Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Skincare Solutions For Eczema, Psoriasis and Sensitive Skin from Dr. Ranella Hirsch

This Article First Appeared On The Makeup Examiner May 2016

For those that suffer from skin issues like eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin, summertime can bring a set of very unique problems. Any skin condition can make us feel unattractive and while those with skin conditions such as acne may feel self-conscious, society general knows what those bumps are. The same cannot be said for skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Despite that over 30 million Americans suffer from the aforementioned skin disorders, many people don’t have a clue about the rough, inflamed and sometimes blistering skin patches that occur during an eczema or psoriasis flare up. To help us understand more about our skin and tackle the unique summertime challenges of eczematous and psoriasis skin, The Makeup Examiner turned to Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch.

Called an “Expert Derm” by Allure and a “Beauty Guru” by Marie Clare, Dr. Hirsch is a frequently quoted expert in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology. Due to her unique expertise in the areas of skin care development and laser-skin interactions, Dr. Hirsch is highly sought after as an expert. Dr. Hirsch is the author of several articles and book chapters on the subject of injectable neurotoxins and other dermal fillers. McGraw-Hill released her most recent textbook, “Aesthetic Regional Rejuvenation”.

The Makeup Examiner: What causes dry skin?

Dr. Ranella Hirsch: There are a multitude of causes in addition to some people having a genetic predisposition. Contributing factors can include the weather, humidity, bathing habits, and using skincare products that are too harsh or any combination of these.

TME: What’s the difference between severely dry skin and eczema or psoriasis?

Dr. Hirsch: There is some overlap in symptoms but generally eczema refers to a hereditary condition of dry skin known to wax and wane. For some people there are also certain allergic tendencies along with it.

TME: Summer brings skin-baring clothes. For those of us that suffer with skin issues, what can we do to prepare our skin for the summer?

Dr. Hirsch: Prevention is key. Think about sun protection appropriate to your level of activity, so as an example, look for something labeled for an active person if you will be outside in the heat. With other conditions, such as dry or oily skin, think about getting ahead of the curve. Look for products that help keep dry skin well hydrated, [look for] products that are specifically formulated for extremely dry, compromised skin.  For oily skin, look for products in a gel form that are labeled as mattifying.

TME: For those of us with severely dry skin or eczema, is it possible to “overdo it” with the moisturizer?

Dr. Hirsch: Interesting question! I suppose it would be theoretically possible to use SO much of something SO heavy that you could get break outs, but it would be difficult. As a general rule, best practice with dry skin is leaving the skin damp and then applying a product to seal in the moisture.

TME: Shaving and summer go hand-in-hand and shaving can exacerbate existing skin issues. What’s the best way for us to approach shaving?

Dr. Hirsch: Shaving brings with it both good and potential for challenges so it’s helpful to get it right. When done properly, on well-lubricated legs, which have had time for the hair to soften, it is a great form of exfoliation. In fact, a great beauty trick is to shave as a way to prep for applying self-tanner. However, shaving dry skin can cause it to become very irritated especially in the delicate bikini area.

TME: What things do you recommend that we avoid during the summer?

Dr. Hirsch: Well, I am a dermatologist so the most appropriate answer is too much sun! Not saying it needs to be avoided, just respected though.

TME: Once we achieve a healthy state for our skin, how do we maintain this throughout the warmer months?

Dr. Hirsch: Maintenance is key. Once you get your skin into a good place, look for skincare that supports where you want to stay. Avoid picking, scratching, and too much sun.

Note: A very special thank you to Dr. Hirsch for her time and wisdom! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer 2017 Skin Care Tips For Men

Team TME is yet convinced that men understand the importance (and actual enjoyment) of “luxury” grooming, let alone the basics of skin care. That’s not to stay that men folk are stupid, we believe that it’s a simple issue of not necessarily knowing what to do. We find it quite endearing when one of our “manly-men” stop by our office, poke around in the well-stocked TME closet and “covertly” ask what a particular men’s grooming product is for.

There seems to be some sort of silly shame in asking (kind of like for driving directions), so Team TME has put together a few easy to understand tips … just for the guys! Summer heat can leave your skin super dry, so if you don’t currently have a skincare regimen now is as good a time as any to begin one. A skincare regimen is seriously simple and you’re going to look and feel better once you begin one. Last April, our editor had the opportunity to interview Hollywood’s leading stuntman, Bobby Holland Hanton, who offers the simple skin care tips. And this comes from a guy who has an insane schedule!

TME has also interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, on several occasions, who advises that you resist the temptation to take long showers. Those showers may feel fantastic while you’re in there, but they’re actually hydration stealers. Limit your shower to no more than 15 minutes and keep the temperature warm. After your shower, you need to get moisture back into your skin so, we give you permission to steal your partner’s … until you go buy your own!

Shaving is another issue for men. You guys just tend to be hairier. Dr. Jeff advises that guys prep their skin with a pre-shave gel. Because you’re dragging a blade across the skin of your face, you want to do everything you can to prepare and soften your stubble. Also, after-shave care is super important. Follow up your shave with a soothing balm that rehydrates skin.

You only get one face, so you gotta take care of your skin. Take care to use a moisturizer that contains SPF 30, use sunscreen when you’re playing outside, and don’t forget that pretty pout! Use a lip balm that contains SPF 30 and a crazy, but effective, hack is to dab lip balm on your eyelids when you’re playing sports. 

~xo Team TME! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Debuts Summer Hair Savers

Having recently launched, Shu Uemura debuts its latest innovation … Blow Dry Beautifiers. These two new multi-benefit hair primers are designed to help us “dare to go nude” with the ultimate at-home blow dry. Born from the popularity of cosmetic BB creams and the “nude effect” trend sweeping the globe, new Blow Dry Beautifiers extend the blemish balm promise of natural-looking radiance into the hair category with two primers that provide naturally flawless, effortless and radiant looking hair.

This new collection consists of two styling products to answer every hair type and need -- Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Serum and Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream ($39 each). With five benefits packed into each product, Blow Dry Beautifiers infuse the hair with cutting edge technology and efficacious ingredients to prime and smooth the hair fiber, moisturize without heaviness, protect from heat styling, and most importantly, shape and reshape for the ideal “nude” hair look. Now it’s easier than ever to embrace natural, airy and undone styles instead of looking overdone.

The new thermo-protective Blow Dry Beautifiers combine key ingredients to prime, moisturize, smooth, protect, shape and reshape the hair:

  • S.R.S. Technology: an innovative technology that helps to protect hair from blow dry heat styling by depositing heat-reactive Repositional Microwaxes and Amino Reactive Silicon throughout the hair, helping to memorize the shape and correct frizz. With just one application, multiple styles can be obtained and refreshed with various heat tools. Reshape, refresh and restyle as often as you like: the look is flawless every time.
  • Gingko Biloba: an iconic natural ingredient at the core of Japanese culture, Gingko Biloba is sourced from the “maidenhair tree” – a symbol of longevity and resistance. When used in haircare, it brings nutritive elements to the scalp for better regeneration of the hair and also reinforces the hair fiber quality for a better styling effect

Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Serum allows airy, aqueous particles penetrate instantly and invisibly -- making it ideal for fine to medium hair, while Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream is a creamy, unctuous formula that melts into damp hair that is perfect for thick hair. Shu Uemura Art Of Hair New Hair Blow Dry Beautifiers are available online at Shu Uemura and select salons around the globe.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Soothing Skincare Essentials from Chantecaille

While it has no doubt felt like summer over the past few weeks, the official start of Summer 2017 won't happen until this Wednesday, June 21 … yes, the longest day of the year!!!! And that will probably mean that you’ll be spending more time outside, which may also mean that your skin may need a little extra love. And, who better to turn to for skin-loving care than Chantecaille? So, without further ado, we’re sharing a few of our Chantecaille Essentials for fun in the sun and amazing sun care!

Before you step outside to enjoy the balmy days, you need to protect the largest organ of your body … your skin! Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Primer ($88) is Chantecaille’s powerful skin and collagen protector. Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen offers the ultimate anti-aging protection from the environment. Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen’s oil-free, lightweight and mattifying fluid is perfect for all skin types. It can be worn everyday on its own, or under foundation as a smoothing face primer -- creating the perfect canvas for flawless and long-lasting makeup application.

Of course we are all too well aware that fun can sometimes leave us having overdone it, and that is when we need some soothing care. Eau de Rose de Mai Pure Rosewater ($64) Using only artisan well water and the unique Rose de Mai from Grasse, France, Chantecaille has created a healing, moisturizing, and unusually uplifting rosewater spray. The hand harvested Rose de Mai is unusual in its ability to dissolve in its entirety then reconstitute itself in the water. All the healing benefits of the rose, eachpetal loaded with Vitamin C and anti-aging powers are transferred to the water. It’s the first item that we grab when we’ve had too much sun. Another major bonus is that Eau de Rose de Mai Pure Rosewater is cruelty-free, paraben-free, lanolin-free, petrochemical-free, and without animal or mineral derivatives.

Next up in the Holy Grail of after-sun care is Blanc Gardenia Brightening Essence ($185). is a luxurious and lightweight moisturizer. Blanc Gardenia Brightening Essence is rich in antioxidants and discoloration preventers proven to erase the look of aging and reveal flawless, radiant looking skin. The essence of the Gardenia flower, a cousin to the rose, combined with seven brightening ingredients, targets the appearance of pigmentation irregularities and causes of discoloration in five key areas while simultaneously revealing a more lifted and firmer looking appearance.

Rounding out our go-to products is Chantecaille’s Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask ($82) that not only brings moisture back to dehydrated skin, it is our number one go-to mask all year round! This magic in a jar smells so incredibly delicious that before it’s even applied, the relaxation and Zen begins. The Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is a cooling, calming mask that soothes, brightens and moisturizes dehydrated, irritated skin. It is fabulous for skin that has been over exposed to the elements and acts as an instant first-aid treatment for sunburnt, wind chapped or jet-lagged skin. We highly recommend taking this mask along on any of your summer travels, as it not only has so many healing properties but also doubles as a night cream!

Chantecaille products are available online at Chantecaille and select retail locations around the globe.

Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts Guaranteed to Bring a Smile

It's a given that we all value the father in our lives, but that doesn't stop a busy schedule from that "Uh-Oh" moment when you realize that you've forgotten to get dad something for Father's Day, which by the way is Sunday, June 18! With that said, dad probably doesn't need another tie and you still have time to pick up something for him that he'll really enjoy! This Father's Day, check out gifts of comfort for that special dad in your life.

A Good Night's Sleep

Memory Foam Pillow and Sheets - From Novosbed, the Adagio Memory Foam Pillow ($149) is designed for both side and back sleepers. Features an ultra-soft velour microfiber cover, it's allergen and dust-mite resistant, offers a 3-year warranty and is made in the USA. While you're at it, pick up a sheet of brand new sheets! Pima Cotton Sheets 600-Thread Count ($179 - King) are made of USA-grown cotton, guaranteed to last through numerous wash cycles and the sateen weave adds additional silk-like softness. Also available in Queen-Size each set includes 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 2 pillowcases plus a one year warranty. Novosbed offers free shipping throughout North America and orders placed before 9 a.m. PST ship within one business day.

Massage Them Tired Dogs

Okay, personally I don't do feet. Thankfully, Brookstone presents a pretty bangin' product that does the job perfectly. Brookstone's Aqua-Jet Foot Spa ($129.99) is a heated foot spa with a splashguard cover. Aqua-Jet offers two powerful and adjustable hydro jets to relieve tight muscles and relax tired feet, two rolling nodes that provide a kneading massage (hitting those all important reflexology zones) and has a removable pumice stone so that dad can exfoliate his tootsies. Unlike many other foot spas, Brookstone's Aqua-Jet has an oversized tub that comfortably fits up to a men's size 14. Bonus - You can borrow this from dad! Order by 2 p.m. ET on June 10 for Father's Day Delivery and orders over $99 ship for free.

Let Dad Lounge

Is there anything better than lounging in the backyard on a balmy summer afternoon? From the Camping Station - MAC Oversized Instant Hammock Combo ($99.99) is crafted from a 600D-coated fabric for lasting durability, and it features an extra-strong steel frame that ensures stability. It even includes a carry bag. Camping Station offer's next day shipping, but order by June 10 for Father's Day delivery.

Quiet … Please

We all need some peace and quiet … rest assured that dad's no different. From Bose, QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones ($299.95) feature exclusive Bose advancements in noise reduction technology. Headphones offer advanced noise reduction across a wide range of frequencies, includes two audio cables -- one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and hands-free iPhone calling --, 35 hours of use on average from AAA battery and a one-year warranty. Bose is offering free ground shipping.

Wrapped In Luxe

A comfy bathrobe and matching slippers and Pop may think that he's Hugh Hefner. But that aside, Dad's no less deserving of the most basic creature comforts. From L.L. Bean the Fleece Lined Rugby Robe ($84) features a hood, durable cotton exterior, and a warm, soft fleece lining. The sleeves are lined with soft jersey fabric and details include banded cuffs and a locker loop. You can find a multitude of moccasin style slippers to match the robe and L.L. Bean offers free shipping with no hassle returns.

The Zen Life

Dad deserves some serious pampering just as much as anyone else, and whom else would we turn to other than Golden Door? Give Dad the gift of ZEN with Golden Door’s Hinoki Collection! This collection features Hinoki Bath & Shower Gel ($44) that is a refreshing, aromatic bath and shower for all skin types; Hinoki Pacific Salt Body Scrub ($58) with Dead Sea salts, essential oils and detoxifying minerals; and Hinoki Body Moisturizer ($44) with cell regeneration and hydration that is lightweight, deeply hydrating. All, and more, can be found online at Golden Door

This list contains just a few ideas to give dad something special for Father's Day. Need more idea? Check out The Makeup Examiner's "Gifts For Him" section! And to all of the Dad’s out there … Happy Father’s Day! xo~ Team TME

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Hair Care Tips with Pureology Artistic Ambassador Ruth Roche

For several seasons, beach waves and “lived-in” looks have been in vogue for hair with a popularity brought about from the runway to Coachella … and these looks show no signs of an exit. Why would they? Beach waves and “just out of bed” hair is sexy and so easily achieved! A big bonus to these looks is the advantage of not having to re-do your ‘do the next day. For those of us with color-treated hair, another bonus is the incentive to not over-cleanse our hair, which ultimately results in expedited color fading and hair damage.

Pureology offers up a different way to cleanse hair with the Pureology Cleansing Condition range. The Pureology Cleansing Condition range offers three low-foam cleansing treatments that gently cleanse the hair while simultaneously softening, improving elasticity and helping preserve color. The line is customizable based on hair type and is versatile as Cleansing Conditions feature gentle formulas that can be used on their own or incorporated into one’s existing regimen, resulting in hair that is healthy.

  • Pureology Hydrate Cleansing Condition - For normal to dry color-treated hair. Features rosemary extract to deeply nourish and soften.
  • Pureology Strength Cure Cleansing Condition - For micro-scarred/damaged color-treated hair. Features Pureology’s signature Asta-Repair to fortify and restore. 
  • Pureology Smooth Perfection Cleansing Condition - For frizz-prone color-treated hair. Features camellia oil to smooth and control frizz.

Pureology Artistic Ambassador Ruth Roche Tips To Keep Your Summer Color:

  1. For anyone, but especially those with color-treated hair, try incorporating a cleansing condition like Pureology’s Cleansing Conditions ($34 each), into your regular hair care regimen 1-2 times per week. Because Pureology’s formulas are low-foam and created specifically for color-treated hair with the AntiFade Complex, they help to maintain a healthy cuticle for smooth strands that retain your color.
  2. Conditioning cleansers are great for curly hair because most curly hair clients find that shampooing her hair every day with regular shampoo tends to dry it out. Conditioning cleansers keep more moisture in the hair, keeping hair from getting too big and the curls from separating. 
  3. In terms of usage, if your hair and scalp tends to be drier, once a week is sufficient. If your hair is on the normal side, 2 to 3 times per week is great. If your hair is thin, alternate to three times a week with regular shampoo and once a week with cleansing conditioner.

Pureology Cleansing Condition products are available Ulta!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Six Quick Tips For Feeling Fresh From Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline

Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline

No doubt that we all love summer, or that Summer 2017 promises to be both the best yet and the purveyor of Humidgeddon! The previous three days have certainly proven that June is acting like August! We here at The Makeup Examiner however happen to be very fortunate to have access to the best in the business and their amazing tips for weathering any type of weather. 

For instance, Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline -- who has styled A-list celebs such as Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange and Eva Mendes and helped them to feel their freshest whether they are on location or hanging casually -- has availed herself to Team TME to offer up the best tips to help us enjoy the most of summer fun. Yes, Negar is passing along sage advice that is quick, easy, and guaranteed to keep us looking and feeling fresh all of Summer 2017!

Negar’s Summertime Tips:

Tip One: Smooth It Out! - Spring forward with extra smooth skin! Mix crushed aspirin, honey and water to exfoliate and remove that pesky bikini rash.

Tip Two: Add A Scarf - For hot summer days, have a go-to silk scarf on hand for a quick and stylish updo. This will keep you cool and gives you the perfect opportunity to test out a new ‘do.

Tip Three: De-Puff Your Eyes - Beat the puff by refrigerating a raw sliced potato and laying the cool slice on your eyes to get that fresh-faced look back after a long summer night.

Tip Four: Don't Sweat It - Don’t let sweat stains ruin that perfect outfit! By spraying your clothes with lemon juice before each wash you can eliminate those pesky stains.

Tip Five: Refresh Yourself - For those unbearable summer heat waves, refresh your skin with a tomato-based scrub. Tomato naturally cools skin down leaving your skin feeling renewed after a harsh day in the sun.

Tip Six: Stay Fresh And Confident - Confidence is the best accessory for any look, whether you’re on-set or going out on the town. Wear Carefree Acti-fresh daily liners to help you feeling fresh and confident, while keeping your underwear clean, dry, and flawless.

Need more tips on Summertime Beauty? Check out The Makeup Examiner's Summer Beauty section!