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BEAUTY Pam’s Picks: This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

Hey Mamas,

It’s been gray and rainy here in NYC, for several days, but today is slated to be a bright, sunny day. So, I’m thinking pool day.

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Whether you plan to go to the pool, hit the beach, or you are simply planning a long walk during your lunch break, don’t forget SPF.

Right now, my face is covered in the new In Transit Skin Defence spf 45 from This Works. It’s a daily moisturizer and broad spectrum UVA/UVB cream that’s a morning routine winner. BEAUTY Pams Picks: This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

I usually talk about This Work’s Deep Sleep collection, because sleep is golden and and truly the first line in beauty care. But the In Transit products also rock my world, as I roll out of bed and get on with my mamagering. In Transit is an assortment of multi-tasking beauty items that aim to protect, repair and replenish skin from environmental aggressors. Basically, they work all the time – just like you!

In addition to the new Skin Defence SPF 45, check the In Transit No Traces, a refreshing, rosewater and water mint infused pads, which are great for cleansing, brightening and refreshing skin.

 

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BEAUTY Pams Picks: This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

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.

Summer Skincare Solutions for the Family – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

It’s been a while. Summer fun is happening fast, and getting to this blog has been a challenge. I apologize, since there are so many amazing mama must-haves coming across my desk and spilling onto my bedroom floor – ahhh, I can’t wait to have an real office again … coming soon #2018WeAreMoving.

Lot’s to do and share about the exciting move (renovations galore), but first here are my Friday 5 Finds, all about summer skincare solutions for the whole family.

 

 

 

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Laguna Blue Smarter Towel Pamela Pekerman mom approved

 

 

 

Summer Skincare Solutions: Bugs 

Fairy Tales Hair Care Bug Bandit – Between work, projects with the new home, typical mom-life choirs and the kids afterschool learning classes, we normally don’t get home until 5:30/6pm. When possible, I love to still take them swimming (my in-laws have a pool and are a block away! Major plus on so many levels). When we hit the pool for a 7pm dip, little bugs are also out for their evening flyby, so I turn to this DEET-Free bug spray. It’s non-toxic, pesticide free and doesn’t smell as bad as other bug sprays – still has a smell, but my kids would rather smell like a lemon citronella candle, than have bug bits. #BugetAboutIt

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Summer Skincare Solutions: Bacteria on Towels 

Laguna Blue The Smarter Towel – After the pool, it’s time to shower and towel off. And while we all wash our bath towels regularly, I recently learned that because most towels retain moisture for long periods of time, they allow icky bacteria to thrive. Laguna Blue towels have been tested and proven to decrease the spread of potentially life-threatening bacterium, MRSA, commonly found on cotton towels. The towels dry 50% faster than traditional cotton towels, hold 7 times their weight in water and are non-linting and fade-resistant. I’m not trying to give you mamas another reason to worry, but this product is super great quality so if you need a new set of towels, it’s worth-while swapping in a safer solution. #BackupBacteria

Summer Skincare Solutions: Mid-day Frizz

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets – No dream spray or ion-blade hair tool will keep my hair frizz-free all day long. I go through 2-3 conveniently portable, anti-frizz sheets, per day. Bonus, they also give hair a nice, I-just-came-from-the-salon shine. #SummerSleek

Summer Skincare Solutions: Non Damaging Pony Tail 

Revlon Essentials All Day Comfort –  I just learned about this new hair accessory, yesterday. (Check out more from the Revlon event, on my Instagram feed right now). I love the original coiled hair band concept, but when you pull it out you also take with you chunks of hair. Oocchhhh. My daughter always cries when we try to take her coiled band out. This version is actually covered in fabric, so it’s much softer on hair when you need to take it out, but still has that gentle hold and less-hair creasing that we like from this clever design. (The product launches August 1st at Target) #HappyHair

Rockets of Awesome Swim Rash Guards

Summer Skincare Solutions: Awesome Rash Guards 

Rockets of Awesome Rash Guards – I’ve become a big fan of rash guards, even though I can’t recall my mom putting them on me. When the kids are practicing swimming for 30+ minutes, its good to know they have extra protection on their whole back and arms, since the water magnifies the rays of the sun creating a super storm bur potential – over over-scare. The kids and I LOVE the rash guards from Rockets of Awesome. Actually, we like everything that comes from this cool company. If you can’t get rash guards from them (FYI here’s another option) definitely check them out for other summer styles and back-to-school needs. #MamasShoppingSalvation

Rockets of Awesome swimwear rash guard summer skincare solutions

Sun Safety Tips on Great Day Washington w Pamela Pekerman

After an initial cancellation due to … life … aka life as a mom …

Two kids with step, one that had croup, as well. And then, the other got a nasty stomach bug from daycare that landed her in the ER for a few hours … ya, That’s Life

I finally made it to Washington, DC to share my Sun Safety tips on Great Day Washington. Check out the clips below.

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DC was amazing, and I made sure to leave myself several extra hours to enjoy the city and savor some Meaningful Me Moments. Naturally, I was covered in my go-to mineral sunscreen with SFP 50 (yes, I follow my own sun safety tips #PracticeWhatYouPreach), as I strolled along the Tidal Basin, made my way through several sculpture gardens, and capped off near the Capital.

SkinMedica TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR ($68)

Traditional sunscreens may no longer offer us enough protection.  Research shows infrared radiation (IRA) could be causing more damage, as the rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing premature aging, aka winkles, loss of skin elasticity and firmness. Total Defense, is the first and only rejuvenating “superscreen” that prevents the appearance of premature aging from chronic exposure to infrared rays (IR), thanks to a proprietary SOL-IR Advanced Antioxidant Complex, which counters the negative effect of the free radicals that IRA rays produce when then penetrate your skin. The lotion also provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

CosMedix Reflect ($47)

If you have sensitive skin, mineral sunscreen is the way to go because it doesn’t absorb into the skin. Mineral sunscreens create a physical barrier on top of your skin, an when UVA and UVB rays hit the skin then bounce/reflect off.  This spray is non-irritating, chemical-free, oil-free formula. Combining micronized titanium dioxide—nature’s own sunscreen—with two skin-specific antioxidants, Reflect provides lightweight UV protection. To learn more about mineral vs chemical click here. 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick SPF 70 ($10.99)

Neutrogena’s #mimicmommy campaign is all about setting a good example… mom applies and then kids want to use th fun stick – or what I call “the crayon stick”!   Sunscreen sticks provide a fun application that kids will want to use on their own and mom can go in and assist in spots they missed.  The unique wide-faced stick that’s water and sweat resistant is ideal for both face and body… and no messy hands required!  It’s formulated with HELIOPLEX Technology, a breadth of stabilizing sunscreen technologies that deliver superior protection from UVA/UVB protection

ALMAY Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup SPF 15 ($13.99 )

I’m all about double-duty beauty so skin coverage that’s also giving me SPF protection, is ideal for busy mommy morning. Almay’s smart shade makeup adjusts to the natural tones and of your skin thanks to their Almay tonemimic shade-sensing bead technology which uses the skin tone enhancing benefits of synthetic melanin pigments to blend and adjust to the essential pigments of your unique skin tone for seamless, natural-looking coverage.  This is for daily use ie walking to work, a quick lunch break, not beach-bag, swim-time worthy.  

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 iS CLINICAL Hydra-Cool Serum ($90)

Formulated to rejuvenate, hydrate and soothe the skin, this penetrating serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bionutrients, which helps relieve the sting of sunburn.  It provides intense, penetrating hydration as it cools, calms and soothes dry, irritated or damaged skin.  It also great for replenishing dehydrated skin due to air travel.

First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer ($28)

Get that J-low glow without exposing your skin to harmful rays. First Aid Beauty’s Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer is a completely odorless (eek have you smelled some of those other self tanners??), lightweight formula can be used on both face and body for an even, all-over glow that gradually deepens over three to four days with continued use. Complete with nourishing vitamins, emollients and antioxidants, the formula goes on effortlessly and doubles as a rich moisturizer to hydrate and condition, leaving skin silky soft with a beautiful bronze glow.

Lands’ End Women’s Swim Tee Rash Guard ($59)

If spending a lot of time at the pool or beach- you can now sport a fashionable “Swim Tee”- a stylish tee, provides maximum coverage you can swim in, plus blocks harmful UV rays with UPF 50 protection!  Designed to wear over your swimsuit top, it’s soft as your favorite tee and incredibly lightweight – even while wearing it in the water! It’s not just for swimming though. It also works as a colorful cover-up when the air turns cooler or you’re just looking to shade your skin.Sun_Safety_Tips_2_PiecesofPam

I’ll be back on Great Day Washington with the lovely Meaghan Mooney, later with month, sharing more Sun Safety Tips for sun-fun family adventures. Check my Instagram or Facebook page for air-date updates.

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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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