Beauty // December 1, 2014 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; it’s time to break out the Uggs, the peppermint mocha’s, and the, um… dry, itchy skin? Pass! 

Yes ladies, it’s winter time and although we have plenty accessories to help us look like cute little snow bunnies, (or for those of us in Los Angeles maybe just slightly less tan) there’s nothing cute about rockin’ dry patches of skin on our face. Celebrity facialist and skin whisperer Mersedeh Jeihooni knows a thing or two about salvaging our winter-worn skin. A cosmetologist for over 15 years and a medical esthetician that specializes in ethnic skin, Mersedeh is the answer to our skin’s prayers this season.

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“Skin makes sense to me”, she says, and we’re glad someone understands it so they can help a sister out! Check out her winter beauty and skincare tips and make sure your skin is looking good enough to glow this holiday season:

Made Woman: Winter is here and our skin is feeling the climate change BIG TIME. How should we switch up our skin routine to adapt to the seasons?

Mersedeh: Think of your skin as your workout routine; if you do the same workouts day in and day out with no variation, you’re not going to see results. It’s important to mix up our skincare routine so our skin doesn’t get accustomed to any one product or stop responding to the ingredients in the products to where we won’t see change. I suggest swapping out your products every three months or so for the best results.

MW: Wow, that often? Good to know. So how much of our skincare routine should change with the seasons? Right now the sun isn’t shining as bright. Should we still make sure our products have SPF protection?

MJ: Absolutely! Although we aren’t dealing with a summer’s sun, UV rays are still present. In fact, UV rays are actually stronger when it’s overcast outside. To fight UV skin damage, always make sure you’re using a moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF and with an SPF level no less than 30.

MW: Winter skin could be itchy, flaky and dry. What can we do to keep our skin moisturized and hydrated?

MJ: A good facial. I recommend getting a professional facial once a month to asses your skin’s concerns/progress and then doing regular at-home exfoliation three times a week. To combat dryness, the easiest suggestion is to drink tons of water! Try to get a liter of water in three times a day and your skin will thank you later.

MW: Who doesn’t love a good facial scrub? Should we kick our exfoliating routine into overdrive during the cooler months?

MJ: I wouldn’t overdo it with exfoliation - you don’t want to take away too much of your skin. Make sure when you choose an exfoliation product, you choose one with super fine granules or scrubbing beads. The smaller the granules the better for your skin. Also, stick to an exfoliation routine of scrubbing three times a week, preferably exfoliating at night. And follow up your wash routine with a night time product, so that the active ingredients have time to penetrate your skin. 

MW: With winter time comes holiday season and with holiday season comes the time to get glam for holiday parties. What’s some advice you could give to help us keep our skin looking fab for all the holiday face time?

MJ: Never ever, ever sleep in your makeup! That’s the biggest no-no. Make sure you’re staying hydrated and drinking lots of water. Fish oil supplements do wonders for hydrating the skin, as well. But for that extra holiday sparkle, I tell my celebrity clients to drink peppermint tea to get that glam goddess glow right before they hit the red carpet. 

MW: Say we did party a little too hard at the holiday soiree. What’s a quick way to refresh ourselves to avoid looking haggard?

MJ: For puffy eyes, opt for an eye cream with caffeine. If you’re feeling like you need to cleanse your skin of all the fun from the night before, a quick detox of organic lemons and ground cayenne should do the trick. Boil water and squeeze the juice of the lemons into the water before sprinkling a dash of cayenne pepper into the mixture. Drink this little detox cocktail first thing in the morning after a night of partying. Detox aside, the best advice I could give is to make sure you sleep and get lots of rest.

MW: What are some DIY skin tips we can do at home to deal with winter skin?

MJ: At-home facials are an easy way to DIY winter skincare. Start with a wash and exfoliation (remember small granules!). Then give yourself a face mask. If you have oily or acne prone skin, use a clay mask; for dry skin look for a hydrating mask. After your mask, apply a serum like vitamin C to give skin that extra boost. Last, top it off with an SPF 30 moisturizer or night cream. 

MW: If you could give us a top 5 for winter beauty and skincare advice what would it include? 

MJ: Don’t sleep in your makeup! Don’t use bar soap for washing your body on your face. Our face is much more sensitive than our bodies and bar soap is way too harsh for our face. Clean your makeup brushes often, preferably once a week. Make it easy on yourself and use the same cleanser you use to wash your face to wash your brushes. Don’t self diagnose your skin. See a medical esthetician to learn what works best for your skin type. Don’t become a product junkie. Try on different products from different companies to find what works. Skincare isn’t a one size fits all industry. If you think you have oily skin and you try an oily skin product for a week and it didn’t fix your problem overnight, don’t rule out that product line. Much like our bodies, it takes 21 days for your skin to create a routine, so before you ditch a product for not working, give it a chance.

Great tips! For a personal skin consultation or to book an appointment with Mersedeh to assess your winter skin woes, shoot her an email. Good luck with your skin care routines this season ladies!

Published in Beauty
Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:04

Travel | Best Winter Travel Locations

Travel // December 17, 2012

Ah, wintertime. 8 years ago, I left Cleveland in search of a warmer climate. I never wanted to endure low temps again. Lake-effect snow? No thank you. Sun and sand? Yes, please! Growing up, winter was my only free time to travel. My trips had to include tropical beaches. Now, having lived in California and enjoyed years of almost constant sunshine, my pre-requisites have changed a bit. Below I have compiled a list of my favorite winter vacation spots, and you’ll be surprised to hear that they aren’t all toasty locales.

1. Kona, Hawaii

I have some friends who aren’t convinced of Hawaii’s allure. For the record, my favorite areas are low key. Spend one week on Kona side and you’ll become a part of the community. The locals are great, it isn’t too touristy, the resorts are awesome, and Oprah even owns a home there. If Kona is good enough for Oprah, well, then, enough said!

2. New York City

Okay, NYC isn’t warm, but there is nothing like the holiday spirit in New York. Walk along Fifth Avenue, listen to Christmas music, check out the tree in Rockefeller Center, or take a carriage ride through Central Park. You may worry about the hustle of NYC residents, but fear not. There is something about the holiday season that makes even the toughest New Yorker soften up.

3. Lake Tahoe

Here’s a secret: this location made my list and I don’t ski.  I’ve made many trips to Lake Tahoe and I’ve never even set foot on a slope! Just imagine how much fun this could be if you are snow-sport inclined. Truth be told, I took a boyfriend here once for his birthday. We went during an off weekend when there wasn’t enough snow. As a result, we were the only couple dining at the high-end restaurant where I’d booked reservations. The Chef improvised our entire meal! But even if you do go during a high traffic time, there are big draws: fresh mountain air, a beautiful, cool, crystal clear lake, and plenty of outdoor activities. Bring someone to keep you warm.

4. Grand Cayman

Growing up in Cleveland, Lake Erie was the closest body of water. Sadly, I NEVER got in because the bacteria levels were too high. The waters surrounding Grand Cayman are the absolute opposite. You can swim worry-free because clean, white sand, and tropical fish are the only things you’ll see. If you head to the islands in December, you’ll just miss hurricane season.

5. Tropical Cruise

So, you can’t pick one tropical location? Take a cruise! You really can’t beat an all-inclusive trip. Drink frozen drinks all day and soak in the sun. Go and get fries at 2am without feeling guilty; it’s basically free and you’re on vacation!

These are only a few of my favorite wintertime getaways—what are yours?

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