I am a big believer in hitting the refresh button at the beginning of the New Year (and in the fall as well) on many fronts; routines get stale and even with the best of intentions, good habits fall by the wayside. With that in mind, this month my bigger stories will concentrate on interviews with women whose jobs are to help you look and feel your best as well as hone important skill sets and practices that can have a positive impact on your career. I can’t wait to share them with you.
To kick off, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite beauty posts from 2017—from dry-brushing how-to’s to a dermatologist’s guide to anything but fillers. Maybe you’ve read them, maybe you haven’t. Or you’re like me and need to dig out your dry brush mitt that’s collecting dust in a drawer and remind myself is it clockwise or counterclockwise on the belly? Here….a little health + beauty recap.
- Anything But Fillers by Dr. Gervaise Gerstner. I’m afraid of fillers (though I plan to delve into that subject soon), but still want to look as good as I can. So I asked my favorite dermatologist for her advice on what else can be done. Her prescription includes everything from at-home treatments and supplements to in-office procedures that deliver results.
- The Extraordinary Oils—UMA and Vintner’s Daughter. I solely use organic oils now as moisturizers and swear they have made a difference in my skin, and I’ve been lucky enough to interview the women behind the best out there. UMA Oils are 800 years in the making and the family that created them (they were the Ayurvedic practitioners to the Indian royal family) works with everyone from Estee Lauder to Tom Ford. Shrankhla Holecek decided to go into the family business, take the best oils for herself, and has created an expanding product line of body/face and aromatherapy oils. Meanwhile, April Gargiulo of Vintner’s Daughter, a oil-based serum with a cult-like following, approached crafting her product the same way her family creates fine wines—she cuts no corners, uses only premium ingredients and knows that slowness is quality. If you don’t have UMA + Vintner’s is your life, you should.
- How To Dry Brush. Cayli Cavaco Reck, owner of Knockout Beauty, swears by dry brushing–a wellness concept that dates back thousands of years. It’s a skin regenerator and circulation booster (and apparently helps loose weight). I got lazy and quit dry-brushing so I’m adding it back to my daily routine.
- Women’s Anti-Ageing Supplements from Lumity. Looking better isn’t just about what you can lather on your face. Created by Dr. Sara Palmer Hussey, Cambridge University’s Global Expert on Ageing and a tired mother who needed a daily boost—these supplements are the ultimate addition to a healthy diet. The morning pills give you energy, the evening one’s help cell regeneration and sleep….Read her interview to geek out a bit on the science behind the supplements (which I take).
- Winter Beauty/Wellness Favorites from CAP Beauty. I am such a fan of these bi-coastal all-natural beauty/wellness boutiques/spas and the founders behind them. Co-Founder Cindy DiPrima shared her favorite cold-weather musts and if you’re anywhere on the frigid East Coast these days, this will come in handy.
- Derma Rolling: The Lowdown. Again, a why and how-to from Knockout Beauty, because Cayli is a big proponent of this practice. This is great for anyone who is not a fan of frozen Botox face, but wants some subtle help. Don’t we all?