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Beauty Notes: I Like This
Posted by Joy Rothke, Sunday, June 22, 2008 12:38 PM (Eastern)

I'm not a hot weather person. This summer, I've promised myself to have a Zen-like attitude towards the heat. I'm accepting the weather as it is--and this being Southern California, that means a lot of dry heat. We've had our first heat wave of the year, and the temps the last several days have been over 100.

In this sort of heat, I like to use light, cooling and minimalist products--just enough to keep my skin clean and hydrated. A number of the new products I've been testing are heatwave-worthy.

Solavedi Hibiscus Daily Cleansing Milk

Carollanne Crichton runs Solavedi, an organic/Ayurvedic-based skincare and bodywork company. She sent me several samples last week of products she thought appropriate for my
Vata-Kapha skin. Ayurveda is India's 5000-year-old traditional herbal medicine, and puts people into three doshas or categories: Vata, Kapha or Pita. Vata (also spelled Vatta) skin like mine is frequently dry, mature and may have hyper-pigmentation.

The Hibiscus Cleansing Milk ($12, 8 oz.) is a light, mildly fragrant mix of organic light sesame oil, purified water, organic carrot seed oil, organic rosa mosqueta oil, rose absolute essential oil, hibiscus distillate, French lavender essential oil, juniper distillate and French white clay. It got the dirt and muck of a 95 degree day off my face without stripping it or making my skin feel tight.

A light and cooling toner is a must in this weather, especially when the heat is causing a mild rosacea flare. I've been using Kimberly Sayer of London Organic Lavender Toner ($29, 5 oz.) Sayer is a famous London facialist/esthetician whose skincare products are now available in the USA. This toner is especially soothing for dry, red and rosacea-prone complexions, and I particularly like the way the bottle delivers an exceptionally gentle mist.

I have dark, undereye circles most of the time, but the combination of summer heat, allergies and LA pollution makes them particularly evident this time of year. About six weeks ago, I started using Derma e Organic Expressions Brighter Eye Creme ($19.50, 1/2 oz.) I'd seen their products in Whole Foods, and wanted to try some of their newer organic products. I've been using Brighter Eye Creme as a treatment under my regular eye cream, and I like the light texture and quick absorption. There's no hydroquinone (a possible carcinogen) in any of Derma e's brightening products--a product best avoided. Instead, it uses Pycnogenol®, organic Almond and Safflower oils and Shea Butter, among other ingredients.

And it's working. I've been using it twice daily since May 12, and I can see some definite lightening of the dark circles.

Allergies also bring out the eye bags, so I've been using Simply Divine Botanicals Pack Your Bags They're Leaving Instant Gratification Eye Gel ($39.95, 1 oz.) Simply Divine's a super-crunchy company run by Master Herbalist in, of all places, Las Vegas. This gel, with its ingredients of "Unconditional Love and Gratitude, Cucumber, 24 kt Gold, Seaweed, Sea Buckthorn oil, Watermelon seed oil, Essential oils of Frankincense, Myrrh, Tangerine and Lemongrass and Vitamin E" works, they say, by activating the kidney's acupuncture meridians.

It's a very light and cooling gel that did tighten under my eyes, without the tight, cement-like effect of other products I've tried. Sample sizes available.

I've had mild rosacea for about 10 years, and until this summer, it was only very cold weather that exacerbated it. rosacea has decided that it doesn't like hot weather as well. I don't want to take Rx antibiotics or topical gels, the usual treatment for rosacea, so I did some research on available products.

Rosacea Care Products in Rhode Island sells an extensive line of rosacea treatments. These aren't glamorous or elegantly packaged, but they sounded effective, so I've been giving them a try. Rosacea Care sent me a sample of six of their products, and I've been slowly introducing them into my skincare regimen, as suggested. My favorite so far is the Willowherb Serum With Vitamin K ($52, 1 oz.) When I saw that the primary ingredient is Willowherb from the Yukon Territory (my favorite place on earth) I had a feeling this was made for me. I've been alternating it with Strontium Calming Lotion ($38, 2 oz.) that can be used both as a localized treatment or a fragrance-free moisturizer. The Calming Lotion contains COSMEDERM-7, a strontium compound developed at the University of California, San Diego. According to them, this compound "electively blocks the irritation-producing nerve endings (type C nociceptors) that become activated when itching, burning and stinging occur from any cause." Sample sizes available.

If I want a simple moisturizer, I've been reaching for Lily Organic's Sensitive Skin Moisturizing Cream ($29.90, 2 oz.) Like all of Lily's products, it's 100 percent vegetarian, and full of soothing ingredients like sweet almond oil, shea butter, kosher vegetable glycerin, tincture of lily flower, soy protein, hectorite mineral, citrus seed extract. All the Lily products are made in small weekly batches, so the products she ships from Boulder, Colorado are always fresh. Sample sizes

When it's so hot, the only kind of scent I consider is something light and cool--usually something lemon. Pacifica Candles now has an aerosol and solid perfume line, and their Malibu Lemon Blossom (aerosol $19.95, 1.2 oz; solid $8.95, 0.3. oz) is the sort of light and refreshing citrus/herbal scent that works on triple digit days.

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1 comment(s)  
June 24, 2008 7:43 AM, Blogger Perfumeshrine said...

I admire your Zen acceptance. I get irritated myself and break the trance!
Thanks for the recs though :-)

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