The Product: Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, $38
Why: I’ve never been one to obsess over an eye cream. To be honest, if you’re using a fabulous moisturizer that’s loaded with anti-aging and line smoothing ingredients, you don’t really need to use eye cream. But lately, I’ve been swiping on the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel just because it looked like something that might feel amazing to slather on. Doesn’t every love affair with a product start this way?
I wasn’t necessarily expecting for this to be a magic eraser for crow’s feet or anything. I just thought I’d give it a go to see if it would make any sort of difference. Maybe my skin care routine would have room in it for an eye cream? It surly wouldn’t hurt to try it. It’s packed with ingredients like peptides, Arginine, Calendula extract and Cucumber extract after all.
After I used the blue tinted gel for a couple of weeks, I can’t say that the skin around my eyes looked any different. To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention to that. But, I simply couldn’t stop using it. It just felt good to spend the extra 20 seconds to glide this along my eye area. Because it’s a gel, it offers a nice, yet totally subtle, cooling sensation. It’s almost like a glass of crisp Pinot Grigio for your eyes. It helps them unwind a bit after a long day. Soothing, cooling and comforting. It’s been a couple of months now and I’m still using it. That’s got to mean something, right?
Filed under Skin Care, Skin
Last week I escaped the Los Angeles area for Truckee, Calif. (basically the Lake Tahoe area). One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to pick up local beauty products. On this trip I stumbled upon Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant, $8. Not necessarily a glamorous beauty product to try, but an essential one, for sure. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous deodorant posts, these days I only wear natural deodorants. I’m breastfeeding after all, so I figure it’s safer to stick to the chemical-free stuff.
Unlike some of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried, this one (which is made locally in Truckee, Calif.) is more of a creamy balm deodorant. You scoop out a dime-sized dollop of the stuff and swipe it under your arms. The fragrance I chose is a fantastic, and subtle, lavender mint scent. Fresh and natural-smelling. It definitely doesn’t have the crunchy, hippie vibe you might expect from a totally natural beauty product. That’s due to the fact that the base is made of coconut oil.
I’ve been wearing it for about a week and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite. Scooping the product out of the tin is actually less cumbersome than I thought it might be.
One warning though, it will melt if you leave it in a warm area, so beware.
So, you stayed out in the sun too long and got nasty burn. It happens to the best of us. Especially in the most common areas to fry: Around your hairline and in your part, the tops of your feet, under your bathing suit straps and underarms (if you’ve ever fallen asleep with your arms draped over your head, you know what I’m talking about). So, aside from focusing on those hot spots when you sunscreen, what can you do after the burn? Dermatologist Naila Malik, MD, from Westlake, Texas, shares her post-sun fast-healing tips about what you can do to soothe painful sunburn.
Cool Your Skin: Shower with cool water or apply a cool compress to the hurt-y skin. Also, skin products with a cooling effect like aloe and menthol may help speed healing. Try Solarcaine Cool Aloe Burn Relief Pain Relieving Gel, $8, or Dr. Malik’s own brand, Naila MD Calm Cleansing Gelee, $36 for some relief.
Moisturize: Slather on lotion to hydrate skin from the outside, but be sure to avoid products with alcohol, artificial fragrances, colors or parabens. You can also use Vitamin E oil directly from the vitamin capsule to prevent scaring.
Up your Vitamin C: Eat foods high in natural vitamin C like fresh citrus. They can reduce the severity of sunburn and improve healing, says Dr. Malik.
Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to help speed up healing too.
Have you gotten red this summer?
- Carrie Stern Kleiner
Filed under Skin, Skin Care
Today we’re kicking off a new column — one that my hubby Justin will contribute to from time to time when he tries a grooming product worth sharing or when he has a question that I think other dudes out there will care to know the answer to.
What he wanted to talk about today, through me, since he wouldn’t dare write this up himself, is the Ahava Men Age Control Moisturizing Cream SPF 15, $32.
Here’s why he can’t stop talking about this face-protecting moisturizer, which he’s been using for about a month:
- “It rubs in very easily after I shave in the morning without any stinging sensation even though it has SPF.”
- “I get my sun protection for the day.”
- ”It has an awesome scent that isn’t overpowering. It’s a fresh scent that sticks with me … and the wife digs it.” [Note from the wife: The scent is fresh and a bit peppery/spicy. Very sexy, but in a subtle way.]
- “It doesn’t take up much space in my drawer. And, it’s light for traveling, which is huge.”
- “The pump doesn’t clog like a lot of others do after a few days of not being used.”
- ”You never have to pump it more than once for the product to come out.”
- “One pump is the amount you need for your entire face.”
Bottom line: “There’s nothing not to like. It’s kick ass.”
Full disclosure: The company provided a sample of this product for us to test. See the complete disclosure policy here.