Easy Natural Beauty: Fresher, Firmer Face for FREE!

Lisa Eldridge

I’ve known of Lisa Eldridge for maybe almost a decade now?  She has worked extensively behind the scenes making models and famous women beautiful since the 90’s, created a brand new makeup line together with Shiseido (one of the best skin/hair brands worldwide) in ’98, became Lancôme’s Creative Director in 2015, and was one of the first YouTube pioneers in DIY makeup tutorials since 2010.

She has many times given me perfect makeup tips I’ve never known or heard of before to make my makeup look not only natural, but practically flawless.  In my opinion, however, it’s her skincare routines that fascinate me the most!  Having worked to create from start to finish, a line with Shiseido for the Asian market, you KNOW you can trust this woman knows what she’s talking about.

With that, I give you readers Lisa Eldridge’s advice on EASY and NATURAL things you can do to make your face fresher and firmer.

Even though this video isn’t new, I’ve been majorly out of the loop with any of the latest beauty things.  Maybe it’s all of our kids LOL… or the things that need to get done, but finding time for myself to do these little things in the evening has somehow escaped me!

I’ve never actually heard of ice facials and the things she mentions in this video before… except for her technique for facial massages where you stimulate your lymph nodes around your jaw and sinuses before a big event where you want to look your best (it really works!).  But Ice Therapy?  Tea bags?  It can even be a little anti-aging!

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The Beauty of Ice Therapy

Apparently, using ice on one’s face to kind of “wake it up,” is as old as plunging your visage into freezing water!  When researching just how far this technique for firming skin goes, I found articles referencing ancient Russia, Rome, Greece, and even ancient Egypt.  This technique of using ice to firm up and tone the muscles almost instantly, reduce puffiness and smooth out sensitive skin, is not only easy to do, it’s delightfully light on your budget.

Lisa shows us in the video above how to use a simple ice cube and cleansing cloth, tea towel, or even a coffee filter, to give yourself an ice facial.  Holding the ice wrapped in the cloth for a few seconds in areas has an amazing and almost immediately noticeable contouring effect!  Please watch Lisa’s video to understand which directions to move in order to stimulate the skin effectively.

The fluid that creates a puffy and unseemly face, is actually absorbed fairly quickly back into the bloodstream with this technique. Honestly, when doing this myself I was amazed how fast the results were, and how surprisingly good ice felt when moved in a contouring motion she suggests.

If you feel more creative, try making your own Green Tea Ice Cubes, which are best for if you have to combat puffiness, because not only do they lack the tannin in black teas that would dye or stain your skin, they are a great diuretic.  The concentration of caffeine in green tea helps to flush toxins and extra water out of the skin.  Also, green tea applied to the skin in this way, releases anti-oxidants (super anti-aging chemicals!) the main one being EGCG, which combats sun damage, dark spots, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Lemon (or Parsley) Ice Cubes are also easy to make and are great for brightening your skin naturally.  Everyone needs a brightener, as it works to enhance every skin tone to look it’s best.  It just creates the most beautiful glow that comes from the inside-out… just heavenly.  Lemon ice cubes (or parsley) also help if you have issues with dull skin or tired looking skin.  Again, every woman needs a brightener.

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Old Cures are the Best

You know how you’ve seen pictures of women laying down with cucumbers on their eyes in a spa-like setting?  Apparently cucumbers really are great for the skin above and under the eye.  Lisa focuses on just the under-eye area so that you can still go about your early morning routine being able to see clearly.  What are their benefits?  When a chilled slice of cucumber is placed on the skin under the eye, it’s calming chemical Vitamin C along with caffeine absorbs into the skin and together with the icy temperature, works to soothe any irritation, reduce inflammation and prevent water retention.  Again, most of the same qualities of using simple ice cubes, except with the added bonus of Vitamin C (a natural anti-aging vitamin and gentle brightener).   This is a great way to “wake up” your skin gently, especially if you were up late or having a difficult ordeal the night before.

For moms of little ones… this is a GREAT and low-cost skin treatment to try! ❤

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Help for Allergies

If you have terrible allergies and your face and sinuses or lymph nodes get affected, all these tips mentioned in her video may help to alleviate the inflammation as well working as natural decongestants for the face.  So next time it’s allergy season and your face feels like it’s suffering right along, try some of these tips and see if they help at all with the topical issues of congestion.

And please watch the rest of Lisa’s video to get all her unique tips and suggestions for this ancient custom of ice therapy.

Happy Ice-Therapy!

Stephanie

 

 

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Let’s Talk Skin Care

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Ever since I was about 12 years old, I’ve been obsessed with skin care… taking good care of your skin, not abusing it.  Washing your face every morning and night is healing in a way.  I was lucky my mother cared about it too, she always urged me to wash my face, eat healthy, take my vitamins and fish oil supplements from an early-teenager and on.

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Eat Clean

 

My pediatrician (who was an amazing wonderful man, now passed on) noticed when I started breaking out and promptly gave me a referral to one of the best dermatologists in our city.  I love that woman, but wow is she intense!  Even now I still go to her every once in a blue moon (1 or 2 years) and she is now into the botox injections – which I am completely against and will never get.  I enjoy aging, and intend to keep enjoying and accepting it from a embracing joyful attitude… an attitude that stems from gratitude that I’m simply getting to live life, getting the privilege to age.

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Give Your Face a No Make-Up Break

Aside from all that, I truly do believe in good skin care, regardless of it’s affect on your aging (which believe me, it DOES affect it) this is a different matter completely.  Taking care of your skin is good for you right now, as well as later.

Most women nearing thirty are starting to think about skin care and starting to ask the questions of “Well, what on earth works….  And what do I really need?”  Aside from the advice of eating healthy, and taking vitamins and supplements… I think I’ve found my own answers on what is simply and truly needed.

You need these basic things in your skin care routine:

1) A nightly routine of washing your face and washing with a gentle cleanser (think Neutrogena) or a towelette/wipe to get it clean (I use baby wipes by Pampers because of the added Aloe Vera & because I have super-sensitive skin, it might sound weird but they get the job done well, and Aloe is soothing).

So make it a nightly thing if you don’t already to clean your face before bed.

2) After my face is clean, I wash with a toner that has a chemical in it to help remove the dead skin build up (I use Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner with Alpha & Beta Hydroxy acids in it) .

Aside from causing early-aging due to the skin cells not being able to reproduce as well beneath the layer of dead skin build up, your skin also needs to BREATHE to look healthy and vibrant.  This serves as a gentle exfoliant that can be used nightly.

3) You need a good moisturizer to pile on after the toner both at night and in the morning.  Your night time moisturizer can be thicker (and your face will love it, think of it as feeding your face), but a good daytime/nighttime choice that I use right now is simply Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

4) You need to exfoliate with something a little more abrasive (but not much so) at least 3 times a week.  This really is crucial to smooth beautiful, make-up free if you wish kind of skin.  I love my St. Ives Apricot Scrub (I use the medicated version with salicylic acid but they have milder versions as well), there are many good brands on the market, find a good one for your skin type and apply it into your weekly routine.

Doing it 3 times a week is great, your skin shouldn’t get irritated because it isn’t daily, and yet it’s often enough to keep your skin fresh and breathing and renewing constantly.

Take care of yourself, you’re the only one who can.