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Younger Looking Lips, NEW Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment #NationalLipstickDay

Hey Mamas,

Happy National Lipstick Day!

In addition to scooping up a free lipstick from MAC – yup, go get them, there’s no catch! – I wanted to share a new treatment that might help you achieve younger looking lips, while you sleep.

I’m sure you apply nightly eye creams, masks and moisturizes to your face, but the lips and the area around them can develop some of the most dramatic signs of aging. Hello, my name is “laugh lines”, and I also have a friend called “feather lines”.

Sun damage, smoking, lots of smiling, even stress, will cause the lip area to develop permanent lines and wrinkles.

Celebrate National Lipstick Day by trying out a cool new product from Dermalogica called the Nightly Lip Treatment. This JUST CAME OUT so I’ve only used it a few times, but I’m excited about the treatment’s possibilities.

Fellow mama and NY-based Celebrity Dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, is a huge fan. She recommends using this product to target signs of lip aging, while also making sure you stay hydrated, avoid the sun during peak hours and don’t forget SPF on lips, stop smoking, and avoid drinking from straws.

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Apply Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment overnight to help firm, hydrate and restore skin on and around the lips, while preventatively smoothing away laugh and feather lines, and improving elasticity. The delicate formula is meant to target the intrinsic (physiological) and extrinsic (external) factors which contribute to lip aging. The goal, at least for me, is to achieve younger looking lips (and an overall youthful look) without an invasive procedure. Me an needles – it’s not a good mix. Key ingredients in the balm include Indian gentian extract, volumizing technology, sesame seed extract, shea butter and pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract and glycerin complex.

Curious about what your lips say about you? Click Here to check out the “Read My Lips” website, where you upload a photo  of yourself and it will guess your age based on your lips. Lips don’t lie.

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Okay, off to the pool (Coola SPF on the lips of course) to enjoy the the sun with the munchkins. Happy Saturday.

PS Don’t forget to use those lips – kiss away.

Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Red Carpet Ready Beauty: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

I’m coming at you with Red Carpet ready goodies in this week’s Friday Five Finds including how to get fuller lashes, glowing skin, even a sweat absorbing garment shield.

So, whether you’re going on a date with the hubby, planning a fun dress-up Oscars viewing party at home, or simply thinking ahead to wedding season, you’ll want to check out my Pam-tested picks.

Red Carpet Ready Beauty Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Red Carpet Ready Lashes

Go big or go home with Grande Cosmetics Mascara, formulated to boost lash volume. Plus, it’s waterproof. So, enjoy that Kleenex moment while Emma Stone accepts her win for Best Actress in La La Land.

PS Use this in the morning when you’re running off to daycare and have no time for any other makeup … or even a shower. It’s an instant fake-awake that will certainly distract from the fact that you might be wearing the same shirt you picked the kids up in, the previous night. #ItHasntHappenedYet #ItCouldHappen

Red Carpet Ready Dress No Mess

I’m a sweater. Wearing long sleeve dresses, has always been a problem. When I was little my mom would cut up some special fabric and sow oval shields under my armpit area, which would absorb my sweat.

These days, I use Hollywood Fashion Garment Shields, disposable apparel shields. I have no shame in my sweat-free game. #KeepingItHonest

Red Carpet Ready Skin

I’ve been testing a lot of masks, lately and I love The True Tincture Chamomile Mask from belif. Belif which stands for “believe in truth” is a cleaner-greener brand that’s becoming a staple in my beauty repertoire.
This tincture mask is loaded with real, organic chamomile flowers that will sooth and deeply hydrate your already glorious face. #EcoMama

Red Carpet Ready Glow

Never have I been so in love with a bronzer, as I am with Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals. I’m not sure about the “self-tanning” part, and the claim to long lasting glow with prolonged use.

But, I can 10000% confirm my skin has never looked better, than when I apply this miraculous bronzing dust of goodness. #GoldenGoddessAlert

Red Carpet Ready Body

I promise to stop selecting finds from This Works, when This Works stops working!

If you’re looking to cover up skin imperfections and walk your Red Carpet with head-to-toe confidence, lather on Perfect Legs Skin Miracle. It helps diminish the appearance of skin discoloration and scars. #SexyLegsContest


Beauty Benefits Antioxidants #BeautyBehindtheBuzz

Beauty Benefits of Antioxidants: 4 Ways to Keep Your Skin Youthful and Sun Safe with Antioxidants #BeautyBehindtheBuzz

Antioxidants. We need them. Everyone – doctors, beauty bloggers, magazine headlines – praise the beauty benefits of antioxidants. But, like many of you, I still didn’t know what this magical ingredient really was and how it worked.

So, I spent some time in the beginning of the summer breaking down this beauty buzz word, so that I could better understand what the products I love actually do inside my body, as well as be able to share that valuable information with all you busy mamas.

Guess what? We do need antioxidants. Antioxidants are awesome!!

Okay, so what are the beauty benefits of antioxidants and how can they help our skin look sexy AND protect us from the sun?

Antioxidants are like warriors that load your cells up with the necessary “weapons” to fight free radicals, which try to damage cells.
• They neutralize and remove free radicals
• They occur naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and chocolate
• There are many different types of Antioxidants that support/ prevent or stop cell damage. Example: flavanols (found in chocolate), resveratrol (found in wine), and lycopene (found in tomatoes)

What are Free Radicals? (booo, losers!! )
Free Radicals cause oxidation, think of it as rusting, which cause cell damage.
• They are found in the environment, as well as produced naturally in your body
• Skin reacts to free radical damage by generating an immune response-inflammation (that’s what we see as a sunburn)
• Left unchallenged, free radicals can cause other illnesses and chronic diseases
• They are a primary contributor for sunburns, premature aging of the skin, photo damage, and skin cancers

So, now that we understand the beauty benefits of antioxidants – my skincare superhero ingredient – here are four ways to get it into your body.

1) Beauty Benefits of Antioxidants in Your SPF Lotion

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Your sunscreen has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, but what about protection from infrared radiation (IR-A)? IR-A penetrates deeper than UVA/UVB rays and cause the development of free radicals in your skin. Eek. Where are my antioxidant fighters?

SkinMedica TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR ($68) has broad spectrum sun protection, plus it features an antioxidant complex including Dunaliella salina (micro algae) and Polygonum avicular (knotgrass). Overall it’s helping supports your skin’s ability to restore itself, correct signs of photodamage and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that the sun likes to give us.

Other antioxidant-infused SPF lotions to try: Boscia Self-Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture SPF 30 ($36) ;  Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50 ($13)

2) Beauty Benefits of Antioxidants on Their Own

Beauty Benefits Antioxidant Oil

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Antioxidant Oil ($19.99)
I’ve been using this vitamin C-packed oil all summer long.  Also, this product just makes me glow and feel amazing. Other, more tangable benefits you’ll enjoy are a natural lipid barrier to retain moisture and defend skin from UV rays and pollution create free radicals. No GMOs. Vegan. Biodegradable.

Other antioxidant oils to try: Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ($24.99)

3) Beauty Benefits of Antioxidants in Your Food

Beauty Benefits Antioxidant Rich Food

Whether you live in Miami and get to hit the beach nearly all year long, or you’re here, with me, in New York, and have six more weeks before it’s time to start adding on layers, sun exposure lingers inside your body causing those pesky free radicals to run wild. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet is a great way to keep your skin looking youthful, as well as supporting a healthy immune system.
Here are my top 5 Antioxidant Essentials
• Green Tea – The trick is to find a really good, deep green color tea (ideally one with some matcha powder) which has a higher catechin content. Catechins protect skin from UV damage. Costco’s Kirkland brand Green Tea is actually an amazing option, not to mention bang for buck. I’m also starting to make drinks using Vital Protein Collagen Beauty Greens and matcha, so I hope to share that soon. Bonus: Green tea also speeds up your metabolism.
• Wild Salmon – Fishy and fabulous. I love fish, so this pink guy, which is a fabulous source carotenoid antioxidants that help repair damage from UV rays and support glowing skin, is a staple in my diet. Plus the omega-3 fats inhibit inflammation from UVB rays by up to 52%.
For dinner inspiration, check out my friend Candice Kumai’s recipe for Chipotle Salmon Burger. Yummy!
• Watermelon – rich in lycopene, which protects your skin from sunburns and possibility the developing of skin cancer
• Olive Oil – Toss your salad dressing aside, and toss your veggies in simple evoo. This antioxidant-rich oil not only fights sun damage, but, when consumed regularly, can help to reduce reddening from sun exposure. Hmm, my Greek g-ddess friends must be on to something
• Dark Chocolate – Ahh, something for my sweet tooth. Flavanoids found in dark chocolate (my husband rejoices are he feels no other chocolate is actually chocolate) may improve your skin’s ability to fight sunburns, plus they keep skin hydrated, and boost blood flow, which all help to keep skin looking resilient against the ticking clock.

4) Beauty Benefits of Antioxidants on Your Face – DIY Mask

DIY Antioxidant Avocado Face Mask

Okay mamas, this one isn’t going to be for us on a regular basis. DIY masks and motherhood aren’t so easy to manage, but it’s worth mentioning as an option for your next #MeaningfulMeMoments night.

My love for avocados is huge – HUGE. I put them on sandwiches, in salads, blend with basil leaves to make dressing, mix with cheese, dice into salsa, eat alone. So, putting this mushy goodness on my face makes perfect sense, especially when taking into account that avocados are loaded with beauty benefits of antioxidant. Enjoy!

Antioxidant-Packed Avocado-Spirulina Face Mask 

This recipe is from MindBodyGreen. If you don’t know this site, you should. It’s full of healthy, happy goodness for all corners of your life.
Ingredients
• 1 large avocado
• 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
• 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
Preparation
In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, spirulina and olive oil and mix well.
Apply half the mixture to your face for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Splash face with cold water.
Grab some antioxidant-rich carrots and dip into the remaining mixture. Pair with a good book (if your mind can still function after a long day in mommyhood). My current reading suggestions: Sh*tty Mom For All Season and America’s First Daughter.

Beauty Behind the Buzz

You’re a busy mama, but of course you want to stay on top of the beauty trends and tips. I’m here to help!

Is there a beauty buzz word you’d like me to investigate? Tag me @PamelaPekerman in a photo on Instagram using#BeautyBehindtheBuzz and tell me which words, beauty products you would like to know more about. Feel free to also share any skincare/body concerns that you would like me to address on this blog or an upcoming segment. I’m here for all you mamas that want time-saving tips to help you #AlwaysBeYourBestYou.

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5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids and Babies #Don’tFryDay

Some mom’s at our local park think I’m crazy because when my munchkins were born (in April and late June, respectively), they didn’t get much sun until after they were 6-months old. It was head-to-toe coverage, an occasional cameo in the sun before 10am or after 5pm. That’s it.

Now that Ilana is 3-years-old and David is almost 2-years-old, rest assured the SPF Police still patrols the exit door.

No park, no sun after 11:30am. We come back after 4:30pm. And, that window will change as the weeks go by, and the sunshine rays gets stronger.

When we do go outside, it’s all about sun-fun, but safety first.

SPF – check. (My preference is a mineral lotion sunscreen with an SPF of 50).
Lip SPF – check.
Loose clothing – check.
Hats – check.
OK, now we can go have fun.

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The above proves once again, I am my mother’s daughter. She raised my sister and me to be cautious of the sun, and the health and beauty problems it could cause us in the future. Actually, did you know that just one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life? Thanks mom. My healthy (knock-on-wood) and youthful-looking skin in very grateful for your common-sense approach to sun-fun.

Before you head off into the sun (pun very much intended), here are 5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids and Babies. Happy Don’t Fry Day!

1. No sunscreen for babies under 6-months of age

Keep infants out of direct sunlight, as their fragile skin is thin and delicate. Once they turn 6-months-old, look for a sunscreen that is formulated specifically for their sensitive skin. Chris Birchby, Founder and CEO of COOLA, one of my favorite sunscreen brands, also suggests looking for “sunscreens that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free, and come in a form that is easy to apply on your child”

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Baby Pamela, all covered up, playing with Grandpa Yuri.

2. Lotion Sunscreen vs Spray Sunscreen

Lotions are ideal, especially for younger kids that are fidgety during application. You don’t want to spray into their month or eyes. Also, with a lotion you will likely have a more even distribution.

3. Grab a shot glass

Most parents don’t apply enough SPF on themselves, not to mention their children. As a visual aid, use the recommended shot-glass amount (for toddlers you can use 2/3 a shot glass). Reapply every 2-hours, or after excessive swimming, toweling and sweating. Note that water-resistant SPF’s are now labels with “40-minutes” or “80-minutes”, but if you’re kid wants to stay in the pool for 80-minutes, you need to use some common sense and pull them out once or twice for a rest and reapplication. It’s a good time to get them to sit in the shade for 10-minutes and eat a fruit.

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Mini Me toweling off in the Catskills.

4. Don’t let clouds fool you

Birchby recommends we, “Use sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside. Clouds don’t absorb all of the UV radiation that may harm your child. About 80% of UV rays are allowed through clouds.”

5. Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreens

a. Mineral (also called physical) sunscreens use minerals, namely Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, as their main active ingredients. These minerals form a physical barrier over the skin that reflect and scatter UVA and UVB rays. Because of this “bounce off” effect, mineral sunscreens are better for sensitive skin. Also, they are effective right after application – no wait time. However, they do slide off easier, so you will need to reapply more frequently after swimming, sweating, and toweling/
b. Chemical (also called classic) sunscreens use chemicals as their main active ingredients. These chemicals absorb and dissipate harmful UVA and UVB rays before they penetrate the skin. Chemical sunscreens need time to absorb into the skin and form a protective layer, so you must apply them 30-minutes before sun exposure. This is another reason why mom’s with antsy kids prefer mineral … can your toddlers wait 30-minutes before running to the pool on a hot summer day?

Dr. Julie E. Russak, a prestigious dermatologist in New York City (whom I have turned to for both my own and my kids skin concerns) says that, “The most important ingredient I want my patients to look for, no matter the age, is Zinc and Titanium, both physical blockers.” These are always found in mineral sunscreens, and in some chemical creams, as well. The fabulous Dr. Russak also helped to dispel a mineral sunscreen myth. “A common and dangerous misconception unprotected sun exposure is the best and only source for Vitamin D.  A much safer and effective way of getting the daily-required amount of Vitamin D, without putting yourself at risk for skin cancer is via your diet.  Foods rich in vitamin D, such as eggs, fish and some dairy products are a much better alternative.”

Best SPF for  kids and babies

1. COOLA Mineral Baby Organic SPF 50 Unscented $36, 2. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 $9, 3. Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF 50 $10-$48, 4. Mustela SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Stick $13

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. And, if you live in the DC area, tune into Great Day Washington on WUSA9 with Meaghan Mooney, for my Sun-Safety 101 segment on Tuesday May 31st at 9am.

Also on Monday 9:30pmEST / 6:30pmPST, after you put the kids to bed, grab your glass of wine and tune into Pamela+Vanessa #momsandwhine. This week we’re talking about sun-safely, crazy moms (like me) and also doing a great giveaway.

Pamela + Vanessa #momsandwhine new mom lifestyle show

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