As mentioned in my previous post, I was a part of the Simple Skincare twitter party. Dr. Segal and a few of the Simple Ambassadors (including moi) answered questions relating to sensitive, winter skin. It was literally an hour of everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your skin!
Here were some of my favorite questions, tips and answers:
Q: My eye creams always seems to migrate in to my eyes. Which are best to use?
A: Use a small amount to thinly coat the skin & one w/ no dyes, artificial perfumes, or harsh irritants.
Q: Why do you think rose hip oil is so good? I just discovered it yesterday but I don’t know much about it!
A: It is a natural version of vitamin A (retinol) and heals & rejuvenates, great for scars!
Q: I also think that when winter static makes my hair lay flatter that I am prone to hairline breakouts.
A: Keep your hair up as much as possible & change pillowcases every 2 days! Helps with breakouts.
Hair in your face can transfer unwanted oils which leads to clogged pored.
Q: Don’t forget about your eyes too! Our Revitalizing Eye Roll-On is the perfect stress-reliever.
A: And try keeping it in the fridge for extra circulation – it’s like a spa treatment!
I keep my face mist in the fridge. instant pick-me-up.
Q: My skin definitely feels affected by travel. Nose and lips are always so dry!
A: NEOSPORIN! I use it in my nose before I fly too. Helps to guard against free radicals.
Q: Does bathing/showering dry out the skin? Certain soap ingredients to avoid during the winter?
A: Avoid sulfates! Use washes that contain moisturizing elements like calendula.
Q: I have noticed that a lot of acne cleansers dry out my skin…
A: Only cleanse once a day. In the morning just use tepid water on face + moisturizer. I have oily skin and this helps!
Q: Does the winter make exzema worse? My middle young son suffered terribly. Any suggestions?
A: Organic Greek Yogurt – slather it on!
Q: How can we protect our lips from getting the super chappies in the winter?
A: Exfoliate! try using your toothbrush and toothpaste or make a quick & easy DIY lip scrub
TIP: Using warm water to cleanse instead of hot & drinking enough water will ensure skin stays hydrated.
TIP: Stay active. What happens inside the body is totally reflected on the outside.
TIP: Hydrate from the inside out.
Hope these tips help hydrate the dry away… Enjoy!
As an ambassador of the skincare line, Simple, I have the pleasure to join consulting Dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Segal, and bloggers Katy Atlas of Sugarlaws and Emily Johnston of Fashion Foie Gras in a winter skincare Twitter party. We’ll be divulging all of our winter skincare tips and tricks, so come prepared with your most pressing winter weather skin concerns (like how the hell are you still breaking out? Or, the heater is sucking all of the moisture from your skin – SOS!).
Simple Skincare’s Fall Skincare Twitter Party
Date: Monday, December 17th Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Follow: @SimpleSkincare, @beautybanter, @sugarlaws, @fashionfoiegras
In addition to participating in the conversation, every single Twitter party participant will receive a coupon for $2.00 off of any Simple moistruizer. Simple will also be giving away 15 Simple Skincare gift baskets during the party to help you with your winter skincare routine! Gift baskets will contain $50 American Express gift cards as well as a sampling of Simple products. Fun times!
Enter to win by tweeting your fall skincare questions to @SimpleSkincare with hashtag #SimpleWinter, today from 1-2pm EST.
Good luck and happy tweeting!
Celebrity makeup artist Jo Strettell – who has worked with everyone from Katie Holmes to Madonna (and a bit of Brad Pitt put in for good measure) – recently did some work with Simple Skincare, a brand for which I serve as an ambassador. I had the opportunity to interview Jo on the most important fall trends we need to be wearing, asap.
Here are Jo’s tips on achieving some staple looks:
SARAH HOWARD: What are some of the top fall makeup trends that you’ve seen transition from the runway to the red carpet?
JO STRETTELL: I saw lots of fun looks on the red carpet, and things we’re going to see more of this fall. I think one that I was really happy to see is there was lots of natural, healthy-looking skin. I’m really bossy with my clients about having a diligent beauty routine, because it makes such a difference to how you’re going to apply the makeup to create the looks, and how the overall effect is going to be. That’s why I’m excited that I’m working with Simple, a line that originally came from the UK and I grew up with it, and it’s finally here. The facial skincare range and products are perfect even for the most sensitive skin because there are no harsh irritants, dyes or artificial perfume. So, that’s a plus.
SH: How can women at home effectively achieve these looks?
JS: [For the red carpet trend of natural, healthy-looking skin], you would start with a soothing facial scrub and, most important for me, the hydrating light moisturizer, which preps the skin so you can really, really use the right amount of foundation to get the perfect base that you need for the beauty look that you’re going to choose.
SH: What do you think is the premiere award season, red carpet trend this year?
JS: Dark eyes with a nude lip, or vice versa (nude eyes with a dark lip).
SH: Who has been wearing this trend well?
JS: Lenah Dunham [of HBO’s “Girls”] – I love her to pieces, and we had a super fun time. She was wearing a very stylish Prada dress – [a] lace dress, quite strong and heavy. With her new pixie-type hairstyle, I think it was really important to do slightly edgy makeup, so I went… and did a very strong eye to sort of balance out the whole combination of what she was presenting. To complement that we did a nude lip. Yeah, it was great fun to do that.
SH: In general, what is the color palette for this fall?
JS: There’s going to be a lot of red lips. You know, red, corals, hot pinks, maroons, but lots of strong, strong lips.
SH: How can we achieve this easily at home?
JS: [This color palette can] be done with, basically a naked face, or just mascara, or a little bit of cheek. But I saw a lot of [heavy, red lips] on the red carpet, and that’s a really beautiful look, I think it’s really chic. You can do a really strong painted mouth if you do the nude eye, and it somehow still looks really natural.
For Jo’s red carpet tips on creating a smoky eye, watch the video below:
I just got back from a two week jaunt in London where Burberry is more than just a trench coat, it’s a lifestyle, and grey isn’t merely a term used to describe your mood, it’s the prerequisite climate. But London brought us some of my favorite fashion and beauty icons, like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and most recently Alexa Chung, so there’s something to be said for the right mix of crappy weather and snooty poshness.
While my overall view of Londerners isn’t necessarily one of “style icon”, I do believe that there is a bit more ease in a woman’s everyday hair and makeup routine (I dare not call it grunge, but it surely isn’t glam either). Perhaps because there isn’t a salon and mani/ pedi shop on every street corner and (gasp!) not one Sephora in all of London, or maybe Brits are just too busy pub-hopping and ducking from thunderstorms to care about a perfect face and cunning coif.
Now, that’s not to say you can’t find ways to get your beauty fix on when in London. There was an occasion where I had a stylist come to the house to blow out my hair (it only cost 30 pounds, roughly $48. That’s like Dry Bar prices!). The problem with London bathrooms is that there are no electrical sockets, so my awesome Clairol hairdryer with the straightener attachments (Andis 80345 Styler Hair Dryer) that I use to blow dry my bangs — well, it never even left my suitcase. And forget about a curling iron. I went into Boots (the Brits’ version of “Duane Reade”) to attempt to purchase a curling iron and all they had were butane ones! Therefore, I borrowed the Wand (a curling iron without the clasp) from a friend of a friend because I wanted beachy curls one evening and I ended up burning my cheek – another post entirely.
Yet, the Ateliers (upscale salons), though quaint, are rather posh themselves, like a treat you reserve for that “once every six months” cut and color. You wouldn’t dare dream of walking in simply for a blowout. And as George Northwood, stylist to Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (two of my favorite Brits), said in my recent interview, “you leave me and the whole time you’re away it looks beautiful, you don’t need to have blow dries, you don’t need to style it too much, it just sits and hangs.” And that really is the way that the Brits handle their hair: with ease and natural style.
As for the makeup, the Brits keep this pretty au naturel as well. Space NK is rather big in the UK, and the women seem to love their Armani foundations and Chanel quads. It was next to impossible to find Make Up For Ever HD anything (the foundation is a God sent), which I was desperately searching for to cover up the burned cheek. As with women everywhere, Brits seemed to have a love for full lashes and rosy cheeks (DiorShow Mascara and a MAC blush, respectively). But very few women that I spoke with even knew what BB cream was (shocking!) and even fewer were very interested in organic products (not one person had ever heard of Tata Harper).
However, I did turn quite a few of my American imports onto Simple, the skincare line that boasts a medley of natural ingredients and sells at an excellent price point. Simple actually started in the UK, but launched earlier this year in the U.S. (and I’ve been raving about their products ever since). Everyone fell into beauty lust with the Exfoliating Facial Wipes and Eye Makeup Remover, which made perfect sense since mascara was a beauty must-have.
Overall, my take away is that Americans spend at least double the amount of time getting ready — but we also have an insane encyclopedia of beauty products and knowledge. And a weekly blowout never hurts.
When it comes to making the transition from summer to fall, we tend to clean house. Sandals are replaced with closed-toed flats, strappy day dresses and bikini coverups are boxed away to make room for sweaters and jackets. The coral and peachy makeup hues find a place in the back of the drawer as we sift out our berry stains and plum blushes. But it’s our skin care routines that need the most maintenance. And I don’t mean simply a thicker moisturizer. The quick transition from summer’s heat to fall’s dryer climate can really take a toll on your complexion. I’ve called on Simple Skincare Consulting Dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer M. Segal for her tips on making this transition as seamless (and breakout-free) as possible.
Beauty Banter: 1. What is the number one skin concern when transitioning from summer to fall?
Jennifer Segal: Maintaining skin moisture. As the climate becomes cooler and drier, the skin needs to adjust to maintain its natural healthy barrier, and benefits from a gentle skin care routine with cleansing products that do not over dry the skin, and moisturizers that nourish and protect it.
BB: 2. Summer is often met with heat, the sun’s harsh rays and humidity. How does this bode for our skin?
JS: It is well known that the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun contribute not only to skin cancer and skin aging, but also the flaring of sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea. Heat and humidity can cause increased blood flow to the skin, and increased sensitivity and breakouts. Overall, the goal should be to nourish and protect the skin. I always recommend a gentle skin care routine combined with regular use of sunscreen that effectively blocks UVA and UVB rays. And, of course, staying out of the sun as much as possible! In addition, summer heat means more sweat and clogged pores. In the summer, we need to effectively cleanse the skin without over drying it, and I love the Simple line because it is so nourishing.
BB: 3. Is there a way that we can remedy our skin from the effects of summer climate?
JS: Applying antioxidants to the skin every morning provides extra sun protection, and should be used in addition to (not instead of) a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Topical Vitamins C and E have well-documented benefit, and I use them every day. Applying topical Vitamin A (tretinoin) two to three nights a week (doing so more frequently during the summer can be irritating) helps to undo the pigmentation and dullness caused by increased sun exposure, and also reduces clogged pores that lead to breakouts. Eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and staying hydrated by drinking water are also essential to overall health and the health of the skin. And healthy skin is beautiful skin!
BB: 4. What is different about the fall climate that will alter the natural ph balance of our skin?
JS: In the fall, the air has a drop in humidity, which can alter the skin pH (4.5-5.5) and make it more permeable, and therefore more susceptible to water loss. A skin care routine (particularly cleansers) should allow skin to achieve and maintain its normal pH, ensuring a healthy barrier.
BB: 5. I notice that in summer I tend to break out more. Why is this?
JS: There are a variety of reasons for summer breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, the increased breakouts could be rosacea, which is triggered by increased sun exposure. In this case, a gentle skin care routine, sunscreen, and sun avoidance (sit in the shade!) are essential. If you have normal to oily skin, you could have an increase in clogged pores from sweat and sunscreen products, which can then lead to breakouts. Do NOT do without sunscreen, but do regularly cleanse your skin and gently exfoliate as you are able to.
BB: 6. In that transition period when the weather becomes a bit drier, I don’t necessarily want to slather my face with heavy creams. JS: What’s an alternative? Can you give us some tips for keeping breakouts at bay during climate changes?
Keeping the skin hydrated starts with cleansing. Using a gentle cleanser that does not over dry the skin is essential, and can make it possible to use lighter moisturizers. Simple has Light and a Rich Moisturizers, and I love them both, particularly the Rich because it provides extra hydration without a greasy feel. It is important to remember that breakouts are not always caused by clogged pores—sensitive skin breakouts can worsen with changes in the weather, increased sun exposure, and stress. Using gentle skin care products such as Simple Skincare is essential to preventing breakouts in sensitive skin.
BB: 7. What are a few great skin ingredients that benefit the natural state of healthy skin for fall’s climate?
JS: Topical Vitamin E can enrich and add luster to dry, stressed skin. Eating a diet rich in natural oils is beneficial as well.
BB: 8. Why do you find the Simple range to be ideal for this finicky transition period?
JS: Getting through this seasonal transition is all about maintaining balance and hydration in the skin, and Simple has something for everyone. Whether you prefer a gel or a creamy wash (or no water at all—the wipes are great!), a light moisturizer or a thicker one, the constant among the Simple products is that they gently cleanse and nourish the skin without causing irritation. I particularly love that they are readily available in drugstores and very reasonably priced. This access makes them especially ideal!
BB: 9. What are the 2 products you would recommend for all skin types when making this transition from summer to fall?
JS: I love the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer because it nourishes the skin without feeling greasy, and the Cleansing Facial Wipes for a great refresh that does not over dry the skin.
BB: 10. What is your role with Simple Skincare?
JS: I am the Consulting Dermatologist for Simple Skincare, and am delighted to be able to educate Americans (it is already well known in the UK) about this skincare line. So many of my patients struggle with sensitive skin (as to I), and this is such a wonderful and accessible solution. Both the products and the Simple Skincare brand are in keeping with my personal philosophy that healthy skin is beautiful skin.
Picture this: It’s late at night. You just got home from drinks (and maybe even a dance or two) with the girls. You’re exhausted (seeing double?), but that voice inside your head, the one that I like to call “reason,” keeps chiming in “take off your makeup or you’re going to wake up with a massive zit.” So, you surrender. But not before diving under the covers, rolling on your side and reaching for your Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes. A few easy swipes to the face – and eyes, yes eyes – the makeup’s off and your skin is clean and revitalized. No water, no 30-minute nightly skin regimen. Easy peasy. Good night.
While I wouldn’t recommend making a nightly routine out of skipping a good wash, moisturizer and eye cream, for those nights where you’re grappling between crashing out with a full face of makeup and wiping off the day, go for the wipes… every time… without fail. Simple’s Exfoliating Wipes are pretty spectacular. Not only do the double sided wipes do the trick of removing everything – and gently (ideal for sensitive skin) – the wipes are also slightly perforated to really get into the crevices of your pores and gently lift dead skin cells. Did you know that makeup that has settled into your pores and fine lines can actually enlarge those spaces? Scary to think that wearing makeup for extended periods of time (powders mostly) has the ability to deepen your lines. This is why it is so crucial to remove makeup – especially fallen mascara and eye shadow! – before sleeping.
The Simple Skincare wipes contain Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, both incredibly soothing ingredients making these great to use in between washes too. For example, after a workout or, as Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the 2012 Women’s National Soccer Team told me, after her soccer practices. Because you’re not applying water and soapy irritants to your skin, you can use these wipes on-the-go. Swipe and get on with your day. However, I’m still partial to using them as a gentle makeup remover. No wrinkles for this face, thank you very much.
PRICE TAG: $5 for a pack of 25 wipes or $10 for a two-pack
(click “read more” to watch the interview with US woman’s soccer goalkeeper, Hope Solo)
Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the US Woman’s National soccer team (the same one that is headed to London for the 2012 summer games), has just teamed up with Simple Skincare. And at a recent event for the US launch of the Simple facial skincare product line designed to treat sensitive skin, I had the chance to interview Hope about her simple beauty routine — on and off the field.
Hope’s Product Recommendation: Simple’s Facial Cleansing Wipes: “My motto is ‘look good, feel good, play good.'” Watch the video for more great skin advice (and find out what other 2012 summer sports she’s getting excited to watch come June)!