EltaMD Sunscreen - A Must Have

OC Facial Care is proud to now carry EltaMD products! Our new favorite is their line of sunscreens. EltaMD sunscreens are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. All EltaMD sunscreens are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Have you ever found a product you love so much that you used it every day and you wanted to tell all your friends and family about it? Well, this one is it!

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Why this sunscreen?

The UV Clear sunscreen is different from other facial sunscreens, it feels like a makeup quality product but it’s got sunscreen level sun protection inside. Often times women will use this the tinted version in replacement of foundation.

Consistency:

The consistency is not mousse-like or creamy, unlike some other facial sunscreens. It feels liquid-like and easy to spread with minimal rubbing. The lightweight formula means it doesn’t clog pores (aka non-comedogenic) and can be used on acne prone skin. It’s also fragrance and oil free so its great for those with sensitive skin.

Tint:

The other thing that is awesome about this sunscreen is that it comes in tinted and untinted formulations. The untinted formula is perfect for men who don’t want to look shiny or like they’ve put product on.

SPF Coverage:

And lastly, it’s got SPF 46. Not SPF 10 like the BB cream. Most facial sunscreens on the market today hover around the minimum recommended SPF 30.  The pump bottle is also really convenient. I like how it delivers a uniform amount every time. There’s nothing wasted!

Active Ingredients:

9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate

It’s got a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide) and a chemical sunscreen (octinoxate).

Inactive Ingredients

Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl Stearate, Iron Oxides, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

Specifications

Broad Spectrum ✓

SPF 15+ ✓

This product is available for purchase in store or online at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

At Home Facial - DIY Style

Getting a professional facial is a delicacy. There’s nothing like being pampered in a cozy treatment room bed—the steam, the thorough pore cleaning, and we can’t forget the facial massage!

Experts recommend you get a facial every 4-6 weeks, but that can be hard to work into your budget. 

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Facials are an essential key to healthy, glowing skin. By regularly performing at-home facials you can even out the look of your skin tone, enjoy deep cleansing benefits, and experience overall rejuvenation. Giving yourself a facial is a gorgeous form of self-love (and a great way to get to know your skin).

Below is a step-by-step guide to how to do an at-home facial treatment.  It's simple, effective, and super pampering. So grab your favorite robe, sit back, relax and feel beautiful!

The break down on how to give yourself a facial:

1—CLEANSE

The first step of your facial is the most important. Cleansing removes dirt, oil and makeup to give your skin a “clean slate.” This allows all other products to penetrate optimally into the deeper layers of the skin.

Technique: The way you wash your face matters. It’s common that after a long day you want to jet through the cleansing process and go to bed as soon as possible. I’m here to tell you that this step (especially during a facial treatment) should be emphasized and performed for at least a few minutes.

Start by rinsing your face with lukewarm water. Apply a dime-sized amount of cleanser most suitable for your skin type and begin manipulating the wash in upward, circular motions with your middle and ring fingers. Medium pressure is good here, as this will help to stimulate and give your facial muscles a lifted and toned appearance. Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry with a washcloth. (Repeat if necessary when wearing heavy makeup.)

2—EXFOLIATE

Now that your face is squeaky clean, it’s time to exfoliate. Exfoliating is imperative for creating a healthier, smoother appearance.

This not only helps with evening out the look of your skin tone, but also with refining the look of your pores, smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving your skin's feel. Exfoliating also greatly increases product penetration.

Technique: Apply a dime-sized amount of scrub to the skin and then use upward, circular motions with light pressure for 1-2 minutes. If you prefer, you can use a chemical or enzymatic exfoliation like a fruit acid peel. 

3—STEAM

When steam enters the facial, this is when the home spa vibe really gets going. To me, steam is the most relaxing and cleansing part of a facial. It opens the skin follicles (pores).

How to steam: The easiest way to steam is to bring water to a boil in a large pot. Take a towel and drape it over your head and slowly lean your face over the pot so that your face is directly over the steam. (Be careful to not get too close!) It should feel warm, not hot.

Get creative with your steam—add rose petals, rosemary, thyme, or any other herbs. A few drops of essential oils are lovely, too!

Steam for 10-15 minutes, with intermittent breaks if you need. If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, steaming may not be ideal for your skin type.

4—EXTRACTIONS

I know it’s tempting to want to extract your blackheads, but as a licensed professional I recommend only getting extracted by one. I say this because extracting incorrectly can result in tearing and/or scarring the skin.

Note: Extractions should only be performed on blackheads, which are typically found in the T-zone area (forehead, nose, chin). Blackheads are oxidized sebum (oil) that show up as black “dots.” Blackheads are open comedones. Pimples, also known as whiteheads, are closed comedones, which you should never attempt to extract/squeeze as this could exacerbate inflammation, cause breakage in the skin, and result in scarring.

How an Professional Extracts Blackheads: Extractions should only take place after steaming the skin because steam helps to open the follicles and soften the oxidized oil in them. To extract, they wrap a tissue around each index finger and carefully place one finger on each side of the blackhead pushing down gently with a slight “squeeze.” The blackheads should come out easily. If they do not, leave them alone to avoid further irritating the skin. They may also use blackhead removal tools.

5—TREATMENT MASK

After all of those deep cleaning steps it’s time for some pampering. Now you can relax and give your skin some tender loving care! The treatment mask is the heart of any facial. This is when your skin is most ready to receive yummy nutrients since it’s just been cleansed, exfoliated and steamed.

Choose a mask most suitable for your skin type. Apply your mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. (Now would be the time to place cucumber slices on the eyes if you really want to get into it!) Remove with a warm washcloth and splash skin with cold water.

6—TONE + TREAT

Continue by applying the same steps you’d complete in your daily facial routine. Plug in your favorite toner. Mist and let skin dry before applying your favorite serum. When working in a spa before I was working for Annmarie Skin Care, I used to always use this serum on my clients after a facial as it helped to calm and soothe the appearance of the skin.

7—MOISTURIZE

Let’s put some pep in this final step and seal in that bona fide beauty. Moisturizing is an essential step for the face and around the eyes, so pick your favorite oil or cream and massage deeply into the skin for 1-2 minutes. Facial massage is a great way to tone and lift the appearance of the skin, relieve tension, and drive the oils in deeper, giving your skin layers and layers of love. Finish with a spritz of toning mist, as this will also push the facial oils into the skin more effectively.

And there you are! You’ve just given your skin a beautiful at-home facial.

 

DermaQuest DermaClear Acne Spot Treatment

Everyone gets one occasionally. You know what I'm talking about....those pesky ,ugly, eye sores we call pimples. Don't you wish there was a cure all product that could zap those buggers and make it go away a lot sooner. Good news - there is! DermaQuest has an acne treatment product  with treatment ingredients that might also assist in treating melasma and that were non-comedogenic.

As active treatment ingredients, Dermaclear contains Salicylic Acid 2%, Azelaic Acid 5%, and Glycolic Acid 10%. This is a fairly strong combination, especially with 10% Glycolic Acid, so those with sensitive skin might want tobe careful with this one because of the strength. Irritating your skin can actually cause acne. The formula also contains ingredients to soothe inflammation, which makes the strength more tolerable. 

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So the next time you wake up to one of those unfortunate breakouts, use DermaClear Facial Cleanser and dab on some DermaQuest DermaClear Spot Treatment!  In no time you’ll have the clear skin you need to face any situation.  

Available at OC Facial Care Center! 

 

New Year, New Skin!

Skincare New Year's Resolutions

Most New Year’s resolutions include some goal to be healthier. Promises to eat more leafy greens, hit the gym more frequently, and quit smoking once and for all are common items found on nearly everyone’s list. While these goals are great, they tend to be difficult to stick to. More importantly, despite everyone’s attention on vitality in the coming year, one health aspect always seems to get overlooked: skin care. Preserving the health of your skin deserves more attention around New Years and beyond. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s our biggest defense against infection. Proper skin care keeps this barrier healthy and strong, and it also rewards you with a radiant complexion. Here we present our top New Year skin care resolutions for the upcoming year; start small and slowly add these practices into your daily routine, or jump-start your New Year with an entirely brand new regimen altogether.

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Wear Sunscreen Every Day

If you’re going to make a single New Year skin care resolution, this should be it. Dermatologists, estheticians, and skin care experts everywhere are in unanimous agreement when claiming the sun to be the most detrimental threat to the health of our skin. Harmful UVA and UVB rays wreak havoc on our delicate skin. They lead to wrinkles, rough patches, dark spots, fine lines, and premature aging. In 2018, be sure to never expose yourself to direct sunlight without a quick dab of SPF 30.

Moisturize Frequently

Don’t fall within the under-informed group of people who fail to recognize the importance of regular moisturization. Keeping your skin moist and hydrated is imperative for its health. When the moisture is evaporated from the epidermis (the skin’s outermost layer), it becomes dry, dull, cracked, and irritated. The best course of action is to get a moisturizer that contains SPF and apply it every morning after getting out of the shower – you can complete New Year skin care goals in under 30 seconds!

Properly Apply Your Products

On the note of sunscreen and moisturizer, be sure to properly apply all of your skin care products to get the most out of their intended use. Usually, you’ll only need a peanut-sized dollop of moisturizer for your entire face; if it feels sticky, you’ve applied too much. If you’re using a separate sunscreen, use about a tablespoon for your face and approximately two ounces for the rest of your body. Organic products are best, but if you’re using chemical sunscreen, be sure to apply at least 30 minutes before exposure to allow the product to absorb into the skin.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

You need to religiously clean your makeup brushes for two reasons. First, dirty brushes will become drier as they come caked with product and facial debris, making them more abrasive and damaging to the skin. Secondly, dirty makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria can attack your skin in a range of ways, from mild breakouts to potentially life-threatening infections. Avoid the risk altogether by setting a New Year skin care resolution to wash your brushes once a week in 2018.

Clear Out Old Cosmetics

Now that you’ve applied the proper skin care products, and have a set of clean makeup brushes, you’re ready to apply your cosmetics. Before doing so, however, make a clean sweep and clear out all of your old cosmetics at the beginning of the year. Why? Most people are unaware that most makeup has a shelf life and continue to wear makeup that’s way past its expiration date. You wouldn’t eat food that’s gone bad, so why would you apply deteriorated products to your face? Unused, air-tight products should be fine, but toss out any cosmetic that you’ve had for over 12 months – and repeat the same process next year. 

Never Wear Your Makeup to Bed

You’ve executed a flawless makeup application – with fresh cosmetics – onto a clean and moisturized face. After going about your busy day and finally making it home, there’s probably a big part of you that wants to collapse. No matter how tired you are, never wear your makeup to bed. Doing so constitutes one of the biggest skin care sins. Your day old makeup – in addition to the naturally-occurring oil, sweat, dirt, grime, and pollution you accumulate throughout the day – is destined to clog your pores. Doing this repetitively can lead to lasting skin damage by causing the formation of a microcomedone (a clogged hair follicle inside the skin). Removing your makeup takes about just as much time as putting on your pajamas. Make a skin care resolution that promises to do it every night. 

Get Your Beauty Rest

With respect to sleep, be sure to get plenty of it in 2018. During your slumber, your body boosts its blood flow to the skin, allowing it to regenerate and creating that glowing complexion we all love so much. Skimping on sleep will decrease your blood circulation, and can make your skin look ashen or lifeless. Lack of sleep will also decrease your skin’s moisture content, thereby lowering it pH level, which also contributes to a drab, dull appearance. Sleep has a multifarious list of benefits for your health, and getting more of it should definitely be included in your New Year skin care resolution list. 

Leave Your Pimples Alone

If you’re stressed, passing out with your makeup on, and not getting enough rest, chances are you’re experiencing some pretty nasty breakouts. No matter what, do not pick, poke, prod, or pop your pimples! That temporary satisfaction is not at all worth it. Improper extraction can lead to spreading the bacteria-filled pus, which is why you might notice additional forming around the one you just rid yourself of. Popping or squeezing a pimple might push the bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, resulting in further redness and swelling. Additionally, the pressure applied to your skin when you pop a pimple can lead to scabs or – even worse – permanent pits. Resist the temptation, and leave your pimples alone for your skin care resolution. 

New Year, New Skin

Unlike other lofty aspirations, implementing a New Year’s resolution skin care routine is easy and manageable. It doesn’t require going anywhere and it doesn’t demand any drastic lifestyle changes. Simply set aside a few moments in the morning and night to incorporate your skincare resolutions into your daily regimen. If you follow these few suggestions, you’ll look and feel better. Your complexion will surely thank you, and your renewed confidence will carry you all the way through 2018. 

Don't Forget Your Lips

Winter months can do damage to your lips. Even with our “California winter”. Leaving your lips untreated can be a huge nuisance, especially for matte lipstick wearers. However, if you have a good lip care routine, you can heal and/or avoid any chapped lip moments and ensure a super soft pout all season long. Not sure where to start? 

These are our 3 tips for better lip care!

EXFOLIATE

This is important because it's what gets rid of all of the dead skin from your lips, as well as helping with circulation and the turnover of cells. You can do this several different ways...buying a lip exfoliation product at the store, using a toothbrush to gently scrub your lips, whipping up your own DIY lip scrub (a bit of honey and brown sugar works wonders), etc. I recommend exfoliating at least every other day throughout the year, and definitely daily during winter. When you're regularly exfoliating, you'll want to be mindful of how vigorous you scrub - be gentle to avoid causing any cuts or scrapes.

HYDRATE

After exfoliating, it's time to replenish the hydration to your parched pout. This one is probably a no-brainer, but apply your lip balm! Get into the habit of having a balm or salve on hand at all times - keep one in your purse, another in your desk at work, one more in your bathroom for after brushing your teeth and doing your skincare routine. 

PROTECT

The final topic I want to cover when talking about lip care is protection. Even though it's wintertime here in the States and most days have been gloomy and grey, the sun is still up there behind all of those clouds and it's harmful UV rays are still able to mess with our skin. Just like you're applying face products with SPF, make sure to also pick up a lip balm that has some sun protection in it as well. Keeping your lips safe from the sun's rays not only helps them to not get chapped as easily, but it also stops signs of premature aging as well as lowering the possibility of skin cancer.

Here are some of our favorite lip products available at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

DERMAQUEST STEM CELL 3D LIP ENHANCER

EPIONCE ANTI-AGING LIP RENEWAL

CAUDALIE SUPER-REPAIRING CREAMY BALM 4,5 G

Gift Guide For Her

Are you struggling with what to buy a women in your life? Whether it’s you wife, sister, friend or mom, OC Facial Care Center has a gift for her. 

We’ve done all the work for you and made your shopping simple. Here is our Christmas gift guide for Christmas. 

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1. Candles: We’ve never met a woman who didn’t like a candle. We have fragrances ranging from floral, musky, spiced, citrus or the smell of fresh laundry. Our candles are all high quality with long burn hours. All come in beautiful boxes that would make a great gift!

2. Spa services: At OC Facial Center spoil that lady in your life with a thai massage, a wide variety of wonderful facials, body wraps, microblading, more. You can buy the service in advanced or give the gift of a gift certificate!

3. Clay Mask: Clay masks are all the rage! The Kypris deep clay mask is no exception! This little bottle packs a powerful punch and you will be thanked later!

4. Diffuser: Reed diffusers are great gifts for anyone! They are safer than candles because there is no flame and make your home or office smell wonderful. Our diffusers come in all different scents and sizes. 

5. Skin Care: We have a wide variety of moisturizer, eye creams, serums, cleaners and toners. Give the gift of beautiful skin!

If none of this seems like the right fit, come on in to our boutique where any one of our friendly skin care professionals can help you shop til’ you drop!

8 DIY Ways To Make Your Home Smell Like The Holidays

Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, which helps explain the rush of nostalgic feelings that flood our brains when we step into a home that smells like the holidays. It's the accumulated memories of years gone by—delivered straight to your brain via your nose.

When we think about the real essence of the holidays, visions of grandma’s cookies, a towering, fresh-cut Christmas tree, and spiced apple cider dance in our heads. But store-bought candles, sprays, and air fresheners usually miss the mark, delivering chemical fragrances that smell more like bathroom cleaner than a fresh pine tree. So this year, opt for simple DIYs with real ingredients to evoke the warmest memories—and help create new ones you'll never forget.

CLOVE ORANGES

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This DIY has been around since the Middle Ages, and there’s a reason it's become the quintessential holiday scent. The spicy citrus aroma of clove oranges is intoxicating, and they’re decorative as well. Plus, creating a stunning clove-studded orange is so easy! Just take a whole orange (or even a grapefruit or apple), poke some holes into the rind with a toothpick or pin, and insert individual cloves into each hole—as many as you’d like! Place the orange on the rim of a jar and store it anywhere around the house to permeate the air with this delectable scent.

APPLE-CINNAMON SIMMER POT

For a yummy holiday fragrance that starts in the kitchen and makes its way through the entire house, boil the following ingredients in a pot of water, then reduce to a low simmer.

1 apple, sliced

3 cinnamon sticks, halved

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 to 2 teaspoons ground cloves 

1 to 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

PINE-CINNAMON SIMMER POT

For a simple scent that embodies Christmas trees and holiday spice, create a simmer pot with a handful or two of pine needles and two to three cinnamon sticks, halved.

NO-BAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SCENT

To create a sweet, oven-baked scent without the cookies, combine palmfuls of cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and half of a vanilla bean into a pot and simmer in water. (Or, bake some cookies, because you know you want to. Even if you're not a baker, you can still have your cookies—and eat them too.)

DIY DIFFUSER

Forget about those synthetic-smelling diffusers at the store. Who knew it was so easy to DIY this sophisticated room fragrance? All you need is:

Small recycled glass bottle

14 drops orange oil

8 drops clove oil

8 drops pine oil 

8 drops cinnamon oil

10 drops cedarwood oil

2 tablespoons vodka

1 cup water

Bamboo skewers

Drop essential oils into the bottle and diffuse with vodka (to absorb the oils). Then, just add water! Insert the bamboo skewers into the bottle, allow to soak for 24 hours, then reverse the skewers to soak the opposite ends. Rotate the ends of the skewers weekly.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT SPRAY

The trifecta of orange, pine, and cinnamon creates the warmest, most invigorating aroma of Christmas. Capture this spirit in a simple room spray that can be spritzed all over the home. Start with four drops of orange oil, three drops of pine oil, and three drops of cinnamon oil—you can do as much as 16, 12, and 12 drops, respectively. Drop the oils into a glass spray bottle, dilute with one tablespoon vodka, and fill with six tablespoons water. Intoxicating!

CHRISTMAS LOG

Create some aromatic fire magic by adding one drop of orange or cinnamon essential oil per log and lighting it up in the fireplace—a next-level way to experience a cozy fireside snuggle.

MULLED DRINKS

Adding mulling spices to your drink of choice creates a nostalgic holiday scent throughout the kitchen that you can sip up, too. Simmer the spices in apple cider or red wine for a fragrant holiday beverage. Cheers!

 

CAUDALIE - Premier Cru The Elixir

Everyone is looking for that miracle product that turns back time on your skin. Well, since time machines don’t work, we have the next best thing. Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Elixer. 

So what is it? A fast-absorbing, anti-aging treatment powered by Caudalie's three signature ingredients, patented in a half-oil, half-serum formula that addresses visible signs of aging. 

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It works best for fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity and dryness. Premier Cru The Elixir visibly lifts, firms, smooths, nourishes, and brightens with a proven blend of Caudalie's three signature patents—resveratrol, viniferine, and polyphenols—plus five exceptional plant oils. This half-oil, half-serum prepares and complements Premier Cru The Cream for a proven antiaging action. It's a perfect blend of efficacy and luxury with the classic, delicate Premier Cru scent of rose and oak. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens 

- Sulfates

- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:

This product does not contain phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, or animal ingredients. It is non-photo sensitizing, non comedogenic, and dermatologist tested for use on all skin types. 

Research results:

In a 28-day use test on 22 volunteers applying twice daily: 

- 95% reported bright skin 

- 91% reported soft skin 

- 91% reported smoothed skin 

- 86% reported even skin

 

Available in store or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

The 411 on Reed Diffusers

At OC Facial Care Center we love good gifts. And reed diffusers are no expection! We carry a variety of reed diffusers in all different scents. Come by and check them out today, Christmas is right around the corner. Also check them out at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com

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 How To and Tips

What is a Reed Diffuser?

Reed diffusers are a great way to add constant fragrance to your home. The diffuser reeds soak up the fragrance oil and disperse the scent into the air. They last until all the fragrance oil evaporates. Diffusers work really well in places where you always want it to smell nice but can't keep an eye on a candle. Some great locations are in a foyer so you and your guests are greeted with a beautiful fragrance when you walk in, or in a powder room, closet or basement where you always want it to smell nice but you can't always

How to Set Up a Reed Diffuser

Some diffusers are packaged with the oil already in the vessel.  If that is the case, simply remove the stopper and insert the reeds.  If the oil is packaged in a separate bottle, add just a few ounces of the oil to the vessel and keep the remaining oil in the bottle in a cool, dark cabinet.  The oil will stay fresh longer in a tightly sealed container.  When necessary, simply add a few more ounces of oil to the diffuser vessel to maintain the fragrance.

 

Use caution when inserting the reeds as sometimes the level of the fragrance oil can raise enough to spill out the top of the vessel.  It always a good idea to set up a diffuser on a non-porous surface and clean any oil drips off the vessel before placing on a delicate counter top.

 

Tips on How to Use a Reed Diffuser

    1    Place your diffuser in a high traffic area where the fragrance will disperse throughout the room with air circulation.  Another great spot is just inside the room near the door so you pick up the scent as you enter the room.  In many cases, think of a diffuser as a bouquet of flowers - you'll smell the fragrance as you walk by, but it won't necessarily fill the room with fragrance.  

    2    Flip the reeds for more fragrance. You can flip a few reeds every few days or all the reeds everyday.  Keep in mind the more reeds you flip and the more often you flip them, the faster the fragrance oil will evaporate. 

    3    Use caution when flipping the reeds. Flip the reeds over a wastebasket or sink and be sure to clean the vessel of any fragrance oil drips before placing on a delicate counter top.

    4    Use a coaster or plate under your diffuser to keep any oil drips from damaging a precious counter top.

    5    Flip all of the reeds on all of your diffusers before leaving for vacation. When you return home you'll be welcomed by an inviting fragrance rather than a stale, stuffy home.

    6    Pick the right size diffuser for your room.  Diffusers are just like candles - the larger the diffuser, the greater the fragrance so these will work well in big rooms. 

    7    If you buy refill oil for your diffuser, clean out the vessel with soap and water and let it dry completely before you refill it. It’s better to start with fresh oil than continuously add to old oil.

    8    When you change the oil, change the reeds. Reeds get dusty and clogged over time and lose efficiency. Not all reeds are the same. Manufacturers select the optimum reeds for their oil so it’s best to stick with the same brand.

    9    Make your own diffuser with a vessel you have at home.  Any small, non-porous container with a narrow opening (like a small wine bottle) will work well. Buy diffuser refill oil and a set of reeds and set up as described above and you're good to go!

Revision Skincare

OC Facial Care Center is all about carrying the best skincare products so all skin types. We are now proud to carry Revision Skincare! For over 25 years, Revision Skincare has provided physicians with clinically proven, high-performing skincare products. Using only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, the Revision Skincare collection was formulated to provide targeted solutions for enhancing skin’s appearance and reducing signs of aging.

Revision Skincare products represent the furthest advancements in scientific skincare. Formulations are rooted in rigorous research and testing, and manufactured by us using the highest ethical standards. Revision Skincare products are never tested on animals.

Here are some of our favorite Revision SkinCare products available in store or at ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

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Brightening Facial Wash

This ultrarich cleanser with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids and brightening botanicals, removes the day's impurities, leaving skin clean and hydrated.

    •    Brightens skin with radiant-boosting Vitamin C, and extracts of Licorice and Lily

    •    Exfoliates dead surface cells for softer, smoother skin

    •    Combines White Tea Extract and Vitamin E for antioxidant benefits

    •    Cleanses skin without stripping it of its natural moisture content

D·E·J eye cream

a new pathway to younger-looking eyes

Features & Benefits

D·E·J eye cream™ provides intense moisturization for smoother skin texture. Advanced extracts, peptides and potent antioxidants work cohesively to create clinically proven results.

    •    96% of subjects experienced an improvement in the look of fine lines, firmness and overall photodamage*

    •    90% of subjects experienced an improvement in upper eyelid appearance*

D·E·J face cream

a new pathway to younger-looking skin

Features & Benefits

D·E·J face cream™ approaches aging skin in a comprehensive new way. The product contains a proprietary ceramide blend, specialized herbal extracts and a unique peptide combination for proven results.

    •    97% of subjects showed an improvement in smoothness, brightness and wrinkles*

    •    Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

    •    Provides intense moisturization for smoother skin texture

 

Tips For Shopping on Cyber Monday

Surveys suggest that more than half of holiday shopping takes place online, and that figure grows every year. But as blissful as online shopping is, the Internet is a sterile environment. Unlike your local shopping mall, you can’t land an online discount by asking for a deal or “knowing a guy.”

You can scan product price tags on individual sites till you go cross-eyed, but you’ll always feel like you’re missing a steal. But there are ways to be an extreme online deal finder without making it a full-time job. 

We’re all in a hurry but still, like to save money. Here are some techniques I use to maximize my holiday cheer and minimize the money spent.

Everyone likes to save money especially on Cyber Monday when almost everything is on sale! Here are some tips to save the most while online shopping.

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1. Save money with Honey

This is the best thing since sliced bread. When you are checking out, you hit the Honey button and it will try every available promo code saving you the most money possible. Its like finding virtual coupons that never expires.

Best of all, Honey is a free service, and the developer says they won’t sell your shopping data to other companies.

2. Get Invisible Hand

Buyer’s remorse is the worse. You pick a great Christmas gift, you click “purchase,” and then you find the same item on another website for far cheaper. You feel like you’ve been ripped off. Overspending on this one item means you can’t give as many gifts as you’d hoped.

InvisibleHand helps prevent this from happening. It’s a browser extension that notifies you if a product is available from another online retailer for less. You need only press a button, and you’ll be linked to the relevant page of a competing website. There’s also a drop-down menu so that you can compare prices on several sites at once. The company claims average savings of $7.55 per purchase.

You can think of InvisibleHand as a personal shopping assistant. The add-on compares prices across dozens of online stores, including big names like Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart. You’ll also see results from select specialty stores.

3. Know the shopping cart trick

Here’s a clever trick for folks who like to manipulate the system: Shop around a familiar website, put your items in your shopping cart, and then go to the checkout.

But instead of actually checking out, close the browser window. If you’ve ordered items from the site before, the retailer should have your email address on file. Companies will often write to notify you that you’ve left items in your cart. To encourage you to complete the purchase, these companies may send you coupons for those particular items.

This trick doesn’t always work, but I’ve personally scored 20% discounts by not completing my order. If you’re planning to buy the items anyway, there’s no harm in trying.

Not everything is rosy online shopping. Scammers are out in full-force this time of year. 

Hopefully these tricks will allow to you save money!!

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is about exactly that, giving thanks. And although its one day a year to reflect on thankfulness and gratitude we all should practice an attitude of gratitude year round. 

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Thanksgiving is a great time to start. Consider these 10 ideas:

1.Fast from a luxury the week before Thanksgiving. Americans take a lot for granted. We have more material goods than any country in the world. This year, during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, fast from something as a family that you normally take for granted. Choose television, desserts, or even something as basic as pillows. Then break the fast on Thanksgiving Day. 

2. Donate personal items to charity. Most children have so many toys that giving away one or two won't make a dent in the toy box. If your family has an overabundance, ask the children to go through their possessions and find at least one item in good condition to give to a local charity. When children actively participate in the process, they not only learn to be thankful for what they have, but they also receive the opportunity to understand personal sacrifice for the sake of others who are less fortunate.

3. Serve at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Prior to Thanksgiving, bring your children to a mission where they can serve the poor. On Thanksgiving Day, discuss your experience. 

4. Consider sponsoring a child. Child sponsorship allows your family to financially support a child in a developing country until he or she becomes self-sufficient. This could be personal support for education or health care or it could also mean contributing to the child's community development without directly helping an individual.

5. Encourage children to serve one another first. On Thanksgiving Day, ask your children to serve the meal, taking care of everyone else first and themselves last. If your meal is served buffet style, ask the children to serve drinks and fetch forgotten forks and napkins. 

6. Write down five reasons you are thankful for each family member. Many people list reasons for being thankful on Thanksgiving Day, but this suggestion is focused on the members of your family. Not only does this exercise soften hearts of siblings and family members toward one another, it also brings a lot of encouragement.

One creative way to do this is to have everyone pin a sheet of paper on his or her back, and then tell everyone to walk around the room at the same time, writing nice messages on the sheets. These pieces of paper can be read aloud around the table and/or kept as keepsakes. 

7. Have each child prepare something for the Thanksgiving meal. It's easy for children to take the Thanksgiving meal for granted. Often Mom and/or Dad slave in the kitchen and dining room, putting everything in order for guests while children run around or watch TV. This year, ask each child to contribute to the meal as a service to the family. Older children can follow recipes and create a special dish, while younger children can stir vegetables, boil noodles, or butter bread. 

8. Read Thanksgiving: A Time to Rememberby Barbara Rainey, to your children. This beautiful book, outlining the plight of the Pilgrims, can become a wonderful family tradition in your home during Thanksgiving. 

9. Review your own family history. The Pilgrims weren't the only ones to lay down their lives in order that the rest of us might have freedom and prosperity. Many of us have a family history full of personal sacrifice. Perhaps your ancestors were immigrants from another country, brought over as slaves, or fought in wars against dangerous enemies. Take out old photo albums and reminisce about the lives of those who have gone before you.

10. Be a living example to your children. The best way to teach your children to have a heart of thanksgiving and service is to be a living example. Through your example, your children will see what it means to have a true living, breathing relationship with friends and family and come to produce fruits of thanksgiving and service of their own.

Tocca Perfume - A Slice Of Heaven

At OC Facial Care Center we carry a variety of luxury perfumes. Tocca being one of them. The first thing you will notice is the beautiful packaging. These beautiful glass bottles could be used for decorative purposes!

This company started in fashion in 1994 and released a wildly popular sari dress. They continue to produce fashion but it is their fragrances, more than their clothes, which speak to me. Their name sounds Italian, but the company is American and strives to combine an old world aesthetic to a more modern audience with the same finesse and grace. Gold leaf adorned boxes hold heavy high-quality Murano glass bottles capped with charming bird-and-leaves motif decorating their metal caps. The company motto: “Love Yourself” is inscribed inside every box lid.

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Here are some of our favorites which can all be purchased in store or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Stella is a breathtaking perfume. An opening of blood orange and creamy lily is sweet, but never too heavy. It segues into a floral heart of smooth freesia and white diamond orchids. It’s smooth and sexy, bawdy but never tacky. Despite the litany of ultra-femme florals it contains, this perfume veers towards unisex with a finish of dry sandalwood and sheer musk but manages to stay just this side of feminine, giving it a sexy and impetuous charm.  Blood oranges originated in 17th century Sicily and this scent hints at the intrigue and beauty of Renaissance Italy. Sillage: good. Longevity: above average.

 

 

Florence, whose name means “blooming”, is a superbly green floral scent. An astounding opening of bergamot, pear and grapefruit leaves gives a glowing and vibrant green aura to the beautiful “old fashioned” rose heart draped with jasmine, gardenia and violet garlands and sprinkled with a pinch of tuberose. Without smelling like a flower shop this perfume captures the sophistication and elegance of maturity while managing to keep it lively and enticing. As it dries down, a stunning iris note adds the silken beauty of the blooms to the sharp green of its leaves and draws it into a clean woody freshness. Sillage: great. Longevity: very good.

 

Cleopatra has inspired and been immortalized in many perfumes. A well-balanced opening of tart grapefruit and sharp cassis is smoothed by lush greens giving it an immediate intensity as powerful as it is regal. A sultry heart of jasmine and tuberose is made even richer and sweeter with peach nectar, yet it is never too indolic or saccharine. Rich and full patchouli blends its dark charm with dry golden amber  as they swirl into a vanilla musk that makes any other “Egyptian Musk” I have smelled seem cheap and tacky. This is truly a perfume fit for a Queen. Sillage: very good. Longevity: excellent.

Brigitte was inspired by the chic glamorous and care-free spirit of Brigitte Bardot. A unique opening of sweet papaya and tart rhubarb is dusted with ginger and saffron, resulting in a spicy and fruity delight. The contrast of these accords creates something at once warm and exceedingly fresh, just like Ms. Bardot herself. This interplay of opposites continues throughout as full and romantic Moroccan rose is offset by steely iris root and dry aromatic sandalwood is softened with clean white musk while a scent of warm pannetone bread adds a slightly gourmand feel. Sillage: great. Longevity: very good.

Giulietta is named for Giulietta Masina, the wife and life-long love of Italian director Federico Fellini and was inspired by their holidays on the island of Corsica. This begins with a delicious green apple aroma, sweet and crisp, surrounded by the soft ephemeral scent of pink tulips and sheer roses. As the heart opens, ylang ylang adds a sun-drenched floral fullness to more classic powdery notes, like lilac and heliotrope. Hints of soft vanilla kisses and beachy breezes follow until the warm sunset over the sea is discernible in the close of cedar, musk, amber and sandalwood. This is like a perfume portrait of a perfect day, spent with someone you love. Sillage: average. Longevity: good.

Obagi Nu Derm System

The Obagi Nu Derm system is a collection of products designed to provide skin with the optimum level of cleansing, moisturizing, and protection. The system is comprised of numerous products, including a cleanser, toner, “clearer,” exfoliant, blender, moisturizer, and sun protectant. This wide array of products is considered Obagi’s starter system, and aims to introduce new users to the product line, and provide clearer, brighter skin.

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The system comes equipped with so many different serums, because it seeks to function as your full range of skincare products. The cleanser is used to cleanse skin of impurities to promote brightness and decrease the incidence of acne and irritation. Toner is used to tighten skin and even tone, and will go on clean skin, underneath moisturizer and makeup. The clear works to clear discoloration and dark marks, also evening tone. Exfoderm removes dirt, grime, and dead skin cells, revealing tighter and smoother layers beneath the surface. Blender also works to even tone and brighten, while the moisturizer and sun protectant moisturize and protect your visage.

Why might this system be better than other skincare lines? First, due to its scope; rather than purchasing many different formulas and products from various lines, Obagi Nu Derm provides a complete range of skincare in a single system, offering both convenience and the comfort of knowing that all of your products are designed to work together harmoniously. The system is also known for its strength and high-quality ingredients; Obagi is Obagi Medical, and comes highly recommended by dermatologists and skincare professionals, as it provides results without the guesswork and questionable ingredients found in many drugstore brands.

Most Nu Derm users have seen noticeable differences in their face (particularly lines and dark spots) after only two weeks of consistent use. Although many users are middle aged and older, some younger consumers also saw great results regarding acne improvement and lessened discoloration. This was especially apparent in men and women with chronic or cystic acne; despite having suffered from this form of acne for many years, numerous users found their acne cleared up almost entirely, save a few small breakouts, making this a must-have for anyone suffering from long-term, painful acne.

Overall, the Nu Derm system is extremely effective in clearing up acne, reducing the appearance of aging, and evening skin tone. As a frequently dermatologist recommended product, men and women would do well to use it, as it contains safe, medically-known-and-trusted ingredients, known to work wonders on even the most problematic skin. The Nu Term System can be purchased through Www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Jane Iredale - Review

Where skin care meets makeup is where you’ll find mineral cosmetics brand Jane Iredale. The self-titled brand, founded by Jane Iredale was created just over a decade ago when the entertainment professional saw a need for makeup that was both good for the skin and solved women’s beauty problems. From there, Jane launched Jane Iredale mineral makeup in 1994 and the brand has been growing ever since.

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Popular Jane Iredale Makeup Products All Carried at OC Facial Care Center:

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder: When talking about mineral makeup companies it usually all starts with their loose mineral foundation. For Jane Iredale, this is no different. The Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder is the heart of the brand and is one of its top rated and best selling products. This Jane Iredale foundation is your typical lightweight mineral foundation that works to conceal minor imperfections and improve the appearance of the skin.  The gentle formulation of the Jane Iredale foundation consists of high-quality minerals and sunscreen to provide a buildable sheer to medium coverage and protection from both UVB and UVA rays of the sun. Within this Jane Iredale foundation, you won’t any chemicals and it’s also oil-free. This makes the Jane Iredale foundation a great option for all skin types including sensitive. You can find the Jane Iredale foundation available in 13 shades that are best suited for those with pale to medium skin tones. 

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream: Next to the popularity of the Jane Iredale loose mineral powder is the top rated and fan favorite Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream. This Jane Iredale BB Cream is designed to work as the ultimate beauty meets skin care product. Once applied the Jane Iredale BB Cream  works to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. Simultaneously, the Jane Iredale BB Cream helps to exfoliate, refine and rejuvenate the skin as well. With the signature high-performing formulations of the Jane Iredale brand, the Jane Iredale BB Cream is infused with a number of fruit extracts that help improve the appearance of the skin. Within the Jane Iredale BB Cream formulation, you’ll find grapefruit, apple, and bitter orange extract. The Jane Iredale BB Cream also contains a mineral sun protectant providing it with SPF 25 that protects skin against both UVB and UVA rays. Once applied, the Jane Iredale BB Cream leaves behind even toned, brighter, and more radiant skin. You can find the Jane Iredale BB Cream available in eight shades with a more diverse shade range than the Jane Iredale Loose Powder. The Jane Iredale BB Cream has shade options for those with pale to medium brown skin tones and complexions.

To purchase any Jane Iredale products visit www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com or stop by OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest.

BB Cream vs. CC Cream vs. Tinted Moisturizer

When it comes to applying color to our faces, we have tons of different options. From just a hint of color to complete opaque coverage, the choices never end. Picking the right one depends on your skin type and the type of finished look you’re going for—and it’s a lot more complicated than just matte or dewy.

We turned to a few makeup experts for a breakdown of the different types of face makeup: foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream and CC cream.

Foundation

What Is It?

Traditional foundation may be the underlying basis of your makeup bag. Developed for the appearance of a naturally flawless complexion, there are now numerous types available: liquid, pressed foundation powder, mineral, cream and stick foundation. 

Pros:

Foundation provides the maximum coverage for when you want to cover up just about anything. 

Cons:

Can appear cake-y if you apply too much. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer or primer under your makeup to prevent foundation from settling into fine lines.

Ideal For:

Because foundation can offer the most coverage out of all the products we’re discussing, it’s the best choice for hiding any imperfections—from redness to tattoos.  

 

Tinted Moisturizer

What Is It?

Tinted moisturizer is the optimal lightweight coverage for women on the go. Minimal coverage but with a sheer radiance and maximum hydration.

Pros:

It’s light and the ultimate product for the “no makeup” makeup look. Great for busy working women and moms who need quick application.

Cons:

If you’re really aiming to cover up blemishes, redness or any imperfections, this may not be the best bet. Tinted moisturizer can also sweat off easily on hot summer days, and may wear off sooner than other thicker options with more coverage.

Ideal For:

Low-key times where you’re not feeling like wearing a lot of makeup. When compared to foundation or BB/CC creams, tinted moisturizer typically has more moisture-binding properties such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, making it a great option for those prone to dryness or dehydration.

 

BB Cream

What Is It?

BB stands for Beauty Balm, and this provides slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. The main difference here is that they prime your skin along with moisturize. Lighter than foundation, but heavier than tinted moisturizers, BB creams appear best when set with a light finishing powder or bronzer.

Pros:

Easy to apply, no possibility of harsh foundation color lines and looks natural and dewy.

Cons:

Don’t count on BB cream as your only method of sun protection. Be sure to apply a daily SPF beneath your makeup to avoid skin damage and harsh UV rays.

Ideal For:

BB Cream is your answer if you want the most in skin care and foundation without buying multiple products. If you want all the benefits of a tinted moisturizer, plus sun protection, antioxidants, makeup primer or additional anti-aging or acne ingredients, the beauty balm is for you.

 

CC Cream

What Is It?

Try this “color corrective” formula if you’re aiming to brighten up your skin and address issues like redness or sallow coloring. If you’re trying to even out your skin tone, you’ll enjoy this creamy, light formula, with a thinner base than foundation.

Pros:

Similarly to BB cream, CC cream can be essential for targeting everyday skin concerns and is light enough for daily use.

Cons:

CC benefits and coverage may vary from brand to brand. You may need to be diligent and try out a few before finding which is right for you.

Ideal For:

Dark under-eye areas, redness or hyperpigmentation. CC cream is corrective and excellent for evening the skin tone, neutralizing redness or concealing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

 

Candles, Candles, Candles!

At OC Facial Care Center we carry an array of luxury candles. From Voluspa, Nest, Tocca and Archipelago. These candles are meant to burn for hours releasing unparalleled, meticulously crafted scents and fragrances. All candles are available in our Lake Forest location or by going on www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com

Candles are awesome – here’s how to use them correctly.

First things first – let’s talk safety.

    •    Never leave a lit candle burning unattended.

    •    Keep burning candles away from children, pets and anything that can catch fire.

    •    To avoid a hazard and to prevent the glass from breaking, always discontinue use and discard your candle when ½” wax remains.

    •    Always use a candle holder or plate specifically designed for candle use.  It should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

    •    Never burn a candle for more than 2 to 3 hours at a time

    •    Never move or handle a burning candle.  The wax and the container get hot when in use.  Extinguish and allow to fully cool after or in between use.

    •    Place the candle and candle holder on a stable, flat surface.

    •    Trim wicks to ¼” or less before each use.  Extinguish immediately, allow to cool, and trim wick further if black smoke appears. 

    •    Do not burn candles where there is a draft, as it may cause sooting (and uneven burning).

    •    Burn candles in well-ventilated rooms.

    •    Never burn a candle when the wick is not in the center of the candle wax.

    •    Keep the melt pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

 

Voluspa

Founded in 1999 by Traci and Troy Arntsen, Voluspa has gone from a homegrown labor of love to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Southern California. Legend has it that the two built the brand from their own ruined pots and kitchen laboratory—even personally walking orders into the first retail stores.

What has grown over the last almost two decades is the result of a remarkable pedigree and relentless innovation. Traci’s cultivated passion for botany and essential oils combined with her fragrance education, allows Voluspa to hand-craft scents using the finest global ingredients.

We’re not all frills, though. Our revolutionary custom wax blend is the result of considerable sourcing, sustainability research, testing and testing again. We stamp each candle with a seal of domestic, sustainable, eco-friendly pride.

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NestCandles 

NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available. NEST Fragrances candles are well-known for infusing a room with fragrance.

Tocca

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A hand-crafted collection of exquisite beauty products, designed to bring cherished inspirations from around the world to you.

TOCCA was born out of friendship, wanderlust and a lot of love. We started as a young group of friends, who loved travel, and the discovery of beautiful people, places & things. Our curiosity for textures & embroideries, scents & gardens led us into the world of artisanal fashion & beauty.

Today, TOCCA, which means ‘touch’ in Italian, stands true to its roots. We create with passion and an appreciation for the time it takes to manifest true beauty. We found our sole purpose … to create beauty that combines an appreciation for vintage femininity with a dose of modern confidence woven in.

Ever grateful for the discerning who have discovered us, we invite you to share in the wonder and beauty that is TOCCA.

 

 

Eminence - An OC Facial Care Center Favorite!

One of the lines we are so proud to carry at OC Facial Care Center is Eminence. This high end, luxurious, organic line from Hungary is only carried at select boutiques and retail stores. It is made for all skin types and conditions and it consciously created by using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products.

Eminence believes in providing the best skin care products possible. All of their products are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals. In a world full of chemicals and toxins isn’t is great knowing that lines like this exist - chemical and toxin free!

They continue to use hand picked ingredients that contain potent healing and beautifying properties. Many of these ingredients are combined with pure waters drawn from a thermal hot spring lake containing minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth. 

Their products are handmade without any severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce.

Some of our favorites are:

  1. Clear Skin Probiotic Mask - The clear solution to problem skin. Attain the appearance of a radiant and clear complexion thanks to cooling cucumber tones and refining yogurt, which exfoliates and eliminates the appearance of blemishes.
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2. Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck - This night cream is the perfect way to end your day with pure Lavender Essential Oil! Reduce the visible signs of aging as you sleep using stem cell technology from Argan and nutmeg seed oil. This deeply hydrating cream that adds moisture and youthfulness to the delicate skin of the face.

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The entire line is available at OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Joe Malone Now at OC Facial Care Center

Founded in 1994, Jo Malone has created some of the most celebrated perfumes in the fragrance industry and its timeless and elegant scents evoke British charm and humor. Many of the fragrances are inspired by Britain, such as Wood Sage & Sea Salt, which captures the scent of the seaside, and English Pear & Freesia, which conveys the essence of autumn. Synonymous with British style, Jo Malone is an essential part of any discerning fragrance lover’s collection and a bottle of the brand’s perfume would make the perfect souvenir from London. Take a look at the bestselling Jo Malone scents here.

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With Joe Malones colognes you can layer them. They are all complementary with one another and can be mixed and matched to create someone unique and one of a kind. 

Rather than committing to a single scent you can creatively create a scent mirrored to your mood or emotions that day! At OC Facial Care center we have a brand new shipment of some of the most popular Joe Malone fragrances. Stop by today! Each 3.4 oz cologne is $130. 

 

8 Tips For Clearer Skin

We all want clear, glowing skin. But beauty regimes that work for your best friend will not necessarily work for you. Every one of us has different skin types. And although we are all different the underlying way to take care of skin are all the same. 

1. Diet

Carb rich diets, sugar and processed foods take a serious toll on your body, not to mention your skin. Fresh greens like arugula, kale and collards oxygenate the body and skin unlike any topical you can apply. Protein provides skin cells with the building blocks they require to turn over effectively and maintain hydration. By making small tweaks to your diet, you will notice drastic changes to your skin. Remember, your skin is your largest organ, don’t feed it junk.

2. Sleep!

Catch some zzzz’s. Many people don’t realize what a large role sleep plays in the anti-aging realm. Sleep is important for your skin. Physiologically, the skin has a lot to do during the day including metabolism, fending off UV radiation, protecting the body from pathogens and regulating body temperature. But once asleep, the skin does its most significant repair work including production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s connective tissue responsible for firmness, tone and elasticity.

3. Stop picking

Picking pimples is a very common habit that can lead to scarring, enhanced redness, and the spread of bacteria (which can create secondary infections). Although it is very tempting to pick, try using a good spot treatment with salicylic acid to attack the bacteria before it becomes inflamed and see your aesthetician or dermatologist if it worsens. A

4. Keep it clean

Wash your face like you mean it. Sounds simple enough, but too often people are in a rush and don’t take the time to ‘baby’ their skin. Imagine washing a pan full of grease. If you don’t take your time and wash it thoroughly, the grease and oil will still be left in the spots you didn’t pay attention to

5. Pay attention to your eyes

People tend to just put a tiny amount of eye cream under eye area, and they are really missing out on its benefits. SMILE — and look in the mirror. The fine lines start at the eye, but can extend all the way to hairline. Apply your eye cream from the bottom corner of the inner eye all the way out to the cheekbone and hairline, and then up and around the lid. Think of sunglasses: apply to the area a pair of sunglasses would cover.

6. Ice

One amazing (and free) thing I do at home to keep my skin looking great is ‘icing’ There are three main benefits of icing. Similar to a sports injury, when you put ice on a breakout, it reduces redness and inflammation. Ice can also be used as a natural exfoliant. When you put something in the freezer, it preserves it, similar to putting meat in a freezer. Just remember, you have to keep the ice moving. Don’t hold it in one spot, it can burn like heat can. 

7. Skin oil

The quickest way to fake glowing skin is to use good face oil. It will automatically nourish your skin and give it a healthy shine (not greasy or oily). They do not clog pores. In fact, they balance oil production. Apply a facial oil to damp clean skin twice daily. Use it alone or mix it with your tinted moisturizer and your skin will glow in a pinch!

8. Protect it!

In the morning, apply antioxidant serum followed by a broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF 30 or higher. Some UV penetrates through the sunscreen in the antioxidant provides extra protection. While you are outside, make sure you are staying protected — yes with sunblock, but even with your clothing. Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.