

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You want to make sure those lips of yours provide a nice smooth surface for your bold lipstick to glide on! You can make that happen by exfoliating them regularly and moisturizing them with your favorite balm. Two of my go-to balms are the Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment and the budget option, Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm. Both will have your pucker in bold lipstick ready shape in no time!

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And for more beauty tips and tricks, check out our easy hair upgrades for moms!

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Three Ways to Improve Your Skin’s Texture

What is the first thing you notice about your skin? The first thing I always notice is my skin’s texture. Looking at least a little bit younger is always this girl’s primary skincare goal and if my skin is uneven, ruddy or riddled with fine lines, I’m not exactly achieving my goal now am I? Bwah! So, let’s chat about three ways to improve your skin’s texture. And to do that we’re going to focus on a few different areas…from your eyes to your décolleté. Why don’t we start at the top and work our way down?!

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Eyes…Frownies Eye Gels are one of my favorite fierce anti-aging fighters. Thirty minutes after application, my under eye area is oh so soft and noticeably smoother looking. If you’ve been on the hunt for a product that will tackle both discoloration and lines, look no further! Plus, these natural gels are reusable. How cool is that?!

renewing cream

Face…Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is packed with antioxidants, one of my go-to anti-aging ingredients. If you’ve read at least a few of my beauty columns, you’ve probably noticed that I’m kind of a Kiehl’s nut. Their products never seem to irritate my sensitive skin and deliver serious results! In this case, that result is a serious glow!

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Chest…If you’re focusing on taking care of your skin, you don’t want to forget about this area. Taking care of your face, but not your chest will not assist you with that forever young quest. Just sayin’. SIO Décolleté Serum Morning Wrinkle Smoothing Hydrator will not only keep the area nice and hydrated, but it plumps and brightens that delicate skin too!

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For even more beauty tips and tricks, check out our take on how to get your skin ready for fall!

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Three Fab Face Masks to Try NOW

If you know me in real life, you know I’m kind of a face mace junkie. I’ve even turned many a lady here at Team Momtrends onto my favorites like the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque for instance. Well, I’m back with some more face mask love because you know I’m over here forever testing another one out so I can give you the skinny on the latest beauty must haves…and the ones I’m sharing today are definitely must haves. They’re face masks to try NOW. And these masks are especially perfect for summer when you tend to want a pared down beauty routine, but you don’t want to totally neglect your skin. Ok…Shall we get started? Great! And away we go…

Since we we were talking about Kiehl’s, let’s start with another of their face masks that I’m all over. This Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque was made for you city dwellers. Your skin is faced with harsh exposure to pollutants and the elements daily, so it just makes good since to add something to your skincare routine that will combat that! Take some time to detoxify and replenish that precious skin of yours. You won’t regret it!

I got this Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask in one of my FabFitFun boxes and it’s just what you fellow dry skinned folks need. I know my skin always feels dehydrated even in the summertime and I love the deeply moisturizing feeling that a mask focused on hydration can give me! Plus, this one has hyaluronic acid which is one of my current favorite anti-aging ingredients. And who does’t love a sheet mask? You know this girl does!

And finally we have the last of my recommended face masks to try, the CVS Cucumber Cooling Peel Off Facial Mask. I know I’m not the only girl obsessing over peel off masks at the moment right? This one is ridiculously soothing making it perfect for those times when you might have gotten a little too much sun. Even if we’re hyper diligent about sunscreen, it happens to the best of us from time to time right?

So, there you have it. I’ve given three fabulous face masks to try now. Now go forth and pamper yourself with a little extra skincare action!

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How to Go from Dull to a Brighter Complexion

It always seems like when it finally comes time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, thanks to winter’s cooler temps, I’ve been left with a dry, somewhat dull complexion. I don’t know about you, but I want a rosy glow when I’m out and about on sunny spring days. And that’s why I don’t take this whole dull complexion thing lying down. And I’m sure you don’t want to either. So, let’s talk about how to go from dull to a brighter complexion!

vitamin c gel

First, let’s focus on treatment. With daily use of a Vitamin C treatment like VI Derm Vitamin C Gel you can fight free radicals to prevent further aging of the skin while revealing a brighter complexion. I can’t tell you how silky and lightweight this gel feels when you apply it. And I experience no irritation, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility when we’re talking about something as potent as a vitamin C serum. In fact, I use it on my neck and chest too!

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Next, you can use a brightening serum for some instant gratification. By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum not only treats damaged skin, but its light-reflective elements give you a luminous look right away. And did I mention that it color corrects to give your skin a more even tone as well? See ya, redness. Hello, radiance! And we can’t forget the dark spots. It helps mask those, and eventually lighten them as well. Score!

butterstick lip treatment

And finally we have the lips…This isn’t exactly for your complexion, but it will brighten up your face and make you look like you have a more vibrant complexion. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment Simply Rose SPF 25 enhances your lips’ natural color and gives them a subtle, yet effective boost that brightens your whole face. It comes as a part of the Kiss for the Cure Limited Edition Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo and Kiehl’s is donating 100% off the profits, up to $25,000, to Bright Pink, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. That alone makes it worth the purchase!

So, if you’re too ready to work on a brighter complexion for spring, any one of these go-to products of mine can help you get there! And for more beauty tips and tricks, check out how to calm down angry skin.

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How to Calm Angry Skin Down

Redness in my skin has been a thorn in my side for some time now. I’m quite fair skinned, so any irritation immediately shows up as angry skin. Plus, while I don’t have rosacea, I do have a lot of redness in my skin already, so any additional irritants just give my skin an even more uneven appearance. So, it’s in my best interest, to calm angry skin down fast whenever the situation arises. I know, I know. You’re thinking that’s easier said than done right? I get it. Angry skin can be so tough to soothe, but thankfully, I’m here to road test products that claim to help and share the ones I find to be most effective! And away we go…

soothing mask

First up is my number one trick…A soothing face mask can do wonders for calming down irritated skin. Frankly, I use various face masks to combat an array of skin issues and angry skin is definitely one of them. Now I used aloe on my sun kissed skin for years, but it’s been a while since I got too much sun as I’m very vigilant about sun protection now. So, aloe hasn’t been at the top of my list, silly me. Its soothing properties make it a perfect ingredient to combat angry skin! Enter the Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque!

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Next is a serum…a super serum if you will. Inflammation is no joke and if you have it, you might be leery about putting anything on your skin. You don’t have to be scared of Frownies Immune Shield. It’s perfect if you happen to have been out in the sun a bit too much. Thanks to the Vitamin E, this serum soothes UV exposed skin, while tackling anti-aging issues like smoothing fine lines at the same time. See what I mean about it being a super serum?!

healing lotion

And finally we have a multi-purpose product. You know I can never talk about my favorite beauty goodies without throwing at least one multi-tasker in there. It must be the mama in me. I’m forever short on time and need my beauty regimen to be filled with products that can pull double duty. And that’s just what Molecule 32 Heal Face & Body Rescue Lotion does. It helps reduce redness and can be used on your face OR your body.

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So, if irritation has been plaguing you, why not give one of these skin-soothing numbers a try? They’ll help you calm angry skin down in a flash! And for more beauty tips and tricks, check out the must have products I unboxed in my latest Birchbox subscription box!

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The Best Facial Oils for Younger Looking Skin

If there is one beauty product that I’m happy to have discovered recently, it’s facial oil. I’ve been using the basics like moisturizer, serum, eye cream and whatnot forever, it feels like, but I only added facial oil in the past few years. As soon as I applied it for the first time, I knew facial oils would be a permanent addition to my beauty routine. I have yet to find another product that matches their ability to give instant, and I mean instant, results. Facial oils give me an immediate rosy glow… and after a very long, pale winter, my skin could use it. Haha! Now there are a lot of facial oils out there, and I’ve tried several myself, so I thought I would round up some that I love for you. Don’t you want younger looking skin? Don’t we all? Bwah!

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil…This was actually the very first facial oil that I tried and it remains a forever favorite. It’s lightweight formula absorbs practically instantly and allows this girl to leave the house with little makeup thanks to the glow it gives me!

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Trilogy Rosehip Oil…This facial oil is not only hydrating, but it also has antioxidants in it, so you get some anti-aging action too when you use it! And did I mention that it’s organic?! I know I’m not the only one always looking for more natural beauty products!

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate…If you need a little pick me up in the morning, this is the facial oil for you. Not only does it give you a fresh, dewy look, but the crisp citrusy scent is downright invigorating. Bye bye fatigue! Hello refreshed face!

So, if you’ve been wondering if you really need facial oils in your life, the answer is YES if you want younger looking skin!

Shop the facial oils: Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil /  Trilogy Rosehip Oil / Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

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Three Ways to Get Smooth Skin

If there is anything I want more than a younger looking complexion, it’s smooth skin. Actually, nice smooth skin DOES make you look younger, so there you go. Clearly I want it all. Haha! Luckily, getting smooth skin isn’t out of your grasp. A ruddy complexion is one of the easiest skin woes to tackle and it all starts with exfoliation. Now you can go the DIY route, which I love doing myself when I have the time. In fact, this coffee honey mask is a great option for gentle exfoliation. But just in case you aren’t up for some DIY action right now, I rounded up a few of my favorite products to help you exfoliate and smooth out your skin.

tula face mask

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask… I am pretty darn addicted to masks, and when they can do double duty and exfoliate my skin too like this one, I’m all in! I’ve mentioned Tula products before with good reason. They’re amazing! This multi-purpose mask helps clear away the dead skin and debris that can clog up your skin. If you don’t clear all that away, get ready to live with dull skin. Blah!

kiehl's pure vitality skin renewing cream

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream… Once you’ve exfoliated you want to use a treatment cream that will continue the skin renewal process. This cream not only helps make that new skin that you’ve revealed thanks to your exfoliation dedication stronger, but it also increases cell turnover rate leaving you with a brighter, smoother complexion! It’s a game changer for dry, ruddy skin.

clarins multi active nuit

Clarins Multi-Active Nuit…You know what doesn’t lead to smooth skin? Not getting enough rest will definitely not help you achieve the complexion of your dreams. That being said, we’re moms. There are going to be times we don’t get enough sleep. We can make it a priority, but things happen like crying babies and sick kids. So having a secret weapon night cream that will fight the effects of exhaustion-ravaged skin is clutch! The poppy extract in this one literally helps smooth your skin while you slumber. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

For more beauty tips and tricks, check out my take on the best lip gloss for dry lips!

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Winter is here and it’s time to switch up the beauty routine. I’m swearing by the new beauty cleansing oil I found from Kiehls. It’s called the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.

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Putting oil on your face seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? But Kiehl’s new botanical product will have you rethinking what oil can do for your face. Your skin won’t feel greasy at all. I promise.

In the past year, I added a brightening facial oil to my skincare routine, making me think this cleanser might just for me.

Three Things I Love About Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil

1. The smell
2. It gets eye makeup off easily
3. It leaves your face feeling refreshed, not dry

You won’t get a big sudsy wash, as the cleanser emulsifies, it’ll get whiter and milky looking. I start with three pumps on dry skin. I blend the oil in my hands and then apply to my face. After a bit of cleansing, I wet my hands and add some water–things get a little sudsier then.

For my everyday eye makeup, this gets EVERYTHING off! When I did a dramatic evening eye (charcoal shadow and black liner), I did have to go back with an eye makeup remover to get the eye makeup off.

With the drier, colder air, switching to a gentler cleanser just makes sense for my beauty routine. Do you switch things up for winter? I am also on the hunt for a GREAT winter moisturizer to use after skiing. Any ideas? Any great moisturizing masks? Friends, I want to test them. Please let us know!

It definitely smells like a garden–there’s nothing harsh or chemically about the scent. I was happy to see evening primrose oil (which is rich in omega-6 fatty acids)–I’ve been hearing so much about primrose is face products. Plus it has my favorite essential oil, lavender, which just makes everything smell like the fields of France.  It’s also soap-free, sulfate-free, and mineral oil free. But it’s not free. Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is $32.  Shop for it here:

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