A Vegan Brand I Love: Sukin

One of the things I like to do the most when I travel abroad is to find out different beauty products. I love to try new things and love, love, love moisturizers, serums, body and face scrubs and the whole she bangs. And when I was in New Zealand a few years ago I got to know this Australian brand called Sukin over a Pharmacy counter. Back then I was trying to recover from my B12 deficiency and I was avoiding the most I could extra toxins, so I was very much into using natural products with safer chemicals that would not jeopardize my health. And Sukin seemed to check all those boxes with some really good pluses: it was cruelty free, vegan and amazingly affordable. So I decided to try a few products (shampoo, conditioner, body scrub, body wash, and a clay mask from their Super Greens line). And loved them all. The shampoo, conditioner and body smell so good and they clean in a gentle way. So the body scrub. The clay mask is one of my favorite masks ever. I feel it helps detoxifying my skin and at the same time it nourishes it. It feels like skin food, indeed. It made my skin looks clean, healthy and glowing.

My beloved Detoxifying Clay Mask by Sukin.

What Sukin says abou their products:

It is Australian made with natural and gentle ingredients, cruelty-free, vegan, non GMO; it has a recycle packaging and safe preservatives.

And it is naturally created with:

  • No petrolatum/ mineral oils
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No animal derivates
  • No artificial colors
  • No harsh detergents
  • No propylene glycol
  • No MEA/DEA/TEA
  • No phthalates
  • No triclosan
  • No sulphates
  • No parabens
  • No silicones
  • No EDTA

So, if you are vegan or are interested in using cruelty-free and/or natural products this is a brand to check it out. For sure.

You can find their products through their website (it does ship overseas) or via iHerb.

My Favorite Body Scrub

In the past I thought exfoliating was only meant to be done once or twice a week. But from some years on I have heard people (mainly celebrities like Christie Brinkley and Gwyneth Paltrow) claiming that you should scrub every day. Your face and body. And honestly, I am very inclined to think that this is a good way to go. Because besides the fact that it gives the skin a smooth feeling afterwards, it also helps to: make serums or moisturizers being better absorbed by our skin, fight dark and age spots, minimize the appearance of large pores, prevent ingrown hair.

Photo: SoapCherrie.com

Plus, nowadays there are scrub versions that help to hydrate and moisturizer the skin as well. And my favorite body scrub is by a small shop in Brooklyn that uses only finest natural and organic products called Soap Cherie. I use the Coconut Lime one and love it. But there are other scented (and even one unscented) versions like Magnolia, Lavender Patchouli, Orchid and Morning Rose too. They are all made with Dead Sea Salt and formulated with 21 minerals and a variety of nourishing oils including Jojoba oil and Calendula oil to provide a deep exfoliation and nourish the skin.

So, after you do the exfoliating procedure you get smooth, hydrated baby feeling skin. I swear! When you use it you definitely feel the difference it makes on your skin. It is amazing and it smells so good…

Every time I am in New York I get this scrub. Now I am in Rio without it and missing it so much since my scrub stash is over and they do not deliver overseas. Damn!

How To Make Scars Fade

Last year I fell on uneven concrete floor and injured pretty bad my left knee. It was an ugly and an almost to the bone deep wound. I knew it will take a while to heal (it took about two months to completely close) and even more time for me to get rid of that nasty scar. And it is taking. But I am counting with some real good allies to heal it properly: a scar gel (Mederma Advanced Scar Gel) and a scar patch (ScarWay Silicone Scar Sheets).

First I started using the gel alone and as soon as I found out about the silicone patches I started using it. And they were great to make my high and thick scar fade and get lighter as well. In the past months the nasty purple scar turn into a pinkish scar that day by day gets lighter. Now I am back to the gel. I think the patch is great to make it gets flatter and the gel helps a lot to kind of erase it, if you know what I mean.

There are many other products, even serums to use in recent or old scars. They tend to do their jobs pretty well. I don’t know if my scar is gonna fade entirely. I will only know in a few months. My dermatologist told me that those deep kind of scars take about a year and a half to actually fade and only then I will know. But so far I am really happy the way it is compared to how it was. Plus, I have to confess that I am kind of attached to it now. It is part of who I am and it was part of my awakening year, so…

By the way, you can find them in any Drugstore or at the Amazon.

My Two Favorite OverNight Masks

And I am talking about two different kind of masks. Although they are both to sleep with.

The first one is a moisturizer mask called Drink Up Intensive by Origins. You can put on your skin a generous amount (I am always very generous with my moisturizers and sunscreens) before going to bed and let it work its magic during the night. No need to rinse. Not even in the morning. At least I don’t (and the reason why is here). It doesn’t have a color and it feels like you put on moisturizer and nothing else. The skin absorbs it all straight up. Having said that, the result lasts way more than a simple moisturizer, even if it is my powerful and beloved Aqua Bomb from Belif.And it does not feel greasy at all. In any moment.

As you can see by the post above, I am an enthusiast of moisturizer. I do think our skin needs a great moisturizer more than any other product. Too bad I only realized that in my 40s… Anyways, since then my main goal is to keep my skin always hydrated, no matter what. I think that is the secret to keep it looking good. And that is why I really like this mask. My skin feels highly hydrated during the night and when I wake up. I even use this mask during the day when I feel my skin need extra dose of moisturizer, like after sun tanning or during the winter days.

What Origins says about it:

  • It is recommended for normal to dry skin types. (My skin is normal to oily and I think it works great for me.)
  • It hydrates thirsty skin (love that and I confess that this was its selling point that made me give it a try).
  • It is enriched with avocado and apricot kernel oils, which effectively prepare skin for next-day environmental aggressors.
  • Japanese seaweed repairs the skin’s barrier function to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing.
  • The overnight mask soothes skin whilst you sleep for long-lasting comfort so you can wake up to a revitalized, silky smooth and refreshed complexion.
  • Free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

I think they now have a new improved formula to this mask that I haven’t tried yet, but I am looking forward to. Only hope it is as good as the previous one.

The other mask is an actually sleeping mask. It is called Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask. It is silky and soft and it is for sure the most comfortable sleeping mask I have ever tried. Plus it does black out the light perfectly. Besides that this mask has a rejuvenating element since it is embedded with Copper Dioxide. The idea is to give you a good night of sleep AND minimize the appearance of the wrinkles during the night.

Let’s see what Iluminage says about it:

  • This rejuvenating sleep mask covers your delicate eyes with advanced care, to minimize the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep.
  • Beyond blocking all visual stimuli to quiet your mind and senses, this silky, soft, smart textile is carefully embedded with copper, a well-known essential mineral with skin-enhancing properties. This technology is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks. Copper is naturally found in your skin and is known to play an important role in skin’s renewal process. It has been used in makeup, face creams and other skincare products for years, and one of its properties is its ability to promote the natural growth of proteins in the skin.
  • How to use: Sleep with your eye mask nightly for younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks. One size fits all.
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop closure strap.
  • Non-irritating.
  • Color and anti-aging technology proven to last beyond100 washes.
  • 100% Cupron® copper oxide polyester.
  • Hand wash, dry flat.

To be honest, I don’t know if this mask is helping me with my wrinkles and all, yet. I have been using it for almost 4 weeks. But it feels really good to sleep in. Because of the copper, it does get stained in the white part all around the mask but it doesn’t bother me at all.

An update on this mask report on April 21st: I still don’t know if this mask is helping with wrinkles but one thing I noticed is that it stains the pillow case I sleep in. So, this is a major no-no. Even so, I am still using to sleep because it is a very comfy mask to sleep in.

The Look: High Low Jumpsuit

Photo: Getty Images.

I loved a lot of this year’s Golden Globes looks. But one in particular after-party look called my attention: this laid-back, high low take on the jumpsuit worn by 47 years young Sandra Oh. So unpretentiously chic, comfortable and fun. And very much Sandra Oh’s vibe. So much that she is owning it. And by the way, owning a look is one of my top 11 mantraments to be a well-dressed woman. More on that later, in a post.

But going back to Sandra Oh’s look… this Goop’s G. Label Elgin Tuxedo Jumpsuit could have gone either the high fashion road being paired with diamond jewelry and a high heeled sandals or the low one with a sneaker or even a flat sandal and no jewelry at all (or a casual, simple necklace). But instead it mixed both sides with a diamond necklace nothing shy and a fabulous leather sneaker by Alexandre Birman. And yes, the sneaker could have been black but then again, the contrast that the white with a dash of black sneaker add would have been lost.

Lastly, her hair is absolutely great too. Wavy, sexy and nothing uptight and super done. Very much in sync with the whole high low vibe. So her fresh makeup.

Kudos to her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, who nailed it, head to toe.

And if you want to put together a look like Sandra’s keeping the high low vibe, you could add some costume jewelry, like a bold ring or a not so shy necklace, silver or golden, no diamonds required. A converse sneaker could dress down a high vibe jumpsuit. Or a ballerina flat or a simple flat, if sneaker is not for you. Or a espadrille. A clean ankle boot would dress up a little more this look.