Tag

skincare tips

Ask VMV, Skin

World Traveler Skincare: Top 9 Travel Skincare TipsFeatured

Ever gotten off a plane thinking, I wonder if my epidermis is in baggage claim? Or put mentholated vaginal wash on a rash after desperately trying (and failing) to navigate a pharmacy in a foreign country? What about an epic breakout the night before a big meeting or your best friend’s beach wedding? Skincare can’t be suspended just because you’re not at home. We asked the most peripatetic people we knew…how do you keep skin happy when traveling? Holly Byerly, Senior Esthetician and Brand Educator for VMV Hypoallegenics put together these 9 top skincare and beauty tips to help keep your skin in ship shape throughout your journey.
Sticker-WorldTravelerSkincare-HByerly-20150523

1. Passport. Phone. Regimen.

LVBInstagram-JPBnecessaire-11May2015-20150523
Pack your essentials. “It’s important to maintain your routine. Travel with the products that work well for you instead of making do with hotel amenities or nothing at all. Even a week away from your regular skin care can make you regret it.” This means keeping up your daily sunscreen, too!
Holly packs SuperSkin Care Hydra Balance Smart Cleanser, Hydra Balance Cleansing Scrub and Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer, plus Know-It-Oil, The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm and Armada Face Cover 30 sunscreen.

2. Pre-Flight: Go Lightly.

Blog-Mascara-Concealer-SheerLipTint-TravelSkinCare-Spring2015-20150523
Head to your flight with a clean and freshly hydrated face, free of foundation and powder.
If you feel too naked, opt for a few dabs of Skin-The-Buff Concealer, a Sheer Lip Tint and Ooh-La-Lash! Mascara.

3. Dress Code: Flexible-Smart-Comfortable.

LVBInstagram-ATAatTPC-blackpantssitting-30Mar2015-20150523
Dress so you can relax but not be disheveled. Being put together upon arrival helps you look peppier than you might actually feel. Light, wrinkle-free fabrics can help you sleep better and prevent lines in skin, which can get particularly deep as our extremities swell mid flight. Leggings are a great option — besides being super comfortable and easy to dress up or down, they prevent the edges of your pants from coming into contact with bathroom floors. Keep a sweater handy for temperature fluctuations. A dressier jacket in your hand carried luggage instantly makes you look more structured (and gives you more pockets!).

4. The Only 8 Makeup Items You’ll Ever Need For Travel

LVBInstagram-makeupinnecessaire-24Apr2015-20150523
I like to travel with as little as possible. With these mega-multitaskers, I can do just that!
#1 & 2: Skin-The-Bluff Concealers in No More Blues (the yellow is fundamental to camouflage tired undereyes!) and N1 (my shade).
#2: Antioxidant Powder Foundation. I like the flexibility: one product for light, medium or heavy coverage.
#3: (H)Eyebrow Eye + Brow Liner. Again, one product for brows and liner…even shadowing!
#4: Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini. I use this always-flattering-all-year shade not only as my cheek color, but also as an eyeshadow. It really wakes up tired skin and eyes!
#5: Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo. This earthy duo works well with (H)Eyebrow & Bellini for, you guessed, it, multiple options (see a trend here?)
#6 & 7: Sheer Lip Tint in Bubblegum and Velvet Matte Lipstick in Light My Fire (because who can travel with just one lipstick??). I mix a bit of Boo-Boo Balm with Light My Fire for a less intense color in the daytime, and use it by itself for a more dramatic nighttime look.
#8: Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara. This buildable, smear-proof formula is the traveler’s dream.

5. Soar! Not, SORE…

LVBInstagram-travelbag-26Apr2015-tumblr_nnfb56oZZ91s2vpdbo1_1280-20150523
Especially on flights longer than 6 hours, make sure your carry-on has a couple of basic hydration boosters. Mid-way through, take a moment to cleanse and rehydrate your skin. I suggest mini sizes of your SuperSkin Care Cleanser, Know-It-Oil, and Boo-Boo Balm for an in-flight skin quench.

6. Healthy Hydration

LVBInstagram-VMVwaterbottleonMOB-29Apr2015-20150523
Travel with an empty water bottle and refill frequently to make sure you drink plenty of water during your flight. This is especially true for kids who need even more hydration than we do.
Avoid sugary juices or sodas, coffee and alcohol — stick to water or soda water to keep your body and skin as hydrated as possible. This is important for the flight as well as post-flight recovery.

7. Bye-Bye, Boo-Boo’s!

LVBInstagram-BooBooBalm-OpenOnPlane-2013-20150523
Nicks, cracking skin, dry insides of nostrils…if you have to pack ONE thing, it’s The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm.
KID TIP: Make kids “captains” of specific tasks (“you’re the water captain” or “you’re the Boo-Boo Balm captain”). This builds their self esteem, makes them feel like part of the adventure (instead of like extra luggage), keeps them focused and can be surprisingly helpful!

8. Post-Flight Skincare:

YR-SpaClean-EyesClosed-ClutchingRobeFront-L-JRI_5817-20150523
When you have a moment to yourself, cleanse your skin and apply an easy-to-mix hydrating mask:
Pour equal parts Know-It-Oil and the SuperSkin Care Moisturizer for your skin type into a glass or bowl. Apply onto skin. Leave on for 20 minutes or overnight for a more intense skin treatment.

9. Jump start recovery:

Facial-LJTMask-GLO-20120205
You’d be amazed at what 60 minutes can “dew.”
One facial or spa treatment can mean instant refreshment and recovery. Traveling to San Francisco? Call (415) 255 9510 to book a facial or spa treatment with Holly at Hayes Valley Medical & Esthetics. Or call (212) 217 2762 to get your “dew” at our VMV Skin-Specialist Boutique in Soho if the big apple’s on your itinerary!
 
While we may not be able to control the weather, the lines or baggage handling, we can take command of our own smooth sailing!

Beauty, Family Blog, Healthy Living, Skin, Tip of the Week

5 Skincare Cult Faves You Need at a Music FestivalFeatured

Karen’s our resident music guru and heads our Global Markets team. Follow her on Instagram/Naranwoah!

My eyeglasses lost out to contact lenses the first night I sought out a band (Bloc Party) live — you just can’t whip your head back and forth with the constant fear of flinging your spectacles at the innocent crowd. This contact lens victory led to another, unforeseen, loss: that of my ambivalence to eye makeup. I mean, eyeglass-less, you could SEE my bare eyes! After that gig, concealer plus intense mascara plus a trusty smoky eye duo became my staples for a concert night out.

Weekend festivals are another challenge altogether. After hitting several music festivals in all sorts of conditions — heat as sultry as the roster’s bands to green fields turned mud puddles — I’ve figured out my go-to skincare lineup:

1. Id Monolaurin Gel

With food stalls, grassy seats, and portalets, a festival isn’t always the cleanest hangout. With the nearest water source hundreds of swaying bodies away, having a powerhouse hand (and arm and leg) sanitizer that doesn’t dry out my skin is a lifesaver. It can mean the difference between gross and gloss.

2. The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm

Legit #womancrushwednesday Laurel Pantin raves about this miracle tub. I have tons of this super salve because on any given day (times 100 on festival days) I get chapped lips, dry elbows, mysterious scrapes (once from my wristband pass), insect bites, and all sorts of random boo boos. This is absolutely THE balm diggity.

3. Essence Skin Smoother

Dehydration can mess up your schedule, so packing water is as important as packing an answer to “Who are you listening to?” The same goes for your skin. Tonics and spritzers can be good at making your skin ‘feel” hydrated, but nothing beats the kind of moisturisation you get from a coconut oil-based moisturizer. This baby comes in a festival-perfect travel size, too.

You know what goes with incredibly smooth skin? Gorgeous Dannijo jewelry and accessories! Essence Skin Smoother gets a starring role as an exclusive​ #​DANNIJOCHELLA gift to celebrity guests as they immerse themselves in the LOVESHACK life!

4. Armada Lip Balm

One of the guaranteed spots people forget to slather SPF on is their lips! With SPF60, this balm is not just a serious soother for chapped lips, it’s seriously good protection!
You know who knows the importance of lip care and sun protection? Why, the leading fashion and lifestyle bloggers of Blogchella.fashion, of course…many of whom enjoyed Armada Lip Balm in their specially curated #Blogchella Survival Kits!

5. Armada Sport 70 Sunscreen

Do NOT come down from a musical high with a bad case of sunburn. The ultra-lightweight feel of this sunscreen gets me through even the most tightly packed, sweaty-from-dancing-in-the-mosh-pit sets. On extremely sunny days, a bit of Armada spread through the hair works great as mane protection. One of its most surprising uses? An icebreaker with strangers; I’ve made several friends from shared sunscreen ; )

So, whether you’re heading to Coachella / Osheaga / Glastonbury or your BFF’s show at the local park, make sure your skincare game rocks as hard as you do!