This time of year, people everywhere go nuts for anything pumpkin spice–lattes, body lotion, candles, you name it. The problem that I have with it is, most of these products do not contain any real pumpkin. Because something is labeled “pumpkin spice” it does not mean it really contains the wonderful benefits of pumpkin. I decided to take a deep dive into the interwebs to search for beauty products with real pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, and I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to find, but what I did find looks very promising!
The benefits of pumpkin
If you are a skincare collector, like me, you will most likely have tried an enzyme mask that contains pumpkin. You may or may not remember a tingling or stinging sensation while using it. This is because pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are known to increase cell turnover and works as a brightener. Similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid, pumpkin will also help slough off those dead skin cells and give you a smooth glow.
You will also be happy to know that pumpkin also contains antiaging antioxidants Vitamin A and C, which are famous for boosting collagen=plumper skin!
Pumpkin seeds are just as equally great for the skin, but play a different role. Chock full of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, this oil has many benefits for the skin, including protecting it and regulating oils.
Good for all skin types, this triple-action exfoliator uses pumpkin enzymes, aluminum oxide crystal, and AHA to reveal smooth and radiant skin. If you have enlarged pores, dull and uneven skin, this is your new best friend. Some Sephora customers say that they saw an immediate difference after using the mask. This product has almost 5 perfect stars on Sephora.com!
This cleansing oil uses enzyme action and pumpkin seed oil to remove makeup and impurities. The oil’s cocktail contains zero parabens or synthetic fragrances, and no GMOs. If you have dry skin and seeking out anti-aging ingredients, you will love bringing this into your double-cleansing routine. You will still have to use a foaming or gel cleanser to remove any oil residue–especially if you use the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser.
If you have sun-damaged skin on your body, this lotion is for you. Infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to improve tone and elasticity of arms, legs, and anywhere you need help! Arcona uses no harmful ingredients, so you can feel confident that you aren’t using anything toxic on your body. A win-win!
Pure pumpkin seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is deeply hydrating. There is a long list of benefits including helping to promote hair growth by strengthening hair at the follicles and lessening stretch marks. For hair benefits, you can leave it on the scalp for 20 minutes for shine and prevent split ends. The product is currently rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!
If dry and cracked hands are your worst enemy during the colder months, you may want to check this out! This luxe hand cream contains peanut, cashew, almond and pumpkin seed butters, and soothing essential oils to moisturize dry, sore hands. A huge win for this product is that customers say it helps with their eczema. Plus, who doesn’t like going into the amazing Lush store?
This natural lip balm is loaded with cold-pressed virgin pumpkin seed oil, an excellent emollient and moisturizer. Pumpkin seed oil is chock full of nutrients like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and it is rich in the mineral zinc. Pumpkin seed oil readily sinks into the skin, does not leave skin feeling oily and helps repair dry damaged skin and lips.
Loaded up with cardiovascular support nutrients, this pumpkin seed oil supplement contains two forms of Vitamin E, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. Pumpkin seed oil is a source of zinc and phytochemicals, which helps promote urinary and prostate health in men as they age. Overall, the supplement contains a high content of healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which provide support for cognitive function, brain development, blood-sugar metabolism, and healthy skin, joints, and connective tissue.
Doesn’t this list sound better than a pumpkin-scented candle? These healthy options are here all-year-round!
We’ve managed to creep right into fall right after summer kissed us goodbye a few weeks ago. All I can think about is how much sun damage I’ve incurred during my stay on Maui, where it seemed that my sunblock was useless! It’s time to transition into my fall skincare routine, which will focus on heavier moisturizer, fractional laser treatments at home, and a bit of body exfoliation. Oh yes, and don’t forget the sheet masks! I’ll share some of my skincare tips about transitioning your skincare treatments from summer to fall.
Let’s get right to it!
Key ingredients for hydration
All of those mattifying and oil-controlling products may not need to be the center of your skin’s universe any longer. Once the cooler fall air arrives, the humidity levels drop and your skin becomes drier. Those gel and water-based moisturizers that you loved all summer are probably not going to offer enough moisture to keep your skin supple.
According to Dermstore.com, you should look for moisturizers and serums that contain hyaluronic acid, botanical oils, and ceramides that will help lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.
Your cleanser should not strip the natural oils of your skin. Your mild daily cleanser option should be good enough to remove your makeup gently and exfoliate using a natural exfoliant (no granules!) with moisturizing properties.
As for treatment masks, fall is the perfect time to stock up on those! The main ingredient in your mask should be hyaluronic acid, which works to bind more water molecules to help restore moisture to the skin.
Let’s dive deeper into some products to help you achieve your best skin during the dry seasons ahead!
CLEANSING: If you use a foaming cleanser in the morning, you may be using something that strips the beautiful natural oils of your face. There are a few important things you need to know about cleansing in general: 10 seconds of scrubbing isn’t going to do you any good. Massage your cleanser into your face for at least 60 seconds. This gives the product a chance to work and helps soften the skin. My favorite gel cleanser for morning and night is the Tria Priming Cleanser, which is designed to retain your skin’s moisture while preparing it for laser or makeup application. It contains willow bark extract which is a gentle, natural exfoliant–and it will help combat dryness.
TONER/SERUM: Remember I mentioned ceramides? You will definitely want a piece of this action when you read more about it. Ceramides work as a natural skin barrier that protects you against environmental aggressors while helping you retain moisture. It sounds like a dream ingredient, right? The amazing serum toner DR. JART+ Ceramidin Liquid contains a 5-Cera Complex to keep your skin plump with moisture. With all the rave reviews about it on Sephora’s website, this looks like the perfect product to prepare your skin for your daytime moisturizer.
MOISTURIZER: You will need to keep up with your sun exposure protection during fall and winter, so invest in a product that is going to give you at least SPF 30 broad-spectrum protection. The Murad Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA +++ is a good example of a day cream that will take care of sun exposure as well as providing anti-aging benefits with pomegranate and grape seed extracts.
EYE CREAM: Don’t you dare forget eye cream! The cooler weather also drains the moisture from the skin around your eyes, so be sure to apply the Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream to prepare for makeup application and to hydrate the eye area. Also, it’s the BEST cream to use post-Eye Wrinkle Laser treatment–so soothing.
CLEANSING: You will want to stick to your daytime cleanser and keep the suds gentle. You can use the Tria Priming Cleanser as a one-step cleanser to remove everything, including makeup. If you wear very heavy makeup, I swear by the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to get rid of long-wear foundations and concealers. You would use this balm first, then cleanse with your regular cleanser.
TREATMENT: If you’re over 30, it’s time to start stimulating your collagen production (it starts declining at age 25!) with the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser and the Eye Wrinkle Laser. You will need to commit to the face laser 5 nights per week, and the Eye Wrinkle Laser daily in order to see maximum results. It is like having office treatments done in your own home at just a fraction of the cost. These lasers are key to restoring a brighter complexion while reducing lines and wrinkles.
MOISTURIZER: You may notice slightly more dryness when using a laser, so you will need to amp up your moisture at night. The Super C Brightening Moisturizer is specially developed with a unique oil-based form of Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol to brighten and absorb. It also contains hyaluronic acid, that magic ingredient that helps your skin cling to moisture! If the moisturizer isn’t enough to combat your drier skin at night, you can opt to use a toner or serum-containing ceramides (like I mentioned in the “daytime” section) prior to your moisturizer.
Don’t Forget the Rest of Your Body!
Make sure to carry your toners, serums, and moisturizers down to the neck area and décolleté, especially after all of the summer sun exposure to your chest area. Make sure to get that SPF on the neck and chest during the day, you don’t want to cause any further sun damage! I personally carry my foundation down to the neck and chest to even the skin tone to match my face.
Your body needs exfoliation all year round, but now that we’re heading into drier months, the body needs more care than usual. There are a couple products that I love to use to buff away dead skin cells. For hardcore buffing, the Baiden Mitten has been a staple in my body care routine for years–the dead skin literally rolls off in the shower! Made from natural fibers, the mitten is a great maintenance tool that you would use 2-3 times per month to maintain your glow. For daily body care, I love the RENAHA Smart Renewal Body Serum that contains lactic acid and xylitol which draws water molecules from within the skin to the surface for extra hydration.
You should definitely take the time to pay attention to your body, although you may not be showing much of it in the cold weather!
A good night’s rest is crucial for waking up to beautiful and regenerated skin. Your nighttime skincare routine is also an essential part of your skin’s well-being. Do you think that not removing your makeup and sleeping four hours is going to result in a lovely morning face in the mirror? I’ll explain why your night skincare routine is the most important part of your skin’s day, and what you can do to get started on a path to gloriously beautiful skin!
Beauty sleep is real
I can’t stress enough that your skincare routine does not end after you take your makeup off at night. Sure, it sounds convenient to rinse and roll into bed, but that is probably not going to be enough if you want to work toward glowing and youthful skin. Your skin deserves your time and effort, and the night time is the best time to relax and enjoy some TLC with your face. Lucky for us, Tria Beauty has everything you need for a complete night routine, which includes the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser for reversing signs of sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Research shows that beauty sleep is a real thing–just think about the last time you slept less than seven hours. How did your face look when you woke up? After a long day of working the daily grind, commuting, and helping the kids with their homework, your body (and face) needs a good rest to regenerate, and that means getting at least seven hours of sleep per night. Your cells are working overtime during these hours to renew, and you need to supply your skin with the proper nutrients as this process happens.
I always start off removing my eye and brow makeup first. Getting that out of the way ensures that I won’t get any mascara or eye makeup into my eyes as I am cleansing. I prefer micellar water, like this one for all skin types from French brand Caudalie. I saturate a cotton round with the micellar water and press it to one eye at a time to let it absorb for a moment. Then I use a gentle downward motion to remove the makeup completely. For any residue, I use a cotton swab dipped in the micellar water to remove anything stuck between my lashes.
Next, I use the Tria Priming Cleanser to clean away my foundation, concealer, powder, and whatever else is lingering on my face at the end of the day. Since we will discuss incorporating the SmoothBeauty Age-Defying Laser in this routine, all of your makeup must be completely removed so there is nothing blocking the laser from penetrating. The Willow Bark Extract in the cleanser gently exfoliates while the moisturizing complex helps your skin retain your skin’s natural oils.
It’s all about the laser
This laser is going to change everything. In the beginning, you might notice a bit of dry skin or flakiness, so you want to make sure if you are using any type of prescribed Retin-A or tretinoin that you refrain from using it on the areas you are treating with the laser. Over-the-counter retinol is weaker and should be okay to use in conjunction with your laser treatments.
The SmoothBeauty Age-Defying laser sends beams of light deep beneath the skin’s surface where collagen and elastin form, accelerating skin’s natural rejuvenation process. In a clinical study, 89% of users report that the SmoothBeauty Laser leaves their skin looking better than any other product. When the laser causes the skin’s natural healing response to spring into action, new collagen will form, and the skin will naturally exfoliate.
In my personal experience, I saw a big difference in the texture and tone of my skin in four weeks when I used the laser five days per week. After twelve weeks, you can give the laser a break for four weeks, then return to your regular twelve-week regimen.
Vitamin C is your key ingredient to anti-aging at night! Tria’s Super C Brightening Moisturizer is formulated with an oil-based form of Vitamin C that is absorbed into the skin. This powerful antioxidant moisturizer works to protect skin against free radical damage without irritation. In a study, it was found that Vitamin C decreased photoaging, better known as sun damage, increased collagen, and also improved hydration. With the addition of hyaluronic acid, your skin will attract moisture, keeping your face hydrated during sleep. Just apply the moisturizer to your face, neck, and chest.
What about the eyes?
There is only so much that an eye cream can do. The customers who have tried the SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser say that when combined with a good eye cream you will see crow’s feet and lines diminish within two to eight weeks and beyond. The laser will need to be used every single day as part of your beauty ritual. You will love the benefits!
After your eye laser treatment, you will want to cool it down and moisturize. The Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream is expertly formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Ginger Extract to soothe and hydrate laser-treated skin, and age targeting boosters to help smooth the eye area. This is a must-have eye cream if you are using the laser! The metal tip adds an extra coolness that feels very calming.
Of course, the next course of action is to hit the hay. I recommend that in order to get a good night’s sleep, to wear a sleep mask to keep the light out (or husbands that check email in the middle of the night on their bright cell phones). The copper-infused Beauty Boosting Eye Mask is going to do a couple of things for you while you sleep: keep out the light, and reduce lines with copper. Copper is an essential mineral known to enhance skin appearance for a healthy, youthful glow. The mask has a thick layer of padding and feels very luxurious!
This nighttime routine may sound like a lot for some people who are not used to spending time in front of the mirror. If you are serious about anti-aging and keeping your skin glowing, then you need to trust the process. The total time for using the lasers is about ten minutes when used on the highest setting, so we’re really not taking more than fifteen minutes for the entire process. The more you invest in your skincare time, the better results you will see.
Believe it or not, fall begins next month. I’m not ready to start brewing up some pumpkin spice lattes just yet, but I am exploring upcoming fall beauty trends that we’ll be seeing in the coming months ahead. I scoured the interwebs looking at NYFW runway trends for Fall/Winter and peeked at some of my favorite Instagram accounts. Here are a few of my favorite trends for fall 2019!
Buttery Skin Trend
To best describe the buttery skin (sounds delicious!) makeup trend, I’d say it’s an all-over glow, rather than a strategically placed highlight glow. This look does not rely on skincare products to do all the work, but rather the makeup does all of the talking, er, glowing.
To get this look, you will need freshly washed and hydrated skin. I prefer using full coverage, yet dewy foundation for this look and I highly recommend the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50 to even out the skin and conceal any blemishes. After that I applied, I take a dime-sized amount of the Milani Cosmetics Soft Focus Glow in Golden Glow on my fingertips and pat it all over my skin. You can alternatively mix this glowing cream in with the foundation as well if you want a more subtle look.
I like monochromatic makeup due to the fact that it is quick with a no-brainer application. The look that you see above was snapped directly off of the Cushnie Fall/Winter 2019 runway. Backstage makeup artist Grace Lee explained that the terra cotta hued look was created using Maybelline’s Color Sensational Made lipstick in Mauve-For-Me or Spice-for-Me on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. What is wonderful about these lipsticks are that Maybelline tested these shades on fifty diverse skintones–meaning that they created these colors to suit all skin tones!
TIPS: If you are in a pinch, you can apply the lipstick to your eyes, lips, and cheeks with a fingertip and blend. If you prefer that your fingers stay off of your makeup products, you can opt to use a sheer blending brush for all over color, like the Chanel Dual-Tip Concealer Brush which has one flat end for applying cream-based products and a round end for blending. For the cheeks, you can use your blending sponge for a quick application.
Bambi Lashes Trend
Think back to the eyelashes of the 60s–wide-eyed with a little help of liquid liner to create faux bottom lashes. The trend is back, but not as dramatic as the lashes that model Twiggy Lawson made famous in the late 1960s. This lash trend is a little tamer and wearable but may take a bit of practice to master.
Backstage at Anna Sui’s NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 show, makeup artist Pat McGrath explained that brows are taking a “backseat” next season and that heavy lashes are making their way to the forefront of beauty. Volumizing mascaras will be flying off of the shelves, and McGrath developed her own mascara to create this “doll-eye” look herself: FetishEyes Mascara.
TIPS: When using a volumizing mascara, try to stick to using just one coat. Attempting to apply a second coat may result in unflattering tarantula lashes. I recommend using a lash primer first to help plump and separate the lashes before using mascara: Dior’s DiorShow Maximizer 3D Primer. To complete the doll eye, or “Bambi” lash look, you can opt to apply very thin vertical lines with a liquid liner between your bottom lashes to create a faux lash look.
Now here’s a hairstyle we can all relate to–the messy bun! The messy bun is thankfully on-trend for fall, but there is a twist! The hair is sleek and shiny and combed up into the elastic band into a ponytail. Then it is teased a bit before it is wound around the hair elastic to create a voluminous messy look. The bun can be worn high or low. I personally think the low bun looks a bit dressed up as the high bun appears a bit more casual (think “sweater weather” hair).
TIPS: I prefer to use spiral hair ties over regular elastic bands. I have thick, coarse hair and I usually break any hair tie! With the spiral ties, I have witnessed no breakage and it is easy on the hair. After I tease my ponytail with a comb, I like to loosely pin down my bun with bobby pins as I wrap it, just to make sure it is secure.
Blunt Bob Haircut
Everyone is rocking the blunt bob these days: Hailey Bieber, Ayesha Curry, and so many other celebs have chopped their hair this summer. This hairstyle is going to go hard in fall as well. Although the style itself is low maintenance, you will need to ensure you go in for a trim every three to six weeks to maintain that blunt cut look.
TIPS: You will most likely need to invest in a good flat iron if your hair is not straight enough to pull off this look. Try applying a shine product like Drybar’s The Chaser Shine Cream to damp hair before styling. You’ll need to wash more often with a shorter hairstyle, so you’ll want to invest in a hair powder to keep that volume and oil under control. Try Oribe Swept Up Hair Volume Powder to spray on the roots daily.
Copper Red Hair
Coppery red hair looks so beautiful against the fall leaves. If you are daring enough to try red yourself, fall will be the season to see red! Of course, with red hair, you need to be very careful if you are going to DIY it at home. You can take a simple quiz on Madison Reed’s website to determine if you are a good candidate for DIY red hair dye. I personally failed the quiz when I said I wanted to dye my hair red again after dying it black and blue ombre. Oops! Unfortunately, I have to fade my hair naturally before going any lighter, but for the rest of you, you may be in luck!
TIPS: I’ve had red hair for many years, and I can attest to the fact that red hair dye FADES. Lucky for us, there are many brands that carry a line of color depositing shampoo. My favorite brand is Celeb Luxury, and they carry many shades of red to quench your desire to maintain or enhance vibrant red hair.
Rich Red Lips
There is nothing shy or sheer about this fall’s red lip trend. Pat McGrath is back to bring us another trend for the season at Chloe’s NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 runway. The lips that McGrath created are vibrant, opaque, and seen here with extreme definition. These are fierce lips! All I can think of is Pat McGrath’s Exxotica lipstick for fall, which is the perfect violet-based burgundy red shade that will set the mood.
TIPS: If you’re like me, red lipstick bleeds. My trick is to apply a high-quality lip liner on the entire lip area first. Try Pat McGrath’s Manhattan lip liner around the lip line, then blend onto the rest of the lips with a lip brush. Apply your lipstick, then blot on a tissue, then reapply. You should be good for your morning coffee!
If you are a frequent skincare consumer (or read beauty articles), you’ve without a doubt read that collagen is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance. You know it’s vital to your skin, and you especially know it is something you need in your anti-aging routine. But what is collagen, and how can you really boost it? Does consuming it make you look younger, or is it a buzzword used in beauty marketing? Let’s take a closer look at collagen and what modern tools are needed to keep it flowing.
Different types of collagen
To simplify collagen’s definition, it is a protein that creates structure all over your body, including the structure of your face, fingernails, and bones. It acts as a cement that glues together cells to create supportive strands. Although there are 28 types of collagen in our body, there are only five significant types of collagen that are the most crucial.
According to renewalliance.com, Type I Collagen is the most abundant in our body (over 90%) and stronger than steel by weight. It is found in our skin, hair, nails, muscle, joints, and organs.
Type II Collagen makes up movable joints.
Type III (the so-called ‘baby collagen’) is the second most abundant collagen in human tissue.
Type IV forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane.
Type V is present in cell surfaces, hair and placenta.
Did you know that collagen was this important to your body as a whole? It is the key protein that creates beautiful and healthy-looking skin.
What happens to collagen as we age?
The bad news about collagen is that we lose it. When we turn about 25 years of age, our collagen production starts to put on the brakes a bit, then slows down dramatically after age 30. We lose about 1-2% of collagen each year after 30! You will inevitably compromise your collagen levels if you smoke cigarettes or get too much sun or pollution exposure.
When you start to see lines and wrinkles form on the face, your Type 1 and Type 5 collagen is starting to slow down in production. Usually, it is around this time when consumers begin to panic and buy every anti-aging cream on the market in hopes to reverse the damage. While the world isn’t going to end when you get crow’s feet, it may cause you to start to explore anti-aging options that are out on the market.
What can you do to boost collagen?
There are plenty of products on the market that claim to be the fountain of youth, but are you willing to go through expensive and exhaustive trials to find out? Here are two suggestions that combine natural collagen boosters along with some help from laser technology to help create firmer and more supple skin.
One way many consumers get their daily dose of collagen is to consume it through supplements. This subject is controversial because there have not been many scientific studies done on the effects of consumed collagen yet. Studies that were conducted were performed on very small groups, although the results reported have so far been impressive.
A study done in 2014 of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who consumed 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen every day for two months showed improved elasticity of the skin compared with the group that did not take the collagen.
According to WebMD.com, U.S. consumers were expected to spend $122 million on collagen products in 2018–30% up from 2017. As you can see from this example, collagen supplements and products are a seriously growing trend–but according to doctors, the quality of the supplement is important.
According to WebMD.com, you should choose a collagen supplement from a company that chooses their bones and tissues from cage-free, free-range, and antibiotic-free sources. They also suggest that you shop around for a trusted brand with a third-party label, like NSF or USP. WebMD also suggests that you stay clear of collagen supplements that contain probiotics, fiber, or other types of additives which could interact with the collagen and make it less effective.
Today’s skin rejuvenating lasers, like Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face and the SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser, are made to penetrate the surface of the skin using a non-ablative fractional laser that does not wound the skin as the stronger ablative laser does. These lasers have several benefits that include stimulating collagen production to fade wrinkles and smooth out the texture and exfoliating the surface of the skin to help brighten dark areas and give the skin a healthy glow.
How non-ablative fractional lasers work: The laser’s heat promotes collagen production, which triggers the skin to tighten up. Thousands of tiny columns are created by the fractional laser to stimulate a healing response, resulting in less visible crepey-ness and wrinkles along with a smoother texture.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), non-ablative laser treatments cost about $1,031 per session in the medical office, and it will take several sessions for most people in order to see good results. Tria’s SmoothBeauty Lasers for at-home use target beams of light deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production the same way that professional laser treatments do. In other words, you’re getting the same technology, but for a fraction of the cost of one session of laser treatment. No trips to the clinic and everything is done on your schedule!
Apply the sunscreen!
One more tip that will help you save your precious collagen: Use SPF 30 or more. A majority of your collagen is lost through UV exposure, so make sure you find a good SPF moisturizer or sunblock that you can wear daily.