Ask The Expert: Karen Vonderhaar, RD

Everyone can agree eating healthy is good for you; it can reduce your risk of certain disease, prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies, promote growth and healing, and just make a person feel balanced. Based on my personal and professional experience – it is hard. I know if it was easy I would need to find a new line of work.

Karen VonderhaarHi, my name is Karen Vonderhaar, Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, and self-proclaimed food therapist. That is what I do 100% of the time; at work with my clients, home with my family, and always front and center for myself. My passion for healthy food and its impact on our bodies has been in the forefront of my life for more than twenty years. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with an awe-inspiring client base as a civilian Clinical Dietitian for our U.S. military and their families for most of my career. My days are filled with a variety of counseling challenges ranging from service members needing to meet their weight requirement, heart-healthy nutrition education to prevent worsening heart disease, or participating in a multidisciplinary team helping our inpatient population. My diverse client base goes from preterm infants to the elderly and everything in between. My strengths are found in the emotional side of eating. Why do we create unhealthy habits and how I can help someone find a new relationship with food?

My dear lifelong friend Alison asked if I was interested in sharing my knowledge, experience, and everything I have learned from raising a family with her blog friends. Our girl Alison is always inquiring about current nutrition developments and how to do best by her health while I pester her for fashion advice. We stick to the old fashion barter system.

All or nothing has never been my motto, but rather making gradual and sustainable adjustments to eating habits, lifestyle, and physical activity. I am an advocate for using research and evidence to build interventions which will help my clients become successful while understanding we are human, with human errors. Diving into the concepts of mindful and intuitive eating during a counseling session are the most useful in developing permanent change. These will make for great topics to address in the future.

yogaNutrition is the backbone of my success with fitness. It has allowed me to train and complete two marathons, countless half marathons, Ragnars (200ish mile relay race), and an ultra marathon. My doctor and I are pleased with my cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and healthy body mass index (BMI). I do have challenges – these come in the form of my children. They are not exactly perfect eaters and require daily encouragement to select an apple or yogurt instead of chips.

Like any 10-year-old boy or 12-year-old girl, they are exposed to the good, bad, and the ugly when it comes to food. My goal is to teach them how to build a foundation of healthy food and fitness habits and learn moderation with the not-so-healthy habits.

Please reach out with any topics of interest you would like to see tackled here. I’m here to answer questions you may have about health, eating, exercise, and everything in between. Do you wonder if counting macros is the way to go? Or if the Keto diet is really good for you? Are you curious about how to train for a marathon or  how you will get enough protein if you go vegan? I’m here for you…so ask away!

Cheers to 2018, a year filled with healthy food, good fitness, and plenty of belly laughs!

In good health,
Karen

How to Turn Your Bathroom into A Spa Retreat

Unwinding in my new free standing bathtub. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

The days are long. The sun is shining. School’s out for summer. Vacation season is upon us. Our sanity, energy, and self-confidence are running pleasantly high as summer gets underway. But it wasn’t all that long ago that we thought the dreadful winter would never leave, and looked forward to a long hot bath or shower at the end of a tiring, cold, and dreary day. There is nothing quite like stepping out of the bath or shower onto soft bath mats, wrapping yourself in a plush bathrobe, and being surrounded by beautiful spa-like accessories. This experience can nourish your soul more than you can imagine.

Some of my favorite products on my vanity. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

I’ve written a lot about cleansing and detoxifying my body through drinking warm water with lemon and combining Epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oils for long bath soaks. Most recently, I’ve incorporated a product called ‘8 greens’ into our entire family’s daily regimen and my list of ‘Beauty Counter’ products grow by the minute (see my previous post here). I’m health-conscious, and I strive for a clean environment every day.

When I started a recent home renovation, one of my projects was to turn my master bath into a space that felt like an at-home spa. I value being present and creating an environment where you can “shut off” all the mental stimulation, so creating a zen-like home experience was a priority for me.

It was easier than you’d think! My fabulous interior designer from Priscilla Fenlin Interiors has taught me so much about home décor. One thing she suggests is to hit online sites like Wayfair for plush towels, bath mats, and accessories.  And, of course, you can never go wrong with Homegoods or Restoration Hardware.

Here are 5 ways you can turn your home bathroom into your own spa-like sanctuary.

Creating a zen environment. Photo: Lindsey Clark

1. Score spa-like products
Essential oils, Epsom salt, and baking soda are a must, as is a hard-bristle brush for body brushing. I have an entire routine dedicated to keeping my body and skin healthy, and that involves a weekly bath with the aforementioned products. Essential oils have such a positive impact on our overall well-being. I have diffusers all over my house, especially in my bathroom so that it can smell like a luxurious spa at any given moment. I diffuse Doterra Essential Oils only (I have an affinity for this brand). The Epsom salt/baking soda combination have amazing anti-inflammatory benefits so you can count on looking and feeling your best!

2. Get organized
You want to make it easy to access and use – day and night – the many beauty products you’ve invested in to help keep your skin youthful, hydrated, and healthy. I’ve had a beauty routine for many years and the list of “to do” items seems to be growing by the year! I have a slew of amazing facial products, and I am a huge believer in using as many natural products as possible. I find that the use of chemical-filled products does more damage than good. Check out this beauty product organizer to easily keep an eye on all your goods.

Bonus: don’t forget organization for your jewelry and small accessories! I like this crisp white accessory tray.

3. Let it rain
A quick and easy way to upgrade your bathroom experience is to switch out your shower head. Remember the last time you stayed at a hotel that had an amazing oversized shower head with an amazing stream of water that seemed to wrap around your body, and you thought to yourself, ‘I have GOT to get me one of these’? Well, you can get yourself one of those. It’s that easy. And it will take your relaxation to the next level. (Not to mention cut down time spent washing and rinsing hair!) Check out this detachable faucet and hand shower or this heavenly oversized shower head.

4. Wrap yourself in plush comfort
Plush, oversized towels and a comfy robe are other ways to add to the experience of “spa-like” living. (Think: luxury hotel spa. It will feel like a getaway every time!) Don’t forget the plush bathmat as you step out of your bath or shower refreshed with happy feet.

Top knots and plush robes. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

5. Make a statement
The first thing your eyes will focus on every time you walk in the bathroom is the vanity and all its elements – lights, sink, hardware, mirror, and all. Take the time to pick out a collection of pieces that fit your style (together), and elevate the beauty and design of your bathroom. Here are some of my favorite items on Wayfair right now:

Gold Arch Wall Mirror

Coastal Beveled Wall Mirror

Colton Round Wall Mirror

Cottage White Marble Top Bathroom Vanity

Vitreous China Rectangular Undermount Bathroom Sink

5-Light Vanity Light

2-Light Bath Sconce

3-Light Vanity Light

Dryden Widespread Bathroom Faucet

Heritage Widespread Bathroom Faucet

His and her vanities keep our sanity in check. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

 

Now, after reading this, when you get home, take a bath and unwind!

How do you create a spa-like experience for yourself at home? Leave your go-to routines and products in the comments.

**Check out my feature on Wayfair here, and some of my favorite spa-like products you can snag on Wayfair.com below**

Cutting Edge 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory SetCutting Edge 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory Set // More Bathroom Accessories 4-Piece Bath Accessory Set4-Piece Bath Accessory Set // More Bathroom Accessories
Tribeca 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory SetTribeca 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory Set // More Bathroom Sets 2-Piece Ruffle Cotton Bath Rug Set2-Piece Ruffle Cotton Bath Rug Set // More Bath Rugs & Mats
Patrie Sherpa BathrobePatrie Sherpa Bathrobe // More Bathrobes Huxley Turkish Cotton Hooded BathrobeHuxley Turkish Cotton Hooded Bathrobe // More Cotton Bathrobes
Monogrammed Waffle BathrobeMonogrammed Waffle Bathrobe // More Birch Lane Bathrobes Emilia Rectangle Gold MirrorEmilia Rectangle Gold Mirror // More Accent Mirrors
Rectangular Gold Framed Wall MirrorRectangular Gold Framed Wall Mirror // More Mirrors Francoli Arch MirrorFrancoli Arch Mirror // More Mirrors
Gold Arch Wall MirrorGold Arch Wall Mirror // More Gold Mirrors Colton Wall MirrorColton Wall Mirror // More Bathroom & Vanity Wall Mirrors
Glenshire Wall MirrorGlenshire Wall Mirror // More Chrome Mirrors Coastal Beveled Wall MirrorCoastal Beveled Wall Mirror // More Beveled Mirrors
Knecht Soap DispenserKnecht Soap Dispenser // More Soap Dispensers Cabana Bathroom Accessories TrayCabana Bathroom Accessories Tray // More Vanity Trays
Vero 17 Series Shower FaucetVero 17 Series Shower Faucet // More Shower Faucets Dryden Diverter Shower FaucetDryden Diverter Shower Faucet // More Rain Head Shower Faucets
Ashlyn Pressure Balance Tub and Shower FaucetAshlyn Pressure Balance Tub and Shower Faucet // More Bathroom Fixtures Aldrich 5-Light Vanity LightAldrich 5-Light Vanity Light // More Bathroom Vanity Lighting
Kneeland 2-Light Bath SconceKneeland 2-Light Bath Sconce // More Modern Vanity Lighting Gotha 3-Light Vanity LightGotha 3-Light Vanity Light // More 3-Light Vanity Lighting
Gotha 2-Light Vanity LightGotha 2-Light Vanity Light // More Coastal Vanity Lighting Heritage Widespread Bathroom FaucetHeritage Widespread Bathroom Faucet // More Bathroom Sink Faucets
Dryden Widespread Bathroom FaucetDryden Widespread Bathroom Faucet // More Bathroom Faucets Single Cottage White Marble Top Bathroom Vanity SetSingle Cottage White Marble Top Bathroom Vanity Set // More Bathroom Vanities
Tech Rectangular Ceramic Undermount SinkTech Rectangular Ceramic Undermount Sink // More Bathroom Sinks Rectangular Undermount Bathroom SinkRectangular Undermount Bathroom Sink // More Bathroom Sinks
Vitreous China Rectangular Undermount SinkVitreous China Rectangular Undermount Sink // More Undermount Bathroom Sinks Aster 6-Piece Towel SetAster 6-Piece Towel Set // More Bath Towels
Oberon Mushroom KnobOberon Mushroom Knob // More Cabinet & Drawer Knobs Mushroom KnobMushroom Knob // More Cabinet Hardware
Glacio Oval Glass KnobGlacio Oval Glass Knob // More Oval Cabinet & Drawer Knobs Glacio Square Crystal KnobGlacio Square Crystal Knob // More Square Cabinet & Drawer Knobs
Kohler Stillness Handheld Shower HeadKohler Stillness Handheld Shower Head // More Handheld Shower Heads Kohler Contemporary Square RainheadKohler Contemporary Square Rainhead // More Shower Heads
Kohler Contemporary Round RainheadKohler Contemporary Round Rainhead // More Rain Shower Heads Purist Wall-Mount Bathroom Sink FaucetPurist Wall-Mount Bathroom Sink Faucet // More Wall-Mounted Bathroom Sink Faucets
Purist Widespread Bathroom Sink FaucetPurist Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucet // More Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucets Purist Widespread Bathroom Sink FaucetPurist Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucet // More Gold Bathroom Faucets
Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Bathtubs Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Bathtubs
Freestanding BathtubFreestanding Bathtub // More Pedestal Tub Bathtubs Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Soaking Bathtubs
Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Freestanding Bathtubs Oval Freestanding Soaker Bathtub Oval Freestanding Soaker Bathtub // More Spa Escapes Bathtubs
Drop-In Soaker BathtubDrop-In Soaker Bathtub // More Drop-In Bathtubs Beringer Bamboo Bath CaddyBeringer Bamboo Bath Caddy // More Shower & Bathtub Accessories

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Lets Talk Sunscreen

Sunscreen.  It becomes our second skin in the summer months.  Aside from it being the most important product you will put on your skin to protect it from aging, it is the single most critical step in preventing skin cancer.  This is not news to most of us.  What you may not be aware of is the astounding amount of chemicals found in most sunscreens today.  It is alarming and, quite frankly, irresponsible for many popular brands (yes, even those brands which tout an “all natural” ingredient list) to put these so-called chemicals into the very product we’re applying on our entire bodies. *The EWG recommends that we avoid sunscreens which have oxybenzone yet many of our sunscreens contain this chemical. The EWG also states that “several common chemical filters appear to be endocrine disruptors”. Great.  Just what we need. It’s MADDENING!

The solution? (Cue the chorus of angels) A NON-TOXIC, non-irritating, physical blocking sunscreen from Beauty Counter.  It contains non-nano zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which sit on the surface of the skin and physically bounce or reflect sun’s rays away from the skin, hence the term “physical blocker” (ie: it does not get absorbed into the skin). It is broad spectrum, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. It is the ONLY mineral sunscreen we’ve tried that actually rubs into our skin and leaves no white residue.  After wasting a lot of money on other mineral sunscreens which made my entire family look as though we had just smeared Desitin all over our bodies (talk about annoyed young boys), I nearly gave up. Then, my friend recommended Beauty Counter. I have to admit I was skeptical based on my experience with so many other “natural mineral sunscreens” but I decided to give it a try anyway. And I’m glad I did.  I have never purchased another sunscreen since (aside from a tinted sunscreen from Skinceuticals, which I will highlight in a future post). These three Beauty Counter products will be mainstays in our beach/pool bag, my car, and even my husband’s golf bag … I have them stocked everywhere! See links below for easy ordering.  I have all 3 of the products on hand at all times but if you’re looking for a place to start, I would order the tube and face stick.

Sunscreen Mist

Sunscreen Mist Travel Size

Sunscreen Lotion

Free Product with every $125 purchase

Protect Lotion

Body Sunscreen Stick

Face and Travel Stick

Below is a list of additional Beauty Counter products that I can not live without (unrelated to sunscreen). It’s important to note that Beauty Counter is a non-toxic company, who is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the US. Their “Never List” is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they will NEVER use in their products.

Charcoal face wash bar

Makeup remover wipes

Rosewater Facial Mist

Peppermint Lip Balm

*Link to the EWG article 

**I am not a physician and I am not offering medical advice.  It is important to check with your doctor before using a recommended product.

**Please follow instructions on sunscreen label.  Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours and after swimming for extended periods of time and/or toweling off. Always follow the detailed instructions first and try to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Grab Your Hats … Its Horse Race Season

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Kentucky Derby, Devon Horse Show, Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, Grand Prix, the list can go on.  They are the most popular horse shows and horse races of the season and you may have already heard the buzz begin. There are horse shows, race viewings, travel plans to the best race tracks in the country and parties galore. The only problem surrounding the pretty invitation you received in the mail (ok, the one you received via evite or paperless post) is the first question that runs through your mind … “What am I going to wear?” and better yet, “WHERE am I going to find a hat or fascinator?”  Believe me, you don’t want to end up at a mall kiosk searching for one.  I had tried that once and failed miserably.

Well, I’m here to tell you that I have a solution.  An elegant, perfectly sophisticated, “Meet Me at Kensington Palace” solution.  I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Amy Holzapfel.  The creative director and genius behind, ‘Ella Grace Custom Hats’.  She launched her company as a result of her love for creating timeless, fashion forward pieces for her clients to wear to special events. Her impeccable designs mimic the beauty and uniqueness of each of her clients.  And believe me, the second you try on one of her masterpieces, you are catapulted into high fashion and could hold your own at a Royal Wedding next to the likes of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.  Take a look at a preview of Amy’s one of a kind creations by simply scrolling through the icons above. Click HERE for a direct link to ‘Ella Grace Hats’ website.  You can rent or buy any hat or fascinator, which range from $150 and up.

Photo: Megan Tidmore Photography Outfit: Victoria Beckham for Target Makeup: Darci Henry Hair: Ariel Katrina
Creative Director and Designer, Amy Holzapfel, pictured on the right. Photo taken at ‘Ladies Hat Day’ at Devon Horse Show where I won runner up for “Best Hat to Toe” look, which can be attributed to Amy’s gorgeous black and white hat that we styled with my outfit.
Pictured: Alison Rose, Stylist Ashley Meyers, designer for Ella Grace Hats, Amy Holzapfel (pictured in red and white), Melissa Tabasso. Photo: Megan Tidmore Photography

 

 

Stand Out Jackets

It is no surprise that in the Northeast winter and early spring months, our jackets become our whole outfit.  It’s the first thing that people see, the first style impression you will make, and likely the ONLY ‘outfit’ you’ll wear while running errands around town.  It’s simply too cold to take your jacket off in many circumstances.  I’ve been sitting in front of my fireplace as my two boys play outside in the drizzly rain for 3 hours (#nolie) and I haven’t taken off my fuzzy ‘blanket coat’ the entire time.  And no, I’m not planning to head out there any time soon today.  I’m holding the fort down as close to the fireplace as I can get.  Yet, still, I’m wearing my jacket.

I’ve shared before that bargain shopping for designer items is invigorating to me.  There is nothing quite like finding a designer item you love, for a price that is far below the retail price.  When I discovered The RealReal was having a capsule collection with The Kardashians, I was forced (ok, could not resist) to check it out.  And I’m glad I did.  This military inspired jacket designed by MiuMiu was part of Kylie Jenner’s closet and has a Chanel/Balmain-esque feel.   The fabulous boucle fabrication and gold button detailing are reminiscent of a designer runway.

For those who aren’t familiar, TheRealReal is a designer, second hand online shopping destination where you can find gently used designer items such as Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Carolina Herrera and more.  It is AMAZING! Why spend full price when you can find designer duds for so much less?

St. Michaels, MD.  Yes we were freezing the entire time and yes it was the end of April 

This is another designer, who I have been following for years and have coveted a jacket from (pictured above).  Nicole Benisti knows how to do casual, everyday fur in the coolest way possible (can I get an AMEN?). I finally ordered one this winter when two of my old coats had seen better days.  I am so happy I took the plunge! I can wear this jacket to -15degrees.  YES! -15degrees! With this winter still going strong, this jacket has earned its weight in gold.  And yes, it’s true, you really can wear this in frigid temps and manage to stay warm. Check out the blue fur on the hood! There are several colors to choose from and all are equally as beautiful. Happy Shopping!

I’ve linked a few  jackets on sale below.  If you’re anything like me, you love to buy end of season sales so you’re ahead of the game when the next season begins …

 

 

 

 

A Vintage Holiday

Film photography courtesy of Ashlee Mintz Photography
Dress Rachel Zoe, Makeup Shimmer & Spice, Hair Concierge

Around this time last year, I did one of my favorite shoots to date.  Another local fashion stylist, Ashley Meyers, and I had an idea to create a vintage shoot.  Everything you would imagine for a holiday party would be front and center … lights, a Christmas tree, fresh sprigs, a gorgeous table setting, Christmas music and, of course, vintage fashion.  We rounded up another local blogger, Lindsey Schuster of ‘The Mother Chic,’ and an amazing team of makeup artists and hair stylists to be part of the shoot and away we went!

Ashley set the stage in her beautiful home
Around the table in Ashley’s vintage dresses. Look at the feathers around the sleeves on the red dress I’m wearing … just fabulous!

Laughing so hard I scrunch my nose. Not the greatest photo of me but so worth the moment.
Decorating the tree

As I sit and look at these photos one year later, I realize there is a peacefulness and stillness about them.  As I imagine it, living back in ‘vintage times’ of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s would have a different feel than todays device-driven, internet crazed generations. Even though I appreciate very much all that technology offers us, I often wish we could go back to a more simple time.  A time when eating dinner together as a family was paramount to running around to sporting events, practice, or a PTO meeting.  Last year, I wanted to give the gift of time … more time with my husband, more time with our two boys, more time with family and friends.  I will admit I did NOT do a good job of providing more time for anyone … in fact, I have never felt more spread thin than I have this past year.  As we approach the new year, I challenge myself and I challenge all of you to give the gift of time and to slow down.  Slow down enough so that you may be present in every moment (ok, most moments … we’re human) and with every breath. Do more yoga, practice meditating, pray … do whatever fills your soul with more peace.  Be enlightened and more patient … with family, friends and, more importantly, with yourself. As we say goodbye to 2017, lets look upward and onward.  Lets conquer some of the goals we set for ourselves in 2018 and lets support each other along the way. Yes?

 

For Love and Lemons

It seemed to me that this was THE perfect jumpsuit for Italy.  It is reminiscent of my Grandmothers “house coat,” as she liked to call it, and evoked memories of making gnocci with meat sauce and pizza fritte alongside her on Sunday afternoons.  And what else would lemons remind you of if not the sprawling landscapes of the Tuscan hillside and the acres of lemon trees found throughout one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Besides being arguably one of the healthiest and tastiest fruits, they happily remind me of Grandma … and Italy.

W Hotel Times Square

Unfortunately, this exact jumpsuit by ‘For Love and Lemons’, sold out quite possibly the same second as I hit the ‘check out’ button and, therefore,  I was not able to bring it to Italy.  After waiting a few weeks for it to come back in stock, I was able to wear it on a recent trip to New York City and, as it turned out, it was the perfect outfit for a hot, summer day in the city.  I was stopped at least three times about this jumpsuit while walking the streets of NY.  It has since been RESTOCKED (yay!) and I have linked it below for you.  I’ve also added similar styles and price points for every budget.  If you don’t currently own a jumpsuit, I would encourage you to start here!

For Love and Lemons Limonada Jumpsuit – Revolve Clothing
For Love and Lemons Limonada Jumpsuit – Shop Planet Blue
Aéryne Lemon Print Jumpsuit
Moon River Ruffle Romper Lemon Print

My Skin Care Secrets

When I was the ripe old age of 18 I asked my doctor if I should start using anti-aging creams/serums in my nighttime skin care ritual.  After gasping, and somewhat laughing at me, she told me I was WAY too young to start using anti-aging products. Although I didn’t start incorporating anti-aging products until much later, it was always on my radar because I believed it was never too early to start defying the odds of gravity!

I have never had any injectables even though the “11’s” in between my eye brows scream at me to get injected with Botox.  I am not claiming I will NEVER get injected with something and I certainly don’t think there is anything wrong with it but, as of right now, I’m pushing back.  I am trying to age gracefully with the use of my anti-aging products, which are mostly by the skincare brand, Skinceuticals.  This is my favorite skincare line of all time and, in my opinion, is the most efficacious when it comes to prevention and correction.  My inimitable aesthetician, Sue Mottola, got me hooked on several of these products ages ago and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I literally smear them on from hair line to chest line, without fail, in both my morning and evening skin care routine. Ok.  Here it goes …

  1. C.E. Ferulic – the single MOST important of all of the products!  If you only start with one product, I suggest getting this one.  It has won beauty awards an impressive 24 times and is constantly featured in magazines.  It is a vitamin C serum that improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and loss of firmness.  It also brightens your skin’s complexion! Apply it in the a.m.
  2. Retinol (not pictured) – another important product in my skincare regimen. This helps to diminish appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration and uneven skin tone.  It may cause irritation and peeling of the skin but it will make your skin so glow-y and bright.
  3. A.G.E Eye Complex – Do you want to fight crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness? Then you need this gem of an eye cream. Love it!
  4. Triple Lipid Restore – A-mazing moisturizer! It took me a long time to find a moisturizer that I loved but when I tried this, it was like butter on my skin. It helps promote your skins natural self repair while smoothing skin, reducing pore size and improving overall radiance of your skin.

5. You should all know by now that sunscreen is vital to our skin health. This tinted sunscreen has 100% mineral filters providing UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. I bring it with me everywhere, including the beach and put it on 365 days a year.  I also use the eye defense sunscreen, which doesn’t migrate or burn your eyes.  I use both of these products on our two sons (and my husband) all summer long because it is the first sunscreen that didn’t burn and itch their sensitive skin and eyes.

6. Last but not least, regular facials are a must! I try to go every 6-8 weeks but I go more often when I’m having difficulty with my skin.  Fortunately, I discovered my aesthetician, Sue Mottola from Wildflower Day Spa in Devon, PA, and have never looked back.  She is a retired lawyer, she is smart as a whip and I’ve never ever ever ever had a facial as good as this.  Her facials last an astounding 2.5 hours (#truth) and she includes microdermabrasion as part of every facial.  Talk about getting your skin smooth and radiant! If you’re local and can schedule an appointment with her, I would highly recommend doing so.  Meet Sue below …

As you can see here in this photo, my biggest problem is hyper-pigmentation.  I have little dark spots on my cheeks and forehead, which intensify in the summer months when my skin is exposed to the sun. Even with sunscreen and a hat, remember that the sun will find you. Sue has helped lighten these spots tremendously and the Skinceuticals products have worked wonders. The only problem with hyper-pigmentation is that new spots keep surfacing and any damage that is deeply rooted will keep making  it’s way to the surface of my skin.  All those years I spent baking in the sun wearing no sunscreen have finally caught up to me! With the use of my products and regular facials with Sue, we are fighting against these pesky dark spots and lightening them one day at a time.

Photos by: Lindsey Clark Photography (@takeitoutside)

To buy products or to make an appointment with Sue : 610.341.9444 or 484.354.4072

Online shopping links:

C.E. Ferulic

Retinol

A.G.E. Eye Complex

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Physical Fusion Sunscreen

Physical Fusion Sunscreen for Eyes

 

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