September 29, 2015
(originally posted as a newsletter!) We’re officially in the best season of the year… boot season! *High fives all around!* It seems that for many of us, just as we get to don our cozy-yet-oh-so-cool fall wardrobes our skin is all no gracias! and basically freaks right out. Dry patches. A breakout. Sensitivities. And even if you’re lucky and none of this happens, you still have to say adios to your golden (but responsibly-acquired) tan and hello to, well, some degree of pallor.
Fear not! You can skinsition into fall in no time and have glowing, radiant skin …here’s how. (Including the #1 major, major thing you’re probably forgetting to do RIGHT NOW.)
Exfoliate. Fall is a great time to incorporate a little exfoliation into your self-care game. After summer, we tend to need to deep cleanse (sweat, sunscreen, a little sun-damage, anyone?) You know what they say, there’s more than one way to exfoliate a cat…so keep in mind that you don’t need to go bananas with a gritty sugar scrub or some mega chemical peel. This isn’t about sloughing off half your face, this is just about speeding up your skin’s natural process of getting rid of dead cells. There are three ways to exfoliate:
Treat & Moisturize Think of your face as being a deck, and you’re a very eager new home owner keen on keeping up your property value. (To stay with my analogy, you are the custodian of your skin, and the poperty value is the mileage you can get out of your youthful glow…which will be vastly improved if you take awesome care of your skin! I mean, deck!) <— Officially, Stark is the only skincare company to refer to it’s customer’s faces as decks. *Hears future of sales soaring off the charts.*
Back to the deck. After a summer of spilling drinks on it, you sand it down and then, because you truly care about the beauty of the woodgrain, treat it not with harsh, smelly chemicals but with a natural product that you know will instantly sink into the wood, restoring it to it’s natural luster and beauty after BBQ season. And all those flip flops. But I majorly digress (which is the story of….all my stories. Seriously, ask my husband.) however, I couldn’t give up on this analogy because, well, the drink-spilling joke, to be honest. It made me chuckle.
Umm, so let’s talk about what you should be treating and moisturizing your skin with before you rush off to the home & garden section of your local Costco.Everlasting Calm + Smooth infusion is a skin-drink that is meant to be applied to clean, fresh skin just before you moisturize with an oil. When freshly cleansed/exfoliated, your skin is prepped to absorb the first thing that goes on it, and let me tell you: you want it to be this. A just-thicker-than-liquid silken serum infused with nutrients that, honestly, I can guarantee your skin is NOT getting enough of. (You’ll need to read the product description and ingredients to truly understand the amazing, ultra high-end ingredients in this little bad boy… I need to save space here for my cheap jokes.)
Following “ev”, use your favorite facial oil, which I have no doubt is either ourCypress Purity + Defense oil and/or our Neroli Midnight oil. (Is it?! I knew it! You’re the best.) You’ll be amazed how quickly 2 drops of oil absorbs into your skin following a good, deep cleanse, and an EV treatment to create radiant looking skin that is completely refreshed and ready to skinsition to fall!
AND NOW THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: The #1 thing you’re forgetting to do right now is this:
Seriously, check in with your inner hydro-meter right now…is it on low? Bet it is. As we skinsition to cooler weather, studies (that I just now made up by asking one other person) say that 100% of us forget to keep hydrated! I know, water is just not as appealing right now, which is why today is a great day to stock up on some delicious herbal teas! After 3 days of keeping well hydrated, I dare you to NOT notice how much better your skin looks. (Why would I dare you that? I don’t know. Just get some tea, k?)
With fond memories of sunny (yet dehydrated/prone to splintering) late summer decks,
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