Traveling across the state, country or world can wreak havoc on skin. I've certainly learned my lessons over the years. However, I know better than to change my routine now. I may add to it, but substitutions do not serve me well. Therefore, I never leave home without my favorite skin-loving products.

globetrotterYou may have learned the hard way, yourself, a time or two. So keep these tips* in mind the next time you jet off to a far away destination.

Time Tricker
When you cross time zones, your body gets all out of whack. Literally. A group of cells in your brain releases the hormone melatonin as the body is exposed to what it believes is nightfall, bringing you into resting mode. Try to stay up to sync with the new local time. Then, take melatonin as a supplement 30 minutes prior to bedtime at your destination (recommended recently in health journal The Cochrane Collaboration). You can take magnesium B6 for a natural alternative.

Cleaner Air
Breathe in a few drops of a powerful aromatherapy oil (on tissue) during your flight. The anti-bacterial properties will help keep your airways clear and fight any potential on-board bugs. You can also boost your immune system by taking Vitamin C and drinking white or green tea. And drink a ton of water to keep hydrated.

In-Flight Facial Cleanse
Within the first hour of your flight, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply a nourishing leave-on face mask (Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask). You can also use a facial spritz (Natura Bissé Diamond Mist) to add even more moisture.

Facial Massage
Lightly massage your face with your fingertips 30 minutes before touchdown to relax muscles and connective tissue, and soften expression-induced lines around your eyes, lips and brows. This also helps expel acne causing toxins and de-puff and brighten the eye area, in addition to increasing circulation. Eye drops and concealer will help you look fresh and alert.

Night-time Relief
After you've landed, adventured and lit up the town, your skin will demand some deep cleaning before bedtime. Follow with an anti-aging serum packed with active ingredients to even skin tone and provide luminous skin (Natura Bissé Diamond White). Finish with a heavy duty moisturizing cream.

There is no reason why you can't have phenomenal skin, no matter how much you travel. Bon voyage!

*Source: Net-a-Porter, slightly altered by CoS
Photo from Harper's BAZAAR 2010

I'm no stranger to a great skin care routine. Healthy skin is important to me. So when I come across a line that provides clinical results by way of awesome ingredients, I must share.

You've heard of Proactiv, yes? The brains behind that line are practicing dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. This terrific twosome put their mad skills to work by developing four phenomenal skin care lines outside of Proactiv — Anti-Age, Soothe, Unblemish and Reverse. They use the right medicines and active cosmetics, in the right formulations and in the right order. With that combination, results are inevitable.

Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields take safety and efficacy very seriously, and they know it takes the right concentration of an over-the-counter drug or active cosmetic to achieve the desired result without adverse effects. Their patients and customers speak volumes, as the results are solid and true. And documented.

missyvanputtenOne of the most impressive and respected traits of the Rodan + Fields® line is the fact that each product comes with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. 60 days! That's how confident these dermatologists are about what they've created.

Recently, I had the to opportunity to connect with an amazing woman, Missy VanPutten, who loved the R+F skin care regimens so much, right from the get go, that she became an independent consultant! She's honest about what you need and enthusiastic about the results you'll see. The best part, she loves being a part of your skin care success.

If you're not sure what your skin needs, start by taking the Rodan + Fields’ exclusive PerSKINality test. It's fun and enlightening!


evelomtlcThis time of year, my skin tells me it's time to stop and smell the roses.


TLC Cream by Eve Lom is the best of the best in moisturizers. It's soothing, nourishing and extremely hydrating. And it smells like roses.

While this cream was designed for needy skin, I use it almost year round. You only need the tiniest amount to rub between your fingertips, then press into your skin. Its special blend of plant oils and extracts and Rose Otto of Bulgaria give concentrated results, leaving your skin energized and ready to take on the day (or night). The key is not to get heavy with it — a little dab will do ya. The pressing action allows the product to penetrate without weighing you down.

TLC Cream helps to even out the texture of your skin, increase suppleness and minimize puffiness/redness/sensitivity. Truly, I cannot live without this product. The second I run out, you can find me at Jeffre Scott picking up a new tub. If only I could buy it by the gallon!
realbeautypicI am proud to be one of Therapon's Real Beauties. What a privilege and honor! First off, I am a huge fan of Dr. Beckman and the company. The skin care products are simply amazing. No funny business ... just serious ingredients that yield fantastic results.

The best part about being a Real Beauty, is the opportunity to share fashion, beauty and skin care tips with a wonderful community. In case you missed April's entries, I wanted to highlight them, as these articles do not get crossposted to [my] style files. Enjoy!

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Fabulous Color Combinations: Blue + Green
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Color Blocking for Spring '11
Color blocked garments speak for themselves. Accessories should be kept simple, as shown here.
Written by Millissa Mathai, Editor In Chief of Haute Mimi International

If you are looking to indulge this holiday season, look no further than these gorgeous limited edition gift sets from La Prairie. Whether you opt for the Luminous White Caviar Collection or the Platinum Rare Collection, both are stunning options packed with some of the most coveted best selling products from La Prairie.

The Luminous White Caviar Collection includes a 3-step White Caviar skin care regimen as well as deluxe travel samples. The products come cased in a beautiful pearlescent box.

The Platinum Rare collection features products made from colloidal platinum, known for maintaining the skin’s electrical balance which promotes elasticity. The products come in a beautiful silver jewelry box, containing a beautiful necklace composed of charms with the alchemical symbol for platinum, the sun and the moon.

Get them while they are hot, as there are only 250 pieces of the Luminous White Caviar Collection set and 150 pieces of the Platinum Rare Collection set. You can find them at the La Prairie counter at Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.