Posts tagged skin

celebrity skin secrets

 

Covet the seemingly perfect skin celebs rock 24/7? Some of it’s smoke and mirrors,  and some of it is real. Below are our favorite tips and tricks from ladies whose complexion is used to the spotlight.
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diy skin saver: the (great) pumpkin mask

If you read tarte talk on the regular, you already know that pumpkins are packed with all kind of good-for-you vitamins and minerals, but this squash’s ability to nourish skin goes beyond nutrition — it’s topical too!  Grab your bottle of maracuja oil and few other natural ingredients  to whip up this super hydrating and brightening DIY face mask.
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8 best foods for healthy skin

Eye creams,  face peels and cleansers can only get your complexion so far. Truly radiant skin comes from a diet full of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Sounds complicated and unappetizing? It’s not, below are 8 of the most skin-friendly and delicious foods we could find.
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the breakdown on SPF

Summer is at our heels, tartelettes — for you west coast girls it is already here (lucky)! But with rising temps come harmful rays, and by now you should know that sun protection is key to maintaining a youthful complexion. And today, I’m going to tell you why.

SPF

A sunscreen’s SPF, or sun protection factor, measures how much the product shields the sun’s shorter-wave ultraviolet B rays, known as UVB radiation, which can cause sunburn — this leads to wrinkles and skin damage, not to mention skin cancer. You should be wearing a daily protection level of anywhere between SPF 15 to SPF 30. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and when spending time in direct sunlight,  you should reapply your every two hours. Many people — like me before I wrote this blog — are not sure how much sunscreen they need to apply in order to achieve full protection; one ounce or a shot glass size full of sunscreen should cover your entire body.

When shopping around for sun block, you want to choose one that guards against both UVA and UVB rays, this will help  maintain and protect the health of your skin and  prevents signs of aging from sun damage. I’ve broken down a list of products that will keep you covered when frolicking around outside this summer,  wherever in the world you may be.

Replenishing Solar Defence copy.jpg1. For full face coverage try MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30

 

2. For all over protection try Suntegrity all natural moisturizing body protection, broad spectrum SPF 30

 

 

3. Hair too is in danger when exposed to the sun, prevent sun damage to your hair by applying REDKEN Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12

 

4. What about my makeup you ask? Not to worry tarte offers a smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted moisturizer w/SPF 20

5. Protective accessories!

 

Sunglasses..duh!

Hide under a hat!


friends & family gift guides: the dermatologist

In honor of our week long friends & family 30% off sale, we decided to ask some of our nearest and dearest what they’d like to give or get this year.

who: Mona Gohara, dermatologist and founder of k&j sunprotective clothing

claim to fame: Dr. Gohara is a dermatologist, wife, and a mom to two young boys. She is a partner in a Connecticut private practice, and serves as an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine. In addition, she is the founder and co-owner of k&j sunprotective clothing, a hip line of baby t-shirts that protects tots from cancer causing UV rays.

her gift list:

1. glamourEYES 3-piece collection complete eye kit: “Defy the exhausting holiday schedule by keeping your eyes, and your spirits, bright.”

2. TOMS Gold Holiday Glitter Shoes: “The TOMS ‘one for one’ motto makes wearing  these glam gam accessories even more lovable—a seasonal fave!”

3. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff: “A fabulous portrayal of how brains reign even in the context of extreme beauty and sex appeal- a must read for all fierce femmes.

4. Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint Home Candle: “Decompress at the end of a long day with this decadent aromatherapy.”

5. Marc Jacobs Computer Case: “It’s hip to be with this square.”

6. Shoes Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2012:  “A perfect gift for those professional divas that are slammed with office deadlines but smitten by stilettos.”

7.  J.CREW Natasha top in Wildcat: “A perfect piece to make a power suit, skinny jeans, or a party get-up pop.  Unleash your wild side this holiday.”

 

 

 

 

“My UV Check”

Hi tartelettes,

With summer just around the corner there’s one thing on my mind: SUNSHINE! While I’m ashamed to admit it, I had a history of spending the day at the beach and not wearing enough sunscreen. In fact, there have been days I even woke up the next day looking like a lobster. This year I plan on enjoying the sunshine while still properly protecting my skin.  Luckily, I recently came across a new iPhone application, “My UV Check” which is part of the Save our Skin campaign.  My UV Check is the first application on the market that measures both the UVA and UVB index, provides individualized sun risk diagnosis and demonstrates how to check your own skin for suspicious lesions/moles. It also allows you to explore the La Roche – Posay Anthelios range for individualized product recommendations and to find the closest store near you. This app is the perfect way to help people like me practice save sunning!

To find out more about the Save your Skin campaign, I recommend visiting www.SOSSaveOurSin.com.

xo,

Kate

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College = change: no parents/curfews, new living conditions, different friends and the list goes on.One not so exciting change I experienced was how my skin reacted to it all. I managed to obtain all of the dreaded symptoms: occasional dryness and oily, habitual breakouts–ugh. And I know a lot of my college friends can relate. Let’s face it bad skin is triggered by diet, lack of sleep, and increased stress (thank you, college). I decided to do some research in the hopes of finding something that would help assuage the effects of my new lifestyle.

My first go-to: my all-knowing Mother. She suggested I read The Beauty Bible, by Paula Begoun. Three rules I’ve learned from Paula: 1) Be gentle!! Irritated skin means blemishes.2) Exfoliate 3) Use products with antioxidants—they fight free radicals (i.e. pollution and oxygen that cause our skin to prematurely age-Ahh!) So, I picked out some new products and ditched the harsh astringents that were drying out my face. I opted for Cetaphil, a gentle cleanser that won’t strip my skin of the natural, healthy oil needed to moisturize it (added bonus: it’s cheap). Then I picked out a 2% beta hydroxyl acid gel, which is used to exfoliate the skin and prevent blackhead build up.  It gets rid of dead and damaged skin and literally leaves my face glowing after I use it. Lastly, I bought a bottle of milk of magnesia (yes, I know it’s more commonly used as a laxative). It’s a mineral that gently dries up pimples; it’s actually kind of awesome, not gross!

After I switched up my skincare routine, I was left with softer and almost breakout-free skin. SO EXCITING! !  What’s even more exciting is that I landed an internship with tarte and learned (and still learning) all about their skinvigorating™ ingredients. I realized all of tarte’s products are all full of antioxidants, the magical ingredients that The Beauty Bible says will fight aging and promote healthy skin! Now, my skincare and makeup régime is complete!  Not only that but all of tarte’s products are gentle to the touch; I mean they literally feel GOOD when I apply them to my face. My favorite is smooth operator oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.

Well, that’s the extent of my skin care knowledge–let me know what you think?! I’d love to hear about your routines!

Xo,

Kate

"Underwear for Your Complexion"–Skincare Tips from a tartelette

So, (insert sigh here) here we are with about 2 and half months left of this torturous winter weather. I don’t know about you, but it absolutely wreaking pure havoc on my skin! It seems like I have tried everything to cure that dry, flaky, tight feeling that the cold weather brings and I seem to have finally found a few solutions. After reading Kristen’s tips on how to achieve a perfect complexion in the New Year, I wanted to add a few tips and tricks that will help keep your skin looking gorgeous as we trudge on through till spring. I like to think of these as “underwear” for your perfect complexion.
1.) With the biting cold and dry air, comes flaking and that uncomfortable tight feeling that leaves your skin feeling like sandpaper and who wants that?! After trying what feels like every single exfoliator on the market, I finally decided to splurge on a product that I had waned for a long time, the Clarisonic Cleansing System. All I can say is WOW!!! I really noticed an incredible change in the way my skin looks and feels after the first time I used it. If you’re not sure what the Clarisonic is, it is a skin cleansing brush that gently vibrates to remove dead skin cells while it deeply cleanses your skin. The Clarisonic is also great for treating those bumps on the back of your arms. This condition, called Keratosis Pilaris effects quite a few of the girls in our office and we ALWAYS looking for the miracle cure that will make our arms smooth and supple. Use the Clarisonic for 30 seconds on the back of each arm every day and those bumps will disappear. My dry, flaky skin has met it’s match. In case you haven’t noticed I am obsessed with this thing!

2.) Another lovely side effect of the winter weather is itchy flaky skin around my eyes. I f you use eye cream daily but still find that your dark circle defense isn’t going on as smoothly as possible, try applying a dab of Juara’s Sweet Black Tea eye creme to the flaky skin before bed for about a week. This will take care of the dryness and itching and allow your concealer to go on smoothly and flawlessly.
3.) My lips can not adjust to this frigid weather either, it seems that no matter how much water I drink or how much lip balm I apply, my lips are still cracking and dry. I discovered a secret from a makeup artist friend that has my winter lips. Brushing your lips with your toothbrush in the morning removes the dead skin cells that build up so that your slide tin lip balm and frxtion lip exfoliator will be 100x more effective.
These little extras are helping me and my skin get through this cold winter and keep my make-up looking fresh a luminous. If you have any great skin saving tips you’d like to share, post them on our facebook page. Looking forward to hearing from you!
XOXO,