My life as it stands is a constant loco motion. I just jumped off the train from DC to NY to attend some amazing shows during Fashion Week. I’m here all week with a caveat … I have to go back to DC tonight all to catch a flight 1st thing in the morning back to NY… yep. A double trip in 2 days. Thank goodness I’m only 3.5 hours away. Oh, and wait, I was here just last week for a day trip to celebrate the launch of Chic Rebellion. I’ve had about 4 hours of sleep in 36 hours.
Pretty intense, right?! I love, love, love what I do and nothing makes me happier than traveling, cooking, and covering haute lifestyles around the world. But, it does take a toll on my body and mind. The level of stress is ridiculous. And oh, lucky me, handles it in a less than attractive way. Let’s have a moment of confession here! My stress releases itself in my face… fortunately, I don’t have wrinkles (thanks to family genes) or major acne problems, but I do break out once a month and it’s just not fun. The breakouts are anticipated so I know exactly how to deal with them. The real challenge are the ensuing brown spots.
I’m a brown girl, but a “high yellow” one as they say in Atlanta! That means any and every little mark (even if you pinch me) marks my face and is visible. My life’s mission since HS has been to find that perfect cocktail of skincare products that address the biggest things that affect me. I’ve had little succes, mostly because I’ve been lazy, truth be told.
Times have changed! Intense traveling and little sleep demand a strong skincare regiment that helps keep my skin refreshed, rested and looking young.
My busy bee lifestyle can easily catch up to me if I’m not careful.
|This is the metaphor of my life: always on it, focused & determined!
I found daily washes the love my skin and vice versa… Neutregena grapefruit wash…Love that stuff. I swear by it. But I realized, a bit late in the game, that SPF’s and daily moisturizers are essential in protecting our skin. I’ve gone through the catalog of options out there, and some work. Some don’t. I’ve recently settled on Artistry’s SPF 50 which is silky smooth and perfect for layering before my makeup application.
My focus now is on restoration while I sleep! Just like my calves need to rest after running all day, my face and pores need to relax and recover from all that guk we apply and expose it to. I have been the worst about washing my face before bed. That’s changed. When I became a fan of Artistry’s beauty line a few months ago, I got hooked on following their development. From what I’ve used and seen, their chemistry knows my kind of skin and my needs. Their latest: The 14 Night Restore Program.
14 days of intense treatment has taken over my efforts this month! In preparation for more Chic Rebellion filming and photo shoots, I was pressed to beautify my skin. According to the band, the 14 blue vials, are “an intensive two-week series that repairs the skin at the cellular level and restores its appearance to a more youthful state. This intensive treatment delivers 7 levels of restoration for 7 skin-correcting benefits, offering comparable benefits to a professional photo-skin rejuvenation.”
It’s really targeted for the woman that’s showing unattractive signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and drying. I’m not going through any of that so for me the 2 week program is targeting a much needed area of smoothening and firming… The stress factor is no joke…I need my skin to stay calm! 🙂 After just 7 days of slathering my face (each vial actually gives you 2 days worth!) I’ve seen a more “relaxed” look on areas that are normally hyperactive…
Right now, that just works for me! It’s intense enough not to have to pair with anything else… Easy, breezy! If you’re looking at stifling some stress on your face, check it out. Your skin should always glow, girls. It’s the first thing anyone sees when meeting you! 😉
Check out their line of prods! If I’ve seen results, surely, surely you can too! Their website has all the info you’ll need. Their also on Facebook and Twitter. The 14 day program will be available Oct. 1, 2012, right in time or fall skincare switcharoo’s!
And, if you’re lucky charm plays it right, you may stock up with $2,300 worth of goodies Artistry will be giving away Wed. Sept. 12 during a Twitter party I’ll be co-hosting, live from Fashion Week! RSVP and join in the convo! *See* you there!
* I was not paid for this review, but did receive the treatment in order to test it out. All opinions and experiences are honest and always my own!
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