skyn ICELAND Detox Kit

I’ve been writing about them a lot lately, because skyn ICELAND is fast becoming one of my favorite skin care lines.
Skyn ICELAND is all about solutions for stressed skin, and essentially all of us fall into the stressed category.

Late for work? Idiot boss? Not sleeping enough? Traveling? Getting married? (Already married?) Not enough sunshine? Too much sunshine? Hectic commute? Boyfriend issues?… The list goes on and on, tons of reasons why a girl might be stressed, or why her skin might be suffering.

skyn ICELAND has a limited edition trial size of their fabulous Detox Kit available, and you need to get it quickly before they all sell out.

The skyn ICELAND Detox Kit gives your stressed skin a fighting chance with four products that work in harmony to turn your skin around so that it emerges fresh, clear, soft and glowing.

Inside the kit are the following:

 Glacial Face Wash
Glacial Face Wash helps relieve bumps, breakouts and irritation due to stress-related increases in hormone levels and oil production. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial botanicals, this creamy, foaming cleanser is exceedingly mild, so it detoxifies and purifies without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Skin’s harmony, balance and glow are restored.

 Arctic Face Mist

Has your frantic lifestyle led to a surge in stress-related hormones and histamines? If so, your skin may be irritated, exhausted and depleted of vital hydration and nutrients. You need relief and protection against future damage — and you need it fast.
Newly reformulated, dye-free Arctic Face Mist instantly helps calm and stabilize irritable, depleted skin with a cooling burst of natural mineral water, while fortifying it against the aging effects of free radicals and environmental stress. Powerful antioxidants and a daily dose of multivitamins for skin help energize and replenish for a radiant, healthy glow.
Perfect to spritz on travel weary skin during long flights!

The ANTIDOTE – Quenching Daily Lotion

The ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion is a lightweight hydrating lotion for chronically stressed skin. It goes on with a cooling burst to decongest, detoxify and stabilize skin, returning it to its natural fresh and healthy state. With daily use, skin is fortified and protected from the ravages of stress.

Oxygen Infusion Night Cream
Oxygen Infusion Night Cream helps replenish what stress has depleted.

Stressed-out skin can be depleted, dull, irritated, flaky, bumpy, angry, broken-out and congested.
Oxygen Infusion Night Cream is a gentle emollient formula infused with natural extracts and nurturing bioactive elements. Micro-encapsulated oxygen fortifies and energizes skin, restoring tone and texture to optimal levels. Designed to work with skin’s natural renewal process, it transforms skin on the verge of a nervous breakdown to the translucent, glowing, fresh skin you crave.

These kits are fantastic to travel with, both on long haul international flights, to help you arrive looking fresh and radiant, as well as on shorter domestic flights, where your skin still takes a dehydrating, stress induced beating. The trial size detox kit is perfect to take on board with you, and even arrives in a see through pouch, ideal for they x-ray security scan.
They are the perfect gift for a bride leading up to her wedding day, or for a bride venturing out on her honeymoon, needing to decompress and sooth her skin along the way.

Actually, they are pretty much perfect for any of us making our way through a frequently stressful, environmentally polluted life.


Chemical Peels You Can Do At Home

I’ve had so many emails about the post I did on chemical peels, many from ladies who either don’t live near a  day spa, who’s budget doesn’t allow for it right now, or who’s schedule doesn’t permit frequenting one, but all of whom want to add the chemical peel into their skin care regime.

If you fall into that category, or if you just want to do them at home, here are a couple of fabulous options from my go to skin care website,

Credentials Fruit Enzyme Peel ($25)

Utilizing a blend of fruit extracts and enzymes, this unique product exfoliates without using granules or abrasives. Salicylic acid, combined with papaya and bromelin enzymes, dissolves surface buildup for a purer finish. Naturally fragrant spearmint and camphor oils increase circulation, aiding the skin in the release of toxins, and reducing inflammation. Formulated with oil-free moisture, the skin is rendered soft, brightened and revived.

After cleansing the skin, apply and leave on for 10 -15 minutes, then rinse off. (easy peasy)

Dr Denese Firming Facial Resurfacing Peel $34.99

What is it: An innovative, creamy orange peel that delivers a brightened, refreshed complexion. It deeply exfoliates to reveal smooth, radiant skin that is firm, toned, and glowing, while improving skin’s texture and elasticity in just five minutes.

Who is it for: Anyone with poor skin texture; uneven skin tone; dull, lackluster skin; skin lacking radiance and glow; lack of firmness to the skin; dry, rough skin; or tired, unhealthy looking skin.

Why is it different: Enriched with innovative Actizone Firming Factor, this new, ultra-light peel delivers superior visible benefits from using the treatment just a few times a week. It delivers an instant glow and smoothness to the skin, deeply exfoliates the skin, and helps revitalize skin texture and clarity.

How do I use it: Cleanse face. Apply peel to the entire face, avoiding the eye area. Leave peel on for five minutes, then rinse off with warm water to reveal a smooth, glowing, firm complexion.

Most peels can be used weekly to keep your skin in glowing, luminous condition, and are definitely preferable to facial scrub exfoliants, in my opinion anyway!

If you go to BeautyatSkinDeep check out their sample program. You can build your skin care wardrobe one step at a time with products they let you sample first.
They have great Help and Advice sections, and beauty experts to help you choose the correct products for your skin type and needs.

New Year New You – Chemical Peels

There’s no time quite like the beginning of a bright and shiny new year to take a good long look in the mirror, run a little inventory on what we’ve got going on, and resolve to make some changes.
Most of us immediately start thinking about diets and exercise, maybe a change to the hairdo, and some additions to (or subtractions from!) the wardrobe as we make our way into the year ahead, seeking out the fabulous creature we know is hidden under the post holiday season fall out.

image by Jason Christopher

This year why not lean in to that mirror and have a closer look at your skin. The more we take care of our complexion, the more fresh and youthful we look and the less makeup we need on top.
There are plenty of steps that a girl can take towards improving her skin, and over the next few weeks we will be delving in to some of them, but today we are starting with some souped up exfoliation.

The chemical peel. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?
There are actually several kinds of chemical peels and each of them is recommended to treat different skin concerns.
A Chemical Peel is a treatment that smooths skin,  thus enhancing its appearance. This procedure consists in applying a chemical solution that contains a small amount of acid on the skin, removing the damaged outer layers and essentially improving the smoothness and texture of the skin, leaving you looking fresh faced and youthful, and your skin bright and vibrant.

Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths, from the super mild, over the counter do it yourself at home peel, to the medium strengths of the in salon peels, to the hardcore doctor performed super strong peels. (Not for the faint of heart.)

Chemical peels take the exfoliation process to a whole new level. They are designed to

  • reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • treat areas of dryness
  • reduce uneven pigmentation
  • aid in the control of acne
  • smooth rough dry skin
  • improve the texture of sun-damaged skin
  • make your skin look and feel more vibrant

Personally I love Glycolic peels. My facialist Roxanne, at the Skin & Makeup Institute convinced me to try one a few months ago, and I now have them on a regular basis.
A Glycolic Peel is a light chemical peel done with an acid in the family of AHAs (also called fruit acids) called Glycolic Acid. (Glycolic  is one of the milder peels.) It will give you a bigger result than a regular exfoliation, but isn’t so drastic that you get all red faced and scaly.
And its a  great way to say hello to a new year!