How To Pick Out Skin Care Products That Actually Work

How To Pick Out Skin Care Products That Actually Work

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In today’s stimuli-driven consumer world, it’s very tempting to buy skin care products for their fancy packaging, great advertisement, convincing sales rep or big celebrity endorsement (“Jenifer Aniston uses this product, I love Jenifer Aniston!”). But, the key to picking out skin care products comes down to one key factor: what’s INSIDE the bottle – the ingredients – because that’s what will (or will not) produce results for your complexion.

With that in mind, here is a quick guide to becoming an expert in picking out skin care products.

Part  1: Educate yourself — Always buy your skin care products based on the ingredients

Do your research; it’s best to go in to buying a skin care product knowing what active ingredients are proven to address your skin issues and then look for products containing those ingredients. I often write about superstar skin care ingredients on this blog, here are some of the standouts:

Not only should your skin care products contain active ingredients that are proven to be both safe and highly effective, but they should be in high enough concentrations that the ingredient is actually effective (typically in the 3-15% range, depending on the ingredient). One easy way to determine this is ensuring that the active ingredient is near the top of the ingredient list. If it’s towards the end of the list, then it’s only a minor component of the product, and likely not in a high enough concentration to make any impact on your skin.

Know your oils.  Read more

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas + Free Printables

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas + Free Printables

Hi all,

As promised this is the blog post that goes along with this week’s DIY Christmas gift ideas video. If you haven’t seen the video yet you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UCw-D3SkcU

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For those who are new here, this is my blog and I normally post every week or so (most often skin care related topics), you can subscribe on the top right of this page to be notified by email when I post.

To make things easier for you to recreate, here are all the printables for the gift ideas shown. You will want to right click and save them to your desktop and then print them onto label paper (http://amzn.to/1ljXkg7). If you don’t have a printer, you can visit a local print shop like kinkos to have them print for you.

CLICK TO CONTINUE READING -> PRINTABLES BELOW…. Read more

How Victoria’s Secret Models Get Glowing Skin

How Victoria’s Secret Models Get Glowing Skin

 

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Would you go months without working out and expect to be in your best shape? Would you gorge on junk food and expect to feel good and healthy? This is also true for achieving beautiful skin. If you don’t maintain it with diligent care, it’s not going to look it’s best. Facials are one of the best ways to achieve a flawless, glowing complexion. Don’t believe me? Well, just ask a Victoria’s Secret Model:

Facials were a big topic of conversation backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Like big, big. All the Angels are huge on facials. I heard a bunch of the models discussing how important their monthly facials are. And for the record, their skin is perfectly dewy without being oily.” -Blogger Lauryn from ‘The Skinny Confidential’ covering the 2015 Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Here’s exactly how a professional facial benefits your skin:

  • Expertise:  Through exfoliation, deep-cleansing of the pores, stimulating improved circulation, and use of professional-strength products and equipment, your esthetician can make a lot of progress towards improving your skin in a single session. Much like a personal trainer, she has experience, techniques, products and equipment that cannot be replicated at home.
  • Deep and Thorough Cleaning: There are over 20,000 pores on your face alone- these pores are being bombarded with dirt and grime from not one, but two directions. Since your skin is an eliminating organ, toxins from sweat purge from the skin and linger there and external debris (dirt, pollution, bacteria from your hands) also get trapped and lodged into your pores. Not only does this contribute to dull looking, sallow complexion, for those who are acne prone, this bacteria lingering in your skin is the feeding ground for pimples. This is where a facial comes in. Your esthetician will perform extractions to remove the lodged in dirt and grime from your skin. During a facial, the skin is prepped and softened using concentrated steam from distilled water. This breaks up the dirt making it easier to purge. At this point, it needs a little push in order to come out. If it is not pushed out, then some will slough off naturally, but the deepest, most lodged in dirt will remain- this is why extractions are necessary to truly clean the skin. Be careful – if extractions are not performed by a professional they can damage your skin and make the problem worse. Learn more about the benefits of extractions here: Extractions 101.
  • Guidance: Finding the right skin care products can be both confusing and expensive.  Getting a professional facial cuts down on that mystery and provides you with invaluable guidance. Your esthetician will analyze your skin and then customize the products they use during the facial according to your particular skin type and concerns. Without the training and knowledge of a licensed esthetician, it can be extremely difficult to find the right products for your skin.  Your esthetician will be able to recommend the right products for your skin type and in many cases will be able to provide you with samples to test first to ensure your skin agrees with them.
  • Stress Relief: The stress of our hectic daily lives shows up in our skin so taking an hour to relax and be pampered will help you out both physically and emotionally.  Massage is a big part of a professional facial.  It helps you to relax and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. If cortisol is left to run amuck in the body it will only hurt you over time, and additionally massage releases oxytocin, which is one of the body’s main “feel good” hormones.

Facials are often neglected or thought of as an indulgence- something for only a birthday or special occasion. One of the main reasons for this is because of the cost. But ask yourself this – what DO you spend money on? Is it better to have cute shoes that you wear once in a blue moon or beautiful, flawless skin – that you get to wear every single day?! 

Nothing about you is more visible than your face- and every single person you come in contact with looks at your skin. You can try to cover it up – but even with foundation you can still see the texture and imperfections hiding underneath. Nothing feels better than the confidence of having clear skin. And you can finally stop your hunt for the perfect foundation – because the best foundation in the world is naturally beautiful skin!

Due to cost and convenience reasons I started doing most of my beauty rituals at home – I do my own hair color + cut, nails and even eyelash extensions – but the one thing I will never, ever give up is my facials.

 

How Alpha Hydroxy Acids Can Transform Your Skin

How Alpha Hydroxy Acids Can Transform Your Skin

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Today I wanted to spotlight alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and their incredible power to transform the skin. I personally started using an AHA product for the first time about 2 months ago, Reveal 10, and my skin has never looked better in my entire life. My face is so incredibly soft and smooth and the tiny lines that were forming around my eyes have plumped up dramatically. No product I’ve ever put on my face has made such a visible difference in my skin. Seriously.

So here’s everything you need to know about AHAs and how they work:

The most common alpha hydroxyl acids are lactic acid and glycolic acid. These two acids in particular penetrate the skin very well and are often used in skin care products. In addiction, there is a good deal of scientific data on the effectiveness of both acids.

The main benefit of an alpha hydroxy acid is its ability to exfoliate the skin. They essentially remove the “glue” from the upper layer of skin that holds onto the old, dead skin cells. By effectively removing that top layer of skin, the alpha hydroxy acids serve to help new skin grow. Lactic acid primarily exfoliates the top, dead layer of skin while glycolic acid (a smaller molecule) goes deeper into the skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids reduce the look of wrinkles, help to reduce the likelihood that winkles will develop, make skin smoother and (with months of daily use) can help skin that’s uneven and hyper pigmented become smoother and more even.

It’s also believed that in addition to helping new (younger looking and fresh) skin to grow, alpha hydroxy acids also stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen, both of which become depleted with age. (source: Paula’s Choice Skin Ingredient Glossary)

AHAs and Sensitive Skin

The reason I had never tried AHAs until recently is because I have sensitive skin and was afraid it would be too strong or cause a reaction. So I started cautiously with a patch test on the side of my face for a few nights and since I had no averse reaction I began using it on my entire face. It tingled for about 30-60 seconds after applying, which alarmed me at first. I called my mom (a cosmetic chemist) she said any good AHA product should tingle. The ideal pH for an AHA product is between 3 and 4, you will know this is the case if your skin tingles after you apply the product.

Also, to note for those with sensitive skin. Acids don’t work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation. They dissolve the upper layers of cells to trigger repair. Plus, unlike with scrubs, the skin is not damaged by abrasives. So if you’re sensitive, acids are actually a wise choice. Just be sure to patch test first!

Possible side effects/ Important things to note

AHA products can increase your sensitivity to the sun by as much as 50%, so it’s essential that a good sunscreen is used.

Irritation is another possible side effect of Alpha Hydroxy Acid use. Some of these symptoms might include redness, burning and itching. If the symptoms continue after you have used the product for some time and your skin has had a chance to adapt, try using a product that contains less of the AHA concentration.

AHA Product Recommendation – Reveal 10 

Vasseur Skincare’s Reveal 10 is a potent combination of glycolic and lactic acid. It has been one of our top best selling products for several years and has a cult following amongst Vasseur Skincare customers.

Vasseur’s formulation is in an organic base without any synthetics, chemical preservatives or fillers and we use the best quality acids available (unneutralized acids with highest bioavailability). In addition, Reveal 10 is in an airless container which keeps the ingredients active and protects them from contamination and free radical formation.

If you would like to try Reveal 10 you can use coupon code REVEAL through November 15, 2015 for 15% off. There is a no questions asked money back guarantee on any and all products.

http://www.vasseurskincare.com/reveal-10/

coupon code REVEAL for 15% off through November 15th, 2015

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more skin care ingredient spotlights!

5 Quick Tips for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

5 Quick Tips for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

Dry skin is especially common in the fall and winter months, when the humidity level outside drops. Here are 5 quick tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!

Watch the video above for my tips – details and links below. Enter your email in the top right of this page to be notified of new skin care videos and blog posts!

1 – The #1 ingredient to avoid in your skin care, body care and hair care, especially during dry months is: sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. Check your labels!

2 – Sleep with a humidifier.
Humidifier http://amzn.to/1LMGqA2
Essential Oil Diffuser (which also works as a humidifier) http://amzn.to/1hUY1JT
Essential Oil I use at night – Lavender: http://amzn.to/1LMGwI3

3 – Take an omega-3 supplement daily – this will help your skin cells stay hydrated from within. Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier, which acts like a seal that keeps moisture in. (Consult with your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if pregnant or nursing)
Omega 3 supplement I take: http://amzn.to/1LMGH5W

4 – One of the best hydrating ingredients to look for in a moisturizer is Hyaluronic acid – it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water & is extremely effective.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum http://goo.gl/kS7qBt
*Use code SKINTIPS for $15 off

5 – Apply moisturizer to damp skin, this will boost + lock in the moisture
Alcohol free toner http://goo.gl/egA3Em

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DIY Custom Planner!

DIY Custom Planner!

Hi all,

In this week’s video I show you how you can make your own custom planner including: two cover options, personalized inserts, stickers, folders, a dashboard and more! Here is the link to the video in case you missed it:

Below is the custom planner I created – feel free to download these files as images and print them to use for yourself. All you need to do is right click, save image to your computer and print on either sticker paper (for the cover + stickers) or paper of your choice (for the inserts). If you do use any of these all I ask is that you please share the link to my video on your social media – facebook, twitter, etc. Here is the link to share:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Dzew4Pyaw

DIY Planner Cover – Tumblr Inspired

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DIY Stickers

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More detail on how I made everything, links to the paper I used and sizes can be found in the description box of the video :) If you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments of the video  CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Thank You for 100k! My Youtube Journey

Thank You for 100k! My Youtube Journey

Reflections on 100,000 subscribers and my journey getting here

Why I Started a Youtube Channel

So this is going to sound absolutely ridiculous, but I started a channel because my mom nagged me to do it. She always thought I had interesting information to share and was good on camera so she thought I should make videos on youtube. At this time I didn’t even watch youtube beyond the occasional viral video; I had no idea what a “beauty guru” was, or that videos were made beyond funny cats and Charlie biting his little brother’s finger. So she sent me links to some of her favorite youtubers and I started watching – Carli Bybel, Nicole Gurriero were the first two I ever watched. But they are makeup focused and that’s not really my passion so I still had little interest. Then she showed me a Bethanny Mota video and I got a little spark of inspiration from that. I liked how her videos were fun, creative and about a variety of lifestyle topics. So finally I decided to try it.

The first youtube video I made was almost 2 years ago on a point and shoot camera; it was the first video I had made since I was about 10 years old when I used to film myself doing “magic tricks” – which consisted of me making objects disappear by stopping the camera, throwing the object out of the frame, and turning it back on. ABRA CADABRA! (I think I was ahead of my time, haha.)

So at this moment 15 years later had absolutely no clue what I was doing, to the point that I thought I had to do the whole video in one take. So every time I messed up – approximately every 15 seconds – I would start from the very beginning and start over again. So a 10 minute video took me an entire day to film. This is not fun at all, I thought, this is terrible! After making this video I actually remember google searching: “do you have to film an entire video in one take?” #cringe

So I posted that video, and I waited: “THIS IS IT!! This is my big moment! This video is definitely going to go viral. I’ll probably make it on the local news”

And then… so much nothing. After a few weeks it had maybe 5 views. And I’m pretty sure 4 of those were my mom. Who am I kidding, all 5 were my mom. So needless to say I was a little discouraged and humbled and didn’t have much of a desire to do another video. Read more

How To Give Yourself a Spa Quality Facial at Home

How To Give Yourself a Spa Quality Facial at Home

Hi All,

This week’s video is a detailed overview of how to give yourself a spa-quality facial at home. My family owns a well-known day spa in San Diego, CA, The Vasseur Skin Clinic & Spa (we have a 5-star rating on Yelp and have won “best facial in San Diego” twice) and I went in this week to interview the staff to get their best tips and tricks. Here is the video:

Since there are quite a few steps to getting a real spa-like facial experience at home, I also wanted to write them down for you so that you can easily refer to it. And since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, I think this would be a great way to pamper yourself or an idea for a fun girls night in with friends ♡♡♡

Also — please come follow me on social media if you haven’t already!! I love making friends and chatting with you guys! I’m @vasseurbeauty on twitter and instagram, so it’s easy to remember. I tweet fun daily musings and video sneak peaks and I use instagram pretty often as well- the direct links are on the top right side of this page :)

HOW TO FACIAL AT HOME STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:   (click to read)

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas + My Healthy Eating Tips & Tricks!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas + My Healthy Eating Tips & Tricks!

Before we get started into my healthy eating story and tips, here is my video that just went up on my favorite healthy breakfast ideas, the full recipes are also below

Also, here is my playlist of all of my recipe videos, I’ve done breakfast, lunch and dinner videos and my fitness routine:

RECIPES FROM THIS VIDEO

Breakfast Omelet Quiche

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How to Make a Vision Board for the New Year!

How to Make a Vision Board for the New Year!

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Now, I’m aware that it may seem cliché to think about goals in the New Year, but some cliché’s are good! I personally believe that deciding what it is you want out of life is sometimes the hardest step, and I’ve found a staggering number of people go though life with no real goals or direction. So, I say, embrace the cliché! Think about your goals. Decide what you want out of life. Make a vision board this year.

I started making vision boards about 4 years ago after watching the movie “The Secret” (which is streaming on Netflix if you haven’t seen it). I am an optimist by nature, so I thought, “why not try it?”

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Here is my video on my process for making my annual vision board, which also includes a DIY for how to make a pretty fabric cork board

One thing I didn’t mention in this video is that you can have a vision boarding party. First off, this will make you more likely to actually do one and second, it’s surprisingly fun! In the past I’ve had vision boarding parties with friends over tea and snacks on a Sunday and one year I had one over wine and desserts on a Friday night.

Here are a few photos of vision boards that I found online that I like for even more ideas: Read more