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The Top 10 Way to Stay Gorgeous During Holiday Travel

We all know what it feels like to travel for the holidays—nurturing for soul to be reunited with loved ones, but harsh on the skin and hair because of planes, trains, and weather.

The travel portion of the holidays alone can be difficult—dried-out skin from flying, red eyes from reading books or watching movies on the train ride,  or swollen faces from plane altitude .

And then the after-travel part adds on further complications—hard water in the hotel shower, dehydrating drinks at the family reunion,  or the old-school products in your family’s shower.

This holiday season, be prepared with a beauty regimen that allows you to have a good time at home while maintaining healthy skin and hair! Here are some quick tips to help bolster your beauty while you brave holiday travel issues. I’ve compiled these top recommendations both WebMD and PopSugar. 

1. Slather Up the Night Before

When it comes to your skin, the night before you board a plane is just as important as how you manage your skin during the flight. “Apply intense moisturizer the night before you are going to fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure,” says Risi-Leanne Baranza, editor in chief of Palacinka.com, a beauty and spa industry publication.

2. Mist Your Face In-Flight

Both WebMD and PopSugar say that face-misting is a great way to keep skin hydrated and non-flaky during travel. We recommend Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Mist (for sensitive skin) or the Anti-oxidant Hydramist.

3. Window Seat? SPF is a MUST!

“While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In fact, pilots count a higher risk of skin cancer as an occupational hazard (now airlines use sun shields in the cockpit to protect the pilots from sun exposure). You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying,” says Jessica Cruel of PopSugar. There are great options for you in the Dermalogica line when it comes to SPF moisturizers. You can always swing by and ask one of our estiticians which product is right for your skin!

4. Fight Against Altitude Radiation 

These days, pilots are exposed to more radiation than even nuclear-plant workers due to the higher radiation levels that exist in high altitude/latitude spaces in the sky. Pilot Anne Schroeder suggests: “As an occasional traveler, you can temper the radiation in the plane by stocking up on antioxidant-rich snacks. Sip green tea during the flight, and opt for a kale salad and fruit over the in-flight pretzels. You can also find skin care products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. If you can, fly at night.” We’d suggest carrying-on Dermalogica’s Multi-Vitamin Power Firm Serum as a way to stock your skin full of vitamins before you board the plane.

5. Ditch the Long-Wear Lipstick

“To give lips color that will last through your trip, skip the long-lasting lipsticks — they’ll only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Instead,” celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson says, “color your lips with several coats of a lip stain, let dry, then top with a clear gloss. Reapply the gloss throughout the trip and your lips will look ‘just-made-up’ fresh.” Flight attendant Danielle Easton also adds that to throw on “a medicated lip balm, because it won’t rub your lipstick off and it keeps lips hydrated while flying.”

6. Drink Up

Most of the time, we forget that while putting products on our skin is helpful to maintain health and hydrating, simply putting hydration in our body can help even more! Make sure to drink double the amount of water you usually would on the ground during your flight. This helps your skin and body hydrated and less puffy. ”I try to drink at least a liter for every six hours of flying,” flight attendant Felicia Rohan says.

7. Refresh your Eyes

Watching back-to-back in-flight movies, or reading that paperback novel cover to cover, can also cause you to arrive at your destination with red, watery, not-so-attractive eyes. To avoid it, Los Angeles image consultant Allison Dickson, founder of TheA-List.com, says don’t forget to bring eyedrops. “They will lubricate and soothe eyes if you’re reading or watching a movie, and refresh and wake up your eyes if you nap,” she says.

8. Hands Off Your Face!

To minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation, dermatologist Erin Welch, MD, says to avoid touching your skin while you travel. “You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems after you arrive,” says Welch, a professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. If you’re going to apply makeup while you’re in transit, Welch says use an antibacterial hand wash on your hands first to further protect your skin.

9. Don’t Apply Your Mascara Until you Reach Your Destination

“Avoid wearing mascara while traveling,” says the Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown.”If I take a little nap, I wake up and find the mascara has left a migratory trail down to my cheeks.” She also suggests skipping cream eye shadows, which have a tendency to move around on your face as you snooze.

10. Maintain Static-Free Hair

Sitting in plane and train seats for extended periods of time can reap high-voltage consequences for your hair. The best way to protect against the static? A big silk scarf to tie up your hair and/or a boar-bristle brush. Boar bristles protect against static and a big scarf will minimize the static created while you sleep.

We hope these travel tips help you stay gorgeous while you travel. Everyone stay safe and have a happy holiday!

Merry Weekend everyone!
Ashley Gorman, your weekend web-gal:)

*These awesome travel tips have been compiled from WebMD and Popsugar. Photo credit: barrabase.com.

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Those Old School Acne Pads (And What to Use Instead)

If you, like me, were a teen in the 1980s, you were bombarded with TV commercials or magazines images of your peers holding up a certain “medicated acne pad” that was just filthy even after the person had already washed his/her face! How many of us scrubbed our cheeks raw with those things (or other products) trying to get rid of every last speck of dirt or oil? Little did we know that we were making things worse for ourselves while also destroying our skin’s natural protective barrier. 

These types of toners are often called astringents, and they contain mostly alcohol and/or witch hazel. Some products may also contain salicylic acid at percentages from 0.25-2% for acne. They strip the skin of its natural oils and temporarily cause shrinkage of pores. This may be appealing if you’re 13 and oily, but these types of ingredients can be too harsh for your skin.

Additionally, what these products fail to mention is that if you’re washing your face with the proper product(s) and for the proper amount of time (at least 30 seconds) all of your make-up will be gone, your face will be clean, and your barrier function will remain intact.

Other toners are also marketed as “pH balancing”, designed to restore your skin’s pH back to a proper level (generally between 4.5-5.5) after using cleansing bars or soaps. A more alkaline product such as a bar soap or detergent bar raises your skin’s pH—not something you want as this too may compromise your barrier function. If you’re using a mild, water-based cleanser, your skin’s pH level will remain at the proper level and a restoration will not be necessary.

Okay, so the astringent pads aren’t great. So what about Dermalogica’s toners?

I’m so glad you asked! Because of Dermalogica’s recommended “Double Cleanse” routine with PreCleanse and the appropriate cleanser for your skin type, there is no need to add an additional step to further clean your skin. And since Dermalogica’s cleansers are all pH balanced, you also don’t combat alkalinity from harsh products.

Dermalogica’s toners are designed to be the first step in your hydrating and moisturizing routine. There are three different types of toners, which I’ll detail for you below.

The Ultra Calming Mist is for sensitive skin and is recommended for folks with rosacea or inflammatory acne, after a chemical peel, or for sensitivities to fragrance. Formulated with healing aloe leaf juice, this toner soothes skin, reduces redness, and helps relieve sensitivity. The patented UltraCalming Complex contains Oat and botanical actives that work below the surface to interrupt inflammatory triggers that lead to sensitization, while helping to minimize discomfort, burning and itching.

The Multi-Active Toner is also formulated with aloe as well as lemon balm (Melissa officianalis) to cool, soften and hydrate skin. Arnica and cucumber fruit help keep skin smooth and refreshed, while sodium PCA acts as a humectant to draw moisture to the surface of your skin and hold it there. Very hydrating and great for all skin types!

Last but definitely not least is the Antioxidant Hydramist, a powerhouse product from the AGE Smart line that basically creates a shield of vitamins and antioxidants on your face to protect you from environmental pollution and oxidative stress. Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen formation and provides antioxidant protection. Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 stimulates collage synthesis, helps firm the skin, and activates Tissue Growth Factor, a peptide that is required in its active state for collagen production to occur. Bamboo, glucosamine, and green pea extract help stimulate hyaluronic acid formation for increased hydration and elasticity. This is one of my all-time favorite products!

I hope this product knowledge will help in your decision when it comes to skin toner and getting off all of your makeup! Join me next time for more skin tips!

XOXO,

Bonnie

#bonnieknowsbest

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WEEKEND BEAUTY TIP: 7 Quick Beauty Tips for the Busy Thanksgiving Hostess

Queen of the Kitchen. Head Hostess. Cook Captain. Pinterest Princess. Centerpiece Sensei.

Everyone has their specialty, their “title” if you will, when it comes to the holidays. This Thanksgiving you may be mastering the turkey, or perfecting decorations, or organizing all the accommodations for the endless family members that need somewhere to stay. Maybe you have one part to play in all the holiday hooplah, or perhaps you’re the one doing it ALL.

Regardless of how many tasks we juggle during on Thanksgiving Day, one thing is for certain:  we all think we will have enough time to put ourselves together before the doorbell rings. But lo-and-behold, someone shows up when we aren’t expecting it and we mourn alongside Sid the Sloth wondering, “Why me?!”

Fear no more, my friends. I’ve scoured through the easiest ways for you to not only cook your best, but look your best at the same time! I’ve pieced together some of the best beauty tips out there and created a clear and concise list for you to use on the Big TDay. So without further a-do, let’s take a looksie:

1.   GET OUTSIDE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
“Run, walk, just stand there — whatever your heart desires. You’re going to be in a hot kitchen all day — 20 minutes or more of fresh air will do you good,” says PaperBlog Magazine. I’d also add a personal beauty and health note to this tip: 20 minutes of sunshine gives you a fresh glow and your daily dose of Vitamin D!

2.   SHOWER BEFORE YOU START COOKING:
“Yes, you may get gross and sweaty throughout the day — and you may think you’ll have plenty of time to shower later. But you probably won’t. And if you do, you probably won’t feel like it. So do yourself a favor and get clean while you can,” says PaperBlog Magazine.

3.   REVIVE YOUR FACE IN A FLASH.
You will most likely have a long night before Thanksgiving Day with food prep, planning, phone calls, and last minute runs to the store. To hide any lack of sleep, ”pat concealer onto the inner corners of your eyes, under your lower lashes, and next to your nose, says Scrivo. Finish by swirling bronzer over your cheeks,” says Eva Scrivo, hair and makeup artist and owner of the famous New York City Salon.

4.   FOCUS ON THE FRONT.
When you’re strapped for time to do your hair and you want to wear it down, do the T-zone blowout: drying along your hair part and then around your front hairline.  ”As long as the front and top of your hair looks finished,” says Eva, “so will you.”

5.   OR…THROW IT BACK.
If you’d rather get your hair out of your way, then throw it up in a classy, plumped-up pony tail. It only takes 4 easy steps and it will look like you spent tons of time on it. (Suggestion: Dry your hair after your shower and let it calm down while you do some prep work. When your first batch of items go in the oven, fire up your curling iron and take a 5 minute break to throw your hair up. It seriously only takes 5 minutes.)

6.   DISTRACT FROM SKIN IMPERFECTIONS USING PINK.
Concealer is only half the battle when it comes to covering up flaws. No matter your skin tone, apply a warm pink lipstick to “distract people’s eyes from blemishes,” Eva says.

7.   DON’T WEAR YOGA PANTS IN THE KITCHEN:
“I’m not saying you should wear a red hot dress and heels (though if you do, you’re also my hero), just wear something that’s comfortable but that in a worst case scenario, won’t be embarrassing at the table,” PaperBlog Magazine says. “And while you’re at it, wear your hair in a style that will hold up for several hours (think chic ponytail or high bun)– and waterproof mascara.”

And there you have it. Thanksgiving will be a hit and so will your style.

Merry Weekend to all and to all a good… Thanksgiving!

Ashley

 

*Kudos, love, credit, and thanks go to shine.yahoo.comen.paperblog.com, and oprah.com for these great Thanksgiving beauty ideas.

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WEEKEND BEAUTY TIP: Quick Hair Tips for Working Moms

Women know the reality of having to juggle a million things at once–especially a working mom. There’s early morning reports, conferences, phone calls from your boss, grocery store runs, hopefully some time for the gym, meals to cook, laundry, homework to do with the kids, bathing, and bedtime. Although modern hairstyles are cute and trendy, a working mom’s biggest frustration is this: no time. How in the world am I supposed to pull off a cute hairstyle when I barely get enough time to SHOWER?

We found some great ideas for you! There’s a list of 10 Quick Hair Tips we found for working moms. We will include the top 2 in this post–the most practical we could find. I mean hey, you probably only have the time to read two anyway! So here we go.

1. Make Waves Overnight:

For gorgeous, loose waves the good news is you don’t have to invest much time. Braid damp hair before bed and you’ll wake up with beach-worthy waves. Make sure your hair is braided tightly so your hair doesn’t frizz. (Bonus tip: For even larger curly waves, pin multiple small buns with bobby pins instead of braiding damp hair. The buns will create a sexy loose wave look with even more oomph!)

2. Accessorize:

Accessories are a fun way to play with your hairstyle and the good news is this season the headband is hotter than ever. Push hair back with a headband in the morning for an instant 2-minute style. Play with different parts too until you find the look you like best. We’d also add that a thick headband is a great way to distract from and cover up oily roots!

There you go: two quick ways to pull off cute hair without having to shell out extra time. Cheers to all the working moms out there, trying to juggle it all. Merry Weekend everybody!

From your Weekend Web girl,

Ashley

*Kudos, love, credit, and thanks go to sheknows.com for these beauty tip ideas. To see full article go here.

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Kayla has returned to Posh and is back in action!

Many of you know that Kayla, one of our beautiful stylists, was on maternity leave for a little while. I’m sure you’ve already scrolled through the adorable pictures of Kayla’s baby shower and finally, the newborn pics of little Sawyer herself!

After some much-needed time and rest, Kayla has recovered and gotten settled as a new mom. She is now back at Posh and is excited to start doing hair again! If you are one of her clients, you’ll be happy to know that you can now officially book her once more. She’s so happy to both be a mom and do the job she loves so much, and we are so thankful to have her back.

Welcome back Kayla!

XOXO,

The Posh Family

PS: Here’s a little sneak peak at what Kayla has been up to behind the chair. A perfectly faded ombré!

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