This one came as an unexpected surprise. I’ve dabbled with acupuncture for the last decade, but I’ve recently committed to regular sessions as a way to help me recharge. Teaching demands that I continuously give from my well, whether or not I have anything in it, and sometimes it feels like I’m hosting a dinner party for 250 people with only a box of Triscuits. Building up my reserves, my yin energy, has made a considerable difference in my life. As my friend and acupuncturist, Janna Seigal says, “When we can facilitate balance in the body by removing blockages or stagnation, nourishing deficiencies, and creating harmony, the whole body will begin to heal. That is why after a series of acupuncture treatments, in addition to seeing improvement in our chief complaint (i.e., headaches), we will also notice more luster in the skin, clarity in the eyes, improved sleep, better digestion, and overall enrichment of spirit and well-being.”
As I stated earlier, I’ve tried every product known to man, and while I would describe myself as a swing voter, these are some of the products I’ve loved over the years. Please don’t look for the common thread in my list, but rather use it as a launching pad to curate a list of your own. I’ll say this – if you’re going to incorporate a new product into your routine, make one change at a time. If you change everything all at once, you won’t be able to determine which product is the culprit/miracle. I would also commit to a new product for at least two weeks before putting it in your will or swearing it off forever. The body often goes through either a honeymoon phase or an awkward “getting to know you” phase before you can really determine whether or not it’s for you.
The Goddess of Skin
The Goddess is a wonderful facialist who was introduced to me by my friend Jenny Aurthur. I swear by two of her products, which she makes by hand according to the lunar calendar while chanting mantras, proof that my regimen truly runs the gamut! Her Profound Cleanser is gentle enough for my sensitive skin and yet tough enough to wipe away the grime of a day full of schlepping and teaching yoga. I also love her Bonafide Scrub as a once-every-two-weeks deep clearing for my skin.
Available in your neighborhood Duane Reade, La Roche-Posay is the Neutrogena of France. Developed with sensitive skin in mind, you really can’t go wrong with any of their products. I especially love their sunscreen.
I remember watching the very first infomercials for Proactive when I was a senior in high school. Tired of suffering, I persuaded my mother to buy me their products, convinced that they were exactly what my teenage, acne-prone skin needed. As is usually the case when you trust your gut, I was right. Proactive changed my skin and I used their system religiously for 10 years. Even now, when I need to call in the heavy artillery, I pull out these products to literally wipe the slate clean.
I became friends with Linda after emailing her a thank you note for her amazing skin oil. We met for a glass of wine and the rest is history. I truly admire this woman and absolutely love her products. I need to make sure my skin is well exfoliated before applying any kind of oil, but I especially love Olio Lusso in the winter when my skin craves serious moisture. Just a drop will create a “lit from within” look.
When all is said and done, life asks us to be flexible. What worked last week/year/when you were twenty-five may not work for your body today. Waiving the white flag of defeat and opening up to something new can sometimes be the hardest part of the process. Learning to go with the flow is as useful to your skin as it is to your life.
Use A Washcloth
My grandmother always told me to use a washcloth to wash my face and I ignored her until last year. It’s the old fashioned version of the Clarisonic. Using a washcloth, gently and with love, has helped me to literally clean my skin.
I have become a conaisseur of makeup as a result of spending my down-time between classes in Sephora to “freshen up”. Here are my favorite staples to create a glow.
Laura Mercier Blush in Peach Mosaic
I always receive compliments when I wear this shimmery blush, and while I’m grateful for the validation of my commitment to inner balance, it’s likely the blush they’re noticing.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
No explanation needed.