Happy Monday ladies. It’s just 4 days until Christmas and I’m almost ready. I have a few more things to buy, some more things to wrap, plus I need to order our organic turkey so we don’t end up with a huge one again. Today I’m musing about double cleansing, sunscreen, snow, and my LED red light mask.
Much of the Northeast has had a big snowstorm which I’ve been enjoying from my warm, dry, California town. I grew up on the east coast and was always thrilled when we got some snow for Christmas. When cabin fever set in yesterday, we headed to Lake Tahoe in search of snow.
Truckee was very, very quiet. I don’t think I have ever seen it so empty. The small shops were open, most with barricades in front of the door so they could monitor how many shoppers were inside. I saw lots of cute things through the windows but stayed outside in the fresh air. Honestly, I wasn’t there to shop. I was there to breathe the clean mountain air and get a festive boost to my holiday spirit. I removed my mask quickly for photos, then put it right back on.
We did find some snow which made the trip worth it. It was hovering in the high 40’s so my cashmere v-neck, cashmere cardigan, and cashmere scarf kept me plenty warm.
These boots were a smart purchase this year because they’re roomy enough for warm socks and are water-resistant. I love hats of all kinds (except baseball caps which look dumb on me) but fedoras are my favorite because besides keeping my head warm, they help keep the sun off my face. When I found this wool version of my favorite straw hat, I knew I needed to add it to my ever-growing collection.
LED Red Light Mask
I wanted to give you an update on my Light Salon LED Red Light masks. I love them! They’re pricey for sure so they’re not for everyone. I have never been one to have facials and salon treatments which can really add up. I’d rather invest in an at-home device that I can use over and over.
These are soft and pliable so they’re very comfortable. They provide Red 633nm Light and Near-Infrared 830 nm Light which fights inflammation, encourages healing, calms redness, and evens skin tone. There are numerous studies touting the benefits of red light therapy but nothing conclusive. I use mine for 10 minutes each morning before I apply moisturizer and sunscreen. My skin feels amazingly soft and I also find them very relaxing.
Researchers have known about red light therapy for a while. But there aren’t a lot of studies on it, and they don’t know if it’s better than other types of treatment used to help you heal. Research shows RLT may smooth your skin and help with wrinkles. RLT also helps with acne scars, burns, and signs of UV sun damage. ~ Web MD
This is a small rant – A case of Melanoma and multiple spots of Basal Cell Carcinoma has convinced me to take my sunscreen very seriously. In the USA, sunscreen is considered a drug by the FDA and as such, they require animal testing on all ingredients. This seriously curtails the availability of new and improved ingredients but surprisingly, they have left Avobenzone on the market which has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor and carcinogenic. I urge you to read labels and know what you’re rubbing on your skin.
I also encourage you to double cleanse your face at night, because a good sunscreen is meant to stay on. It takes more than a few splashes of cleanser and water to remove it. This is my second jar of the Farmacy Cleansing Balm and I love it!! I use this first, which easily melts off all my makeup and sunscreen. Then use a quick squirt of Super Food Cleanser, rinse with a facecloth and my face is super clean, but not stripped of its natural oils.
Do you double cleanse?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.